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ORBITER and URN Hand-crafted Shotgun Slugs


alright kids show you something really
fun okay hit it today on you make it we shoot it we have shotgun slugs that are literally
figuratively out of this world We have two shotgun slugs today one called the
orbiter and one called the urn The urn is made out of all steel has a big
hollow point on the front and i believe was made out of a copy machine roller
the remarkable thing is all these slugs are made using a hacksaw a drill press
and some files the orbiter was inspired by the shape of the Apollo command
module used during the lunar landings the workmanship is very impressive on
both the slugs even blued afterwards Evan told me that he state some of my
videos on what slugs with have worked in the past and what haven’t worked and used
that as the basis for his design Since the slugs were slightly undersized he
used a split sabot design just to fill the space in the barrel pretty
impressive stuff there Evan and his wife Jessica have a store
on facebook and they also have a store on etsy i have a link to both of these
websites in the descriptions where you can even buy an orbiter slug for
yourself as you can see we have five urn slugs and two orbiters slugs to test alright so today we’re shooting the
imported round imported from the foreign country of Texas to California these are homemade rounds this one’s
called the urn as you can see from the depression in the nose almost big enough
to fit grandma’s ashes we’re going to a little squirrel hunting
today by the collar of the shirt the
collarbone the first third slug was shot out of a
benelli nova which had a rifle choke on it now the first shot was a little bit
high he was even at the eyeball of rocking this world there the slug
continued on passing through Doug and went into orbit it the slug started
tumbling immediately out of the gun but then it’s almost started to stabilize
and actually hit nose-first by the time it hit Doug chat real high well we’re aiming at Rocky”s eye. end up
catching doug in the in the collar skipped off of his vest went through is
a nice neutral Nickelback t shirt into his life . process there around here
right through carried a little luck with him alright same manufacturer also from
Texas this was called the orbiter shape of a shape of a u.s. spacecraft I guess
see how those now that’s a shot right in the big ol I so we’re aiming for Rocky’s
big ol I and his dog lost his helmet over that one safety first so we gotta find that thing
now up there it is that’s the one with the knurling on it it looks like a
little spaceship not be formed one pet it is you did a great job on still hot if a little marking on there so we can
see if it’s turning in you know illustrated in the second grade straight
there yeah we’ll see this is perhaps one of the most accurate shots I’ve ever
seen anyone make with any type of round even a factory around using a shotgun
with no rear sight that’s pretty incredible Greg totally
dotted the I on this shot now since Doug was wearing a Kevlar best and we were
able to recover that slug will be able to shoot it one more time let’s study
the external ballistics as you can see the slug was flying nose-first it had a
slight rotation caused by that rifle choke tube normally we see a little faster rotation
when were using that rifle choke but still despite the little speed wobble of
the tail the slug was very accurate and you can’t argue with the results Marcus body Oh laughs I can see the
whole yep yep let’s check out the budget slow motion and see what happened on
that shot this one of course went to the left a little bit now the slug did go to
the left but it did manage to go through the entire length of that jug which is
about 16 or 18 inches the slug still had enough energy to embed itself into Doug
vest and we were using doug is a backstop at this point just to capture
these slugs now looking at the external ballistics you can see that the slug
really wasn’t rotating it was flying a little bit cockeyed and that’s probably
why it veered off to the left a little bit another earnest slug ok anytime a quick
look at the external ballistics and we can see this slug had a lot of problems
lot of tumbling and when it’s doing stuff like that you’re probably not
going to hit anything okay instead of using the rifle choke we’re
going to try it without any rifling and see how that goes sometimes the rifling will mess things
up that’s what I did now we want to see how
these would function out of a smoothbore shotgun without any rifling no-spin
stabilization plus Greg’s whether the shotgun has a red dot sight on it making
things a little easier to aim then using the Benelli the good news is the slope
was flying nose-first more or less it was a little cattywampus but that
probably explains why it was off by a couple inches Bob ok or better yet ready yep ready
there anything expect this is the second orbiter that we had and we try to
reproduce the conditions that we use in the first shot and for whatever reason
the slug just blew sideways they recovered some of the Sabo’s that’s what
they look like reloaded this one and just came out of
Doug know this is the first one but the accurate when the the eyeball shot
recycled orbiter at belly at the belly bump hit it this is the slug that hit rocky right in
the eye but i use those recycled Sabo’s that we found on the ground and that
probably is reason why we didn’t have any rotation and why it was not accurate
earn smoothbore okay hit it now that hit Wow now this is definitely a very
interesting shot because we had terrible external ballistics yet the shot was
very accurate he was aimin at the belly of the ballistic gummy bear and that
slug was flying sideways and despite that it was still flying straight and
landed where he was aimin now looking at the external ballistics we see the
moment before it hit the slug actually turned a little bit and hit nose-first
don’t really see a huge amount of cavitation because these are a solid
steel slug they don’t expand or anything like that earned reboot alright hit I
think it was very close felt talk a little more find it of course greg was
aiming at the center of this 18-pound chunk of lead the slug managed to hit
very close to the center but we can see right away that the slug is tumbling end
over end right before it impacted let’s take a closer look at the external
ballistics and we could see by some miracle the slug rotated once again and
hit nose-first into that plate without the budget high-speed cameras we would
have assumed that was a stable flying shot so they’re still vs led where cloud
itself into the plate Anthony found this thing which is
actually got a little bit of damage on it now it’s tough to see with it was
going nose first though yeah it’s tough to see on that camera
there but it is very slightly deform it’s no longer roundy all the update but
back edge is broken now look at the nose of that thing it’s actually a little bit
its silvered pushed out of shape now ya allah . but you can see look at all .
actually cast a little low caste a little- itself no flip it over is it
pulls all it pulls out the back don’t even will see that that often is
sometimes I’ll go through it so what crazy this thing when itself right
around that little then tells back luckily that’s good cell 33 feet in front of the plate yet that’s cool but that definitely traveled
nose-first yeah and . same . impact so very accurate round again this yet
that’s good you’re better believe it budget i just want to show you a project i was
planning on filming this is basically like a wax lug but instead of wax i use
rock-hard party it’s a it’s almost like a plaster I mix the lead shot with this
stuff as you can see i use Peters mold from shop time to form these into
pellets shape had a lot of problems just getting air pockets out of it getting
the shot to actually stack inside their neatly which is very important after all
it’s not the wax that makes a wax look strong enough to be shot it’s the array
of the the way the balls are actually stacked in there each one touching each
other and distributes the energy evenly across the slug if you have any voids in
there gaps air pockets anything it will be so weak it’ll probably break and
it’ll definitely be in balance and as you can see despite my efforts are still
a couple air pockets that I couldn’t get out of there I didn’t make the mix a little thinner
and had little better results as you can see here the numbers that you see
represent the waiting grams and these vary from five grams which is no shot at
all up to 28 grams now when you’re using a thick binder like this or hot glue or
silicone whatever the balls aren’t going to have a tendency to self stack like
they would with that really thin hot wax and even with wax you still have to
shake it a little bit to knock out some of the air bubbles and get the balls to
stack in that perfect array now even though this rock-hard party is much much
stronger than wax most of these slugs just broke apart due to air pockets or
this shot wasn’t stacked neatly so most of the slugs broke apart when shot rock-hard putty it really sings that
memories and I didn’t dream 10 when you said chamber I thought you said you
didn’t grow apart just a little bit together haha maybe the heavier ones
that’s a bigger chunk or something I don’t know if I’m going to spend this
amount of time making a single slug remember it has to set for half an hour
to it better be able to do something pretty amazing but these have very low
reliability and in the time it took just to make this one slug I could have made
probably 50 wax lugs i hope you enjoyed this thanks for watching

