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#3232841 - 02/09/20 09:40 PM New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 210
Loc: South Central IL
A few years ago one of the guys I night hunt with got tired of using camera equipment to hunt with. He designed his own ball head and has been using it as well as perfecting it for 3 years now. He finally did a production run on them at the beginning of this year. I have been running a prototype all of this year and I finally got one of the production units and I love it. I have shot 4 coyotes this season with it and it is way better than the ball head I was using from china.

It does not have a separate mechanism to pan with. You pan with the ball which eliminates alot of slop. Preload on the ball is set by rotating the knurled part of the ball head compared to some where the pan is more of an on or off setting. It will hold my 18 pound ar10 with a night vision scope, shiper hog lrx66 and radius but once you grab the gun you can still move it without changing preload. It also only weighs right at 1 pound. I am obviously semi affiliated with him but I am not getting paid a cent to post this. I really think this is a great value for the money. Check it out! [video:youtube]https://youtu.be/6cpyohnS1L0[/video]

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#3232894 - 02/10/20 12:30 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
Vance Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 285
Loc: Southern Utah
Looks pretty stout, and simple design looks bullet proof too!

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#3232902 - 02/10/20 02:49 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
P&Y Offline
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Registered: 02/04/19
Posts: 251
Loc: ND
Looks good!

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#3232914 - 02/10/20 07:12 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: P&Y]
weekender Online
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 3759
Loc: NC
Looks like a very stout product, good job on the review.

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#3233237 - 02/11/20 08:01 PM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
ah929rr Offline
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Registered: 12/02/07
Posts: 378
Loc: IL
Looks goood I think they should let me demo one.


Edited by ah929rr (02/11/20 08:01 PM)

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#3233325 - 02/12/20 09:23 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: ah929rr]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 210
Loc: South Central IL
Originally Posted By: ah929rr
Looks goood I think they should let me demo one.


You could always ask.I don't think its out of the question. Though so far I think they have had as many people want to be prostaff to get one for free as they have sold ahaha.

Their first run of ballheads was 50 pieces. They have been selling 2 or 3 a day. Even sold one to Australia! They are already discussing another run of 200.

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#3233932 - 02/15/20 08:44 PM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
Bowfisher Offline
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 336
Loc: Iowa
I'm good for one, looks like it's better than what I'm running now. Thanks for the info.

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#3234135 - 02/16/20 09:32 PM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
woodsy25 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/20
Posts: 6
Loc: USA
Ordered one this afternoon. Looking forward to trying it out even though I'm wondering why I didn't think of it first. LOL!

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#3234477 - 02/18/20 02:44 PM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
Mr. Poppadopalis Online
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Registered: 06/25/13
Posts: 3022
Loc: Metro Denver
$179.99 ? Why so expensive?

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#3234479 - 02/18/20 02:54 PM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: Mr. Poppadopalis]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 210
Loc: South Central IL
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
$179.99 ? Why so expensive?


Some people are shooting $500 RRS stuff ball heads. This is a pretty good value for the money in my opinion anyway.

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#3236082 - 02/27/20 05:03 PM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 210
Loc: South Central IL

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#3236144 - 02/28/20 07:23 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
Dave2 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/18
Posts: 13
Loc: nw-IL
What are the options for mounting a bolt gun or TC Encore with a stock to the "Wrecking Ball"?

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#3236149 - 02/28/20 09:25 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: Dave2]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 210
Loc: South Central IL
Originally Posted By: Dave2
What are the options for mounting a bolt gun or TC Encore with a stock to the "Wrecking Ball"?



If it were me I would run one of thsse"
http://stores.hogsaddle.com/pig-saddle-1/

With one of these:
http://stores.hogsaddle.com/sunwayfoto-dp-60r-universal-quick-release-plate/

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#3236158 - 02/28/20 10:47 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: dozer_xj]
JoeyJ Offline
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Registered: 02/01/13
Posts: 150
Loc: North Dakota
Lots of good choices on the market. For the money, I think the night stalker trpod and ballhead is great. If you want to build your own, I'd look for a trpod of your liking and maybe consider the LH-55 made by Leofoto, which is a copy of the RRS 55 at $249.00 from B&H Photo and others. Lots of different ways to spend your hard earned dollars.😁

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#3236159 - 02/28/20 10:51 AM Re: New Ball Head Review- Wrecking Ball [Re: JoeyJ]
dozer_xj Offline
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Registered: 07/09/17
Posts: 210
Loc: South Central IL
I have owned a night stalker. This ball head and slik tripod is much better. It it more sturdy. I junked a night stalker ball head in a few months of hunting but they did warranty it. Though the Vault Outdoors set up is a little more expensive. Cheap compared to a rrs carbon pod and ball head though.

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