Today i am going to teach you how to make a side saddle style shotgun shell holder. This design can hold up to 6shells. However changes/modifications can easily be made to suit your specific needs. I take no credit for This as if is not my original idea. All credit goes a gentleman on youtube. (Sorry i forgot his name). Enjoy!
Step 1: Materials
The materials that you are going to need:
-1drill or drill press w/various sized drillbits
-roughly 2 feet of 3/4in schedule 40 pvc pipe.
-some sort of saw/cutting device. (I used a handsaw)
-sandpaper or a file
-hot glue gun
-something to act as a backstop for the shell holders to attach too. You could use plastic, light metal, a cutting board. anything hard flat really. (I used a piece of 1/8th in thick lexan plexiglass)
-a shotgun shell
- 6 (or more) small screws.
- an oven w/ oven safe plate, like a cookie tray.
-time and patience.
- paint (Optional)
Step 2: Can We Build It? Yes We Can!
To start off, you are going to want to measure your shells, and subtract about a quarter inch from that number. This is going to be the length of the shell holders.
For example, my shotgun shells are 2 3/4 inchs tall, so i subtract a quarter inch, and am left with 2 1/2inchs. Now mark 6segments of your 3/4inch pvc pipe.
Now cut the pipe segments out.
Step 3: More Cutting
Now that you have the segments cut out, (There should be 6) we can start cutting the "channels" in the piece of pipe.
This is really up too you on how big or a gap you want the notches to be. I went with about a 1/4th of an inch. Use your hacksaw to cut one line down the pipe sidewall, then cut your next line. The scrap piece of pipe should fall out.