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What ammo for public park?
May 20th, 2020 at 1:13am
 
I have some rubber balls that are 3cm diameter,  but they bounce like crazy.  Thought golf balls...  Tennis balls seem to big can't load up with ammo with out having to bend down.

I wish I could find 3-4cm long footballs.  I really like throwing with spheroid shape ammo.

At a loss...
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Reply #1 - May 20th, 2020 at 4:15am
 
Hi Shakli!


Here's a magical fairy wand! Cheesy It picks up tennis balls  and hangs onto my shorts when I'm not using it.  I used to love slinging tennis balls at parks and I can't wait to try my new wand soon haha. Let us know what ammo you end up liking the best Smiley
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Reply #2 - May 20th, 2020 at 4:50am
 
I don't understand your problem with tennis balls. They are great safe ammo, don't fly too far either for retrieval.
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Reply #3 - May 20th, 2020 at 4:58am
 
Tennis balls are probably the most “publicly” accepted ammunition. Golf balls are not recommended in public
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Reply #4 - May 20th, 2020 at 7:53am
 
Anything you wouldn’t want to be hit by is probably not great ammo for parks. I’ve had a couple close calls in my younger, more foolish days and it’s just not worth it. Tennis balls are also great because you can practice at a tennis court and the fence will keep everything in.

I prefer the tennis balls made for dogs which are smaller and denser yet look like tennis balls.  If bending over is an issue there are all sorts of cheap devices that you can use to gather tennis balls without throwing your back out.
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Reply #5 - May 20th, 2020 at 10:35am
 
I agree. Tennis balls are the way to go.  If you want spheroids, you may have to build yourself a mold and make your own. There are a lot of prop-making urethane foams that would work.  Or you can do something like this:

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1572045361/5#5
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Reply #6 - May 20th, 2020 at 12:35pm
 
I prefer the tennis ball's less popular cousin, the street hockey ball.  The weight is very close, a street hockey ball usually weighs a few grams less.  They don't have any fuzz, so if they get dirty cleanup is easier.  And they are designed to be low bounce.  If you drop a tennis ball and a street hockey ball from the same height, the tennis ball bounces 2-3 times higher.  No precise measurements for that, just eyeballing it.

Although if one of your issues with a tennis ball is the size, this won't be of much help because that is pretty much the same.
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Reply #7 - May 20th, 2020 at 1:23pm
 
Tennis balls are best for this. What you need is a good ammo pouch. There are some good suggestions here:

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1496762002/0
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Reply #8 - May 20th, 2020 at 1:27pm
 
Since you seem adept at making your own ammo and prefer non-spherical shapes, perhaps you could make some rusty balls, but change out the sand for something more lightweight, like foam beads?

As I recall rusty balls are heavyweight balloons with the tube bit cut off and about 10 or so stretched over an interior material like sand (dry sand). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nQQk8meHXE
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Reply #9 - May 20th, 2020 at 1:28pm
 
Rusty balls are great sling ammo, but they hit real hard.
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Reply #10 - May 20th, 2020 at 1:31pm
 
Hence the suggestion to change the sand to foam beads.
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Reply #11 - May 20th, 2020 at 3:48pm
 
IronGoober wrote on May 20th, 2020 at 1:27pm:
Since you seem adept at making your own ammo and prefer non-spherical shapes, perhaps you could make some rusty balls, but change out the sand for something more lightweight, like foam beads?

As I recall rusty balls are heavyweight balloons with the tube bit cut off and about 10 or so stretched over an interior material like sand (dry sand). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nQQk8meHXE


ooh this could work well just have to find some really small balloons.  Thanks so much  Smiley
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Reply #12 - May 20th, 2020 at 11:52pm
 
   These are balls from a New Zealand game called GolfCross.  I've never tried them but they look like they'd be awesome sling projectiles... though not necessarily for a public park.
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Reply #13 - May 21st, 2020 at 1:26am
 
Wow!  More than $40 for 6 golfcross balls?  No wonder it hasn’t become more popular!
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Reply #14 - May 21st, 2020 at 9:46am
 
IronGoober wrote on May 20th, 2020 at 1:27pm:
Since you seem adept at making your own ammo and prefer non-spherical shapes, perhaps you could make some rusty balls, but change out the sand for something more lightweight, like foam beads?

As I recall rusty balls are heavyweight balloons with the tube bit cut off and about 10 or so stretched over an interior material like sand (dry sand). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nQQk8meHXE


I may have to look into this as well. Seems like an excellent safe-ish ammo. At least as safe as tennis balls. And I also don’t care for spherical ammo when I can avoid it so this might be the best of both worlds. Thanks IG.
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