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Spud gun propellant

TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
Breaking out the old spud gun for next weeks vacation. Test fired it tonight and discovered a better propellant. Used to use cheap hair spray, but it gums up the gun and stinks. Used Static Guard spray. Much more powerful and non sticky. Got to get more taters. Any body have anything better?
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  • dougbackerdougbacker Posts: 277
    Use carb cleaner in mine

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  • RV10FlyerRV10Flyer Posts: 135
    Black powder, it creates a nice smoke ring.  :))


    North Texas

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  • GreenhawKGreenhawK Posts: 398
    Have used starting ether before.  It works great.

    Large BGE Decatur, AL
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,669

    GreenhawK said:
    Have used starting ether before.  It works great.

    I've used that before.  I had a couple spud guns...we used to walk the couple of blocks to the levy and shoot potatoes towards the french quarter.   Since the river is about 3/4 a mile wide there, I'm certain they fell harmlessly into the water.  It felt good, anyway.
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  • NsdexterNsdexter Posts: 160
    Used to use raid...
    HFX NS
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
    I've tried many different propellents, and the Static Guard is the best by far - great flame out of the barrel.  Got ten pounds of potatoes for this weeks reunion, and will probably need more.  Maybe a bag of Key Limes as well - perfect size for the barrel.  May have to make some sabot's to use frozen peas as a shotgun.  
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  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,307
    I was told by a lawyer friend here in Flarida several years ago now that potato guns were a felony, so I parked mine. Hairspray was the best propellant we could find back then and we tried everything butt static guard. So if it's not a felony (anymore) I might have to retrieve mine from storage and 're-engage'!
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,916
    In college we use hairspray or carb cleaner.......but first we would fill the chamber with pure O2 off our oxy-acetylene tanks.  Pretty dumb idea since it could have blown up in our faces with that kind of fire power.  But we could launch a potato over a city block.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,601
    Static Guard is the goto for my cousin, a spud gun fanatic. Cheap and as noted lots of flame....
    Enjoy your family reunion, bet it will be fun!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,669
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    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
    Thanks Nola - going to be in NY and I'm over 16 so I'm good

    The advantage of static guard over hair spray, other than being more flammable,  is it doesn't gum up the insides.  We once used propane, which we bled off the gasser tank.  That got a little scary.  

    It's also amazing how much more accurate this thing is with a rifled barrel.  Really makes a difference.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,916

     

    In college we use hairspray or carb cleaner.......but first we would fill the chamber with pure O2 off our oxy-acetylene tanks.  Pretty dumb idea since it could have blown up in our faces with that kind of fire power.  But we could launch a potato over a city block.
    I take that back......not hairspray.  I think we used that spray deodorant.  Right Guard???
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
    The old Right Guard was one of the best to use.  They've since changed it and it no longer works.  Something about the environment, and global warming.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,520
    Aqua net super hold (purple can?) Never tried anything else.
  • TurtleCreekTurtleCreek Posts: 140
    I always used Aqua net too.  

    I remember my buddy asking "what damage can that thing do?"  I told him to stand about twenty yards out and try to dodge the shot .... he promptly declined when he saw the giddy excitement on my face.
  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    Pictures or it didn't happen
    LBGE
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,669
    Tjcoley said:
    The old Right Guard was one of the best to use.  They've since changed it and it no longer works.  Something about the environment, and global warming.
    The really old, banned propellants were CFCs - they didn't burn very well - and one of the by-products of combustion was phosgene gas.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • HibbyHibby Posts: 485
    I'm on a thread resurrection stint today. When I had mine, ether was our go-to. Showed some hydraulic shop workers my gun and they built one but began using Oxy/acetylene as their fuel. Scary. . . And loud.
    Conservative stalwart in Thornville, Ohio
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    According to Florida law, making or possessing a potato gun is a felony. That is ridiculous... you can buy a gun at a garage sale, but you can't own a potato gun. Yikes. My kids will never know some of the fun things in life.
    Dunedin, FL
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,669
    Hibby said:
    I'm on a thread resurrection stint today. When I had mine, ether was our go-to. Showed some hydraulic shop workers my gun and they built one but began using Oxy/acetylene as their fuel. Scary. . . And loud.
    Dude.  Do not mess with oxy-act mixes.  Especially if you get the correct ratio of gases.   Trust me on this. 
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • BREWnQBREWnQ Posts: 213
    2nd starting ether.  Also used a shot of NOS a few time.  Gets hairy when you have a misfire and you feel the whole combustion chamber swell inches for you 'parts'.

    I made one that was really simple and ran off of compressed air that I think worked better then combustibles, but wasn't very portable and less exciting.
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    Orange, CA
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 625
    I ALWAYS used WD-40. Nothing sticks using it!

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  • BREWnQ said:
    2nd starting ether.  Also used a shot of NOS a few time.  Gets hairy when you have a misfire and you feel the whole combustion chamber swell inches for you 'parts'.

    I made one that was really simple and ran off of compressed air that I think worked better then combustibles, but wasn't very portable and less exciting.
    +1 on starting ether.  Spud guns are funny.  Performance is vital, but the danger is also part of the experience.  That's why your safer version isn't as fun.

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  • Cyclops42Cyclops42 Posts: 58
    I am living proof, it can put an eye out...........

    Atlanta, Ga. LBGE and Mini BGE

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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,393
    A little glass cleaner bottle with gas works good


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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
    Pictures or it didn't happen

    Ok, someone in the family finally sent a pic. The spud gun in action.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,808
    Cyclops42 said:

    I am living proof, it can put an eye out...........

    Are you for serious?
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,550
    edited August 2013
    Never used a gun.....as kids we would jam taters into the tractor's exhaust pipe and turn her on.....those things could really fly too.  Have fun!

    Large, small and mini SW Austin
  • warwomanwarwoman Posts: 256
    We used to have one that shot tennis balls. Not too impressive, till you soaked them with lighter fluid, and they would be flaming tennis balls! Used to give the "Kimchee Cabs" in ROK fits!
    From the NE Georgia Mountains! Me, SWMBO, and two spoiled ass Springers!
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