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Sorted out my ammo - forged steel balls
May 9th, 2019 at 9:54pm
 
Hi fellow slingers,

I have been using various typès and weight of ammo.
Granite rouned beach pebbles 85g to about 150g
Lead egg bullets 56g and 84g
Hand made and moulded clay ovoids 90g, 110g and 125g.

Love them all, but!

I have discovered forged solid mild steel balls.
Check out your local wroughtiron components suppliers.

I bought x50 30mm dia 111g/4oz (36p each before vat and shipping) for £26 delivered. Will be painting them hi viz yellow, the suface is quite rough and should take paint well.

25mm dia weigh about 70g and 35mm dia about 170g.

These things fly, no effort and accuacy is great. But deadly, take great care when you use them. Stating the obvious.

I sling on an old disused british gravel all weather football pitch so can find steelballs easily.

As I have said, x50 4oz missiles for about 50p each and a bit of time to paint, perfect.

Check out that wrought iron supplier, i think they are used to weld on to fence posts. Enjoy.

Slingingrocksforfun now balls of steel.


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Re: Sorted out my ammo - forged steel balls
Reply #1 - May 10th, 2019 at 1:09am
 
Would love to see a video! How much did they cost?
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Reply #2 - May 10th, 2019 at 3:13am
 
I've used a 2 inch steel ball and I've got some smaller sized ones that I haven't wanted to use in fear of loosing them. They really do pack quite the punch.
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Reply #3 - May 10th, 2019 at 1:40pm
 
Not sure how to post photos or video.

My steel balls are not shiny they are a dull grey mild steel finish. They need to be painted a bright colour to help find them after slinging.

They cost 36p each before vat and shipping.
Shipping can be a killer, depends where you live.
There may be a wrought iron components supplier near you, I found a company on line and postage wasn't too bad.

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Reply #4 - May 10th, 2019 at 1:55pm
 
You add them as attachments or, for video, it can be easier to put them on YouTube then add a link.
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Reply #5 - May 10th, 2019 at 3:59pm
 
Well I got all curious and started searching online, I found these. They are cast and have a seem, not sure if that would matter.
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Reply #6 - May 10th, 2019 at 5:11pm
 
Can be found cheaper then that.  Alot of slingshot shooters, I know can help me out to find  wholesalers. What part of Maine are you jn?
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Reply #7 - May 11th, 2019 at 6:10am
 
I don't know how to resize photos so i hope this is not too large.

30mm 4oz forged steel balls before painting

There are a number of UK online sites. I got mine from North Valley Forge Ltd

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Reply #8 - May 11th, 2019 at 6:21am
 
Hi Vetryan15.

Alot of slingshot ammo is too light for a sling.
These are more substantial.
35mm balls weigh 170g; (6 oz))
30mm 111g; (4 oz)
25mm 70g ( 2 1/2 oz).
Mine do not have a seam, don't think it would matter too much.

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Reply #9 - May 11th, 2019 at 8:12am
 
For anybody living in Ireland check out KScroll LTD wrought iron specialists.
Forged steel balls;
30mm, 130 gram, (4  1/4 oz) 33p each before vat and postage.

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Reply #10 - May 11th, 2019 at 4:11pm
 
slingingrocksforfun wrote on May 11th, 2019 at 6:21am:
Hi Vetryan15.

Alot of slingshot ammo is too light for a sling.
These are more substantial.
35mm balls weigh 170g; (6 oz))
30mm 111g; (4 oz)
25mm 70g ( 2 1/2 oz).
Mine do not have a seam, don't think it would matter too much.

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Yeh, the smaller ones are, I agree. But I know people within the slingshot world who shoot 1in ball bearings.  1/2 in is a very common ammo used with slingshots.  I use 45 cal. Myself.  But using a 1/2in (use multiple or even singular) can cause damage or 1 in ball bearing, Is a good size as well
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Reply #11 - May 11th, 2019 at 5:28pm
 
Steel balls are effective. Here's an my old video.
(38mm/240g ball bearings)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BdcX1pyBPw
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Reply #12 - May 12th, 2019 at 10:43am
 
Is there a ricochet problem? I switched from steel to lead for catty ammo because the steel is in my op too dangerous (ricochets).
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Re: Sorted out my ammo - forged steel balls
Reply #13 - May 12th, 2019 at 1:12pm
 
hit a solid target and yes they will richochet.

Though the difference hers seems to be that, these aren't ball bearings.
Which are milled, but a cheaper steel that is forged in moulds. Like making a lead glande.

So might deform easier and not bounce as much.

But still, pretty lethal ammo to be slinging on a regular basis.

check out bottom of this thread for picture resizer - try and aim, for no larger than 1024x768
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https://www.fhbrundle.co.uk/groups/0513D__Steel_Spheres_and_Hemispheres
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Re: Sorted out my ammo - forged steel balls
Reply #14 - May 12th, 2019 at 1:25pm
 
   Though I've never done this, on previous threads some of the guys mentioned using ball bearings from junk car wheels.  This might be a viable, cheap option.
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