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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:12 pm

a 2400fps golf ball?

i want to do a range shot to see if i break one mile. (or ten for that matter)

but really.. it will be hard to see and even harder to find afterwards.

any tips?
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:24 pm

Shoot over water?
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:25 pm

quite hard for me. lives on the country and it is not easy to drag a 21foot cannon and a compressor to the sea and have the cops sitting in their chairs eating dounuts after they hear a loud boom.
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Unread postAuthor: DrowningTrout » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:31 pm

You could use those Golf ball finding glasses. Apparently they make it easier to find... although I have never used them, I've heard of them.

Link: http://www.hammacher.com/publish/71144.asp

Could help, idk.
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Unread postAuthor: igpay » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:33 pm

I guess you live in the country, but you could do it like mythbusters, and lug your gun over to a closed strip of highway. :D
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:34 pm

i don't think it help, the ball can be miles from you and you don't know where
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:35 pm

Right, get yourself an F1 chrony then and measure the muzzle velocity. If you hit 2,400 fps at the muzzle, I think it would be safe to say that fired at a 40-50 degree angle, your golfball would have travelled at least a mile.
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Unread postAuthor: microman171 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:39 pm

in model rockets they have these locator becons, is there anyway to put one in a golf ball? (Drill out the FRONT and epoxy it in) then you just need to use the locater, a GPS, and google Earth
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:42 pm

microman171 wrote:in model rockets they have these locator becons, is there anyway to put one in a golf ball? (Drill out the FRONT and epoxy it in) then you just need to use the locater, a GPS, and google Earth


Model rockets accelerate much slower than spudgun projectiles, you'd need to ascertain that the detector could deal with the shock.

Also, where's the front of a golfball :? :D
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:43 pm

jack: i have a chrony beta.. (i am more into this stuff than you can think) :D

micro: almost nothing electronic will survive through that barrel. it has 30000G's
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:49 pm

You need to talk to some pumkin chuckers. They get milage on a regular bases with their cannons. Granted, they are shooting big orange things, but could probly give you a better way.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:51 pm

Well you could jump on google earth and find a good stretch of land around you with not many trees, and using google earth measure out 1 mile from your launching point.

Then when you launch, start looking for the ball from the mile mark, take 100m and give 200m. So cover an area 100m behind the mile mark, to 200m in front.

That's how I measure my golfballs, but they're only going ~400m. Out of 7 shots in one day, I think I found 5 of the balls, and I was shooting onto a golf course. So that's not that bad for 400m, a blind landing zone and a golf course where there are loads of trees, bunkers, ponds and other golfballs.
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Unread postAuthor: sandman » Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:05 pm

if u have never seen the movie "october sky" i think its called, but its bout model rockets, and to find one they lost, they did math and found there it landed, so if u can use and external ballistics calc, i would take that number and go +/- 5% and get a group to find that ball
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:08 pm

is there a easier way to find it?
like if i chrony it and messure the angle and do something with those numbers..
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Unread postAuthor: sandman » Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:11 pm

BTW whoever said bout the glasses, thats only for finding golfballs in the grass by blocking out the color green

and the other way is they make glow in the dark golfballs, so u could fire it at night after doing the maths would make it alot easier to follow and find
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