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    For Sale: The Vortex Ball Roller!

    Hi guys! I've been shooting in the N-SSA for about 7 years now, and smoothbore for 3-4. I got tired of the tedious and time-consuming work of rolling round balls between two files, so I have created a new invention for preparing round ball ammunition and I am now ready to offer it for sale. With this device you can probably prep 100 round balls in less than 10 minutes.

    You can purchase using your credit card via our web site:

    http://www.forth-armoury.com/vortex-ball-roller.html

    Thanks for looking.




    Steve

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    Do the textured surfaces have to be periodically replaced?

    I gotta get into smoothbore. Looks like loads of fun.

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    Hi Hal!

    I did a torture test on a prototype by weighing down the drill press crank and let the device run in 20-minute cycles for 90 minutes total run time. This simulates 1000 round balls being processed.

    The wooden cavity wears over time, as it is designed to, but still functions. I actually tried plastic but the problem is it polishes the ball surfaces, rubbing off the texture. Wood seems to be the best choice of material. Eventually the textured surfaces begin to lead up and they do not texture the ball as well. But I think this is a result of running the same ball for 20 minutes at a time - the ball gets very hot and begins to gall and shed lead, which then gums up the textured surfaces. If you run it in 5-second bursts as it is intended, I don't think that will ever happen. From time to time you should vacuum or dump out the lead dust that accumulates in the bottom of the ball-rolling cavity.

    In normal use, I think it will last a very, very long time.

    It comes with a 1-year warranty.

    Steve

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    The Vortex Ball Roller

    Hey Steve,
    Typically how much larger is the roundball after rolling?
    John

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    Hi John!

    About .005" on the one I checked against a raw cast one.

    Tonight I'm going to make a video that shows bulk processing and I'll take numerous measurements and get some averages.

    Steve

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    THIS.....is beyond neat!!
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    I assume that given the near bore size ball that results, some sort of lube that softens fouling has to be used rather than Alox I often see referred to when shooting smoothbores. Correct?

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    I've ordered one. Hopefully it will work with a hand drill. The round balls shown are properly stippled, look good.
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    I bet you can get a small benchtop drill press from Harbor Freight for pretty cheap.

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