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Unread postAuthor: mach 10 » Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:21 pm

ball bearings seam like good ammo and I was just wondering ware you get them?
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Unread postAuthor: FishBoy » Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:25 pm

you can go to wal-mart or bass pro and get slingshot ammo, it's bassically the same thing, & you can get dif. sizes
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Unread postAuthor: kablooie » Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:29 pm

I found ball bearings at my local Ace, but they weren't very cheap... I think a non-spherical ammo would have better performance.
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Unread postAuthor: jonnyboy » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:47 pm

Ball bearing depot. :D


Mcmaster has them.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:37 am

In holland I can buy reloader lead balls online.
I doubt it makes sense to order off a Dutch website for you, but there is bound to be a similar site in the US.

Google for muzzle loader lead balls.
They come in different sizes, are CHEAPER ( !!) and harder hitting.
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Unread postAuthor: MaxuS the 2nd » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:02 am

I found my ball bearings on the second shelf down in my cupboard, you should try there..
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:37 am

McMaster for sure. They have everything from 0.05"D to 4.5"D

Chrome steel balls are much cheaper than stainless steel;
Alloy (chrome) Steel Ball, 7/16"D, Grade 25, #9528k22, 100 for $11.83
Stainless Steel (Type 302) Ball, 7/16"D, Grade 100, #9291k33, 25 for $10.96
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:12 pm

In holland I can buy reloader lead balls online.
I doubt it makes sense to order off a Dutch website for you, but there is bound to be a similar site in the US.
I've found similar site.... cosider using them - they are very likely to be cheaper than ballbearings and naturally they are heavier
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:22 pm

Ebay is the way to go. Buy them in bulk, its cheaper. What size were you looking for?

This store has practically every size, type, amount you can think of.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:28 pm

POLAND_SPUD wrote:
In holland I can buy reloader lead balls online.
I doubt it makes sense to order off a Dutch website for you, but there is bound to be a similar site in the US.
I've found similar site.... cosider using them - they are very likely to be cheaper than ballbearings and naturally they are heavier

Probably not really any cheaper, lead is pretty expensive and lead shot will only go up to what ~1/4"? Besides, lead is not very environmentally friendly.

Mcmaster:
9030K29, Lead Shot 0.440"D Lead Balls, 5 lb Container, $64.43
I believe that works out to about 360 balls at 18 cents/ball versus ~12 cents/ball for chrome steel (9528k22).
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:40 pm

daberno123 wrote:Ebay is the way to go. Buy them in bulk, its cheaper. What size were you looking for?

This store has practically every size, type, amount you can think of.

Those prices are not very good, McMaster looks a lot cheaper.
McMaster: 1/2" chrome steel, $13.60/100, 13.6 cents/ball (#9528K24)
Ebay site: 1/2" chrome steel, $22.00/100, 22.0 cents/ball
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Unread postAuthor: DYI » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:53 pm

The problem with McMaster's ball bearings is, after you get over 1", you have to buy the high precision aircraft grade ones, and pay several times as much. Which means if you want a decent cannon ball, there are better places to shop (although, even at 20 bucks a pop, it certainly would be nice to have a few of those 2" diameter hardened steel bearings).
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:18 pm

jimmy101 wrote:Those prices are not very good, McMaster looks a lot cheaper.


It really depends on what you are buying.

Ebay store: 10 1/2" 440c SS bearings- $8.00
McMaster: 10 of the same for $12.18 (part #9642K57)

There are some deals there, and some are better than others. :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:30 pm

Probably not really any cheaper, lead is pretty expensive and lead shot will only go up to what ~1/4"? Besides, lead is not very environmentally friendly.
you can buy almost any size you want to if you spend time looking for them... lead isn't enviromentally friendly.... it just happends that it's being used to make firearm bullets
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