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    Can you fire any size shell such as shell from a "Festival Ball" reloadable kit from a 12" HDPE tube or mortar rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbplaya
    Can you fire any size shell such as shell from a "Festival Ball" reloadable kit from a 12" HDPE tube or mortar rack?
    I know my festival balls are all 1.5 inch. I would not shoot those from tubes meant for 1.75" shells if that's what you're asking.

    There would be a lot of blow by resulting in a possible dangerously low break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkyfeesh
    I know my festival balls are all 1.5 inch. I would not shoot those from tubes meant for 1.75" shells if that's what you're asking.

    There would be a lot of blow by resulting in a possible dangerously low break.
    I dont know stinky, ive shot a festival ball out of a 2" mortar before and it got some good height, but still broke low, i would think the HDPE will be fine.

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    I believe the mortar tubes are SDR11 HDPE ID 1.91" from pyrogear.net. If the shells are too loose I will tape the shell to get a better fit. Any recommendations on reloading? How long should I wait before doing it? Should I not attempt it? Pyrogear.net's site says "Allow your mortars too cool after shooting 7 shots. After 7 consecutive shots, the mortar will become hot and loose structural integrity. Wait until it is cool to the touch before shooting again." I trust them in their advice, yet why is almost every thread I read in here saying you shouldn't reload after one time since its too dangerous. How is it any different than reloading 6 shells into those crappy cardboard tubes? Maybe i am misinterpreting. Input and criticism is appreciated.. Thanks for the help
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    Default Re: Question on Mortar Tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrochris
    I dont know stinky, ive shot a festival ball out of a 2" mortar before and it got some good height, but still broke low, i would think the HDPE will be fine.
    Here was my experience. I had some shells last year that were really lose in the 1.75" mortars. They only got about 30ft high before they broke. I had to tape the shell close the distance between it and the tube to get any height.
    Never fear....the 4th is less than a year..

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    When I tried taping a festival ball to fire out of an HDPE tube, it really affected the break.I wouldn't tape again.So this year I skipped the 1.5" shells.

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    I emailed pyrogear.net and they said that their mortar tubes are meant for 1.75" shells. However you say that there are still 1.75" shells that are loose?

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    Default Re: Question on Mortar Tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbplaya
    I believe the mortar tubes are SDR11 HDPE ID 1.91" from pyrogear.net. If the shells are too loose I will tape the shell to get a better fit. Any recommendations on reloading? How long should I wait before doing it? Should I not attempt it? Pyrogear.net's site says "Allow your mortars too cool after shooting 7 shots. After 7 consecutive shots, the mortar will become hot and loose structural integrity. Wait until it is cool to the touch before shooting again." I trust them in their advice, yet why is almost every thread I read in here saying you shouldn't reload after one time since its too dangerous. How is it any different than reloading 12 shells into those crappy cardboard tubes? Maybe i am misinterpreting. Input and criticism is appreciated.. Thanks for the help
    Why do you think the laws are about to be changed to 1 tube per 6 shells in a kit?

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    Default Re: Question on Mortar Tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro_By_Nature
    When I tried taping a festival ball to fire out of an HDPE tube, it really affected the break.I wouldn't tape again.So this year I skipped the 1.5" shells.
    Let me start by saying, taping a shell is modification. Simple yes, but still modified from its original state. Although I do this some myself, I dont recommend it to anyone else. I was fortunate. My shells were kinda weak breaking to start with. The tape actually gave me a harder break. These were the cannon gold willow shells. Symetry isnt as important so they are not as affected on the break as a color shell would be. However, you are correct. Taping can produce bad symetry. But with the shells I had, there was nothing to lose.
    Never fear....the 4th is less than a year..

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