marbles for hunting

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by rashid100, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. rashid100

    rashid100 New Member

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    hello guys. just wanted to know if i could use marbles for hunting doves and pigeons. are they accurate? how effective are they?? i did post this question on another forum but i wanted to know what you guys think.<br>thanx<br>cheers <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28">
     
  2. abz123

    abz123 New Member

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    i use marbles to play with my slingshot, i haven't shot anything but by the looks of it they are pretty effective and accurate.
     

  3. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    I use marbles and 10 mm steel ball on cans for taret. Marbles are accurate enough for that purpose but i think it is not effective for hunting. At 10 meters the marbles don' t penetrate the can everytime, the steel balls do. If you hunt with marbles you will make the prey suffer, even with steel balls they will not die instantly everytime and you will have to break the neck to finish it. I think hunting with marbles would be cruel.
     
  4. softgoat

    softgoat New Member

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    I agree marbles are accurate but not enough weight, go for steel or better yet lead if you can. Joerg proves marbles can be deadly in this video.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVdq1Z5cSvA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVdq1Z5cSvA</a> <br><br>but he uses a lot of power to get those results. A .45 calibre lead ball with the same band set and draw would have easily gone clean through the gelatine block.
     
  5. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    uhm, no<br>marbles are too light, in the penetration vid from joerg<br>for hunting i would take 12mm steel, but i have no experience with it so correct me if i'm wrong
     
  6. DangerMaus

    DangerMaus New Member

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    I agree with the others here. Marbles are way too light. Your best bet for small birds would be .45 cal. lead balls. The lead will retain more energy and result in a cleaner kill.
     
  7. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    That' s what you need... a clean kill. I saw on forums that the people who hunt use lead balls or steel balls( mostely lead balls). I don' t know exactly why lead but it have to be a reason for that. Hope you hunt for eating or harmful animals( rats, pigeons,etc... ). Hunting for fun is just <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_silent.png" alt="silent" longdesc="25">.
     
  8. Saderath

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    I think they use lead balls because 12mm lead (weighs 10.22 gramms) is heavier than 12mm steel (weighs 7.06 gramms) so that means more damage on impact. And also to get the same weight out of steel you would need a 13.575mm steel ball. So in theory a 13.575mm would produce more air friction than a 12mm that would cause loss of speed for a clean kill. Please correct me if i'm wrong <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  9. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    I really don' t know but i think, what you said makes sense. About hunting i am a real idiot( not only hunting and that' s the story of my life) <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/drunken_smilie.png" alt="drunken" longdesc="30"> .
     
  10. DaveSteve

    DaveSteve New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Saderath wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I think they use lead balls because 12mm lead (weighs 10.22 gramms) is heavier than 12mm steel (weighs 7.06 gramms) so that means more damage on impact. And also to get the same weight out of steel you would need a 13.575mm steel ball. So in theory a 13.575mm would produce more air friction than a 12mm that would cause loss of speed for a clean kill. Please correct me if i'm wrong <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I agree. This is the reason why lead is more effective.</span>
     
  11. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    I'd go with lead balls too. .375-.380 should be plenty for dove and pigeon. For larger critters, I'd go up to .440-.454 balls. I get mine here: <a href="http://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/Item.aspx/127/1" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/Item.aspx/127/1</a>. Not cheap like they used to be, but a 100 round box will last a long time.
     
  12. rashid100

    rashid100 New Member

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    thanx for the advice guys!!! i am using marbles for practice and steel for hunting. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28">
     
  13. DaveN

    DaveN New Member

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    I use lead balls for hunting More impact for the same size ?... remember the lead is heavier,,so its moving slower ,if they are of the same size. The lead deforms usually so it helps out when it comes to ricochets..the ball itself will absorb some of the energy The lead balls also have a rough surface , helping it keep placement in the pouch. The steel and marbles being smooth surfaced ,tend to move in the pouch,even if the is a centering hole in it . Try climbing a hill side and taking a quick shot ,,you`ll see what i ,mean about the lead staying centered better. Good Luck hunting
     
  14. Arturo Borquez

    Arturo Borquez Administrator

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    If you hunt (ie. rabbits), lead could contaminate the flesh and human metabolism cannot eliminate it, steel is safe (no contamination) to health. The best way is a hit travelling both lungs an the heart (with luck). I hunted many rabbits (all eaten ... tasty) who used to devastate my wife garden with a crossbow, but it is too heavy and loosed many arrows crashing with rocks behind them. I am starting slingshot practice but I am not proficient enough to give the animal a clean ethic kill, I never fire my crossbow if I am not sure to do a quick granted kill ...
     
  15. ghost0311/8541

    ghost0311/8541 New Member

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    I use them and take a lot of game with them what i like about them they skip if you shoot to low and some time i still hit what i am trying to hit anf on a all day hunt they dont weight ad much