I usually use 3/8''or .44 lead and they pack a whallop. But they can cost you, so i was thinking of getting hex nuts in bulk. They are cheap and can be flung away all day without hurting my wallet. Few sources say that shooting irregular shape projectile at close range (say within 25feet) wont affect accuracy much, plus the irregular shape improves damage potential. So has anyone tried hex nuts, in terms of lethality how do they match up to steel shots.
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Btw got different ammo to try 15mm hex nuts (more than 1/2'' wide), Lead- 180grain ball, 120 grain torpedoes and diamond shape lead ammo too for penetration. And blowgun darts for fun. So which ammo looks promising for slingshot close range hunting. 180 gr is too heave to shoot effectively with the bands im going to use though.
I sometimes use 1/2'' nuts at 10 meter (33ft)they fly the same as regular ball shaped ammo. I would say up to 15 meters(50ft) definitely they fly the same .Maybe there is not even any differents dont know.
There is a problem with odd shaped ammo when hunting, especially nuts. They make more noise than round ammo. If hunting, it means that the game has more warning of the projectile. They don’t even notice incoming round ammo until it is too late. -- Tex
Yup my 15mm hex nuts are also around 7-8grams that is towards 120 grains, same weight as the diamond and torpedo lead shots except lead is denser. Lead projectiles are double the price$$ but I suspect that they have double the deadliness especially the irregular shaped lead sinkers.
I doubt noise will matter when hunting avians at close distance, birds cant react to noise as fast as mammals can. Rats etc are a real problem, they can jump a noisy shot.
Ok. I shot 100 1/4 inch hex nuts this weekend. They seemed to do pretty well. I would not use them as my standard ammo however. I did have a few that went wild and had a couple fork hits which I have never had before. Overall I was pretty accurate with them. If they were cheaper I would use them.
hex nuts filled with lead will definitely pack a whallop. but I dont like to do work for the ammo. Plus they are very heavy use them with powerful bands. Egg shape lead ammo no, but I bought diamond shape ones and long shape ones will try them once Ive completed my slingshot, will start tomorrow. Im sure they have some potential to do some real damage. the .44 cal lead round ball thru my experience does hit hard but my problem with it is trajectory and penetration.
If you get the 3/8 hex you can knock a 3/8 steel ball in it. the 1/4 inch is too light. It is a good idea to shoot hex heads with a slingshot you do not like because a fork hit can be very damaging. I know hitting a finger is bad.