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Message started by randomguy on Apr 7th, 2004 at 2:11pm

Title: rocks
Post by randomguy on Apr 7th, 2004 at 2:11pm
Does anyone know of a way to make or get rocks to throw quickly and cheaply?  It would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by mgreenfield on Apr 7th, 2004 at 2:50pm
I go to a local landscape rock place, pick what I want out of their huge piles of smoother rocks & bring them home at $2.50 for a 5gallon bucket full.

Also, for practice I use tennis balls gotten for free from local tennis club.   The balls look great, but have lost enuf of their pressure to not be useable.   These are about the right weight for me (2oz), and tho they dont go very far, they're still good practice.

Golf balls are OK, but pretty light at just 1.6oz.


Title: Re: rocks
Post by english on Apr 7th, 2004 at 3:47pm
The beach is always a good place to look, if there are any near you.  Always got big round stones.  Perfect.  Also, on the banks of rivers are good, although they tend to be slightly more elliptical.  And there are loads of articles etc on how to make glandes, and cement balls, and all that.  That is about all I can think of at the moment.  If you aren't near the coast, look for some rivers or streams.

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Post by Chris on Apr 7th, 2004 at 5:06pm
Ebay!  I'm sure you can find loads of used golf balls or tennis balls on the cheap.  


Just looked on eBay and it seems you could probably pick up 100 or so for about 20 bucks + ~8 for S/H.  Search for "golf balls lot".

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Post by Matthias on Apr 7th, 2004 at 9:09pm
And here I am thinking "golf balls are everywhere! who would sell golf balls on ebay?" 3061 listings!!! LOL!

Title: Re: rocks
Post by randomguy on Apr 7th, 2004 at 10:19pm
I live about an hour from the beach so ill look next time we go, but i dont think there are many rivers nearby.  Ill have to look into that but thanks for all the ideas.

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Post by Douglas on Apr 8th, 2004 at 2:03pm
Railroad tracks yield plenty of rocks. They're somewhat angular, giving a fun buzzing sound as they fly away... ;D

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Post by ken on Apr 13th, 2004 at 1:02pm
take some clay and put a lil water in to make it moldable
then make your prefrence sized balls and cook over a time use on hard surfaces.......

Title: Re: rocks
Post by TechStuf on Apr 13th, 2004 at 1:44pm
Look around you......perhaps you can find the materials to construct some sort of rudimentary lathe.......  :-/

Fleegman Out.

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Post by nwmanitou on Apr 13th, 2004 at 2:10pm
David just went to a small stream and picked up rocks out there. That's usually my method.  other than that you could probably fill waterballoons with plaster of paris. They won't be perfect but good enough..... just thought of something, What about making them out of ice? You'd have to figure out how to put something in the water to provide traction in the sling pouch but I bet it could be done. Sand or something.

Title: Re: rocks
Post by srgs9 on Apr 13th, 2004 at 5:02pm
My little brother has been slinging ice cubes. They tend to stick to the leather pouch slightly after a few warm up shots We started working on ice molds made from plastic easter eggs, but we're still in the R&D phase. At least the ammo is almost free and you don't have to go down range to retreive ammo... I think he's come up with "random irrigation" and if nothing else it gets him away from silly computer games from time to time.

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Post by Sean on Apr 13th, 2004 at 5:18pm
With the ice i wonder if you could just rinse them down with water or dip them in some thing like baby oil that isnt sticky.  that might make your sling smell kinda bad though.  Just a thought

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Post by TechStuf on Apr 13th, 2004 at 5:35pm
I can tell you from experience that water balloons can one of the most entertaining ammo choices.  I have slung  some hefty sized balls of water over 200 yrds.   I remember once slinging one up a hill as a mother and daughter were nearing the top on a hike and thinking that there would be absolutely no danger as this rather large water balloon would most likely burst in the pocket, much less make it that far.   Boy was I wrong.   The balloon seemed to act as a long range wireless defibrillator which jump started my frozen heart muscle as the balloon neared the 2 females.   It impacted about 2 feet from the girl's feet and got them both wet!  The strange thing was....they both kept walking with only a cursory glance over the shoulder.   I think that they must've assumed the deed was done by hand from someone hiding along the tree line parallel to their path.   The sling is a vastly superior device for launching water balloons than those overpriced, 3 man rubber slingshots which only launch egg sized water balloons!   I would hate to get hit in the chest with a larger would bowl an male adult over with relative ease! 8)

