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Pumpkin Explosion

A buddy of mine gave me 2, 100lb pumpkins in hopes we can take it out to a friends land and shoot it with a high power rifle and have some pumpkin everywhere. im hoping the results will match that of a watermelon. Will this not work becuase inside the pumpkin is mostly empty space? Should we fill it up with water? And What caliber rifle should we use? Evil!

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Re: Pumpkin Explosion
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A buddy of mine gave me 2, 100lb pumpkins in hopes we can take it out to a friends land and shoot it with a high power rifle and have some pumpkin everywhere. im hoping the results will match that of a watermelon. Will this not work becuase inside the pumpkin is mostly empty space? Should we fill it up with water? And What caliber rifle should we use? Evil!

I don't know... we don't need to shoot our pumpkins up here. They are relatively easy to catch. lol

I don't think you will get the same effect as a watermelon. A 100lb pumpkin is going to be much tougher to blow apart. As for caliber,... 3.5" 12ga. slugs.

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Pumpkin Explosion

Im not even sure the 12 ga would work. Maybe a hand grenade or missle launcher.

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Pumpkin Explosion

I guess im going to do a little science experiment. Hydrostatic shock is what makes watermelons and such blow apart. Even tho the pumpkin is massive, if i fill the entire pumpkin up with water via a small drilled hole, im hoping the desired results can be reached. ill let yall know how everything turns out friday. im thinking of using a 7mm-08 or 30-06. You think a 12 guage 500g slug will do better?

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Pumpkin Explosion

Fill the pumpkin with water. Use the fastest moving round you have and have the pie pans ready. The water will take the path of least resistance.
Stay clear of flying, pumpkin grenade seeds.

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Pumpkin Explosion

ya fill it with water it will explode big time sometimes i fill 2 literes with water and shoot it with a 45 caliber blackpowder and it blows to bit. since the water takes up all the space the bullet has no where to go so it pushes the water and makes it explode. i would probably go with the 12 guage.

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