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Unread postAuthor: SteamRoller » Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:31 pm

So i found a wooden bat in a corner of my garage and thought - "wow, that looks like it's 2 inches". I wasn't off by much, i shaved it down a little with a hand sander and it fit in the barrel like it was ment to be. Shot a good size hole through a sheet of ply from 20 or so feet away, would have kept going if not for the brick wall behind it.


Maybe i should add some fins and stabalize it?


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Unread postAuthor: iamthewalrus » Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:21 pm

how big is ur cannon?? and i think u would need rather large fins to stabalize a whole bat but i think if u could get fins on it they would help except they would prolly rip off when going through targets
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Unread postAuthor: SteamRoller » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:53 pm

My barrel is 2". I was thinking of cutting sheetmetal fins and sticking them through the bat.
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Unread postAuthor: iamthewalrus » Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:54 pm

u would need a bigger barrel then so that the bat fits in with the protruding fins
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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:01 pm

A bat isn't a simple cylinder, walrus... there is no need to get a wider barrel, he just will put the fins on the handle.
...a suggestion for steam roller, though: if you do put fins on it, cut off the pommel (the knob at the end of the handle). It's making the projectile less aerodynamic.
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Unread postAuthor: taz22 » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:26 am

ore use strings on it that would olso work
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Unread postAuthor: iamthewalrus » Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:37 pm

o, ur right BLB, didnt think of that. sry
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:33 pm

you should make a nosecone out of bondo with a bolt sticking out or somthing
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