Originally Posted by Rick1967
Just curious why you would want to do it. Most people who shoot black powder are really into the traditional aspect of it all. They like to do it the way it was done back then. Most people that are into power and want to have a more destructive round are shooting modern firearms. At least that is my opinion anyway.
I recall has a young Tom Sawyer we had a log raft. We'd float down the river and we had regular pipes set at an angle along the side. This was our battleship of sorts. We'd drop a wick lighted 1/2in canon cracker to the sealed bottom and a marble on top of that. If we got the angle too high we lost sight of the marble. We tested and found it penetrated plank an inch, so it was a formidable weapon, not that we were looking for weapons, just adventure. We'd like to see the "rounds" hit the mud and anything else along the shore. Every once in awhile we'd feel the need to go to battle stations and set off a salvo, watchin out for the ladies of course.
If the cops found out, the crackers would have been outlawed. We just were kids who liked to experiment and see how things worked. I guess that's where invention starts.
To your question, I really don't know. Seems plausable to me. All the talk about getting form ridges off the balls after molding seemed to cry out for need of a better method or alternative. Even if you used that trimmer gizmo, you still have a deformation.
The bearing doesn't have the mass for sure, but trajectory should be improved. Effective range would be slightly improved too, but stopping power would be less. Getting the right science formula that creates a projectile rather than a bomb needs to be worked on.
Frankly, I'm chompin to try it out one day.