BUG-A-SALT SHRED-ER: Part 4
The SHRED-ER from BUG-A-SALT.
This report covers:
- The clips
- The point
- Reloading the clips
- Dubbing wax and paper
- BB talks
- Leave it charged?
- No more wasps
- Store-boughten salt clips?
- The arrows
Well, this series is heating up. Today we look at some things BB has done with his BUG-A-SALT SHRED-ER, plus some attempts by readers at reloading the rotating clips.
I’ll start with the clips. There has been an extraordinary interest in reloading the SHRED-ER clips. And when I say that, I really need to say that this has expanded to include the Crosman Vigilante pellet revolver, as well as the now-obsolete Crosman 357. It’s obvious what people are doing. They are trying to build their own SHRED-ERs, rather than purchasing them from BUG-A-SALT. It’s the airgunner thing to do, but I’m pretty sure that we are missing the point.
I showed you the main feature that the SHRED-ER has in Part 2. A bar over the breech breaks up the salt charge so it can exit the muzzle as fine salt, rather than big pieces.
The bar across the SHRED-ER breech breaks up the salt charge as it enters the barrel.
That is the one thing you won’t have if you use a Vigilante or a 357. I think it’s necessary, though with what I’m about to show you may not agree with that position.
Reloading the clips
Many readers have commented about loading the clips. Some were speculation, but a couple have actually done it. Reader Dave wrote the longest and clearest description of what he did, and with his permission I have included it and some of his pictures in today’s report.
Results of the Pseudo-Bug-Shred-ER
Wishing a blessed Sunday to all.
Previously, I had told B.B. and Gunfun1 that I would let you all know the results of my testing of my Crosman 357 with 6″ barrel when loaded with salt; all I had to do was to wait for the dubbing wax to arrive.
I finally got my dubbing wax, this particular batch know as Low Tack SWAX from Loon Outdoors. It is very easy to use; I just spread some on my index finger and wiped it over the back of the Crosman “speed loader clip.” Then I applied the tissue paper I had cut out (yes, I had to use red paper from Christmas, as that was all I had, and pressed it in place on the back of the cylinder.
The dubbing wax didn’t say how much was in the container, but it’s pretty small. Still, I think it will be good for thousands of shots, and it was only 9 bucks, delivered, from Amazon.
Next I loaded up each opening with salt; I used regular Morton brand table salt, as that is all we have on hand (I attribute that to my Mom; it’s the only salt she ever bought). I wiped off the excess and saved it in a plastic bag for next time. Then I rubbed some dubbing wax on the front of the cylinder, then pressed down the precut wax paper (which had been cut out to clear the notches to ensure that the cylinder can rotate).
Here Dave is loading the clips.
The loaded clips. The front on the left and the rear on the right. Dave calls these his Hank Specials, in honor of reader Hank (Vana2) who gave him the idea.
I trimmed the paper on the clip.
For some odd reason, unlike any other CO2 revolver I’ve ever owned, this one shoots a squib load on the first two shots. Hence, to ensure that I was testing the salt loads at full power, I fired 3 shots with a cylinder of pellets…and the first two fired weakly (even by the sound of them), but the third shot was at full power and punched through both sides of my soda can, so I was ready to test the salt loads.
I used tinfoil for targets, and I made a 1″ tall numeral on each one (something about the size of a wasp); I numbered them 1 to 5 in order, to test the gun from 1 foot to 5 feet. I shot down at the targets that were placed on the grass. I stood on concrete blocks (since I’m not 8 feet tall) for the 4 and 5 foot targets. I used a tape measure to set the distance of the muzzle from the target. On the first shot, I aimed at the bottom of the 1 (or else there’d not be a 1 left), but on all the other targets I aimed at the center of the number.
Dave’s five targets, top to bottom, left to right.
As you can see by the targets, at 1 foot, the salt blew about a 1-inch hole through the tinfoil. It failed to penetrate a Pepsi can at that distance. It did put about a 1/2″ dent in it, but none of the salt penetrated the can.
