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Experiment in fired clay sling bullets
Mar 16th, 2020 at 10:37am
 
Experiment by David Sim, here (journal of the South Shields society, devoted to experimental archaeology of Roman army)

http://arbsoc.org.uk/arbeia-journal/4588598107

p. 64, with some experimental data and some thoughts on why firing clay shot is a good idea

EDIT:
the journal issue is volume 6-7 of 1997-8 (2001). Apologies for omission !! I thought I was linking more precisely
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Re: Experiment in fired clay sling bullets
Reply #1 - Mar 16th, 2020 at 2:10pm
 
Some interesting things in those journals, thanks for sharing.
I have experimented with fired clay projectiles and I can attest that they can become very hard if the right clay and temper material is used.
Once fired, clay projectiles can certainly have a lot of benefits over even river rounded stones.
+ you can make them buzz/whistle!
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Re: Experiment in fired clay sling bullets
Reply #2 - Mar 17th, 2020 at 8:13am
 
The thing is most clay would have been made and dried in a fire or a fires embers overnight.

So it would all have ben fired to one extent or another.
Christian and uwe have been using fired glandes in the ompetitions for a few years.
Unless it hits the metal diana they don't break, just bounce off the wood.

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