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Recover steel bearing balls/spheres

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Recover steel bearing balls/spheres

Unread postAuthor: Doctore » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:39 pm

I don't know about you, but for me steel spheres are very valuable as ammo. I can never find enough of these from old ball bearings, and once fired outdoors, there is a low chance of recovery.

I am aware than these projectiles cause drag, and from what I observed there is probably a loss of 5-10% of energy. But they are way easier to reload and I can always recover them. They are made out of steel spheres covered with two layers of fabric, secured by copper wire and electrical tape. If you don't use electrical tape fabric would tear easily.

Damage and slow motion videos will be uploaded very soon!
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Re: Recover steel bearing balls/spheres

Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:46 am

Once I started purchasing firearm ammunition, it definitely changed my perception of the cost of spudgun ammunition. 10mm steel balls are what, 10-15 cents each on eBay? I can buy 20 of them for the cost of one 12 gauge sabot slug...
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