Marbles vs Rocks

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by tokSick, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    From the begining i shoot with rocks but 2 weeks ago i bought marbles. I choose my rocks to be almost the same size and weight. I thought i will be more accurate with marbles because of the shape but i am not. From 10 metres i hit 4 times on 10 with marbles, same distance 7/8 on 10 with rocks. I can' t figure out why. Do someone have an idea?<br>I shoot on cans.
     
  2. JoergS

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    It's probably just a question of getting used to this new ammo.
     

  3. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Belive me, i tryed but i can' t. Even on a moving target but i still better with rocks. To me it is better that way because rocks are free but i hesitate to buy steel balls because of that. I shoot only on targets, never hunt.
     
  4. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    And i found out that rocks are more destructive than marbles. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13">
     
  5. zamarion

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    i shoot both rocks and marbles rocks do more damage but for me marbles are more accurate because of the aerodynamics and i dont realy have roundish rocks only somewhat flat or pointy ones and those are as aerodynamic as a common sea cucumber:p
     
  6. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i used rock but now i use marbles and shoot way better<br>
     
  7. tokSick

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    just went to a shooting session in the fields nearby and, no contest, the rocks rocks. I came home and took the steel ball out of an old computer mouse and tryed it as ammo... it was way better than rocks or marbles. That steel ball is 28 grams, the marbles 5.2 grams and the rocks between 5.8 and 7 grams. I think i got the point. Now i have to invest in steel balls but i have to wait till the end of the month because of no money( godverdomme!!!!).
     
  8. Wargasm

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    I'd look into casting lead balls. I think it would be cheaper than buying steel balls, not initially but in the long run. Plus you get more mass with lead compared to steel, and less chance of it bouncing back.<br>
     
  9. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td class="quote">I'd look into casting lead balls. I think it would be cheaper than buying steel balls, not initially but in the long run. Plus you get more mass with lead compared to steel, and less chance of it bouncing back.<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>I'm looking into it... I have a cheap hotplate and some cookware that is disposable.... The molds are sort of expensive though so I want to make my own... :s another project <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br><br>You know man, I have lots of steel balls but I'm afraid to shoot them since I live in the city ... yesterday I made a marble make that ricochet sound of a bullet... I'm afraid to lose the steel and afraid to kill someone lol! I have shot it indoors some... dangerous if you dont prepare properly ...<br><br><img src="http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/7469/img2012041600611.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><br><img src="http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/1771/img2012041600610.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><br><img src="http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/7312/img2012041600609.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><br><br><br><br><img src="http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/1065/img2012041600608.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><br><img src="http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/7939/img2012041600607.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2012-04-16<br><br>The desk was an impromptu chrony test to see if it worked :p The gf hasn't noticed yet! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_silent.png" alt="silent" longdesc="25"><br><br><br>I like shooting rocks though , the odd shapes are very cool for a change, but for target shooting my mind thinks that circular balls are better so I'm stuck... Hussey wasn't disabled like I am hehe :s</span>
     
  10. tokSick

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    <tr><td class="quote">I'd look into casting lead balls. I think it would be cheaper than buying steel balls, not initially but in the long run. Plus you get more mass with lead compared to steel, and less chance of it bouncing back.<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Make my own lead balls would be cool but my gf will drive crazy. She already do because of all my stuff, slingshots, zipguns, nunchaku, tools, etc... Plus she have a 16 years teenager and he try sometimes to do things that he saw me doing, that' s why i have to be careful. I love him like a son and i really don' t want him to get hurt because of me. He is a smart boy but he still a teen. I will find a solution later to cast my ammo, maybe at a friend' s house. But for the moment i will try steel balls first. I am planning to make a portable catch box some how, something that i will be able to open/close to not loose my ammo and take with my in the fields nearby.</span>
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td class="quote">I'd look into casting lead balls. I think it would be cheaper than buying steel balls, not initially but in the long run. Plus you get more mass with lead compared to steel, and less chance of it bouncing back.<br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Make my own lead balls would be cool but my gf will drive crazy. She already do because of all my stuff, slingshots, zipguns, nunchaku, tools, etc... Plus she have a 16 years teenager and he try sometimes to do things that he saw me doing, that' s why i have to be careful. I love him like a son and i really don' t want him to get hurt because of me. He is a smart boy but he still a teen. I will find a solution later to cast my ammo, maybe at a friend' s house. But for the moment i will try steel balls first. I am planning to make a portable catch box some how, something that i will be able to open/close to not loose my ammo and take with my in the fields nearby.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>Hmmm, have you ever seen the fold up camping chairs? Maybe a small one would make a good catch box if you added a drop sheet. The advantage would be in its compact size and the fact you now have a chair with you to sit on <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"></span>
     
  12. JoergS

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    I once made a very good catchbox from an old suitcase. It had a mesh in the lid to hold stuff in, I put rags inside of the mesh and shot against the opened suitcase. The balls fell into the main compartment.
     
  13. zamarion

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    i have something simular to joergs only i use a different kind of box
     
  14. tokSick

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    I think i will have more satisfaction in the building process. I mean, from the idea to the final product. I saw so many homemade catch boxes on the forums and they are pretty nice but i just want to try my self in making one. I allready have some ideas and i know i will come up with something. I just prefer to walk than running too fast and fall, if you know what i mean.<br>Thanks guys for your ideas, i keep them in mind for the futur.
     
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br><br>Good thing cats have 9 lives, the way the ammo seems to be flying at your house. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br><br><br>As far as rocks go, some people shoot them very accurately and some (like me) can't hit the broadside of a barn with them at a meter away. Of course, living in the high desert area that I do, there really aren't many rocks that are anywhere near round in shape. Most are flat or square and just refuse to fly straight. They fly about 5 meters and then make a 30 degree turn and fly off into the desert at random angles. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"> If rocks work for you, I'd keep using them. Like you say, they are free and plentiful.</span>
     
  16. ketansa

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    <tr><td class="quote">just went to a shooting session in the fields nearby and, no contest, the rocks rocks. I came home and took the steel ball out of an old computer mouse and tryed it as ammo... it was way better than rocks or marbles. That steel ball is 28 grams, the marbles 5.2 grams and the rocks between 5.8 and 7 grams. I think i got the point. Now i have to invest in steel balls but i have to wait till the end of the month because of no money( godverdomme!!!!).</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>toksick, for a time being, look into junk places if you have any around. you will find some bearings, or even old mouse, from which you can derive the steel balls.</span>
     
  17. tokSick

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    Hello,<br>I had time to learn shooting with marbles and now it is ok. Every day i get beter and accurate.
     
  18. mjnilles

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    I've been using marbles, but have noticed that they slow down dramatically after a short distance due to low mass. Steel balls seem to work best for me, I can never get rocks to fly straight. Sometimes you can find steel bearings in car parts at the junkyards for free.