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I have a question?
« on: July 22, 2018, 02:20:23 PM »
Reusable ballistic gel has been around for several years. The chunk I bought is about half its original size, but still usable, albeit sort of dirty-gray. Remelting and pouring it back into a mold is messy, and time consuming. (https://www.amazon.com/Ballistic-Solution-Synthetic-Clear-Ballistics/dp/B0108CHZXY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1532293704&sr=8-3&keywords=ballistic+gel)

About 2 years ago, I bought a package of green florist foam. I'm sure most folks are aware of it, as it retains moisture. Turns out, it sort-of acts like flesh, in that is shows entrance and exit damage, as well as internal damage you can see if you slice it open with an X-acto knife. (https://www.amazon.com/Floral-Blocks-Florist-Styrofoam-applied/dp/B079828SPB/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1532293859&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=florist+foam&psc=1)

I'm the first to admit it is NOT flesh, and the wound channel isn't what I would call natural, like ballistic gel is supposed to be(?). But Bullfrog pointed out to me (which I sort of agree with), that the skirt of a pellet causes most of the wound channel in an animal (for me, birds for the most part!). So today, even though it is in the 100s°, I shot a couple of the blocks at about 50 yards. The pellet went through the block, but hit the backstop almost perpendicular to the flight path. Perhaps Bullfrog is on to something?

Surely (no, that's not your name!), someone else on this forum has tried other material besides ballistic gel (clay?), and I'd like to know what material was used?


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Re: I have a question?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 04:12:36 PM »
Reusable ballistic gel has been around for several years. The chunk I bought is about half its original size, but still usable, albeit sort of dirty-gray. Remelting and pouring it back into a mold is messy, and time consuming. (https://www.amazon.com/Ballistic-Solution-Synthetic-Clear-Ballistics/dp/B0108CHZXY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1532293704&sr=8-3&keywords=ballistic+gel)

About 2 years ago, I bought a package of green florist foam. I'm sure most folks are aware of it, as it retains moisture. Turns out, it sort-of acts like flesh, in that is shows entrance and exit damage, as well as internal damage you can see if you slice it open with an X-acto knife. (https://www.amazon.com/Floral-Blocks-Florist-Styrofoam-applied/dp/B079828SPB/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1532293859&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=florist+foam&psc=1)

I'm the first to admit it is NOT flesh, and the wound channel isn't what I would call natural, like ballistic gel is supposed to be(?). But Bullfrog pointed out to me (which I sort of agree with), that the skirt of a pellet causes most of the wound channel in an animal (for me, birds for the most part!). So today, even though it is in the 100s°, I shot a couple of the blocks at about 50 yards. The pellet went through the block, but hit the backstop almost perpendicular to the flight path. Perhaps Bullfrog is on to something?

Surely (no, that's not your name!), someone else on this forum has tried other material besides ballistic gel (clay?), and I'd like to know what material was used?



Alan,

You mean the pellets didn't melt before they got there?  105 here today can't even breath outside.
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Re: I have a question?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2018, 01:40:50 PM »
I often use multiple milk jugs filled with water to test expansion. I've also used play dough.

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Re: I have a question?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2018, 11:41:37 PM »
A while back I bought a bunch of scrap candles and melted them down to try using wax as a pellet trap. I figured I’d shoot a  bunch , melt the wax and the lead would sink to the bottom. Easy to separate out the lead to melt down.

It occurred to me that it could be used as a substitute for ballistics hell.
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