I was at a loose end this afternoon so decided to make a pipe cleaner/tamper. For any of you non PC pipe smokers like myself here's the recipe;
Take one, (empty), .303 Radway Green Mk VII 1943 case.
Drill needle size hole and drive a very small brass pin through neck to hold projectile in position.
Drill hole through case below neck, (important or when you get to the soldering stage the inert primer is liable to pop out fast as the air in case expands).
File projectile at an angle exposing lead filler.
Remove brass pin, clean inside case neck and base of projectile.
Add flux to both and re-assemble.
Place in vice and apply small blowtorch, solder around neck, the lead filling should drip out at the same time. Mind your feet, molten lead can hurt your toes.
File off exposed ends of brass pin
Drill second hole in case and connect it to case hole 1 with a small file to make a slot.
Clean up and polish, add key ring, job done.
The slot is necessary so that both ends can be used, for tamping and cleaning pipe bowl, without it only one end will reach the bottom of your pipe.
Well, it makes a conversation piece and it actually works, also only takes a couple of hours.