What balls are you firing ?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by tayloriand, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. tayloriand

    tayloriand New Member

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    I'm currently using some 8mm steel balls.<br><br>However I was given around half a dozen 15mm steel balls and I had real fun with these in my Pocket Rocket from Gamekeeper John.<br>I was also more accurate when using the bigger lumps of steel.<br><br>What size and type of balls are you using? Do you use different balls for say plinking, target and hunting?<br><br>
     
  2. DukaThe

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    I use regular marbles, couse in Croatia I dont have access to different sized steel balls <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
     

  3. charlesgmorgan

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    I use stones for just plinking. I prefer .44 lead for target work. Steel ball I have to buy, but I can cast my own lead.<br><br><br><br>Cheers ....... Charles
     
  4. McMilchreis

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    I use 10mm steelballs for target shooting. I like the size and its perfect for my die cut pouches from performance catapults.
     
  5. Јузер Нејм

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    Glass marbles and rounded stones <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  6. Јузер Нејм

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>DukaThe wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I use regular marbles, couse in Croatia I dont have access to different sized steel balls <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Komsija, jesi li probao da zarezes kliker sa dve strane (kao dum-dum metak)? ZBas me zanima kako bi se ponasao pri udarcu u metu. Samo, pretpostavljam da bi mu trebala veca sila pri izbacaju iz pracke...<br><br>Pozdrav!</span>
     
  7. Antraxx

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>DukaThe wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I use regular marbles, couse in Croatia I dont have access to different sized steel balls <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>you don´t have access to ebay there?<br>a lot of people are selling catapultammunition there.<br><br>i only use stones atm, but i will swap to steelballs. i don´t find lead practical enough...if you hit a hard target it gets bend and you can´t use it again maybe. i also can´t meld it and forge new bulltes, so i think steel will do the best job.<br><br>P.S: Would be nice if you stick to the english language.</span>
     
  8. Јузер Нејм

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    Yea, i know. I saw that Duka is from my language area and asked him something about marbles. I came across idea of carve two little crooses on oposite sides of marbel, so, when it hits target, it could burst in pieces and make more damage, like dum-dum bullet (if that is english name for it). Do you think it is possible?<br>Cheers
     
  9. Antraxx

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    aren´t marbles way too expensve compared to regular steelballs?<br><br>if the target is close enough i´d also be afraid of glass getting into my eyes.
     
  10. Јузер Нејм

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    In China shop in my town i get bag of 100 pieces for 1 euro - so, they are cheap <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">. Dont know about steelbals, but I am shure they are far expensive than 1 euro for 100 pieces.<br>Target is at least 10 meters away with some blanket behint to amortize impact and collect ammo on the ground under, so there is no worry. I also shooted several times in flat concrete wall from around 5 meters, and particles flew everywhere but in my direction. Anyway, you can put on some funky sunglassses and go for it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br>Cheerz
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I got me marbles, and all assorted sizes of ball bearings and other metal slingshot rounds. I like rocks aswell, but they sorta eat the pouches up with repeated use... I get some really good ball bearings from my work, not sure of the size, but some are a bit bigger than marbles! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> and heavy as hell lol I would hate to be a rabbit taking one of them to the dome <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
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    <tr><td class="quote">aren´t marbles way too expensve compared to regular steelballs?<br><br>if the target is close enough i´d also be afraid of glass getting into my eyes.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>O , marbles are 1 penny each at the dollar store... where do you get yours?</span>
     
  12. tayloriand

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    I keep reading about marbles !<br><br>Do they every break or smash?
     
  13. Tobias

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    i use 16mm for target shooting and 20mm for destruktion and other fun!<br>no matter what you shoot, the ball should always be faster than 70m/s.
     
  14. Јузер Нејм

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    Well, not everyone breaks, only those who find it way to sam rock or wall, but not all. And when they do, it is excitement to me <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">. I thonk they would look awesome on slo-mo video! Any chance to see them smashing on slingshot channel?<br>Cheers!
     
  15. Јузер Нејм

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    *thonk is right word! ahahahahha
     
  16. DanielBenford

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>DukaThe wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I use regular marbles, couse in Croatia I dont have access to different sized steel balls <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
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    <span class="postbody"><br>You can find bearings in a lot of places, try splitting open old wheel bearings.</span>
     
  17. John S

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    Marbles have been very reliable for me and they are cheap here, 100 for a dollar. I'm sure there's better deals than that around. I've tried rocks but they curve so much!
     
  18. Antraxx

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    100 for a dollar? really?<br>do you have a link or something? and can you somehow find out their weight?
     
  19. tayloriand

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    Thanks for the replies, I think I'll get me some marbles.<br><br>I'm also going to get some 15mm steel balls.<br><br>I don't think my wife will allow me to melt lead on the cooker and mold lead balls in the kitchen.
     
  20. Joe

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    I go to the train tracks and pick up Iron ore its free and works great!