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Battle Zone Bullet
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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The Battle Zone Bullet uses a large high RG, high flare core combined with a pearlized PowerKoil 17D (formulated for distance) coverstock to provide more distance and cleaner front end than the Missile while still providing aggressive backend performance to mow down the pins with pinpoint precision. The specifications are: PowerKoil 17D (Distance) Pearlized Reactive Coverstock; Hook Potential: 17.0-9.0 (dull/shiny); Typical Length: 5.0; Typical Backend: 10.5; RD Diff: 0.047; RG Max: 2.620; RG Min: 2.573; Color: Silver Pearl.

 

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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2000, 01:00:00 AM »
This is one of the best zones that brunswick has ever come out with to date.  This was drilled 5 x 5 drill pattern, and this is the first zone that i have thrown that actually clears the heads before it makes that hard arc to the pocket.  The closest zone that can compare is the command zone.  This battle zone clears the heads easier and finishes harder.  There is nothing lacking in carry either.  My first set in league with this ball was 741. This is also an excellent ball for the dollar.

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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2000, 01:00:00 AM »
This is not your typical brunswick ball of late.  This ball reminds me of the old days, with less flare and good length.  This ball gets through the heads even on the late shift.  I like it as much as any ball I seen for length.  It's a nice compliment to the Riot Zone.

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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2000, 01:00:00 AM »
For the price you can not beat this ball, $10.00 higher than the Beast and twice the performance. I did my typical pin above the fingers and no side on this one and was really looking for a medium roll out of this ball, wrong, this ball flips hard on the backend to my amazement. Gets through the heads fine but has a sharper break point than most $200.00 balls out today. Had a 278 the first game and then suffered with a 249 the second and by the time the third game came around I had to put it away, when the outsides start frying from all the spounges sucking every drop of oil from them the Battle Zone picks up the roll just a little too soon. We were bowling a tough team tonight so I just switched balls and went inside for the remainding game. Quite impressed with the big B's midline equipment, I think if they new what they invented on this one the price would have been the same as the Command Zone.

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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
We are a little late with our review of this ball, but we spent quite a bit of time working with it.  When we first drilled one out we used a pin and c.g. 5" from the p.a.p. with an extra hole 6 3/4" from the grip center.  What we got really surprised us.  We assumed that this ball would be best on the dryer conditions, so that's what we started testing on.  The ball reacted much too soon, but was continuous and carried well, but the length was not at all what we would need on medium-dry.  Remembering that we have had success sanding pearl balls and re-polishing them, we decided to give it a shot.  Having sanded the ball to 1500 grit and polishing it with Finesse, we tried again.  We definitly got better length but still not what we would really need from a pearl reactive during a tournanment or late league condition.  Our team struggled with the Bullet for a few days before deciding that perhaps the ball knew more about its strength than we did, so we tried it on some heavier oil.  Now we had trouble getting the ball to react enough to carry, it wasn't bad but we compared it on these conditions to other balls we had with us and there was always something else that fit better without all the struggles.  We then took the shell to 600 and polished it with Ultimate.  This shell prep seemed to agree with the overall ball motion better, however this still did not fit into the typical pearl reactive class.  With the 600 and Ultimate polish the ball preformed well on dryer blocks and other conditions where there was enough oil to keep it on line but enough dry to let it move.  We really stared to like the reaction of the Bullet but decided that if we had the pin closer to the axis the ball might handle the blocks even better.  We drilled a second Bullet with the pin and c.g. 2" from the axis with an extra hole 8" from the grip center.  Again we had to sand the shell and play with it, but what we ended up with worked well.  We cross hatched the shell with 800 grit and polished it with Ultimate, now we had a ball that played the walls as well as some oilier mediums.  The mistake we made was thinking we had the ball figured out before we drilled it.  After all, this is a Brunswick Zone not the home of the 'go longer' equipment.  Overall suggestions would be don't make the same mistake we made, this ball will handle more oil than one might expect (for medium-slower speeds) and conversely is not your best choice for dryer conditions.



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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
bought a used bullet from Patrick Chee via the wanted/for sale forum. It's drilled 4¾x3½ or so. When I first threw it I was impressed by the amount of skid and finish. The ball needs some dry to turn over, but flips VERY hard and carries very well. Only time it failed to finish well was when I didn't throw it correctly. I think it's good ball overall.
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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2001, 09:05:17 AM »
Long, strong and cheap.

What a combo!  This high rg ball goes down the lane in a very straight line and then turns hard for the pocket at the end of the oil pattern.  You can almost hear it go d - d -d -du -da -dah as it turns hard for the pocket!  

This ball must be thrown clean and hard down the lane.  Anything soft or dropped will end up brooklyn or past.

My weak drilling pattern on this ball is pin under the ring finger cg kicked out 1/2 of an inch.  Small weighthole on pap.  

This ball reminds me of my Tiger from Ebonite in Backend but it may be stronger.
The Tiger drilled sligtly Thumb leverage and lower RG starts arching earlier in the oil pattern.  Both splatter the pins all over the place!

This ball can be played straight up or swung and will have plenty of recovery on the back.

Don't mistake it this ball can be subject to over/under if you don't execute right or use on the wrong condition.  Right condition lighter oil up front dryer backends.

Two quick stories.  Bowled in a league one night and wasn't getting out of this ball clean, a guy came up and said you're trying to hook it too much.  (Not true, this ball covers some very serious boards on the back and your speed can not be soft or shot cannot be muffed)

Another strong bowler in our area used this ball for a while and he could not keep it on his side of the headpin.  He is 19 mph and 19 revs.  He went to
Columbia Red Pulse and is tearing them up with that lower differential ball.

THis ball also reminds me of my impact zone but the coverstock moves in a different way, instead of so sharp and fast at the break point it starts its move smoothly and then just keeps on going and going and going!  Stronger than my Ti Messenger at the back and later!

Regards,

Luckylefty
For $65 from internet sites one can't go wrong.  I will be comparing to a command zone soon, I'll let you know!
PS I know other good bowlers replacing their excellent erasers with this ball.
PSS See my comment on using this ball in a tournament on the brunswick format.
Think I'll get another!
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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2001, 10:22:26 AM »
I've posted on this ball enough but the other day I had a chance to compare two of my go long and snap balls right next to each other on a condition that was very good for each.  Battle Zone Bullet vs Impact Zone.  

The Impact zone had always been a big carry overreactive ball for me but all of a sudden I'm throwing the ball a little faster this has got me zeroing in to the pocket quite a bit more consistently with this ball.

Drilling is same pin position 1/2 inch left of ring finger(lefty) however the Bullet has the CG kicked out 1/2 inch like a 4 X 3.5 and a small weighthole on the VAL and the Impact is like 4 X 5(label leverage).  

As both balls hit the dry the bullet seems to cover more boards than the Impact and it can be played a little more inside.  About a 2 and 1 move.  As the condition transitions the battle zone can be played and carry much deeper.
It may be the drilling.

Both balls are explosive on the back if they find dry!

Both are incredible bargains right before their final sales.  Awesome performance, small price, I think very limited availability.
Get em while you can!

Regards,

Lucklefty
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Re: Battle Zone Bullet
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2004, 03:39:22 PM »
I've had this ball for some time I bought it new but I never really used it a whole lot. I took it out of my locker a couple of weeks ago cleaned it up put some polish on it and was I surprized this is a very hard hitting ball I don't remember it hitting like this. It goes long as it is supposed to being pearlized makes a nice move to the pocket, I think I'll be using this a whole lot more
Carl
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