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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Who else but Columbia 300® could combine the crucial elements of power and performance so beautifully? The new ReactionTM Ricochet and Roll are the result of two years of R&D testing and development, with one goal in mind - to create a two ball arsenal that provides superb hooking power with increased durability. The Reaction Roll is designed for heavy oil in the front and midlane, producing a strong curve and continuous backend reaction. This all made possible by and enhanced version of our TECTM coverstock called MegaTECTM. The Reaction Ricochet was developed to provide maximum backend reaction on most common lane conditions. Its pearlized reactive coverstock is enhanced with an explosive combination of TEC2TM and Holo-FlexTM particles. The Reaction Ricochet and Roll. Whichever one you use, you'll agree Columbia 300 has truly developed the formula for success.  Specs for the REACTION Roll are: Coverstock: MegaTECTM Factory Finish is a 600 Grit Sheen Finish; Core: Dense core body, Medium dense energy flip blocks; RG: 2.490; Differential .043; Hook: 30 Flare: 4" - 6"



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« Reply #31 on: November 03, 2003, 10:57:10 AM »
Got this the most inexpensive NIB ball I've ever bought off Ebay from called

Specs for the first time ever in dealing with them were exactly what I asked for 3inch pin out and 3 ounce top weight!

Ball is dull out of box with a heavy particle load.  Just what I wanted for syntetics with lots of long midlane oil.

Drilled in a way I havn't done in a long time 3 3/4 stacked.  Which for me is a 3 3/4 X 3 1/4 drill.  CG down about 1/2 of an inch below grip line for an earlier start.  Weight hole in line from grip center thru cg on VAL.  Sort of a modified REVs leverage. Note I had one of these real dull used before which was 3 3/8 stacked, small pin out.(that thing hooked the world all the way down the lane).

This ball looks like if it maintains its condition that it is going to be a REAL pleasant surprise.

Went in to a new center for me where I really haven't figured out the shot, and asked for an oily pair and got on a pair that this ball was hooking before the arrows and was hooked out by the 30 foot mark.  Grabbed the Blade pearl tore this shot up throwing near 3rd arrow out to 10 at break!

Predominant feature of this newly synthetic house is that one must not go outside of 9 at the breakpoint.  2nd arrow bowlers are totally confused at this place.  Straight up they go brooklyn, move to a slight swing and one ball is washout another is brooklyn.  Way to play is near 3rd out to 10 BUT no wider!

Other balls in use at this place after oil are X factor deuces, AMF Evo Tours, Crunchs.  Basically strong solid reactives and particles on their fresh oiled shot!

Now after one game they tell me I have to move for an incoming league.  So much for minimum wage help!

Go down the whole house and immediately throw 3 gutters with the Blade pearl on same line, then move five boards left and throw two with the Rebel ECX.  The old El Nino looks pretty good.  But the EZ Money labors inside.  

Maybe the Roll will work!!!?  Sweet!!!  This thing out of box allows me to go back to the 3rd arrow standing 26 and this thing as long as only thrown out to right of 9, (Think the Pro Tour Pepsi shot from Nov 2, 2003) anywhere at 9, 10, 11, or 12 really turns the corner. Turns smoothly but hard, showing a lot of friction and maybe a little roll out but still carries and kicks out the 7 pin hard!!!! Bowled a couple of games on this truly oily shot and had a couple of nice strings.  The way this ball bites and grinds in the heavy stuff it reminds me of my old Jade Quantum, which was drilled to have less backend.

This ball reminds me of my Pantera drilled full REvs leverage which was the strongest ball I ever had. This ball with a modified REVs leverage covers the same hook pattern and is earlier in the heads.  Lots of flare also generating at least 5 to 7 inches for this medium hand lefty!

I could see if I wanted to use this full time in league leaving dull but going up slightly in grit.  Maybe from 600 up to 1000.  For slightly less head and mid oil I have my lower load Reaction Rev.  Also a great ball.

This ball is a keeper.

Also what I'm starting to maybe learn is I may be a higher tracker than I thought with a PAP that might be even closer to 6 then I thought(meaning a lot of my 4 1/2 drills may be closer to 5 1/4 for me. Stronger pins are starting to give me the look that I like on todays heavier oiled midlane conditions.
Along with drills closer to stacked, are allowing me to turn the corner while playing inside away from those hang spots!

