Ideas for biodegradable cannon-balls

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Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:48 pm

I think it would be ideal to make a simple mold and create some biodegradable ammo. Liquid wood or something? Some sort of plaster or clay? Something that won't damage an aluminum barrel that can be fired off into the desert without acting as a high-powered litter delivery device would be cool.
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:01 am

Over the long haul plaster of paris is water soluable. That said, it's gonna take a long time for it to disappear in the desert.
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:32 am

I'll just stick to fruits and vegetables when firing off into the distance. I'll consider it a high-powered snack delivery device for desert critters. I still think limes are pretty much an unbeatable choice of ammo. Tough skin that can take a good 2 to 3x shot.
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:45 am

You'd need to keep it a bit cool so not the best idea for the desert but Pykrete would be an option. Clay is also an interesting idea, you'd cause much furrowing of brows in future archeologists :D

Alternatively, how about something in the style of a Röchling shell?

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They'll bury themselves well out of sight if you're firing at a certain elevation... here they are tested on Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau in Belgium:

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Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:32 am

Seed Bombs! I don't know if they'll grow in the desert, but these little guys can be made quite sturdy and will decompose into flowers or other plants wherever they land
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I used to make these to shoot with my slingshot when I was a little kid and filled my backyard with tons of bluebonnets :lol:
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Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:15 pm

It sounds kinda weird but slingers (who use slings) make very cheap projectiles from clumping cat litter, just be sure to use clean litter.
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Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:04 am

Surely used cat litter comes with inbuilt "clumps" :)
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Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:10 pm

mrfoo wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:04 am
Surely used cat litter comes with inbuilt "clumps" :)
Highly effective. ;)
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:02 am

I got no problem s##ting right into the barrel myself. Hey JSR, can I borrow your chrony to see how fast it goes?
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Moonbogg wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:02 am
I got no problem s##ting right into the barrel myself. Hey JSR, can I borrow your chrony to see how fast it goes?
I will quote the late Senator Robert A. Taft, commenting on the return of Lend-Lease materials supplied to America's allies during the Second World War:
"Lending war equipment is a good deal like lending chewing gum—you certainly don't want the same gum back."
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