Slingshot Ammo: biodegradable

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Motomom34, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Since relocating we have not been using our slingshots at all. I looked on Amazon and found some biodegradable ammo. These pellets are made of clay, work pretty good but will leave a smudge mark on your hand if you hold them for too long. We can't shoot far because of the neighbors but these pellets are for practice and will shatter if they hit the fence which is what we wanted. I bought the 3/8" sized pellets and think the bigger ones would be better.

    So far we are really happy to be practicing and shooting again. Also, since they are grey and bio-degradable I do not have to worry about picking them up.

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  2. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    If they are biodegradable then you can't reuse the missed shots...
    And we will probably result to rocks when our ammo runs out anyway.
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  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Dollar tree gum balls, jaw breakers, and other hard round candies! That's The best bio degradable and frangible sling shot ammo you are likely to find, and most is the same appox size as regular ammo!
    For more lethal stuff without buying actual sling shot ammo and paying a premium, glass marbles work amazingly well, and are frangible when they hit hard stuff like rocks, but will still break bone and punch deep into wood! My Daisy Wrist Rocket with tweaked bands will generate about 140 foot pounds using 1/2 Oz. Ammo! Not something to snort at, that sort of power will kill a deer at close range!
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  4. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

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  5. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    If I had to use a biodegradable slingshot ammo I'd have to look for some kind of dried fruit so I could seed large areas without anybody noticing. Here on the beach I have a problem finding perfect slingshot stones, but I could launch prickly pear with a sling and a staff sling loaded with marl sand is devastating at close range.

    Your clay projectiles got me thinking about soft clay projectiles. I'm wondering if they'd be a less lethal way to give somebody a hint.
    I'm thinking the soft clay would expand on impact and create lots of pain, even if it didn't penetrate skin or break bones.
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  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Not too wild about glass (marbles) 'cause they don't biodegrade and if broken, will cut feet (or whatever). Candy, well, it's best use is in my stomach. I like those clay balls, conceptually.
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  7. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    use lead practice on the neighbors :D
  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I use heavy plastic ones to practice, which are biodegradable in about 15,000 years but I use them indoors only. I use a BB/pellet gun trap to hold them in, but they mostly fly all over.

    The clay ammo might be a great idea, especially if you don't want to end up eating your ammo or if you live in a very hot climate zone and the candy melts all over your hands or in your pockets. Still, I like the candy idea too because I do get a bit hungry from time to time...

  9. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
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  10. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I bought them so we can hangout on the patio and shoot. I didn't want marbles all over the back lawn plus they are pricey for practice. The candy is a good idea but will attract ants but I will pack some fireballs in our bags. They say practice, practice, practice so we are trying to figure out ways that will have low impact while living in our rental.

    You practice indoors? Don't the strays damage the walls?

    Do you use one of these?
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  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

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  12. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I think you got snookered-those look like dried deer poo to me:D
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  13. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Dad found 50 lb bucket of rusty 7/16" steel nuts he used in his sling shot , mad a beautiful sound buzzing through the air.
    I found some steel bearing like balls at the salvage yard not good for much else than sling shot ammo.
    Ive got some lead shot for reloading buck shot shells .
    When shooting any lead ammo , I have a lead back stop the shot buries it self in, so I"m not throwing it away.
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  14. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    I always thought conkers (horse chestnuts)would make the best ammo..... stabby and eco-friendly

  15. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Hickory nuts might also work.
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  16. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    Candy works really good you can also dig your own clay roll it into ball and bake in the oven on cookies sheets.
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  17. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Make a plaster pair of molds and be creative with your projectile designs of clay .
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  18. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    That would be cool. Plus @arleigh is correct I could put stuff in the middle like a pellet or something to make it heavier. These pellets are light weight.
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  19. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I was thinking miniature darts with creative insides.
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  20. KingBung

    KingBung Neophyte Monkey

    If you just want to shoot close and blow stuff up, Dog Food works great as a light frangible slingshot ammo.
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