Hex Nuts, General Question

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by allan.leigh04, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. allan.leigh04

    allan.leigh04 New Member

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    <font face="Courier New"><font color="darkblue"><strong>Hi All,<br><br>Among other ammo, I fire 18.8 gram hex nuts, very accurate out to a bit beyond 10 meters, provided perfect placement in the pouch; that with the edges, do really serious damage.<br><br>I am going to get a small sand box, and fill the center with lead.<br><br>In the thought that regardless of the edge that strikes first, given I would assume they tumble in flight; the heavier lead will hopefully ensure the whole hex nut ends up striking flat, for max transfer of energy into the target.<br><br>I am very interested in others experiences, or thoughts on this idea, if possible.<br>Thinking the addition of lead to the center will bring the weight up to around 25 grams or there abouts.<br><br>Cheers Aussie Al in Thailand </strong></font></font>
     
  2. mhpr262

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    The lead will be right in the center of gravity so I would not expect it to somehow stabilize the flight of the ammo.
     

  3. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>That's what I think too. The lead will serve to make the ammo heavier, so it will travel a bit slower but have more momentum. You'll have an ammo with a slightly more parabolic trajectory that hits a bit harder. That's about it. Not a bad idea, and it's been done before with good results, but I haven't seen anything to indicate that it makes the nuts hit a certain way. But maybe nobody's thought to look at it that way before. Go ahead with it and see what happens. Experimentation is always cool. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6"></span>
     
  4. Truth Hunter

    Truth Hunter New Member

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    <font color="black"><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: normal"><font face="Cambria">I recently started collecting metric hex nuts<br>from work, the motors we receive are bolted to a piece of plywood, and we would<br>normally throw them out so asked boss if I could have them. :)Their more uniform<br>than rocks and free is a good price. </font></span></font>
     
  5. Slagskimmer Mike

    Slagskimmer Mike thinks TBG smells better than roses

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    <div>This thought crossed my mind for use in the M10 nut shooter, just to get more mass.<br><br>However, for handheld shooting the labor to just cast balls might be less than that of filling in nuts.<br><br>A bit to spend at first for a good mold, but you end up with maybe more time to shoot in the end.<br><br>I think I understand why you want them to hit flat, but I don't know how to influence the spin. My experience lately is with shooting steel cubes. The ones that hit flat (against sheet steel) punch through, or dent and drop. The ones that hit corner first take more energy with them when they bounce off across the country.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
    <br>All objects in the universe are either ammo, shooting platforms, or potential slingshot frames.<br> Of yeah, I forgot about targets</div>
     
  6. Hisownself

    Hisownself New Member

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    I shoot hex nuts a lot. I find it's not worth the effort to fill with lead (but I have bullet molds as well). The hex are accurate and hit hard, and actually do hit flat sometimes. I believe they randomly tumble and filling with lead will not stabilize, just make them heavier with slower flight etc as stated above.