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105,000 grain projectile

Discussion in 'Firearms Chat' started by TheDoubleD, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. TheDoubleD

    TheDoubleD Marksman

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    Well the move has been made. My bowling ball mortar is now in Oklahoma.

    Before I left Montana I made one last attempt at launching a bowling ball 1 one mile.

    Here is my "shooting range". The piece of grass sticking out from the right in the stubble is 1 mile from the firing point. The ridge is about 200 yards beyond the grass. The ridge just flattens out and the stubble extends for another 1/2 mile.

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    I fired 4 shots. I started with 1 lb of Fa and a 105,000 grain round ball. (15 pound bowling ball.)



    I fired two 1 lb shots. When fired the balls, went beyond the ridge. I reduced my load to 12 ozs and fired two more balls, those also went beyond the ridge.

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    When we went to look for the balls we could not find them. We suspect wind drift carried them off to the west-right into a planted crop area, close to an over grown grass area. This is pretty rock gravelly ground so I don't think the balls buried themselves.

    I wish could have found the balls to take measurements. Oh well.

    The Mortar and I are in OK now. My mile shot days are over. It take a lot of powder for those kind of shots. The recoil from that kind of charge is pretty hard on equipment. I will stick to shorter ranges from now on, say no more than 500 yards..

    I have a couple more fittings to make and then I will paint everything. Once that is done I will look for someplace to shoot in OK.

    I had talk to OK F.A.S.T about shooting in Guymon in September. They said they would get back to me.
     
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  2. MacFromOK

    MacFromOK Sharpshooter

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    I hope someone's combine doesn't find them... :/
     
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  3. lasher

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    upwind from the smoke cloud i presume?
     
  4. Jack T.

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    My first thought. . .blowing ball will wreck havoc on (very expensive) agriculture equipment.
     
  5. TheDoubleD

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    With experience only with combines with headers for wheat and barley, it is less problem than hitting a rock. The ball is smooth round and just rolls up on the deck. Same thing with a swather. Now rocks, they are something different they can get caught in cutters and teeth and play havoc.
     
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