100 thoughts on “ORBITER and URN Hand-crafted Shotgun Slugs

  1. When making the water-putty slugs, try adding a few drops of fabric softener to the mix. It helps to break the surface tension of water and dissolve air bubbles. As for filling the molds, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEiFoAfoUMg Just use an appropriate size hole cut in the bag. Let me know if this works any better.

  2. The music. How I Mad! ( Watch the old intro to How It's Made. It only spells H o w I M a d when the letters spin by. )

  3. Wouldn't that hole in the front of the "Urn" create a pretty large rough area aerodynamically?  Isn't that usually a bad thing?  With the exception of dimpling, like on a golf ball.

  4. Could you use that putty and put it in a ziplock bag and cut a corner to get more even filling. treating it almost like a thick icing?

  5. It makes sense that the smaller slugs wouldn't fly as straight, since the rifling wouldn't have as much effect. Rifling has to be designed for a certain round diameter.

    Just bouncing off the rifling isn't enough to impart any significant amount of spin. Rifling relies on being able to dig into the shot.

  6. almost zero energy transfer and went through like a hot knife through butter jesus that's brutal, then the orbiter was polar opposite.

  7. The old cut shell method, that has been pass down in gun families for over a hundred years , I think hold a better group than any of these slugs I've seen in this video.
    I would like to see a cut shell side beside one of these home made slugs you have, to show my point of view, know disrespect to your channel, I do enjoy them , I've have always loved the shotgun, matter of fact, the shotgun is my go to weapon, like the old song go's, the shotgun take care of business, that's a promise you can count on.
    Thanks again, I look forward for another great Video.

  8. That shot went thru Doug's manubrium. The xiphoid process is at the bottom of the sternum. Just FYI 😉

  9. I question if the rifled choke was actually detrimental to the performance. It seemed as though the Urn performed better without. I would be interested to see how the Orbiter behaves without the choke.

