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    Default Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    Hello all ... I am still relatively new to the rack building - You should SEE some of the stuff I've been using.

    I've seen a LOT of great rack designs from many people here - I've done a lot of research, etc. and I still have one lingering question that I can not get answered:

    I have 3 cases of World Class Excalibur Artillery Shells (9 Boxes of 24) that I plan on using for my fireworks display.

    I understand I should use the DR11 HDPE mortar tubes - but what size tube is recommended?

    I see both the 12" and the 15". I am trying to find an answer before I commit to making an online purchase.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    12" Cheaper and lighter.

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    And with 12 incher's you don't have to worry about the short fuses that some shells have. There's very little noticeable difference in altitude in your shots, between the 12 and 15 inch tubes.
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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    You can shoot most shells out of 12" tubes. You'll wind up short of fuse on alot of these shells if you go to 15" length. I cut all of my 15" tubes down to 12".
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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    Excellent. Thanks for the advice. Now I'm off to hunt for the best prices.

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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    I'd go with 12....if for nothing else the fact that some shells come with pretty short fuses.

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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bagman View Post
    Excellent. Thanks for the advice. Now I'm off to hunt for the best prices.
    When you are looking at prices, make sure you factor in shipping as well. That can make a pretty big difference.

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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    I would have to say the 12" as well. It should be perfect for you.

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    I agree get the 12s. I bulit my first racks with 15s now only with 12s.

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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodroe49 View Post
    I agree get the 12s. I bulit my first racks with 15s now only with 12s.
    I also built my first racks with 15" tubes. I ended up cutting them down before I ever even used them.

    I had a box of Hard and Heavys...I had trouble even getting them to fire out of a regular ole Excalbur tube because their fuses were that much shorter.

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    Default Re: Building a Rack - What length mortar tubes should I use ?

    I just cut most of my tubes to 12 inches and rebuild my racks to hold them.

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