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Casting your own sabots...for 6 bucks!!

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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:04 pm

Just wanted to update my progress on sabot refinement. I went out last night to do some night shooting and tried some new sabots, and they basically sucked. I will now make a simple mold out of some plastic pipe and glue a golf ball to it and pour in some strong arts and crafts molding clay stuff I picked up for 6 bucks. It should be strong and rigid during combustion so the golf ball ought to be released while going straight hopefully.
I can cushion the blow by just stuffing some paper towel behind it so the shock isn't so violent on the casting. I'll update later. This should be good.
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Re: Moddeling clay???

Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:19 pm

Moonbogg wrote:Just wanted to update my progress on sabot refinement. I went out last night to do some night shooting and tried some new sabots, and they basically sucked. I will now make a simple mold out of some plastic pipe and glue a golf ball to it and pour in some strong arts and crafts molding clay stuff I picked up for 6 bucks. It should be strong and rigid during combustion so the golf ball ought to be released while going straight hopefully.
I can cushion the blow by just stuffing some paper towel behind it so the shock isn't so violent on the casting. I'll update later. This should be good.


:?: Modeling clay? How much will it weigh. Might want to plug the new launched mass into HGDT to see if something else would be lighter.
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Re: Moddeling clay???

Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:28 pm

Technician1002 wrote:
Moonbogg wrote:Just wanted to update my progress on sabot refinement. I went out last night to do some night shooting and tried some new sabots, and they basically sucked. I will now make a simple mold out of some plastic pipe and glue a golf ball to it and pour in some strong arts and crafts molding clay stuff I picked up for 6 bucks. It should be strong and rigid during combustion so the golf ball ought to be released while going straight hopefully.
I can cushion the blow by just stuffing some paper towel behind it so the shock isn't so violent on the casting. I'll update later. This should be good.


:?: Modeling clay? How much will it weigh. Might want to plug the new launched mass into HGDT to see if something else would be lighter.


Yeah that crossed my mind for a second. The clay might be a bullet in itself....hmm. Now theres an idea!
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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:38 pm

Sabots anyone?

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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:50 pm

How does the arrow get throught those rings?
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Unread postAuthor: ramses » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:52 pm

they are probably sliced so they just tumble off after it leaves the barrel. maybe taped on a little for ease of loading.
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:54 pm

Dude, is that a twelve inch nail?!

No offense Moonbogg, but I kinda like RCMan's sabots better... You should try it, I know I will.
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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:59 pm

Yes, it is a concrete nail. It is more than capable of penetrating 1/4in steel. The arrow doesnt go through it, it is held in place inside the barrel by it
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Unread postAuthor: ramses » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:06 pm

can I ask how much said nail set you back? and where you got it?

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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:12 pm

It was $2 at True Value
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Re: Casting your own sabots...for 6 bucks!!

Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:04 pm

Moonbogg wrote:Just wanted to update my progress on sabot refinement. I went out last night to do some night shooting and tried some new sabots, and they basically sucked. I will now make a simple mold out of some plastic pipe and glue a golf ball to it and pour in some strong arts and crafts molding clay stuff I picked up for 6 bucks. It should be strong and rigid during combustion so the golf ball ought to be released while going straight hopefully.
I can cushion the blow by just stuffing some paper towel behind it so the shock isn't so violent on the casting. I'll update later. This should be good.


how much did you get for 6bux??? you can get liteweight body filler for like 12bux a gallon, and yes, it makes great bullets... :twisted:

if you're shooting gb's at targets within 100yds, just take an old sock, drope the ball into it, ziptie tightly behind the ball and then cut off the excess sock, the fly straight, but the texture causes them to scrub speed quickly after 120 or so yds, but at 100 yds they punch through 7/8" plywood...
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:07 pm

The foam sabots for the nail don't fly out of the barrel before the nail, leaving behind? The foam is so light compared to the nail I would be afraid of them just slipping off the nail and fly out out super fast while the heavy nail lags behind unguided. So the foam must have a really tight grip on the nail then right? If it works I will totally do that.
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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:42 pm

Moonbogg wrote:The foam sabots for the nail don't fly out of the barrel before the nail, leaving behind? The foam is so light compared to the nail I would be afraid of them just slipping off the nail and fly out out super fast while the heavy nail lags behind unguided. So the foam must have a really tight grip on the nail then right? If it works I will totally do that.


You caught a good point. There is a foam piston behind the round that isn't shown.
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:40 pm

rcman50166 wrote:You caught a good point. There is a foam piston behind the round that isn't shown.


Oh, excellent. Damn, I bet those really work great then. Its on my list of things to try, like soon.
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