I have been seeking alternatives to paintballs for some time and thought I had the perfect solution in the "dimpled wax shell powder balls" but they are now not available apparently despite the continued listing by several retailers.
I tried some yellow foamies which are fairly precise (52 grains+- 1) but will not cycle through my delightfully engineered TMC magazine. I can't say enough about this magazine. It is the main reason this quest for ammo is happening.
I ordered at considerable expense Bulls Breaker Balls, supposedly Nylon, but they are neither Nylon nor 68 cal, most around .645. Mass varied wildly with most about 33 grains but a group closer to 40. They cycle but will not hit in 12" circle at 5 meters.
Also shown are 3 actual paintballs, roughly spherical, don't store well, and the flight characteristics of a liquid filled roughly spherical object.
Marbles are too small.
Next I tried sleeving down the barrel to snugly fit the Bulls Breakers... video test:
The sleeve works but has longevity issues. It's only a couple thousandths of an inch thick.
It takes some technique but it can drop a glue ball +- 1.5 grains and just snug enough to take a puff of air to drive it through the barrel. Varying the temperature of the mold can give different diameters. I made some too tight to push through with lung power (cast at room temperature).
video test of glue balls:
Another idea to try is modifying the hot glue (talc filler) or try beeswax.
Also considering dipping marbles in epoxy and rolling in cork dust...
Machining a new barrel?!?! Might need some help on the 98 thread. I was considering buying a cheap barrel and boring it out for a metal sleeve.
Potatoes last one shot, so build reusable! Discuss ammo designs and ideas. Tough to find cannon part or questions? Ask here!
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We stopped importing them due to lack of sales, also they were quite expensive, around 40 of your finest Canadian dollars plus tax for a bag of 500.
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