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MountainDevil54 06-23-2017 10:40 AM

Golf Ball dents on round balls
Just amazes me what you hear at rendezvous. All the old timers still living by made up myths of denting your round balls like a golf ball so they fly straighter and longer :s2: I didnt say anything but, it just amazes me how these guys still believe in stupid stuff like that.

I got some hell for my 1:48 twist but then when I bring up, the original hawken rifles had a 1:48 but, just with deeper rifling, you see a lot of open mouths and toes digging into the dirt.

Then the lubes... 'Ah Use spit!

Yeah? Hows that work for a hunting lube after a week being loaded in the barrel?

Now naturally some of the hard cases were probably older than pete and twice as hard headed lol, and no longer hunting, so I understand their part for using spit on the firing range. I am not a fan of using spit, especially when its 98* and no wind blowing, So I use my own packaged lube.

Then you get help because you are holding the rifle wrong... Ok, I am always looking for tips on that, but when you show me how to hold it and its uncomfortable and the barrel bobs up and down or feels loose in your shoulder, thats not going to make for a consistent hold or shot placement.

Ahhh anyway, just had to vent a little.

Muley Hunter 06-23-2017 10:57 AM

I don't think I ever used spit for a patch lube. Just to swab the bore out.

Cold weather hunting with spit would be a disaster in just a few hours.

Dimples on the ball is interesting. It does make the golf ball fly straighter and I believe farther too. It must give some lift. Not that i'd bother to do it.

bronko22000 06-23-2017 11:00 AM

Actually Jon there may be some truth to the dimples on a round ball! (http://entertainment.howstuffworks.c...question37.htm)

I can just see someone in his workshop with a center punch tapping away at his round balls! Why not try it and see if someone will make a round ball mold for you (lmao).

Slowburn 06-23-2017 04:36 PM

I would love to see someone shooting them with dimples. Slice!!! fourrrr.... Lmbo... I would say if the weren't perfectly concentric in the bore that's exactly what would happen. Imo

Muley Hunter 06-23-2017 04:42 PM

You'd have to put side spin on the ball like in golf. Can a barrel do that?

cayugad 06-23-2017 06:31 PM

On the range I have used spit as a lube for the patch and ball. Even dish water soap. All of them worked good. Have swabbed the bore with the same. At one Rendezvous shoot there was a team that stood there with patch material hanging out of their mouth. That was their patch lube and swab material. They did real good with it too.

I still like moose milk. Cheap to make and works good in my rifles. As for dimples on the ball ... well I never heard of it or tried it.

hunters_life 06-23-2017 07:37 PM

Muley Hunter, not completely correct. The underspin created from the angle of the drivers, woods, irons, or wedges will give a golf ball a bit of lift but that isn't the reason they go longer, well most of the reason anyway. It is mostly because of the buffering effect that reduces drag that gives a golf ball more distance. I just wonder what kind of effect rifling would have on a ball. You think it would make it hook or slice? Shoot at a deer, yell FOUR, just in case I guess.

Muley Hunter 06-24-2017 07:08 AM

A golf club hitting the ball obviously put back spin on the ball, but if you don't hit the ball square you put side spin also on it. That's what puts the curve whether slice of hook on the ball. A barrel from a gun can't do that. All it can do is revolve the ball.

Now we know the dimples create less drag. The ball should maintain velocity better than an undimpled ball.

Slowburn 06-24-2017 09:14 PM

Muley, wouldn't the rifling combined with the dimples cause the bullet to spin excessively and as the velocity drops the drag would increase and cause the round to act similar to spin drift with a smooth bullet? The golf ball will go straight for a while but starts curving as velocity drops. I think I'll just stick with what I know flies straight for me.

MountainDevil54 06-24-2017 09:20 PM

I forget who did the testing, but some one, years ago, before I was born most likely, did this golf ball test and found it to be a myth. Even someone with a car tried it! LOL.

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