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Lugh-Lamhfada
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Jun 16th, 2013 at 2:29pm
 
I recently made my first entirely wool sling, a Peruvian. I took it out for a test run and stopped after a few stones finding it erratic. I am used to tapered hemp and sisal Balearic slings and perhaps I just need to adjust to the feel of a wool sling.

I also found the pouch slippery, losing the stone before release.

Has anyone else found that wool slings are less efficient or is it just myself?
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Reply #1 - Jun 16th, 2013 at 3:18pm
 
I find my wool slings quite efficient but I need to adjust to the feel of them compared to hemp/jute slings.  I also need to adjust  to the feel of paracord/leather pouch slings, so it`s just a matter getting used to the sling at hand. 
A wool sling should be braided pretty "hard" or it might well be to elastic to be efficient.

If the ammo slip out of the pouch to early the issue is probably not slipperyness(?) but construction.
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Reply #2 - Jun 16th, 2013 at 5:52pm
 
I like the look of wool but it stretches so I've decided to use a static core. I find it's also really light and kind of wooshes the air instead of cutting the air. I can't throw as far or as accurately and trying to compensate just makes me work harder:(
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Reply #3 - Jun 16th, 2013 at 9:02pm
 
I used a natural wool sling for a couple of weeks and I can say that my experience of it wasn't any less accurate or powerful than my previous sisal sling - although it was a few inches longer, so maybe that compensated for it.

My latest sling is a round braid sling and I think this is where you're losing your stones, because my round braid sling loses it's ammo before release a lot more often than my 3braid style sling did - I think it's something to do with the roundness of the pouch, maybe it rolls off the stone easier?

I'm planning on making a Balearic style wool sling in the next few days, so I'll see if that makes it any better for holding ammo, since the pouch will be flatter, of course.
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Reply #4 - Jun 16th, 2013 at 10:20pm
 
If you want a sling that looks like wool, but has the feel of a heavier sling; plait the yarn over a hemp core Smiley
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Reply #5 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 7:34am
 
A lot of the members here have sent me wool slings.  I like them but they are more stretchy than slings made of other materials.  It usually takes just a few shots to get used to this.
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Reply #6 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 7:52am
 
Woolen slings are visually good looking and look good on a wall. For actual use they are too light for me. A dry fire with a woolen sling doesn't quite work nor with lighter stones. I haven't found woolen pouches to be slippery except for with golf balls?
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Reply #7 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:08am
 
I think the pouch was badly made, the split was not wide enough and because it is so soft and not rigid it doesnt hold as well as my sisal with leather.

Its a shame really, its pretty but not very practical!
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Reply #8 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 11:30am
 
Lugh-Lamhfada wrote on Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:08am:
I think the pouch was badly made, the split was not wide enough and because it is so soft and not rigid it doesnt hold as well as my sisal with leather.

Its a shame really, its pretty but not very practical!

Lugh-Lamhfada wrote on Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:08am:
I think the pouch was badly made, the split was not wide enough and because it is so soft and not rigid it doesnt hold as well as my sisal with leather.

Its a shame really, its pretty but not very practical!


My wool slings has a skinny split pouch inside which I sew a knit patch = solid pouch.  My older ones had a woven Rockman type split pouch which also worked great.  I can see how a standard (Balearic type) split pouch don`t work well in wool.
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Reply #9 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 3:04pm
 
Hello Lugh-Lamhfada,
may I ask what kind of wool did you use? Fine or coarse?
Sheep (what kind of breed?), alpaca, mohair, other?
Some kinds of wool are more elastic and more slippery than others.
I suppose authentic peruvian would be alpaca or vicuna - and probably not the same stuff as the softly spun alpaca knitting yarn...
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Reply #10 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 3:07pm
 
Its sheeps wool as far as I can tell
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Reply #11 - Jun 18th, 2013 at 3:56am
 
Whatever the kind of wool is (can't tell from a photo), it sure is an example of really beautiful craftmanship! Congrats!!  Smiley

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