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I use this for plinking around: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07KT4SZXV?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

It's 12mm decent size ammo, flys pretty true for the weight. Returns back to nature as dirt, so no harm no foul. Just an option.

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I just came across those the other day and will be getting some. I really like the idea of 1/2" clay compared to the regular 3/8".
They are so worth it. The 3/8 to me was just a bit small and strayed off Target.

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The steel should be even better. It has higher density, hence higher ballistic coefficient. It certainly has more consistent spherical shape than clay balls. We will see. With good recapturing arrangements steel may even be as affordable as clay.

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I hope so, I recently was watching a YouTube video. And heard that there are some ppl hunting with the clays. I couldn't believe that there are ppl who are but they aren't bad. They definitely might get the job done if you have nothing else.

I'm wanting to try 9.5mm steel though for a hunting setup. Won't be changing my band setup since that is delivering really good power. Let me know what you are getting your steels for, trying to get best deal as well.

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Or 3000 steel balls for $53. I don't want to buy that many, because I plan to recapture most of them. 500 steel balls should last as long as 3000 clay balls.

If I can recover 80%, I will still have more than 100 balls left after going through the balls 6 times or 3000 shots, so it can be more economical than shooting disposable clay balls.

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I use the catch box and recover about 90 percent. But the ones that cream the target shatter, as well as the ones that bounce on side of catch box. 1000 clays will last me 3 months. The shatters will kill the longevity.

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I plan to rig up a cardboard box trap with hanging t-shirt as backing. The paper target backed by cardboard or soft skin metal can will be hung in front of the fabric backing. Probably not much steel balls will shatter hitting those. I will see. Probably 500 balls will last me long enough.

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I built this a couple of months ago. Takes a beating and keeps on eating. I would do something stronger than card board some of those shots you will be pumping into it will be moving fast. After constant hits will more than likely break through.

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Kinda the cost to play. At least steel will eventually rust and return to nature. A good alternative to steel for use in the yard and out and about is to use clay ammo. Readily available from eBay and Amazon. I pay about $20 for 4000! Works out to basically shooting for free!
Curious as to how much the clay weighs, and it's diameter. Also, are they consistent in all shooting respects?

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Clays weigh less than steel if you are comparing same diameter to weight. So in order to get a better feel you have to get bigger diameter clay to kinda equal out. The 1/2 inch clay should get you where you want to be weight wise.

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Kinda the cost to play. At least steel will eventually rust and return to nature. A good alternative to steel for use in the yard and out and about is to use clay ammo. Readily available from eBay and Amazon. I pay about $20 for 4000! Works out to basically shooting for free!
Curious as to how much the clay weighs, and it's diameter. Also, are they consistent in all shooting respects?

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Clays weigh less than steel if you are comparing same diameter to weight. So in order to get a better feel you have to get bigger diameter clay to kinda equal out. The 1/2 inch clay should get you where you want to be weight wise.

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Are the clay balls consistent in size and weight ?

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I would say not 100% consistent. Sometimes you may get the some off smaller one. They do try to get you the same size and weight though. I have not had many problems with the clays that are 1/2" in size. The 3/8 ones were too inaccurate for me to keep shooting. And were just too darn small.

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I have shot both. The 3/8" is lighter and tends to have more variation in shape. It is expected as it is much cheaper per ball. They tends to be more sensitive to cross wind, so shooting indoor gets better results. I don't get to shoot indoor so I need to more conscious of the wind, which is a training in itself.

The 1/2" is more consistent in shape for more than double the price per ball. It is better ballistically, so it is doing better outdoor. I believe it also has higher "muzzle energy". The ball is bigger. It may feel funny with a small pouch.

I like the 1/2", but I will still buy 3/8" for it's low price. I will try out the 3/8" steel balls. If it works out, I actually may stop buying the 1/2" clay, and stay with 3/8" clay and steel.

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I feel you there, shoot what is best for your pocket.
 

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I'm not skilled enough to know good from bad results. However I just fitted #64 bands to the smaller fork as below and it worked very well with the 10mm clay balls.
It has been suggested that I go 2 bands to the fork tapering to 1 at the pouch for even more punch.

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Unrelated loving your Natty on the right there. Looks like a great shooter.

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