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Posted: 6/19/2014 5:45:18 AM EDT
I inherited a few from an office cleanout kind of involuntary. Boss at work wheeled out a big rolling bag and said someone get rid of this shit. Bag has 2 bowling balls in rough shape with finger holes fitted for some kind of monkey. I threw the bag in my trunk thinking of building a bowling ball canon but realized that I wont spend the time and money on something that needs expensive and hard to find ammo.

Now I'm really wondering what a 69 gr hp .223 or .308 will do to them Maybe .45 ACP?

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:46:13 AM EDT
Well, there's a question you don't see every day.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:46:40 AM EDT
Yes, with an SKS. They have a cork center.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:47:57 AM EDT
.308 will break them, and .223 will chip them up. pistol rounds didn't seem to do much except bounce off. I recommend long shots.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:48:02 AM EDT
Rifle rounds will break it. .45 will probably just chip it, unless it's a direct center shot.

I bet the ricochets will be wicked. Warn everyone to get away for 5 miles around.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:50:39 AM EDT
That was my first thought on what the ricochets would be like.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:51:57 AM EDT
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This is the type of question where the result is only found with trial and error. Tag for video...

Tannerite in the finger holes please...
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:52:52 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:54:51 AM EDT
OP you need to get to the bottom of this ASAP. Video is mandatory.
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This is the type of question where the result is only found with trial and error. Tag for video...

Tannerite in the finger holes please...
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Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:54:54 AM EDT
With a .50
Anything worth shooting, is worth shooting with a .50
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:55:23 AM EDT
6 or so over the years.
first 3, 300 win mag......explosion!
all i have shot had a concrete (or something very similar) center, never found a cork one.
smaller calibers = ricochet, which left me feeling nervous rather than having fun
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:55:45 AM EDT
Maybe set on a coffee can full of Tannerite?
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 5:57:25 AM EDT
Shoot it straight in one of the finger holes

I bet it splits in half
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:26:57 AM EDT
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I have the tannerite....


My luck would be the thing would crash through my roof and destroy my beer fridge.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:30:25 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By bowbender7:



I have the tannerite....


My luck would be the thing would crash through my roof and destroy my beer fridge.
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Originally Posted By bowbender7:
Originally Posted By Gator:
Maybe set on a coffee can full of Tannerite?



I have the tannerite....


My luck would be the thing would crash through my roof and destroy my beer fridge.

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Just drink all the beer first. Then it will be funny.

ETA: Don't forget to post the video.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:32:06 AM EDT
The pins.... you're supposed to shoot at the bowling pins....

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:33:50 AM EDT


it gets good at 1:03
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:34:05 AM EDT
.50 cal makes them explode. 5.56 chips them. .308 breaks off chunks.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:36:03 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:38:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:38:15 AM EDT
Pack the thumb hole with tannerite and tape it up. Shoot the tape.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:38:50 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By WildApple:
Shoot it straight in one of the finger holes

I bet it splits in half
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That would be fun to try.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:46:41 AM EDT
No but I shot a really old set of billiard balls with a .308. I swear the fuckers went up like they were packed with tannerite.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:47:38 AM EDT
Build a trebuchet. Buy lots of Guiness. Spend a memorable weekend.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:49:23 AM EDT
I've never shot a bowling ball but we did use a bowling ball and three old TV's for an interesting game of lawn bowling once.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:51:43 AM EDT
before you destroy it... ebay search it

you never know what people pay lots of money for

chances are slim but I would much rather shoot up a $2 ball versus one worth $2000
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:54:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By DeltaElite777:
The pins.... you're supposed to shoot at the bowling pins....

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I once, stupidly, shot bowling pins with 12ga. #8. Thank God for eye pro. There was blood.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 7:00:48 AM EDT
I have and couple rounds came back. Decided it was a bad idea. I have thrown one out of a car window going about 40, they turn into a giant fucking super ball. This too is not recommended.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 7:02:18 AM EDT
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I have and couple rounds came back. Decided it was a bad idea. I have thrown one out of a car window going about 40, they turn into a giant fucking super ball. This too is not recommended.
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Yeah, everyone knows you don't release the ball until you hit 100.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 7:08:15 AM EDT
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Yeah, everyone knows you don't release the ball until you hit 100.
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I have and couple rounds came back. Decided it was a bad idea. I have thrown one out of a car window going about 40, they turn into a giant fucking super ball. This too is not recommended.
Yeah, everyone knows you don't release the ball until you hit 100.


