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Message started by GeoffN on Jan 7th, 2019 at 5:41am

Title: Intro
Post by GeoffN on Jan 7th, 2019 at 5:41am
Hello.

Made my first sling yesterday and then a second one for my 17 yo son. We had fun slinging gum nuts across the road into the bush.

The slings were basic aussie style with cord. Took a total of about 30 minutes to make both.

The son already wants some improvements/modifications to his basic sling. Good things this is such a cheap hobby.  :)

Geoff

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Post by vetryan15 on Jan 7th, 2019 at 12:57pm
Welcome from northern maine

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Post by Mersa on Jan 7th, 2019 at 4:01pm
Great to have another Aussie, welcome

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Post by joe_meadmaker on Jan 7th, 2019 at 4:51pm
Hi Geoff.  Welcome from Pennsylvania.

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Post by walter on Jan 7th, 2019 at 6:03pm
Welcome!

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Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jan 8th, 2019 at 8:04am
Howdy from Texas!
Welcome to your new addiction ;D
Please post some photos of your slings

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Post by Kick on Jan 8th, 2019 at 9:12am
Welcome from Finland!

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Jan 9th, 2019 at 6:57am
what's a gum nut look like ?
:noidea:

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Post by winkleried on Jan 16th, 2019 at 4:48pm
Welcome from Central Oklahoma !

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Post by winkleried on Jan 16th, 2019 at 4:50pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Jan 9th, 2019 at 6:57am:
what's a gum nut look like ?
:noidea:


I think this is what he is talking about.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidambar_styraciflua

Scroll down to where it is talking about the seeds

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Post by Mersa on Jan 17th, 2019 at 2:23am
Nope , look up , Corymbia calophylla fruit , that's your typical gum nut , but it's not a nut

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Post by Rat Man on Jan 18th, 2019 at 7:52pm
Welcome aboard, GeoffN!

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Post by TheJackinati on Jan 22nd, 2019 at 6:43am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Jan 9th, 2019 at 6:57am:
what's a gum nut look like ?
:noidea:


Australian gum nuts are pretty much nature's version of the Burnswark sling bullets. Round and with a hole.

If you throw them right, they are a joy to sling because they whistle. Bonus points if they are green and fresh off the tree, because they have more mass than the brown ones you pick up off the ground. You can also find them alot in parks, so you can find ammunition pretty easily if you are going for a stroll, at least where I live.

Here is an image. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Gumnuts.jpg

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Post by Mersa on Jan 22nd, 2019 at 7:47am
Yep that's them, well they're more likely Corymbia ficifolia same but different.

If you throw them with hole at the rear they get the best flight, I actually think this shape is pretty areodynamic

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Jan 22nd, 2019 at 12:40pm
what sort of size and weight ?

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Post by Mersa on Jan 22nd, 2019 at 4:17pm
Vary but as small as the end of your thumb to slightly bigger than a golf ball , maybe up to 50g for a really really heavy one , most are around 20-30 at a guess

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