Title: Re: rocks
Post by srgs9 on Apr 13th, 2004 at 5:43pm
I'm not sure if the ice sticking a bit to his pouch helps or not as his style is pretty spastic.  Smell wise at least he hasn't gotten brave enough to try makeing a sling out of my boots or socks. (Trust me on this one...there is a smell worse than death.)

Title: Re: rocks
Post by srgs9 on Apr 13th, 2004 at 6:19pm
Looks like I need to try fooling with water baloons as sling ammo. In collage we built a 6 man sling shot for fireing baloons full of old guacamoily(sp) that were about the size of a large orange. But that is another story...
Being serious camper I always carry marshmellows and anisse oil for other campers that bug me. Both attract racoons, possems, skunks and alot of other critters. Needless to say a camping area can be cleared of idiots in one night with simple baiting  8).
I can see it now... A group of yo-yo's hearing some things that go thump and or piff  in the night, then the russling a while later when the camp gets invaded by "scarry woodland animals". All done at long range by a guy with a sling , some special ammo and a loathing for games like "flashlight tag"...  

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Post by TechStuf on Apr 13th, 2004 at 6:46pm
What was your major in 'collage'?   Fess was slinging huh. ;)'t resist.   :D

Title: Re: rocks
Post by srgs9 on Apr 13th, 2004 at 11:01pm
Actualy I was a psyc. major who joined the army. That however is the past... Since then I've been from chef to bouncer/bartender to primitave skills teacher &c.  Good shot though as I love to improvise everything I can. It just goes to show.." Ya can take the boy out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the boy."

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Post by english on Apr 14th, 2004 at 5:11am
I know what you mean, srgs9!  I was in America camping, in Maine in fact, and we were joined one night, about twenty yards away, by people wearing Ralph Lauren survival gear or something, and complaining about the mud, and staying up all night, etc.  Damn cityslickers.  I wish then that I had known about your nice little trick, although I think they had enough fragrant food anyway.
Yesterday I got some wonderful rocks from the beach.  Perfect size, about golfball size, amazingly round, smooth and there were lots of them.  Needless to say, I had difficulty walking back to the car, due to my pockets being filled with these stones.

Title: Re: rocks
Post by nathan_gill on Apr 19th, 2004 at 7:31pm
I live in florida (no rocks on ground) I have bought a 40lb bag of river rocks baged by GREENLEAF  from wal-mart. They're 50% throwable 10% optomim.If I find some better I'll tell you.

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Post by Sean on Apr 19th, 2004 at 8:55pm
I live in Florida also.  I hate it how theres so little rocks anywhere.  I was wondering how much were the rocks at WallyWorld?? I need to save up to buy them,

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Post by nathan_gill on Apr 19th, 2004 at 8:59pm

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Post by Sean on Apr 19th, 2004 at 9:13pm
NICE bro thanks

Title: Re: rocks
Post by Mithras on Apr 27th, 2004 at 11:20am
I count myself REALLY REALLY lucky to live 15 mins walk, 2 mins drive from the beach (and half a dozen secluded rocky inlets). I never ever have to search for my slung stones.

I don't think I would have gotten into slinging if I'd lived inland. And I'll be damned if I'm moving inland if I can help it!!

Title: Re: rocks
Post by Gun on Apr 27th, 2004 at 5:00pm
I live five steps from good rock. I live in the Rock capital of the world Arkansas. Rocks everywhere. I go out and clean my front yard of rocks with my sling. lotts of fun

Title: Re: rocks
Post by Douglas on Apr 28th, 2004 at 4:29pm
Garden store sell slinging stones. They call them "gravel" and sell them by the sack of course.. ;D Forum » Powered by YaBB 2.5.2!
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