Same with a plaster cast of Jesus from a town Nativity.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 7:37:36 AM EDT
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Yeah, everyone knows you don't release the ball until you hit 100.
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Originally Posted By 69CougarXR7:
I have and couple rounds came back. Decided it was a bad idea. I have thrown one out of a car window going about 40, they turn into a giant fucking super ball. This too is not recommended.
Yeah, everyone knows you don't release the ball until you hit 100.

...and lined up straight for the garbage cans.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:26:03 AM EDT
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I have and couple rounds came back. Decided it was a bad idea. I have thrown one out of a car window going about 40, they turn into a giant fucking super ball. This too is not recommended.
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Hard to believe, but they bounce when thrown down towards the ground. Get it onto concrete and you can almost bounce them like a basketball.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:38:12 AM EDT
they do fun things at 600M with .50 BMG.


Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:41:39 AM EDT
You'll shoot yer Eye Out!
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:41:55 AM EDT
Me,
screwed a big eye bolt, and hung from a tree with rope.
blows chunks off nicely.
I get mine at Catholic Charity thrift store for a couple bucks...they look like giant malted milk balls inside.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:43:22 AM EDT
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they do fun things at 600M with .50 BMG.



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With all due respect, I don't have a .50 .308 is the biggest rifle caliber I own.


Wait just a fucking minute - what about a 12 gauge slug ? I have that!






Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:44:47 AM EDT
Yes. A friend of mine and I were at a dirt pit shooting back in the late eighties or early nineties. A couple of bowhunters showed up and told us there was a bowling ball out in the weeds they'd shot with a .357 magnum a few days earlier. It had a few gouges in it, but no deep cracking. We shot it a dozen or so times with a .44 magnum with pretty much the same results. We broke out a Chinese AK I'd bought a few years earlier and my buddies HK93 and opened up at the same time. 60 rounds of .223 and 7.62x39 left it in golf ball sized pieces.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:45:33 AM EDT
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With all due respect, I don't have a .50 .308 is the biggest rifle caliber I own.


Wait just a fucking minute - what about a 12 gauge slug ? I have that!

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Originally Posted By bowbender7:
Originally Posted By sirensong:
they do fun things at 600M with .50 BMG.





With all due respect, I don't have a .50 .308 is the biggest rifle caliber I own.


Wait just a fucking minute - what about a 12 gauge slug ? I have that!

That would be pretty awesome. Do it, and video it.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:48:27 AM EDT
Be damned careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I shot one with a pistol and shotgun long ago. Pistol rounds bounced off. The shotgun pellets got ugly. I peppered myself with them and caught one in my teeth hard enough that I thought I might have broken one.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:48:42 AM EDT
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With all due respect, I don't have a .50 .308 is the biggest rifle caliber I own.


Wait just a fucking minute - what about a 12 gauge slug ? I have that!

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Originally Posted By bowbender7:
Originally Posted By sirensong:
they do fun things at 600M with .50 BMG.





With all due respect, I don't have a .50 .308 is the biggest rifle caliber I own.


Wait just a fucking minute - what about a 12 gauge slug ? I have that!


.308 will take some nice chips out, but you probably won't see anything gleefully catastrophic.

that said...tag for slug AAR!
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:49:43 AM EDT
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Be damned careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I shot one with a pistol and shotgun long ago. Pistol rounds bounced off. The shotgun pellets got ugly. I peppered myself with them and caught one in my teeth hard enough that I thought I might have broken one.
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Damn man, I would expect a slug wouldn't bounce off though due to its size. Pellets I could understand because of small size. Glad you didn't get too hurt.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:53:18 AM EDT
It might shoot you back.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:57:31 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By StewartTR:
No but I shot a really old set of billiard balls with a .308. I swear the fuckers went up like they were packed with tannerite.
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Late 1800's early 1900's pool balls and eyeglasses frames were made from ............Nitro-cellulose, ie. Gun cotton. Basically the same as single base gunpowder. As a former Optician, I collected old, cool, eyeglass frames. I have actually ground some very old frames down using sandpaper and loaded a cast lead bullet in a 30-06 case with the powder. We used a fuse through the primer hole to set if off. Was more like ppffffffftttt, than a bang or pop. So yes , they will burn, and I can see a pool ball going off as a result of the energy of impact from a .308 giving it a much more violent ignition impulse, similar to a real primer.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:01:09 AM EDT
shot a bowling pin once, nothing spectacular
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:02:30 AM EDT
Dig a post hole.

Place a can of bp in the hole.

Place bowling ball on top.

Ignite.

Run like hell.

Redneck mortar.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:05:00 AM EDT
I suggest 00 Buck from about 10 feet away.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:05:31 AM EDT
I have gotten shot back at a match hitting a bowling pin with birdshot.

I'd be concerned shooting the ball with anything lower velocity like a slug it very well may come right back at you
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