    Aside from that, another great video! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I wonder if the ExoMars lander design would work as a shotty slug.
    https://www.facebook.com/sciencedump/videos/1470903892938043/

  11. я же говорю что вы дибилы ,не хуя не изменилось ,вы так же дибилами и остались

  12. consider firing from a little farther back, if youre shooting slugs that have been specialized for accuracy or stabilized flight characteristics, so you can study its flight path for a little longer and really put it to the test. if youre concerned about it missing the target completely, consider using a larger backstop made of sandbags to catch the slug to improve your chance of being able to recover it and try again.

  13. regarding your putty vs wax slugs segment at the end – the rigid nature of the hardened putty probably promoted the breaking part you dislike. pure hardness is not everything in such a case, if it is too brittle to hold itself together.

  14. Why are you shooting boats & volkwagons out of a rocket? These shapes will only stabilize when they reach slower speeds – as sometimes seen in your SMV. The projectiles are traveling at near supersonic speeds for at least 40-50 yards – either a long dart (1/5 – 1/7 ratio) or a ram (shaped hole in center) are the only stable shapes at those speeds Some might say Balls also.

    It seems like the best compromise (because it's hard to load a long dart of the proper ratio) – is a short dart with some Ram design features. However those "fins" are not sufficient at high speeds to effect that greater mass at the front – add a couple on inches in length between (leverage) and maybe.

    The failure to "rotate" on most of these is simple physics – the "grip" between the wrap and the sabot is insufficient for the mass of the sabot – Newton's third law. They don't "want" to turn and aren't going too for slippery plastic.

    A "keyed" wrap matched with a groove in the sabot will embark the spin to a heavy sabot much better. Cut two grooves (straight) in the sabot – fold one edge each of the two wraps 90'and place in the groove .- (edit- I have watched most of your other videos and the ones with integrated wraps do embark spin better) I have launched a lot of "unusual" things in rockets and it's not Rocket Science – oh wait it is.

  15. Have you looked at making or buys a small vibrating plate to help load the wax/putty shots in the molds. Even a slight vibration would assist in getting air pockets out and help settle the shot down in the medium to create a matrix. I have seen other "How it is Made" videos where making large molds with concrete, long vibration probes (yes yes, I am 12 too) are inserted to release air and settle the mix, My thought is to have your mold on a flat plate that has a small phone vibrator or something attached and running as you pour.

    Hope this wa an original idea for ya. 🙂 Love the channel.

  16. DUPO DDUPLECKS  of Latvia  exports factory loaded "steel slug" ammunition to America… I do not know if the "anti-lead-bullets"  country  Known as REPUBLIK of  Kalifornia might appreciate the importation of it or not… Should we ask a Condor bird ?   Monolit are solid slugs Hexolit slugs  expand or  fragment  on impact.  Ballistic products now sells a  similar  slug to handloaders.

  17. That is way too high to be the xiphoid process. That depression between the clavicle bones is called the 'suprasternal notch' or sometimes called the 'jugular notch'.

  18. Have we tried silly putty with shot embedded?
    Those silly putty rounds have sways been my favorite of all time, so impressive!
    Seems like everyone loves embedded shot, seems Ike a winning pair to me!
    Also, sticky tack… It's a lot like silly putty, but a lot different as well, I'd pay regular price to see a few rounds of it chucked at various targets, I think I like the clay the best.
    Thanks for the excellent consistent content!

  19. I bet the rotation on the orbiter would have been faster if he didn't make the cross-hash marks, but only made the marks favoring the clockwise rotation.

  20. Hey just an idea . if no one has mentioned it . why don't you use a pastry bad to fill those molds …

  21. "Into his xiphoid process"

    It's weird to hear someone use the correct nomenclature and also be very wrong.

  22. Why the hell is watching a slug hit those giant gummy bears so frickin satisfying…

    You guys should try firing an unfrozen sausage (wiener for you Americans) to see if it would hold together. Highly doubtful but you never know!

  23. Bit of advice for removing air pockets. Thin the solution as much as you can, and poor well using vibration. A good, cheap way to do it, is to use a sub woofer. Sounds ridiculous, but I've used it and it works. I know they also sell rods, specifically made for it, most common application is concrete pouring. Cheers!

  24. I know this is an older video, and someone might have mentioned it before me, but you could use a vacuum chamber to get all of the air pockets out of your experimental slugs. Would probably improve results.

  25. Jeff how about making a slug out of a bond-o (the stuff auto body shops use) type mixture…..either peppered with birdshot or buckshot…..might make for a stronger bonding agent then the stuff you used at the end of the video! plus I don’t think you’d have the problem with the air bubbles.

  26. I suspect that the issue with these is perhaps the sabot separation rather than any flaw in the slugs themselves, which look good. I know, you can't always tell by looking how a slug will perform, but that's my opinion in any case.

  27. "foreign country texas" Yes. We do somewhat qualify… we're larger than most european countries already. 😛 (I am entirely joking and this place is a hellish wasteland in the summer and a wet nightmare in the winter… or it's a desert).

  28. Me & my dad used to jokingly call that Durham's Rock Hard Putty "Mom's biscuit mix"🤣, mom didnt find it quite as funny as we did😀!!

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