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Tomas
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Jun 7th, 2019 at 7:15pm
 
So based off the previous post about sling weight, what cordage would you recommend me if I wanted to make something thin and dense?
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Reply #1 - Jun 7th, 2019 at 7:15pm
 
I want to braid it btw
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Reply #2 - Jun 7th, 2019 at 8:57pm
 
Nylon braided cord of about 1.5-3mm thickness, you can adjust the number of strands according to taste.

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Reply #3 - Jun 7th, 2019 at 10:36pm
 
@Tomas - In your post on the other topic you mentioned that you find most natural fibers to feel a bit light.  Does that include hemp?  For your description of something thin and dense, I've found that hemp holds up really well.  Even with thing cordage slings.

You question brought to mind something else I've been thinking about for a while.  The last couple slings I've worked on have been made from linen.  Which I like, because it's pretty soft.  But I've been thinking about combining it with hemp to see what the pair would do together.  For example, 4 strands of hemp braided together with 4 strands of linen.  The softness of the linen, combined with the strength of the hemp.  Definitely something I want to try soon.
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Reply #4 - Jun 8th, 2019 at 2:49am
 
I agree with JudoP, nylon, but if it's too thin you are gonna feel the stretchiness.


In the past I combined nylon or another synthetic cordage with linen cordage in the pouch area in a try to improve abrasion resistance , the results were more or less the same...

you can also put bees' wax on to raise the density. I personally hated braiding waxed cordage, too sticky.
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Reply #5 - Jun 8th, 2019 at 6:37am
 
Thanks guys. I'll let you know what I come up with.
I was thinking I might try embroidery thread.... We shall see!
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Reply #6 - Jun 8th, 2019 at 9:25am
 
I mainly use polypropylen cordage, 1.5mm thick, braided.

pro: good flexibility, don't strech much (especially when braided), cheaper than paracord.

THE con: poor abrasion resistance! I keep trying various solutions to this issue. By now, I protect the most fragile parts (especially both end of the releas cord) with sewing cotton threads.

Of course, if you stick to non-abrasive ammo, there's no probleme anymore...

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Reply #7 - Jun 8th, 2019 at 6:48pm
 
Joe- ya hemp is actually not bad.
I would like to try linen as I imagine it would be similar to cotton but without The stretch.
And my solution to abrasion is an extra inch of length on the pouch.
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Reply #8 - Jun 8th, 2019 at 10:19pm
 
My linen experience is limited, but I would definitely recommend giving it a try.  I literally just finished braiding my second linen sling.  I'll be attaching a pouch in just a few minutes and hope the weather holds out tomorrow so I can give it a try.  At the moment there is rain in the forecast Sad

But with the first linen sling I made, I was very surprised how tight the throws felt.  Very little stretch.  So my experience has been as you describe.
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Reply #9 - Jun 9th, 2019 at 3:32am
 
When I've used cotton string I've found they have very little stretch. Linen is one of the few materials I haven't used so I'll add that to the list Cheesy
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Reply #10 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 6:03am
 
Ich habe auch schon Seide verwendet. Geniales Zeug.
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Reply #11 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 6:23am
 
Jaegoor!!! That is a wonderful suggestion. Did it fray easily?
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Reply #12 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 7:42am
 
Dyneema fishing line is also very thin and strong. A 3-strand braid made of dyneema braided fishing line cords is still thinner than a single strand of jute twine.

In short, you can use almost anything to make a decent sling.
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Reply #13 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 10:12am
 
Nein. Ich schieße diese seit vielen Jahren. Bisher mußte ich nur das Leder zweimal erneuern.
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Reply #14 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 10:32am
 
I've seen that sling picture before and, seriously Jaegoor, it's quite possibly the prettiest sling I've ever seen.
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