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Post about things you have launched or thought about launching. Also post about various materials used for building cannons. No posts about explosive projectiles!
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Unread postAuthor: jook13 » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:10 pm

the BB's from a shotgun shell (size 7 1/2 I believe) fit well in 1/8 inch brass tube if anyone here has made a launcher that small... :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: csgunner » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:09 pm

1. FOund a War Between the States "minie ball" in my room. Think its lead, but not sure. fit with a little cotton waddin into a 1/2" SCH 40 Barrel. Hevent shot yet cause I only got one and want to find more. Should werk really good.

2. Some kid threw his toy matchbox car into my fire the other day. it melted on to the sand underneeth and i was able to make two small, extremely sharp darts by stretchin it ou on the ground. wadded darts and they can peirce a 1" board like nuthin.
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Unread postAuthor: csgunner » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:10 pm

1. FOund a War Between the States "minie ball" in my room. Think its lead, but not sure. fit with a little cotton waddin into a 1/2" SCH 40 Barrel. Hevent shot yet cause I only got one and want to find more. Should werk really good.

2. Some kid threw his toy matchbox car into my fire the other day. it melted on to the sand underneeth and i was able to make two small, extremely sharp darts by stretchin it ou on the ground. wadded darts and they can peirce a 1" board like nuthin.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:29 pm

I wouldn't be shooting that thing, you have a real antique there. Maybe cast it and make some hot glue or epoxy replicas or something.
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:47 pm

you should make a mold from it, that would be a very good object to mold
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:04 pm

you know you can find companies that cast stuff from lead... the one I found offers lead round pellets in various sizes really cheap...
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:27 pm

i prefer making them my self, its more fun and u can customize it
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Unread postAuthor: csgunner » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:24 pm

I dont think the Minie ball is real; its a replica.

Me not shoot artifacts!
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:48 pm

The Minie ball was made for rifled barrels, in order to work well from a smoothbore barrel, it should either have some sort of tail or a significant hollow in its base as in this foster slug:

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Unread postAuthor: iambodey » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:59 pm

this is a great REUSABLE shotgun style wad for shooting a lot of paintballs (or anything) at level range without them rolling out of the barrel. the wad catches the air and falls at about 20ft and the load flies and spreads.


3 3oz plastic cups cut to fit
-glue 2 cups bottom to bottom
-cut the last cup into 3 pieces
-tape the 3 pieces to the top of one cup
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Unread postAuthor: Bman8 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:53 am

I was thinking of some sort of half liquid like ammo somewhat like clay. Does any one think that something like that will work, obviously with a shell of some-sort.
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Unread postAuthor: john bunsenburner » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:04 pm

You could have a non-newtonian liquid inside a ballon or a slug, it gets hard apon impact but can be made any shape, a mixture of starch and water would work well.
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Unread postAuthor: Bman8 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:57 pm

Thanks that sounds like a good idea.
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Unread postAuthor: Daltonultra » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:51 am

If anyone like BIG piercing ammo, hack the head off a big, long bolt.
Put the threaded end in a hand drill, and use to spin it while sharpening it on a bench grinder. You can get it astonishingly sharp. The you epoxy the threaded end into the top of a plastic soda bottle. When it cures, put it point down inside you barrel and mark the bottle where it meets the barrel. Cut off the excess, and you have a giant blow dart.
I tried it out today with a 3/8inch metal rod in my 2" barrel, and it split a huge chunk off of a 10"x10" wood block. That was mild steel rod. With a Grade 8 bolt, God only knows how deep it would got into a tree...

Truckstops in the USA sell miniature aluminum baseball bats as tire-thumpers. They fit snugly in 2" sch40 PVC pipe...
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Unread postAuthor: csgunner » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:48 pm

Huzzah!

After messing around with easily available/easily made reusable shells, i just realized that a 20 Gauge Shotgun shell (empty, of course) fits perfectly into 1/2" Sch. 80 (1/2 'Thinwall') perfectly, up til the little metal flange at the end, which stops it from coming out when the gun is fired, ad in pipe serves same purpose.
Drill to remove remains of firing pin to provide hole for air. Good for a break-action gun

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