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How many basketballs will a 22lr go through? March Madness

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22plinkster captions this video, “It’s time for more redneck science!” Every March, he does some firing experiments in a nod to March Madness, being a huge basketball fan. Before he injured his knee, he actually used to play ball.

In tribute to the Kentucky Wildcats, he’ll be shooting a line of basketballs to answer the question of just how many of them will a 22 LR go through. He has the new Henry suppressor model – which he’ll do a full review on soon – and will be using some CCI Velocitor rounds.

There are 12 Wilson basketballs lined up on a narrow wooden bench. He aims and fires, and upon hitting the first one, the balls start rolling off the bench and onto the ground. He takes a closer look at the basketballs and says that sometimes, these redneck experiments really surprise him.

The bullet hit the first one dead center and through, and he starts counting. The final tally is eight basketballs, and he shows that the bullet hit the ninth but did not go through.

Basketballs are almost all made the same way: they have an inflatable inner rubber lining, generally wrapped in layers of fiber then covered with either rubber or a synthetic composite. The more traditional balls may have a leather outer covering. There is a small opening in each ball that allows for air pressure to fill up or deflate.

The surfaces of basketballs are divided by ribs that are grooved into the surface of the ball in different patterns, usually in a contrasting color. The most common is an orange surface with black ribs, with the logo of the manufacturer imprinted somewhere on it. These balls are designed either for indoor use or all-surface use, the former being more expensive because of the materials used to make them.

When it comes to firing experiments, however, it doesn’t make a bit of difference where the balls are supposed to be used.

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