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    Quote Originally Posted by FLcracker View Post
    Several years ago I built a 'potato gun' using PVC tubing and a gas BBQ starter for a trigger.... That thing would launch a spud 75-100 yards easily using some KY elevation.

    Though admittedly mine was a 'magnum', using diesel engine starting fluid (ether), instead of the recommended hair spray. Fun toy!...

    I have a genuine fondness for Civil War era field pieces.... I'd love to have a 50% scale model, just to load up and fire, sans ammo, on bang-bang holidays like the 4th etc. They're around, but pricey as hell when you find one.

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    My buddy built one(his may have been steel with a PVC stand, it's been so long im not sure) when we were kids and it used propane and we started launching the old pool balls from his father bar into the hudson river. At the right angle and enough propane we could launch them and never see a splash so we think some may have hit land on the other side and the river is pretty wide there.After that we figured we better stop.
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    When thread started, besides thinking of little bro, I also thought of large pvc potater gun. Large city north, Denton TX, still remember news several years ago, teen firing Large gun, glanced down barrel after ftf. Kid lost side of his head plus that eye. I think he lived. And also, probably wrong...but I "think" they were shooting large frogs from it....I think.
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    Yeah, found it. Hey, pretty good memory for an old coot...over twenty years ago...seemed more recent...
    -4/16/2003 | AP
    Posted on ‎4‎/‎16‎/‎2003‎ ‎3‎:‎58‎:‎12‎ ‎PM by Ag88
    Teen blinded when frog shot from potato gun Associated Press
    DALLAS - A teenager was blinded after being struck in the face with a frog shot from a so-called "potato gun."
    Daniel Benjamin Berry, 17, received the injury after he looked down the barrel of the gun's PVC pipe barrel and was hit in the face by the frog.
    "He is going to be blind in both eyes," Daniel's mother, Lisa Berry, said.
    Potato guns are made of pipe with one end sealed. A potato is wedged into the open end and a flammable liquid put into a sealed chamber is ignited, launching the object.
    Denton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Kevin Patton said the accident occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday when Daniel Berry joined a crowed of teenagers watching the gun be fired.
    When it misfired, Daniel Berry looked down the barrel to see what was wrong when the gun went off, Patton said.
    "He said it just went off. It was a misfire. It hit him square in the face," Lisa Berry said, adding that her son had broken bones in his face that would require surgery.
    Patton said no charges would be filed.
    "This is the first incident involving a potato gun that we have had to deal with," he said. "What are you going to do? This was an accident."
    Lisa Berry said the accident ruined her son's career dreams.
    "All he ever wanted to do was be an Air Force pilot," she said. "That isn't going to happen now."
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    ^^^ Damn! The things we do when we're young and dumb. I know i got lucky more than once...probably more times than i can count.
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    I was the one who started this thread. I misspoke when I said used 45 grains FFF. I used 75 grains. When I load two golf balls at the same time it seems that they go further than just one. Must cause more compression .
    They launch at 45 degrees and if you don't look sharp you won't see them at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor runes View Post
    I was the one who started this thread. I misspoke when I said used 45 grains FFF. I used 75 grains. When I load two golf balls at the same time it seems that they go further than just one. Must cause more compression .
    They launch at 45 degrees and if you don't look sharp you won't see them at all.
    Sorry for any thread drift.
    Loading two is interesting, must be compression involved....don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor runes View Post
    I was the one who started this thread. I misspoke when I said used 45 grains FFF. I used 75 grains. When I load two golf balls at the same time it seems that they go further than just one. Must cause more compression .
    They launch at 45 degrees and if you don't look sharp you won't see them at all.
    Much better!
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    By the way, that's a lot of FFF. When I said that I was using 140 grains of Pyrodex, it was Pyrodex RS which is comparable to FF and a lot slower than FFF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Square target View Post
    ^^^ Damn! The things we do when we're young and dumb. I know i got lucky more than once...probably more times than i can count.
    What's young got to do with it?..... "Hey Bubba!, Hold my beer and watch this!!"

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