Thursday, August 27, 2015
I was sent some buckyballs to shoot out of a shotgun. They are 5mm neodymium magnet. How will they work as shotgun rounds? Will they stay stuck together when they are shot?
Each shell has 28 balls in it. Overall weight is only about half an ounce.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
I was sent these photos of "Polёva Bullets" in their original box and packaging. These were made in the early 80's. These are for a 12 ga shotgun and actually include sabots. In our video of these rounds, we received 2, 16ga rounds without the sabots. We weren't sure what they were at the time but many people from Latvia and Russia quickly set us in the right direction. Absolutely NO American knew what the rounds were.
The rounds are bundled in paper in groups of 5. There are instructions on the paper wrapping. I have only seen a few photos of these rounds on the internet and have never seen photos of the box or packaging.
It would appear that these were intended for people capable of doing their own reloading. What I don't know is the availability of shotgun ammo at the time these were made. Were the spent shells used over and over again, or was it possible to buy bird shot, and simply replace the innards of the shell with these rounds? Remember, this was the early 80's and times were quite different than they are now.
The gentleman who sent these photos may be open to sending me some of them so we can test them out.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
Out of the blue, a viewer contacted me about some aluminum slugs that he machined.
What is unique about these giant, .700" x 2" rounds is they have riflings milled into the
sides. There are 6 milled slots equally and perfectly spaced around the slug. The
machinist even went as far as setting them a precise pitches, or twists. The ratio is 1:28, 1:20, and 1:10. In other words, for every 28 inches, a 1:28 pitch will rotate one turn.
That may not seem very fast but at supersonic speeds, the spin should be enough to stabilize the rounds.
Since we use a smooth bore shotgun, there is no rifling so this may be a solution for
stabilizing the rounds. We do not know if they will work or not, and that is the fun about trying these experimental rounds.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
We will be shooting some capsules full of rust powder in our next series of tests. These capsules are the same ones used for the "water bullets". The problem with those was the shockwave/energy created a "hydroshock" that pushed the water through the plastic capsule and blew it out.
Instead of a liquid, we will use fine rust powder, and a little lead shot for weight. We all ready tested one and it left the barrel intact and the capsule blew up in a cloud of red dust when it hit a pile of sand.
We will try these in a few different configurations. The long tip will act like a vane and should cause the round to flip 180 deg. after it leaves the barrel. If the tip is snipped off, it may allow some of the rust powder to leave and it might have interesting results. If most of the end is cut off, then the rust should spew out of the gun in the big cloud.
Of course, we really don't know what will happen until we try them. I fabricated 7 of these rounds.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
At the last shoot where we shot the pellets, etc. we didn't have time to film some rust slugs I fabbed up. Not only are the shotgun shells old and rusty, the slug is made out of rust.
I had a bag of rust chunks someone gave me so I ran some of that through a coffee grinder to turn it into a fine powder. I then mixed the rust with hot wax.
Since smaller particles collectively have more surface area than the same volume of larger particles, we'll see how well these slugs hold up. More surface area, the stronger the bond and less space between the particles. In this case, bigger is NOT better.
The slugs are not very heavy, weighing in at only 4/10ths of an ounce.