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How can I stabilize a dowel for flight?

Asked by XOIIO (18120points) July 4th, 2011

I built an air cannon that takes roughly a ¾” dowel for ammunition. Is there any way I could stabilize it without having to fashion it like a crossbow bolt? I want to get maximum distance possible. What do you recommend for stabilizing?

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jerv's avatar

There are two effective ways to stabilize a projectile; fins or spin. Bolts and arrows use fletching (fins) while most guns use rifling (spin).

the100thmonkey's avatar

You could put a tail on the projectile like you sometimes see on tranquiliser darts. That will generate more drag though.

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You might find some ideas in this search list

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