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Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

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Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:48 pm

I think it would be ideal to make a simple mold and create some biodegradable ammo. Liquid wood or something? Some sort of plaster or clay? Something that won't damage an aluminum barrel that can be fired off into the desert without acting as a high-powered litter delivery device would be cool.
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Re: Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:01 am

Over the long haul plaster of paris is water soluable. That said, it's gonna take a long time for it to disappear in the desert.
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Re: Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:32 am

I'll just stick to fruits and vegetables when firing off into the distance. I'll consider it a high-powered snack delivery device for desert critters. I still think limes are pretty much an unbeatable choice of ammo. Tough skin that can take a good 2 to 3x shot.
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Re: Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:45 am

You'd need to keep it a bit cool so not the best idea for the desert but Pykrete would be an option. Clay is also an interesting idea, you'd cause much furrowing of brows in future archeologists :D

Alternatively, how about something in the style of a Röchling shell?

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They'll bury themselves well out of sight if you're firing at a certain elevation... here they are tested on Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau in Belgium:

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Re: Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

Unread postAuthor: Cthulhu » Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:32 am

Seed Bombs! I don't know if they'll grow in the desert, but these little guys can be made quite sturdy and will decompose into flowers or other plants wherever they land
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I used to make these to shoot with my slingshot when I was a little kid and filled my backyard with tons of bluebonnets :lol:
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