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Unread postAuthor: igpay » Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:56 pm

Has anyone used these as ammo?
I have some from an old Magnetix set. They're apparently steel. I cant seem to find them anywhere else on the interwebs.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:11 pm

i have used them..
i used those from "geomag"
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:13 pm

Those are steel and yes, people have used them.I've put one trough a guitar myself.

Just get the cheapest magnet toy set you can find.
Great ammo!
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Unread postAuthor: bigbob12345 » Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:17 pm

Ive done it too
Gives nice damage
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Unread postAuthor: hyldgaard » Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:36 pm

a lot of people use them as ammo because of their consistency and general "toughness". Ebay is a great source for cheap ball bearings :)
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:51 pm

I've got a bunch of 7/16" stainless steel and chrome steel ones. The chrome ones were really cheap.

McMaster part number 96455K56, 100/$8

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Unread postAuthor: Gippeto » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:22 pm

I save the old ones when I rebuild chemical injection pumps. Mostly 1/4" and 3/8" , but I do get some 1/2". (316 stainless)

They work VERY well in my copper gun. :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:40 am

A source for something similar would be to get a bag of buckshot for reloading loading shotgun shells.

It's got to be cheaper than ball bearings. I haven't checked into it for all the info, but steel shot has become popular or copper plated lead shot also(the .32 diameter ones look like giant bb's)

The little birdshots don't look very uniform though. But that's what some bbmg's at the carnivals shoot (course they're not accurate)

BTW one time while walking outside I almost slipped on what felt just like ice and when I looked at the ground (pavement) it was covered with little steel ball bearings and was slicker than ice!!!
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Unread postAuthor: ghostman01 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:00 am

you did pick them all up didnt you ??? lol free ballbs yay !!
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Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:30 pm

ajdevi92 wrote:you did pick them all up didnt you ??? lol free ballbs yay !!


No, I would have needed a magnet or vacuum, they were tiny like smallest birdshot size (sometimes called "dust").

And they were on asphalt and still slicker than ice to walk on.
They were in the parking lot/loading dock of a hospital.
Maybe they fell out of a machine or something.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:44 pm

THUNDERLORD wrote:
ajdevi92 wrote:you did pick them all up didnt you ??? lol free ballbs yay !!


No, I would have needed a magnet or vacuum, they were tiny like smallest birdshot size (sometimes called "dust").

And they were on asphalt and still slicker than ice to walk on.
They were in the parking lot/loading dock of a hospital.
Maybe they fell out of a machine or something.


or someone had a plan with those bearings :D
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Unread postAuthor: ghostman01 » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:24 am

or they had already been used, lol
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:28 am

Some damage pics using a saboted 0.5" steel bearing:

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Standard issue laboratory safety glasses...


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...and the 1" thick pine board that was behind them. This was the entry hole.

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Exit hole
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:32 am

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:Some damage pics using a saboted 0.5" steel bearing:

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Standard issue laboratory safety glasses...

Clearly those safety glasses aren't rated for operation of pneumatic weapons :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:37 am

Clearly those safety glasses aren't rated for operation of pneumatic weapons


Indeed :) They're pretty tough though, they can take a 12 ft/lb 0.22 or 0.177 airgun pellet without shattering, and apparently birdshot from a 12 gauge won't even penetrate it.
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