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Reply #60 - Nov 6th, 2012 at 2:17pm
 
Now that is a rustic sling Smiley

I made yet another sling to get more practice.  41", hemp, two-finger loop + trigger knot made Picåru-style.
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Reply #61 - Nov 6th, 2012 at 2:25pm
 
Nice. How does it throw?
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Reply #62 - Nov 6th, 2012 at 2:33pm
 
Hope I`ll find out tomorrow.  It`s quite thin, the hemp is slightly thinner, but firmer than on my previous jute.  And I tapered it even a little more.  My guess is it`s going to act pretty fast, and not demand quite so heavy ammo.
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Reply #63 - Nov 6th, 2012 at 9:44pm
 
Please let me know how it goes.
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Reply #64 - Nov 7th, 2012 at 11:37am
 
It worked quite well.  Feels light and fast, as I guessed it would.  I tried some shots with a tennis ball from 20 - 25 meters, which worked fine.  The sling is long, and hard for me to aim with light ammo at such short distanse without a bit of practice, but it did the job well.  The cupping is right in this one, just enough to hold the tennis ball in place. 
Later I was able to send of 4 of my rather heavy oblong stones, and they flew off like darts, just as they should. 
And it takes up less pocket space than a thicker sling Wink
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Reply #65 - Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:06pm
 
I'm continuing to work in the design and come up with other replicas.

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Reply #66 - Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:39pm
 
Picåru, that`s the "slingmakers curse".  Each time a sling is finnished it brings up a few new ideas for the next one.  Supposedly until the ultimate design is reached.   I`m quite sure I`m going to cut the cords for my next one this evening.
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Reply #67 - Nov 7th, 2012 at 3:45pm
 
I know! The slinging Muse descended late yesterday afternoon and I had to sketch and make a page of notes while the idea was fresh in my mind. Yup, more sling ideas.
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Reply #68 - Nov 8th, 2012 at 3:41pm
 
I just picked up my newest batch of clay slingstones from the pottery shop today.

The clay used for this run of slingstones was more dense than my first batch which gave a slightly heavier stone in a slightly smaller size. This is about what I am looking for, 3.75oz biconical clay shot.

The light colored stone on the right is from the first batch of clay and the two on the far left are from this new batch and are a half an ounce heavier and as you can see, a little smaller in size.

The remaining little slingstones were made from the last of the clay I had on hand and will probably be used with the netted pouch sling I made recently.
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Reply #69 - Nov 9th, 2012 at 12:27pm
 
Nice,nice,nice last sling and clay ammo. A question arrised while looking at them: why are they so fat? You can throw them more consistently rifled this way,or just you like the look of them better this way,or why?
My batch of ~90 ceramic glans weight about the same,it's a good weight. A nice compromise between the hard hitting,few to carry and the long flying,much to carry.
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Reply #70 - Nov 9th, 2012 at 1:02pm
 
jlasud, these stones are reproductions. What I see from the Marianas region are stones of this shape so that's what I am recreating. I'd make them out of stone if it didn't take so long. I thought of a new way to roll out the clay stones that will hopefully cut my production time in half. I hope to work on that this weekend.

So far these stones throw really well but aerodynamically the third and fourth from the right would probably fly better provided they were heavier. Ideally, I think some of the best ammo is lead cast in a classic Greek or Roman shape/style. I'm sitting on a few ingots of lead, I just haven't made a mold to cast bullets yet.

As far as these clay stones, I can get a great spin on them, they sail so well and can easily make 120 yards with a figure 8 throw.

This new batch of clay slingstones is shaped fatter in the middle than my previous run and they really seem to fit my Chamorro slings even better so I'm eager to build a few new slings around this slightly different slingstone shape.
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Reply #71 - Nov 9th, 2012 at 1:46pm
 
Aha. I only saw the usual more elongated shape,like your profile pic.Ok.
Is the new way to roll them,similar like the pill roler?
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Reply #72 - Nov 10th, 2012 at 2:38pm
 
Cool sling ammo.  If I ever find the time to make some myself... I would have guessed the fattest would not have a certain, stable point-first flight.
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Reply #73 - Nov 11th, 2012 at 1:28am
 
Since I made some smaller sling ammo, I had to make a smaller sling. It was several months ago that I tried making a sling using hemp that I found at Hobby Lobby. I was very unsatisfied with the cord because it was so stiff and didn't blend well when braided. One good thing about the cord was that it was very consistent in diameter. The sling functioned fine but I didn't like the way my first attempt using hemp looked.

Well yesterday I stumbled across a great old school hobby shop. It was awesome! They had everything a hobbiest would want from model planes, trains, weaving, doll house making, plastics, beads... everything. At any rate they had hemp cord so today I made three slings using this new cord. It was windy and snowed all day so it was a good day to spend indoors watching episodes of Firefly and making slings.

Here is a small sling I made using this new cord. The hemp was soft and easy to braid, blended well but had numerous lumps that had to be thinned out to get a good braid. It was a little more work to get even braids but I am happy with the end result. Even with the snow I took a few of my new small clay stones to see how the sling performed and was very happy with the results.
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Reply #74 - Nov 11th, 2012 at 1:34am
 
That's a good looking sling!
Is the new way to roll the clay,similar like the pill roler?
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