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Big Bully
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Big Bully
It's the Big Bully thundering down the lane! Get out of his way. Quick! Make no mistake. Big Bully is Columbia 300's latest and greatest high performer. The best of the best. Rigorous tests have proven it to be the most powerful ball on the market today. The combination of our M80 coverstock and the low RG (2.48) and medium differential (.45) mallet core gives you real BULLY power. And Big Bully is in good hands with Team Columbia member, Wes Malott. His choice of balls? Only one. Big Bully. Look out, PBA! Big Wes and Big Bully are on their way to the top!

Ball Specifications  
 Core Technology: New mallet design with extension arm. Top flip block.

Core Technology Benefits: Perfect match for M80 coverstock to maximize hook. Creates differential Rg.

Coverstock: M80

Coverstock Benefit: New reactive formula that gives you the reaction of particle without particle. M80 coverstock starts up quicker than Super-Flex still providing a strong backend motion.

Hardness: 75-78

ABC/WIBC Approved: Yes

Track Flare: 4-5

Color: Black/Red with Red Sparkle/Gold Sparkle Engraving

Sanding Process:  

Polish Name: None  
Big Bully core

Hook Rating
Overall Hook: 58
Hook Oil: 35
Hook Dry: 23

Dynamic Properties
Available Weights Radius of Gyration (Rg.) Rg. Differential
16 lb. 2.48  0.045
15 lb. 2.50  0.044
14 lb. 2.52  0.045



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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2004, 06:14:38 PM »
I must say that this ball does hook more than the Bully...but this ball finishes horrible. After throwing this ball for about a month now...i must say the reaction at first...was it SUCKS. I first used this on a basic house wall shot...worked great. Moved on to a modified reverse block...Terrible...But to my suprise..on a 29ft short pattern...w/ a HIGH polish this ball worked well. All in all w/o going into to much detail...this would be a good ball for a bowler whos on a house/wall shot.


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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2004, 06:50:59 AM »
This is probably the best ball I've used to date.  I used to think the Ultimate Inferno was the best, biggest hooking ball, but the Big Bully is better.
The ball is drilled very aggressive.  Sorry I don't have the drilling specs, I just know all my balls get drilled for max hook.
I roll the ball approx 17mph, with (what I think) med revs.
I find this ball is very similar with the Ultimate Inferno, but I think the Big Bully finishes just a bit better.  Although, it is almost a dead heat as far as total hook goes.
Our league conditions are Med oil, with carrydown, as we are the 2nd league on these lanes.  I would think that with clean backends, this ball might skid/flip more than the Ultimate Inferno.  I tried this out on a pair that were fairly fresh, and I could see the potential for a more flippy reaction.  But, our backends are never clean.

I managed to throw my high series this year, with highest game this year: 195, 248, 202 = 645.  It carries just about everything that hits around the pocket.  I only managed to throw one ball brook, and it carried.  Seems to handle pulls and pushes well.  One of my biggest problems, is I tend to drop my shoulder and throw out wide, and this ball came back every time.

I highly recommend this ball to anyone.   Unless you are using an Ultimate Inferno, because these two are very similar, might not be worth the $$$.

Hope this helps,

PS> when I get a few more games on this, I'll post any changes, if any.

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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2004, 11:30:36 PM »
Big Bully:

Ball Specs
The ball being drilled was a 3” pin out with 2.50 oz top weight.
Drilling: Pin 4 1/2" from PAP and Mb 4 1/4" from PAP (approximately 45 degrees) pin is Above Ring finger, 3" above grip midline. No Weight hole.
Bowler Information:
Track diameter is 10 1/2.
PAP is measured at 5 1/4 over and 3/8" up.
Average ball speed (foul line to head pin) is 17 mph.
Axis rotation is typically 45 degrees
Initial rev rate is typically 300 rpm, "Tweener"
Lane Condition and Pattern: Village Bowl in Memonomee Falls WI. Wood Lanes Oiled to 40 feet very clean backends. Great shot so far this year, slight oil outside, dry track and then medium to heavy oil inside.

I want to 1st off Thank BILL MONCE with Bob's Business for giving me a lesson on tuesday 5 nights before trying this Ball. The "Test" Ball came out of the box with a light sand, around 1000 grit. I have noticed the final product balls that have come into my shop are sanded with a "Clean and Smooth" surface shiner than my test ball. I knew this ball was going to be a strong ball, so I drilled it to go a sliver longer like my Track Mutant, which is the ball I also used this night and compared the reaction to the Big Bully. In practice I was standing left foot around 26 looking at 12th board. I had a very similiar reaction to my Mutant through out the entire lane and was striking at will with both balls. I guess Bill Monce's lesson was really helping me. The 1st game with the Big Bully I shot 279, then 268 the second game, but half way through the second game my thumb stuck and I opted the last game to throw my Mutant for 248 and a 795 series. A nice showing for a new ball. Great reaction on the lane, fast revving, clean through the fronts with a smooth but strong back end reaction. I did not know if it was the Ball or my Lesson from Bill or Both but a pretty magical night.

Compared to my other Balls:
Track Mutant: I thought the two balls were very close from the time they came off my hand to the way they revved to the smooth but strong breakpoint to a pin crushing carry. I really like what Columbia and Danny Speranza are doing right now with their coverstock technology, BASF is suppling Danny with some good coverstocks right now, they definately are on the right path.

