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I'm working on making a new type of ballistics gel but I would like a recipe that does not use water, does anyone knoe any recipes that use solvents etc?

If not recipes. any idea where I would look for them?


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If you are going to develop a new ballistic medium to simulate animal tissue, we'd be interested to hear of it, but there's a good chance you'll have to invent it yourself. Ballistic gelatin is normally a mixture of 10% gelatin powder and 90% water by weight. It's basically extra dense Jello, and is not inexpensive to make. There are a couple of reusable ballistic media I've noticed for sale, but have no idea how they're made. Here's one type. Here's another that comes in a tube.

The ballistic putty I've seen resembles dense plasticine with something stiffer than petroleum jelly holding it together. That's about all I know of it. Most home brew experiments are done using stacks of old newspapers that are wet and are allowed to weaken into a kind of firm pulp. Some wet it with vinegar instead of plain water to help break the sheets into fibers.
 

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Get some of that stuff the military used to use to gel gasoline, that should be interesting. Especially good for testing tracer ammo.
 

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A good suggesting but specifically I need to use either Methanol or Ethanol, becuase I need to run it trhough a Gas Chromatogaph - Mass Spectrometer, so I need a solvent that will not interfere with it.

If that stuff doesnt interfere then i'll give it a go.

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Why isn't the basic water based gel good enough? Just curious to know why a methanol based gel would be advantageous over water?? Why are you using a mass spectrometer?
 

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I know cellulose (ie wood/paper fiber) is soluble in some solvents but don't know about alcohols. If you can find something that is soluble in alcohol, it would probably be a good place to start. There must be many materials that alcohol could be used as a plasticizer for.
 

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Hmm cellulose, that might be an idea, I mean i'm not actually going to be using the gel as ballistics gel, but its suitable for my experiment.
 

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Animal Hide Glue

I would love to find a good inexpensive recipe for ballistic gelatin.
You could always try animal hide glue. I work with the stuff and it is pretty close to what you seek. It comes in 20-40lb blocks and can be re-melted and formed in a standard crock-pot. This material is used in book binding and can be very inexpensive. LD Davis industries makes and sells the stuff I use. Keep in mind this is not a liquid glue or in pellet form like other animal hide glues sold in stores.. This stuff is semi transparent and feels like human flesh- not sticky or messy at all (heat activated 140 degrees aprox.).. Hope this info helps :)
 

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You could always try animal hide glue. I work with the stuff and it is pretty close to what you seek. It comes in 20-40lb blocks and can be re-melted and formed in a standard crock-pot. This material is used in book binding and can be very inexpensive. LD Davis industries makes and sells the stuff I use. Keep in mind this is not a liquid glue or in pellet form like other animal hide glues sold in stores.. This stuff is semi transparent and feels like human flesh- not sticky or messy at all (heat activated 140 degrees aprox.).. Hope this info helps :)


Thanks ! I'll try it out. :D
 

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Why do you want Ballistic Gell it costs money. Here is my suggestion If you want to test penetration.
In my previous posts on stopping power I mentioned a formula to estimate Gell penetration.
All you need to know is Gel penetration times 0.6 gives Wet Pack Penetration(24hr soaked newspaper).
If your weapon penetrates 6" of wet pack then 6 divided by 0.6 = 10. Your weapon would have penetrated 10 inches of Gel.

Save the cost of the gel and buy more ammo.
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You could always try animal hide glue. I work with the stuff and it is pretty close to what you seek. It comes in 20-40lb blocks and can be re-melted and formed in a standard crock-pot. This material is used in book binding and can be very inexpensive. LD Davis industries makes and sells the stuff I use. Keep in mind this is not a liquid glue or in pellet form like other animal hide glues sold in stores.. This stuff is semi transparent and feels like human flesh- not sticky or messy at all (heat activated 140 degrees aprox.).. Hope this info helps :)
I would love to try this. Do you have a link where I can buy it and a price?
 
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