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Unread postAuthor: janish89 » Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:14 pm

ok, i'm just starting to make my first potato gun...any tips for the best kind of potato and fuel to use?
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:18 pm

Best type of potato: one that fits good and is cheap
Best type of fuel: propane
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Unread postAuthor: Benny » Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:21 pm

the best type of potato is.... all the potatos in the world muhahahahah!
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Unread postAuthor: sgort87 » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:53 pm

They say Gold Russets are the best I'm pretty sure.
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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:33 am

I havn't heard of even any claims that a certain type of potato is better.
However, I'd venture to say there would be a couple criterion to look for:

Starch content: higher starch content means higher density (albeit only a few percent)
Physical condition: stronger potatoes mean less launch fragmentation.
Shape: spherical potates would produce more symetrical slugs, presumable resulting in higher accuracy.
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Unread postAuthor: frogy » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:50 am

I love Russets because their bigger than regular Idahoe's and they seen more dense also, so they produce stronger slugs that seal the barrel good and they have good center of gravity for me, so they don't tumble in the air...
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Unread postAuthor: drac » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:06 pm

boilingleadbath wrote:I havn't heard of even any claims that a certain type of potato is better.
However, I'd venture to say there would be a couple criterion to look for:

Starch content: higher starch content means higher density (albeit only a few percent)
Physical condition: stronger potatoes mean less launch fragmentation.
Shape: spherical potates would produce more symetrical slugs, presumable resulting in higher accuracy.


BLB, do you exist to make stupid people like me feel..err... stupider?

I never really thought about the physical characteristics before, other than taking weight to size (density). :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: sgort87 » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:44 pm

Yeah he's got no pity on the weak minded. I at least try.

Though I often find myself on the other side of the fence. Damn my stubborn dumbass self...
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Unread postAuthor: WOW!! » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:52 pm

I use bakeing potatos. From what i have tested(not really lol) they hold up a little bit better and if you get hungry you can eat the. lol. The best thing to do is take a peisce of pipe the same size as your barrel and put a potato in it and then frezze it. And then take the potato out and well la . They stand up really well and do a lot of damage.

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Unread postAuthor: Mihlrad » Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:24 am

for the one inch barrel i have i use the little red potatoes, like 10 cents each with my whole foods discount of 20%, and for bigger 2 inch barrel, idahos.
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Unread postAuthor: Slick37c » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:46 pm

Try sticking a glowstick through one for a crazy tracer effect.
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:52 pm

The only potatoes I've bought so far are Yukon Gold potatoes. They hold up fine and are only about 3 bucks a bag or so.
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Unread postAuthor: Velocity » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:58 pm

really? I dont like the yukon gold ones... i have used them before

I know russets are great... i think idaho's are good as well
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Unread postAuthor: WOW!! » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:11 pm

There is a line of potatos against a wall, how do you tell witch one is a ho?



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