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I grew up around machinist who worked the mines, their own shops or in factories. We also shot and hunted a lot. Most of those I grew up with when they hear or read BB think of only one thing .177 cal air gun ammo. When we talked bearings it was either ball bearing or size and ball bearing. Size and steel was also used for ball bearings. Those of us who used ball bearings in marbles games call them steelies. After I started reloading I had a new term to learn BB shot.

I understand the way BB is used with slingshots, but it confuses many people. Most that I work with now only came up with air gun ammo as what BB described. Flatband came up with using SB for ball bearing, but it did not catch on.

Is there a way to cut down on confusing the terms?

Wayne
 

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I grew up around machinist who worked the mines, their own shops or in factories. We also shot and hunted a lot. Most of those I grew up with when they hear or read BB think of only one thing .177 cal air gun ammo. When we talked bearings it was either ball bearing or size and ball bearing. Size and steel was also used for ball bearings. Those of us who used ball bearings in marbles games call them steelies. After I started reloading I had a new term to learn BB shot.

I understand the way BB is used with slingshots, but it confuses many people. Most that I work with now only came up with air gun ammo as what BB described. Flatband came up with using SB for ball bearing, but it did not catch on.

Is there a way to cut down on confusing the terms?

Wayne
Probably not. Terms get picked up by newcomers and misused and eventually acquire the new meaning. For a fine example see PFS on this forum.

BB originally was a shot size, measuring .18 diameter. .177 steel air rifle ammo actually measures a bit less than .177 to ensure that the shot functioned properly in early air guns. BBs as airgun ammo is actually a distortion of the original meaning.

 

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your question is an interesting one and Charles is right. but! when you wiki BB's or BB you get anything but your answer. BB's eventually have 1 reference to air soft gun ammo. so in the end many times you just have to take the meaning from other references in the question. with the evolving language a person has to be flexible, that is why sometimes i ask a person to be more specific. no one is wrong in most cases, just their reference.
 

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blame Daisy for the bb confusion .
ive always thought of the small 4.5 as bb's and anything bigger as buckshot or balls. if im thinking of the round balls for a mechanical purpose, i refer to them as bearings . im with newcon , it depends on your purpose .
 

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All the above is very true. The confusion is like Newconvert said when it is used alone. If I see it alone I automaticly think of the air gun ammo.
 
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