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.