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Furthest shot you've made? What ammo did ya use?

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Furthest shot you've made? What ammo did ya use?

Unread postAuthor: Alexrey » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:38 am

I've been trying to figure out what ammo most people use if they want to get distance and so far it's been either golf balls or darts. But is there any other ammo that can fly serious distances? Potatoes just don't do it for me anymore. :(
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Unread postAuthor: ALIHISGREAT » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:47 am

well i've shot at 400m with 7.62x51mm NATO.... or do you mean with spud guns :D
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:48 am

A very arodinamic pellet perhaps, look at commercial ammunition, rockets and missiles, or even planes, that is what out ammo should look like for the furthest distance..
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Unread postAuthor: ralphd » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:54 am

I would try to find rubber balls in your diameter. When I stopped with the spuds(too messy) and switched to tennis balls I thought that was the best, for inside the city. People question how pieces of potato got on top of their roofs or cars but tennis balls are disregard. The only problem with them is they are designed to slow themselves down, that is why they are fuzzy. I still have not found any 2 1/2 inch rubber balls so I will be searching for 2 inch then building another launcher. Good luck and let me now if you decide on using rubber balls and if you find any that are reasonably priced. I wonder if it's possible to de-fuzzafy a tennis ball?
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Unread postAuthor: Alexrey » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:25 am

I'm talking about ammo that you've actually used.

I tried making a dart earlier, but kinda gave up since I couldn't find any plans for ones that worked with a 40mm barrel. :cry:
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Unread postAuthor: maggotman » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:39 am

i have fired a carrot 200m at a 45ish angle pointing up it probaly went mush further but it went at leas that becuse the noise it made when it landed factory tin roof
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:42 am

well what supplys do you have available? try castign 40mm foster slugs, and the trick with darts is to use a sabot.
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Unread postAuthor: ALIHISGREAT » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:07 am

Alexrey wrote:I'm talking about ammo that you've actually used.

I tried making a dart earlier, but kinda gave up since I couldn't find any plans for ones that worked with a 40mm barrel. :cry:


you don't need plans, improvise!
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:37 am

check the ammo ideas thread.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:01 pm

ALIHISGREAT wrote:
Alexrey wrote:I'm talking about ammo that you've actually used.

I tried making a dart earlier, but kinda gave up since I couldn't find any plans for ones that worked with a 40mm barrel. :cry:


you don't need plans, improvise!

Seriously, that's what I was thinking.
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Unread postAuthor: jonnyboy » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:25 pm

ralphd wrote: I wonder if it's possible to de-fuzzafy a tennis ball?

Just streatch a water balloon over the ball.
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:37 pm

Wrap it in duck or electrical tape, that is what we do to make cricket balls, you do not seriously expect people spend 20$ on a ball do you... Or quickly heat it with a blow torch or a lighter.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:05 pm

Alexrey wrote:I'm talking about ammo that you've actually used.

I tried making a dart earlier, but kinda gave up since I couldn't find any plans for ones that worked with a 40mm barrel. :cry:


40mm is large for a dart. At that size, it is very hard to beat golfballs. They are design to travel far, considering their round shape.

If you want to try darts, I would suggest calibering down some. Here's some Fishboy designed...somewhere to start.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:13 pm

Golf balls are very good projectiles for long range shots.
Only very well made darts will be able to beat them.

Tennis balls do not belong in range threads like this.
They have a low sectional density which makes them slow down very fast.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:46 pm

Golf balls are actually very hard to push further then 400m and some say 600m could even be the limit.

If you're planning on shooting further then 400m, I'd go with a home-made dart.

Personally i've shot about 420-450m with a golf ball, measured using Google Earth.
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