At 2 feet, I got a nice 3-inch usable pattern, and all the salt penetrated the foil. At 3 feet, I got a good 5″ pattern, and again, all of the salt penetrated the foil. At 4 feet, I got a 7″ pattern, with about 3/4 of the salt penetrating the foil. At 5 feet, I got a nice 9″ pattern, but only half of the salt penetrated the foil. Hence, I will try to keep my shots to under 5 feet, but I do believe that any insect hit at 5 feet would have its wings obliterated (even if you did need to stomp it).
The two weak pellet hits are circled in yellow and the salt hit from 12 inches away is circled in red.
After loading my second cylinder, I vaporized one small wasp at 3 feet, and also one fly at the same range. My third shot took down an old (vacant) wasp nest from a foot away. But then I noticed that the back of the cylinder did not look right.
I fired shot number 4 at a leaf on a bush, and saw no shot pattern. Epic failure! I did NOT use enough wax on the clip. As you can see in this picture, the front of the clip is fine. You can see the outline of all the chambers as darker against the plastic than the lighter shade over the salt. On the back side, the paper lifted up, allowing several chambers of salt to leak out. Lesson learned; use enough wax!
The red paper has lifted from the clip and the salt has poured out.
So, I am going to declare victory on this test. The gun is out in the carport right now, all loaded up with Hank Specials and ready-to-go, but with nary a wasp to be seen.
My theory is, the word is out, and the wasps are all like, “Uh-oh! Ol’ Dave’s got him some kinda wasp blaster! We’d better skeedaddle, afur that boy puts a hurtin’ on us!” Yep, that must be it.
Blessings and good shooting to all, Dave
Okay, that was a guest blog by reader Dave that came through as several comments. Now BB would like to add a few things.
Leave it charged?
BUG-A-SALT tells us not to leave this gun charged, but the pests around BB’s house don’t cooperate. So, BB broke the rules and left a CO2 cylinder in the gun. That allowed him to do several things.
First, I shot a cricket that was trying to get in my front door. Some of you may be cricket fans, and, while I certainly like the music of Buddy Holly, when crickets get in the house Dale Evans eats them and then throws them up. I’m simply abbreviating the cycle of events and lessening my work load.
Crickets are skitterish, so five feet was as close as I could get. I wondered whether the salt would penetrate the hard shell at that distance, but one shot was all it took. Shredded!
No more wasps
Like Dave said, the wasps have figured out that I have a SHRED-ER and they are avoiding my garage like the plague. Before I got it they would challenge me for my right to even be there, but now even the houseflies seem to stay away. Maybe BUG-A-SALT could make a large poster of the gun that we could buy for $10 or so. Hang them around the house at wasp/fly entry points and keep the bad guys away?
I have lots of geckos around the outside of the house, but they are too cute to shoot. Besides, they do take care of the smaller bugs. However, if one gets into my house, he’s fair game.
Store-boughten salt clips?
BB has watched several readers load salt clips, but as of yet he hasn’t loaded any himself. Dave’s report is pretty thorough, and GunFun1 has made his own report in a number of posts with pictures.
Okay, I haven’t mentioned this yet but the body of the SHRED-ER is somewhat different than that of the Vigilante. Let’s look.
The body of the Vigilante.
The body of the SHRED-ER has a wide ring in front of where the clip sits. There is an arrow on this ring and if, when you loaded the clip, you aligned that arrow with the one on the clip, you will know when the last salt cartridge has been fired, because the arrows will line up again. That is very helpful.
The BUG-A-SALT SHRED-ER is too handy not to have ready to go at a moment’s notice. So BB keeps a CO2 cartridge in the gun at all times — contrary to the manufacturer’s instructions.
I discovered today that the SHRED-ER is more effective on hard-shelled insects than I would have thought.
You readers are also very interested in this bug weapon. Just remember, the SHRED-ER was designed purposely to be effective. We may approximate its performance with other CO2 pistols, which opens the opportunity to a lot more airgunners, but remember that the SHRED-ER is the real deal.