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I have been shooting at 35 yards distance which is much longer than I'm used to. I'm surprised at how much energy heavy projectiles retain at this distance. For instance a 650 grain lead ball easily penetrates 1/2 inch thick plywood. I am getting signficant "drop" at this distance so have to aim above the target. The projectiles are travelling quite slowly, yet they pack a punch when they hit!

I am using black thera tubing and a big starship. If I used multiple thin flat bands I'd expect to get more speed, less drop and more penetration.
 

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I mostly use 5/16 inch stainless steel balls. They're not very heavy and lack penetrating power. But, they don't drop until I start shooting at objects 80+ yards away. When I'm going for penetration, I use 3/8 or 1/2 inch lead balls. -Matt
 
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