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very helpful for pushing the speed limit on fast draw with the 1911, for learning to hit aerial targets, for training novices, and to amuse self indoors, in bad weather. GulfWax is for sale in the canning gear section of your supermarket. Unfortunatedly, it comes in 3/4" slabs these days, which are too thick. The stuff used to come in 1/2" thick slabs, which was perfect. Now you have to put hot tap water in some disposable container, and let the wax sit on it and partially melt, occasionally flipping over the slabs. Don't run the waxy water down your DRAIN, either. It WILL cause clogs, and sooner rather than later, too. Toss it into the street. The container will have a coating of wax in its insides, too.

Every 30 rds or so, lock back the slide and invert the gun over the garbage can. Use a 20 ga bronze bristle cleaning brush, make 4-5 passes thru the barrel, to remove the wax residue. Never fire a live rd thru a waxed up bore, because the wax will melt, run everywhere, like into your extractor and firing pin channels, causing trouble.

Get a junk extractor, mark its rear end. bend it outward, to reduce spring tension. File or grind off most of its hook. Then it won't bend your case rims when you single load the wax ammo, and your "duty" extractor won't be getting abused.

Load wax only in nickel plated cases, and never load live ammo in nickeled cases, and you wont have to clean out wax residue from the cases, before loading them as live rds. .45wax will raise NASTY blood blisters on your leg if you screw up, break windows at 40 ft, kill small birds and mice at 20 ft or so. In cold weather the wax is hard, has better range. It falls to earth at about 60 ft, makes noise about like a loud handclap. It will mark up wall paneling badly, too. Suspend a tarp as a backstop for the wax, and dont step on the bullets on the floor, as they will smash and stick to the floor, your shoes, etc, and generally make a mess.
 

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great stuff

any changes needed to be made with an external extractor?

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I woudn't use it for wax, if it was my "duty" extractor. This is just one of the reasons the 1911 design is so superior to all others. Many of the other autopistols are HUGE PITA'S to work on, swap parts out of, etc.
 

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Why waste time on shooting wax bullets? If your practicing for a competition, use the same ammo that your planning on using in the competition. If your practicing for self defence, use the same ammo that your carrying in your handgun. Your muscle memory will will get used to the recoil of your competition/defence ammo allowing you more control over the firearm when using it under stress.

Personally, I prefer using nickled brass in my .45 for competition, I find that is feeds more smoothly after the gun has been shot in a couple of stages. Using wax also sounds like it will take additional time cleaning my handgun when I'm getting ready for a match, don't need that. I load about 5,000-6,000 rds a year on my single stage press, which is time consuming so why would I want to load additional ammo that has only 1 function? If I load 100 rds of .357 or .44 or .45, I can use that ammo for all applications, not so with wax rds.
 
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