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Bowling Ball Cannon

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Arcli9ht, Sep 27, 2003.

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  1. Arcli9ht

    Arcli9ht Member

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  2. Mark Tyson

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    Oh . . . my . . . goodness . . .

    Is this thing registered as a destructive device?
     
  3. MagKnightX

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    Fun! I need one of those.

    But Doc Nickel standing downrange from that beast is not smart.
     
  4. gun-fucious

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    as i told the koolaid drinking Bradyite one night

    "so you want to completely eliminate guns from the public?

    see that lamppost over there?

    Thats a gun in 1 hour"
     
  5. ACP230

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    Commercial versions of the bowling ball mortar are available from a couple of sources. Check out the ads on sturmgewehr.com. There are some available there now, I think.

    They're expensive but well made.
     
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    Nope. You don't even need to have/use an FFL to buy one.
     
  7. Mike Irwin

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    Years ago a friend and I made a series of mortars that culminated with our shooting a 1 pound can of baked beans about 800 yards...
     
  8. 4v50 Gary

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    Met a park police Lt. who told me that as a youth, he was part of a "Union" mortar crew that re-enacted for the public. Instead of the two or less ounces of powder they normally used, they, while inebriated, poured in a pound. :eek: Now, we're talking about 20 pound mortar round and not a can o' baked beans. Well, the report was pleasing enough and the ball sailed into the air like it was designed to - and out of sight. Opps.

    They formed a skirmish line and marched forward in the direction of the ball. About a mile later, they found it and happily enough, no car or person was beneath it. The poor sober soljers got a royal chewing out from the Park Ranger for that stunt but they knew they deserved it. :D

    Anyone in San Bruno CA should swing by Tabor Engineering. Frank Tabor has one for bowling balls and while not pretty, it works. He once demolished a tree with it.
     
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    Sorta takes pin shooting to a whole new level, huh?
     
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    Be sure and read his footnote...:p
     
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    When the Doc wrote he was 'downrange' to get the next photo, I think he meant he was on the other side of the firingline. Wish he did take photos of the impacts too.

    What they need to do is set up ten pins down range and shoot for a strike.
     
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    I like it!!!
    Do you realize that with bore that size you could use a mop to clean it?:D
     
  13. MagKnightX

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    Actually, you know what I'm thinking?

    "Bowling for Moore's apartment."

    :evil:
     
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    ROTFLMAO...

    oh, the visions in my head right now....

    Thanks...
    R
     
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    Now that would be worthy of an Oscar.
     
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    If you used duckpin balls that would be like the old cannister shot!
     
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    ****!!!!!! ROFLMFAO!!!! I needed that.:D
     
  18. 50 Shooter

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    I'll just say that I know of at least three, they are awesome.
     

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    Thing I love about em is the whistle the holes create as they arc in the air....................................waaaaaay up there.

    [​IMG]
     
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    As long as the balls don't hit any rocks you can recycle them. ;)
     
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    Man talk about penetration. I wonder if Speer would make gold dot ball for it. :D
     
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    Put that at the top of the X-mas wish list!:D
     
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    I had a Pat McManus flashback. From memory, but it's pretty close.

    Deputy: Now you boys know you shouldn't be out here smoking.

    Pat: Shoot, if you'd been out here sooner you could have seen us while we were still on fire.

    .....
    Deputy: Sorry about your dog.


    I get a smile just thinking about that one. It's one of my favorites.
     
  25. labgrade

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    Those are the ones I've seen, rick314.

    From my limited knowledge, they use a cut-off ox-acetelene tank mounted on an "X/Y"/motar mount.

    Drilled to accept a standard percussion cap & use some amount of black powder as the charge. You pull a string & the cap takes the whole thing off & away - basically a percussion muzzle loader - just at a higher elevation.

    Betcha Bill ll (w/4 Ls) could fill y'all in some..... he's made some things.

    BBWs shoot a standard bowling ball about 500 yds+ downrange & in fairly sodt dirt, you'll have to dig to rcover the shot.

    Nighttimes, they'll fill the fingerholes with a "paste" that gives quite the nice tacer effect. ;)

    In any event, the spin of the ball always whistles like an SOB .... firing turns the ball into a dot in about one heartbeat.

    Quite the trick.
     
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