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Unread postAuthor: crcowboyfan » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:03 pm

How would these steel balls be in a pneumatic cannon with a 1/2" barrel? Seems like that would be an awesome bullet.

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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:14 pm

Reminds me of the balls shot of out black powder rifles/muskets. Ya they would probably work well.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:05 pm

they will work very well, but be careful with ricochet.They will bounce back of any hard surface at almost the same speed.
I think they're quite expensive too.So if you shoot from a distance and loose them...you spent 6 bucks( and shipping) on 10 shots.

But that's up to you.
Tumbling won't be an issue with spherical ammo
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Oh my friggin god stop being so awesome, that thing is pure kick ass. Most innovative and creative pneumatic that the files have ever come by!

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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:17 pm

You don't need high-quality steel spherical to 1 part in 20,000.
Check out mcmaster product number 96455K56 - 7.94$ for 100 balls.

That being said, you might not want to buy .5" balls, as that's .1" undersize in sch 40. Go with something a bit bigger. (pipe ID chart available <a href="http://harvel.com/pipepvc-sch40-80-dim.asp">here</a>, mcmaster available <a href="www.mcmaster.com">here</a>)
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Unread postAuthor: spudshot » Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:08 pm

i'd be afraid of ricochets (i shoot in my basement most of the time) i would buy a musket ball mold and cast your own lead balls
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Unread postAuthor: akaddis » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:04 pm

it would be Extremely Dangerous not to mention you might even need to register it as a firearm (because it uses combustion) depending on state regulations......
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:12 pm

No it would not be considered a firearm. And it wont be dangerous if you shoot safely.
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Unread postAuthor: Scotty » Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:23 am

What's wrong with marbles as ammo? :?
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:58 am

What's wrong with Volkswagens??
Why doesn't everybody drive a Volkswagen??
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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:44 pm

Atthay asway andomray.
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Unread postAuthor: roughboy » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:22 am

can lead melt like metal and allumium
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Unread postAuthor: pyrogeek » Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:35 am

Yes, lead can melt. It's a metal, and it actually has a pretty low melting point. They actually use it in solder.
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Unread postAuthor: alphaonecharlie » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:55 pm

roughboy wrote:can lead melt like metal and allumium


Apparently Aluminum isn't a metal anymore (metalloid for all you sticklers out there :P ).
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Unread postAuthor: joannaardway » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:20 pm

Steel ball bearings are good fun, but they do bounce back - but not actually fast enough to cause injury (or so I find).

They are among the few ammos actually capable of making holes in steel plates.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:36 pm

joannaardway wrote:Steel ball bearings are good fun, but they do bounce back - but not actually fast enough to cause injury (or so I find).

They are among the few ammos actually capable of making holes in steel plates.


1. if you shoot it fast enough, it will not ricochet, it will go through the target, and not back at you. :lol:

2. once again, if you shoot just about any steel ammo fast enough, it will put massive holes in steel plates. :wink:

instead of bearings (I don't know how to get a hold of 2" ball bearings) I use steel slugs, like this one, and I have a couple weighing anywhere from 6-8 pounds. I put one through a car hood recently at 600+ yards. :twisted:
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