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Old 10-26-2009, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So .50 is worse, would .80 be better?

So I've been following the .50 caliber test data and it seems that the smaller ball is worse in terms of range and breakability. Could a .70 or a .80 caliber ball give us substantially better performance over .68 (in the way that .68 is better than .50) or have we reached a happy medium at .68?

I'm not talking cost or marketing or anything. Just curious about the physics etc.
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well the problem you will run into is that the ball will need to be fired slower to keep at our current standards. Im not going to get into the math as to psi or however they measure the force, but my guess would be about 225fps to keep at our standards. Since it is carrying more momentum, it would go about the same distance but have better breakability.
That would mean that if you could get an unnoticed shot on target, they are done, if not.... they can probably watch it coming and move out of the way at anything over 50ft away.
Not to mention that your efficiency numbers will decrease as well, pushing a much larger ball down range. Plus, you couldnt carry as much paint and boy what would that do to the speedball community?
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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someone said it good, or posted a quote...

if you shoot a battleship at 300fps it will go miles...
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if you shoot a battleship at 300fps it will go miles...
Iowa class have thicker shells than average.
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.80's been tried actually... Look up "Lazer Ball"

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Iowa class have thicker shells than average.
How thick? Thick enough to keep from barrel breaks and chops, or thick enough to get lens bounces?
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someone said it good, or posted a quote...

if you shoot a battleship at 300fps it will go miles...

it was aircraft carriers -

think about it, if you were shooting aircraft carriers out of your gun at 300 fps then they would travel for miles.


so then battleships would be .50 cal and aircraft carriers are .68


Hey Carter - I have a new idea for some testing, you have a naval base close by?
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.80's been tried actually... Look up "Lazer Ball"

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Weren't lazer balls made of foam, like reballs, and not paint?
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Yes... I meant to chime in and say they didn't count.

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Hey Carter - I have a new idea for some testing, you have a naval base close by?
Pourtsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The state lines were based on the path of the river and they re-routed the river when they put in sub pens, because of that NH residents working at the shipyard have to pay maine income taxes. pure BS.
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