Thanks for reading my review.


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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2004, 08:08:41 AM »
Just an update.  In the past two weeks, I have thrown a 645 and a 597 with this ball.  Not bad for a 187 avg bowler.  my highest this year.

I cannot say enough how much I love this ball!

I highly recommend this ball for anyone looking for a strong hooking ball...

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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2004, 08:13:02 PM »
Ball specs-
Weight-15lbs. Pin placement-3" Topweight- 3oz.

Drilling specs-
Nothing fancy. .just punched it up over the label.

Average ball speed 18 mph, Im a cranker.
I cant stress how much I love this ball. It gets through the heads fairly easy. Very predictable breakpoint. When it turns the corner nothing is going to stop it, it just keeps on driving. The carry on this ball is unbelievable! It has the best hit and mix than any other ball I have ever had my hand on. It out performs my raging, intense, and ultimate infernos. And that is VERY VERY hard to do. Out of the box i shot 803, then followed it up the next night with a 748. I have been bowling with this ball for three weeks, and i have yet to shoot under 690 with it. Not bad for a 17yr old.

Thank you Columbia for this juggernaut of a ball.


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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2004, 10:09:50 AM »
The Big bully is one of the best balls that columbia ever made. i have had a number of 700s with it and an 800 in the first month, so i drilled another. i most say that columbia has one of the best lines out righy now


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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 02:42:36 PM »
I now have 90 games with this ball:

87 - 200's

Thats not bad in my opinion, Here how she is laid out:

Pin under span 1"
CG is kicked out to just legal side weight.
Totally just like it came out of the box

I am a strong , full lift bowler. This ball carries better than any ball I have ever thrown. Where you generally start at you wont be changing lines all night long.

Now heres where she doesn't work, When the lanes dry out ( 2nd shift ) , You can't throw it hard enough. She also has a slight problem with corner pins at the start of the lane break down.  When this happens, just tighten up the line a bit and continue. Definitely don't try to swing the ball after the lane breaks down


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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2005, 12:22:05 PM »
I can't say enough positive things about this ball!!! I'm a stroker who finally retired my old Columbia u dot (at least 10 years old). Since then I've seen my scores skyrocket! I've posted a personal high game of 270 (numerous 235 plus games) and two seven hundred series (706 & 726) all within the first five weeks of using the ball. I bowl once a week (occasionally get a chance to practice-with five kids this is tough). My average is currently 184 (has gone up quite a bit since I purchased the Big Bully). My ball specs are; Weight 16 lbs., Pin placement-3", Top weight- 3 oz, drilled finger tip with inserts (copied the drilling on my old Columbia u dot). I've always had great luck with Columbia 300 products but this is just unbelievable!!!!

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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2005, 04:59:40 PM »
3 inch pin
2.75 top

4 x 3.5
Pin next to ring finger
Cg kicked out 1.5 inches
X-hole, 5.5 inches from center of span

This ball does what it is suppose to. It rolls early and has a continuous backend. The best results i see this ball works on is when there are heavy heads and clean backend or mild carry down. The Big Bully keeps the pins low and hits really hard.

Out of the box finish is great on a fresh pattern. I just tried it polished on
a wet/dry pattern but it was kind of tough. I got a little over and under. But then again it's all about surface.

Also i see if you keep the layouts simple on the bully series the balls roll great. Too aggressive layouts makes the ball burn out too early leaving you not really anything on the backend.

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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2005, 11:36:13 PM »
This ball has a 4" pin (above & right from Ring Finger) from PAP with CG stable in the midgrip. This is one of the best balls I have thrown for your heavier oiled patterns.  This ball has a large-controlled hook on the frontends, and once it hits the patterns end, keeps its energy and rolls great to the pocket.  I have threw it on a few different house patterns, and with a slight Parallel adjustment, I have found the pocket easily.  This ball carries incredible, with tons of energy left after the breakpoint.
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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2005, 10:27:57 AM »
So far my 2nd favorite ball from Columbia next to the original and perl mica beasts. I drilled 2 of them in the spring, 1 being a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 leverage with a hole on my PAP hit with 2000 and then shinned up. Second one pin in below the bridge, CG is kicked 3 inches out and X-hole on the PAP left in box surface.

Ball #1 is a great down and in ball where I can bouce off the dry and blow the racks away. It needs more surface for anything with heavy oil. I use this ball on the #2 pattern of the PBA regionals alot with good success. It get's down the lane with little effert and then just turns up nice and smooth.

Ball #2 is more of my heavy oil ball. PBA pattern #5 works well with this ball and drill pattern as I just look at 25 and fade the ball back into the 1-3 all day long. It works with wet/dry because it doesn't jump off the dry.


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Re: Big Bully
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2007, 03:06:52 PM »
This was my first hook ball.
And I have come a long way since I bought this ball when it first came out.
With that said this is the first ball I shot 250 with shot 700 with and won a tournament  with…
You can say I have allota of great memories with this ball and even though I don’t use it anymore I figured write a review.

Basically this ball hooks and has great midlane transition. Carry is good and it is a great ball for oil…especially if your just starting and don’t have many rev’s on the ball.

Later on in this balls life I pearlized it and did decent with it after it was already dead…though I had high revs…and I could make any ball turn …this ball still seemed to stick out as reliable.

Great overall Ball