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epm729 08-23-2018 05:30 PM

Make your own sight smoker
I remember this idea from a Forum member and tried it myself. Works Great and made it from what I had on my loading bench.

You will need: A empty 30.06 case with the spent primer still in.

The neck or sleeve trim from a 100% cotton T-shirt,( for the wick).

Mineral spirits or something similar. NOT GASOLINE, COLEMAN FUEL OR anything highly combustible.

The cap from a Sharpie fine point marker.

Cut a 4 inch strip of shirt trim. Fill the cartridge case half full of accelerant. Twist in the shirt trim until all but a little is above the case mouth.
Light with match or lighter. Hold flame under sight until sufficiently blackened. Blow out flame and cover with Sharpie cap .

firekeep 08-23-2018 05:58 PM

Nice smudge pot hack! Going to make one tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.:GS:

10thmountain 08-23-2018 07:14 PM

Sharpies work great!

X Hunter 08-23-2018 07:41 PM

Why not put the mineral spirits in the Zippo and be done with it.

epm729 08-23-2018 09:07 PM

The mineral spirits won't ignite with the striker. I tried that first.

mac1911 08-27-2018 05:34 PM

Great now i have to remeber lighters and matches....

Cool "hack" i will make one and ask one of the guys who smoke for a light!

The new lighters are awful and matches have become somewhat of a novelty

John McCarter 08-27-2018 07:22 PM

I carry a empty & clean peanut butter jar with Q-Tips in it, along with a small plastic bottle of Rem Oil, and a bic lighter.

Place 3 drops of Rem Oil on the Q-Tip and light it with the bic (Note: if you use more than 3 drops the oil and fire will run down the stem and get your fingers - ouch!!!). Will burn for approx. 10-15 seconds and give a very nice black soot on your sights. Everything is cheap and it is all self contained in the empty (clean) peanut butter plastic bottle.

I got this idea from this forum several years ago and it has worked well for me and several other guys at the CMP games in Oklahoma.

Kilo-Sierra 08-27-2018 07:26 PM

Light a plastic spoon.

eightyduece 08-27-2018 09:14 PM


Originally Posted by firekeep (Post 1747601)
Nice smudge pot hack! Going to make one tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.:GS:

Reminded me of when the State Hwy Comm used those in the 60's at road construction sights. Imagine a time when you could put about 2 dozen out there and they would still be there the next morning.

Good Hack OP

Littlef 09-07-2018 06:56 PM

My dad said when he was in the marines (1957) they just mixed some diesel fuel with their zippo lighter fluid to make it burn dirty. - I like the 30-06 shell idea. you can play around with different fuels, and use what you have on hand.

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