Aluminium sling shot ammo?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Zer0OneZer0, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Zer0OneZer0

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    I know that aluminium is an easy metal to melt but how would it be for ammo? I'm also wondering on how heavy it would be ( since i know aluminium is a lighter metal ) just wondering to see if any one can help me out. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6">
     
  2. Find out for yourself .....<br>Depending on the size ball ... So note the density / weight.<br>-<br>Melting point of lead is much better! Density etc. Moshhärte less ....!<br><br>Wood's metal to melt even easier! Melting point of 60 degrees! Dangerous!
     

  3. Zer0OneZer0

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    I'm looking for a cheap metal that melts at pretty low temperatures that's not lead and weighs pretty light so if any one can help. thanks, sorry Thorsten I don't get much money and woods metal is a bit out of my price range!<img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6">
     
  4. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    aluminium would even be lighter than marbles, but maybe solder could make an alternative? I don't know how expensive that is.
     
  5. tokSick

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    I think lead is way cheaper than alum and easier to melt. Alum will not be good for ammo imo, too light..
     
  6. Zer0OneZer0

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    <tr><td class="quote">I think lead is way cheaper than alum and easier to melt. Alum will not be good for ammo imo, too light..</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"> but doesnt lead have a chance of giving you lead poisening? I don't want to have to deal with being poisened plus i also have more acess to alum than any thing else but id rather have some sort of quick heating metal</span>
     
  7. tokSick

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    There is no problem with lead if you use protections, mask, glasses, gloves, fan to ventilate the room, open door or window( or doing it outside),... A lot of people are making their ammo that way, never heard someone having lead poisening problems. You are a young person, so, my advise would be; <u>do it under the supervision of an adult. <br></u>
     
  8. I performed a series of experiments on various types of light ammunition, one of which consisted of shooting ten balls of folded up aluminium foil (five from each of my slingshots) at a cardboard box, the result was only two of the five balls penetrating both sides of the box when shot from my "Barnett Diablo pro" and only one of them penetrating into the box, with none at all passing through it, when shot from my homemade 'garbage slingshot".<br><br>I'm not entirely sure how well cast aluminium ammunition would perform, but I don't believe it would be effective due to the fact that aluminium is a very light and fairly soft metal; a bad combination of properties when it comes to making any kind of ammunition due to the resulting lack of momentum and kinetic energy.
     
  9. Bert the Welder

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    X2 what Toksick says. Doing it outdoors is best. On a stable, ground level surface. Lingering fumes in the house aren't good for others and accidents are less likely to get out of control outside. Having a fan bowl by your face will keep the bulk of the fumes away. An electric hot plate may be a better option apposed to an open flame. Heavy leather gloves, but not so much so that they are clumsy to work with. The local tire shops could be a great source of lead, free or cheap. Good for you for being learned enough to know lead is bad.<br>Marbles are a good option. Or try various size nuts to find a match for your band setup. Guys on here have been using short cut bits of threaded rod with great, devastating success( easy to cut with a hack saw too). Lots of options for ready-made ammo to try without having to make it.