The Reaction Roll looks like a heavy oil tool that is going to let me do it!


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« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2003, 02:16:52 AM »
Best most reliable ball I've ever had.  Its a bruiser.


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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2005, 11:53:42 AM »
This is a GREAT ball. I've had this one for 3 years now & it still works like a charm. The most dependable bowl I own.
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« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2005, 11:21:30 PM »
This ball is awsome for the fresh shots on most sport shots I mainly use it as a sponge to soak up the oil. It is at 600 grit sanded and it still has a backend.  here is the layout
x=weight hole
0=finger or thumb hole
Pin is acually just under bridge not drilled into


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It is very smooth with a stong heavy roll at the end good ball for roll.  Perfectly named.
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2006, 12:51:55 AM »
This ball is awesome, I am a stoker (or so im told). I use it on all wood conditions. Start all the way left, throw out to 10 board on fresh oil, comes back everytime. It has a very nice continous arc to the pocket. I usually dont like arcy balls, but WOW this thing is amazing, i wish i started using these types of ball earlier. threw a 691 first time using it (225, 222, 244) my new high series. I recommend this ball for anyone who wants a great heavy oil ball. just remember to put it away for dry lanes, overall 10/10....i hope this review helps!


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« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2007, 04:34:17 AM »
I picked up a 15 lb. Roll to replace my Reaction Arc.  All I can saw is "WOW"!!!!!  This ball grabs and hits like a ton of bricks.  It ain't a pretty ball but the strikes are beautiful.  You can't be afraid to throw this one out there because it's coming back, I promise you.  I also found that it holds up well throughout the three game set with minor adjustments, but I am a lefty and usually no one is burning up my oil.  Definitely my go to ball for heavy oil and carry down.  There are more than a few available on e-bay.  If you're a stroker who's had trouble getting power into the pocket, do yourself a favor and buy this ball.

Here's a few shots of me throwing this great ball.  Makes this crappy bowler look margianlly good.

Here's a few more:

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.


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« Reply #37 on: May 29, 2008, 12:21:42 AM »
The ball: 16 pounds, 3.5-inch pin, 3 oz. top weight, X-out for color
The drill: "Girard layout," pin 1 1/4 inches below and on the track side of the thumb, CG in grip center, no weight hole. Makes the drill about 5.25 x 4 for me. Surface is currently 2000 Abralon plus polish.
Me: PAP 4 over 3/8 up, tweener revs, good speed, good circumference coverage


Bought this ball cheap off eBay from a closeout distributor. With shipping, I think I paid maybe $26.

I decided to use this ball as an experiment and drill the "Girard layout," which consists of putting the pin below the thumb and CG in the grip. It looks somewhat like a full-roller pattern even though I'm not a full roller.

The ball originally came somewhere between 400 and 600 sanded. It's a heavy-load particle and with that coverstock, it was going to be too much ball for my leagues by a mile. Still, I took it out and tested it on a medium to medium-light volume house shot without a dramatic wall on the outside.

The Girard layout makes the ball very arcy, very smooth. It revs up fairly quickly but still gets good continuation through the pins. You would think it would roll out quickly but it doesn't seem to. This is a nice "trick" layout to try and I'd like to try it on something that's not nearly as aggressive.

After this test, I took the ball up to 2000 and polished it with Storm's Moon Shine and tested it again on a pure medium shot, again without a lot of bounce room outside. Whereas my other equipment was playing 12 to 8, I could send this ball 15 out to 2 and watch it come steadily back.

Things weren't all good, however. Carry is strange from outside angles, there were some unexpected splits and the ball seems very condition-specific, even with polish.

Positives: Handles a ton of oil, smooth and even, doesn't get cheated for carry on full hits.

Negatives: Hard to polish, no forgiveness on high hits (lots of splits left), thrives only on medium-heavy and heavy oil.

Summary: If you need an oiler, you can pick this one up cheap. It's got a good core design and the cover is not afraid of current-day oils. But it's not as versatile as other heavy-oil balls and bowlers without decent ball speed might not be able to throw it at all. In the end, I got my money's worth, but only because of the price point at which I was able to acquire it.



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« Reply #38 on: January 28, 2010, 12:51:35 PM »
This ball still have great performance with 4000 grit. have strong backend action. Drilled very early hook layout. Play on any boards. I hope columbia bring back the reaction roll with new cover stock. Thank you columbia300