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Shell bomb aka nut buster

— Posted by Lord Storm on 9:15 am on Mar. 20, 2002

These little goodies are affectionately known as “nut busters.” They are
simply shotgun shells enclosed in cardboard rolls with cardboard fins put on.
On the primer end of the shell is glued a small cork with a hole drilled
through it.  A roofing nail fits in the hole snugly enough to stay in, but
loose enough to plunge into the primer upon impact.

    Since the shell is not confined in the chamber of the gun, it will
naturally not cause the same amount of damage.  But if it goes off between a
fellow’s legs he can look forward to becoming a soprano.

    These bombs are thrown singly or by the handful into the air over milling
crowds.  The weight of the shell and stabilization by the fins causes the nut
buster to head straight downward.

    It has tremendous effect as its presence is usually a suprise.  The threat
of more coming is guaranteed to route any mob.

    Not only does it go off on the pavement but it will also explode on
contact with a person’s head or shoulder.  At night it is impossible to trace
its point of origin.

             /> !                    /- Cork
         Fins   !     !               v
          !   !         !—–!   ! !
          !  > !——   !     !   !—!             !     !         !—–!   ! / !
               !     !       ^
            -> !     / ^      
                !    /  !      
                —–   !       Shell
               Close fitting 3-1/2 inch Aluminum Tubing Glued on Shell.

                     SHOTGUN SHELL BOMB

    A clever use for a plain shotgun shell is as a muffler bomb.  The shell is
simply shoved up a car’s exhaust pipe with a length of stiff wire until it
drops into the muffler.  After a few minutes on the road the shell explodes,
totalling out the muffler and treating the driver to a sick kind of panic.

==The Poor Man’s James Bond==By: Kurt Saxon==

— Posted by Zero the Inestimable on 12:21 pm on Mar. 20, 2002

I’d strap a rock or a marble to the end of that thing to give it a little weight and keep it from fluttering. It depends on your fins.

I find it’s a lot easier to use a streamer instead of fins to stabilize the device. To each his own…

~Zero the Inestimable

— Posted by OoxHighVoltagexoO on 2:23 pm on Mar. 20, 2002

Im not sure why you’d actually wanna kill someone or severely hurt them like you explained but…The way I always made those was by cutting the section of the shell off that has the BB’s in it or slug in some cases just leaving the end with the primer and powder…Most newer shells and almost ALL high brass shells use plastic plugs to hold the powder in with so when you cut it in half right above the metal the powder shouldnt spill out…Then all I did was  hotglue a marble onto the primer end and then surround the marble with more glue to add more weight..I think out of like 8 ive thrown 7 went off..Usually the impact hits the glue and marble pretty well…even without the BB’s it would scare people pretty damn well…..Later guys…PEace

— Posted by FetalAlcoholSyndrome on 6:45 pm on Mar. 20, 2002

it seems like if that hit someones shuolder it would take half their face off.  but it does sound like fun to make.

— Posted by Zero the Inestimable on 8:47 pm on Mar. 20, 2002


I think it would be interesting to remove the shot from a shell and fill it with something a little more interesting. Some manner of flare compound, perhaps. Some black powder mixed 30/70 with finely powdered napathalene should be good.

~Zero the Inestimable

— Posted by johnny 99 on 2:21 am on Mar. 21, 2002

If you can aford it the make a specialty round called a dragons breath, that fires a thermite like blast of flaming metals. these should make a pretty good fireball. but the last time I bought some it cost like 15 dollars for three of them! Also I agree that streamers are much easier, and work better.

— Posted by Zero the Inestimable on 8:28 am on Mar. 21, 2002

Streamers are more compact, too.

You’ll need one hell of a primer compound to ignite thermite on the way out of a shotgun shell. I’d stick with more easily ignited charges like napathalene or sparkler powder if I were you.

~Zero the Inestimable

— Posted by OoxHighVoltagexoO on 10:10 am on Mar. 21, 2002

theres tons of shit you can do with shotgun shells thats easy, fun and quick…Like you said about removing the slug or BB’s you can pack lots of different stuff in there…Ive put about 20 primers in there for the shells which you can buy at any wal mart or kmart hunting section..they go off well and make it a hell of a lot more loud…Or powder…I threw a few onto someone’s porch one time but I loaded them with bleach and made it so they wouldnt leak..just make out the weight proportions right so it lands on the primer end..It fligs bleach all over shit and ruins chairs, carpets, clothes whatever…

— Posted by johnny 99 on 10:25 am on Mar. 21, 2002

Zero, I didn’t say that I make these.you can buy them for your shotgun.

— Posted by Zambosan on 10:33 am on Mar. 21, 2002

Yikes.  I sure hope you guys clean your barrels out pretty often. 🙂

— Posted by johnny 99 on 10:41 am on Mar. 21, 2002

YES! these things arent good for your barrel, I have an old noel pump that I’ve shot a few out of. Didn’t seem to hurt it though I wouldn’t use my mossberg.

— Posted by pyroman on 10:05 pm on Mar. 21, 2002

like the high voltage dude said you can duse shotgun shells for anything. i made a small missile with one and a improvised estes rocket i launched it off and it came down on the neighbors feild and made a really loud bang. I lokked for a little while and then went inside. an hour later a phone call came and said there was a brush fire near our house. i about crapped my freakin ugly pants. I went outside and there was at least twenty fire trucks and crap. luckily they didn’t find the shell just the rocket fins. but that was a dark scary feeling.

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