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« on: May 28, 2017, 07:40:30 am »


I typically use thick saddle skirting 12 - 14oz for my holster's...but what is recommended thickness for wet molding one?
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 09:23:46 am »

I think that around 8 oz works best for me, when wet molding. Depends a lot on how big and heavy the pistol is. A little Glock 28 doesn't need to be as heavy as a big 44. Also, are you lining the holster? I have lined with 2-3 oz, or used 5-6 oz, again depending on how heavy the pistol is. Keep in mind, properly assembled, two layers of 6 oz, can be stronger than a single layer of 12 oz.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2017, 10:05:12 am »

I like 8-9 oz leather for the most part. I generally don't line holsters, either. With a lining, two thinner layers work fine although I made a pair of them with 10oz leather doubled. Those were almost impossible to get wet molded properly but once I had it, they do hold their shape.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2017, 10:18:09 am »

I like 8-9 oz leather for the most part. I generally don't line holsters, either. With a lining, two thinner layers work fine although I made a pair of them with 10oz leather doubled. Those were almost impossible to get wet molded properly but once I had it, they do hold their shape.
Yeah, that is where the thinner leather layers works better. I know it is more work and trouble, but I like to wet mold the layers separately, starting with the liner. Them add the outer layer and mold, then glue them. It USUALLY works out good. 20 oz of holster seems like overkill.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 01:46:04 pm »

Everyone will have their own preference 8-9oz.

12-14oz seems really heavy for a  holster though.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2017, 05:17:02 pm »

20 oz of holster seems like overkill.
It is but I just had to try it. I can drive over them with my truck and not flatten them. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 06:10:56 pm »

Around 9 oz. I buy either 8-9 or 9-10 depending on my source.
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 07:26:28 pm »

I typically use thick saddle skirting 12 - 14oz for my holster's...but what is recommended thickness for wet molding one?


I use 3 to 4 mm carving (dry bag) leather for wet molding
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 08:16:46 pm »

A lot of things factor in, when I do my holsters. How big a pistol? What kind of holster? Is it to be tooled? Most of my holsters start with 6-8oz leather. That may seem kind of light, but think about it... how much strain is a holster really exposed to? Unless you have yard apes hanging from it, it doesn't need to be that heavy. All heavy leather does, is make it harder to sew by hand. I also like to line them with 2-5oz leather, normally 4-5oz. 6-8oz works great for wet molding, and getting details when boned, or vacuum formed. I'm not that fancy, I do it all by hand.

I'm getting ready to do a scoped Ruger SBH Chest rig. For something like that, I'll go with two layers of 6-8oz.
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 09:20:47 pm »

That may seem kind of light, but think about it... how much strain is a holster really exposed to? Unless you have yard apes hanging from it, it doesn't need to be that heavy.

What would you term a yard ape?

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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2017, 09:22:04 pm »

What Will said, 8 to 9 ounce works best for my needs


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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 09:33:27 pm »

What would you term a yard ape?

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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2017, 07:58:30 am »

Also known in some parts as Crumb Snatchers or Curtain Climbers. Youngins. Offspring.

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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 09:01:15 am »

Also known as....Rug Rats
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 10:07:29 am »

When I make a lined Holster I use two ply of 4-5 ounce. For unlined Holsters I use 8-9 ounce.
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2017, 11:12:04 pm »

When I make a lined Holster I use two ply of 4-5 ounce. For unlined Holsters I use 8-9 ounce.
Ditto for Western-style holsters.  For my #96X series hunting rigs, I generally use 10-11 oz for unlined holsters or the equivalent thickness for lined holsters.  They will wet-form, but when dry will hold their shape and protect the gun against impact damage from tree trunks or the wearer falling on it! (Damage to the wearer in the even he/she falls on the holster with the pistol inside is NOT warranteed!  Tongue )
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2017, 07:10:25 am »

I have found that using 12oz saddle skirting is very durable and wet forms into a hard shell and also tools into a deep 3D effect. I have been disappointed in the final results using thinner grades of material.

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