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Message started by jw on Sep 27th, 2021 at 8:33pm

Title: Favorite range/lead sling
Post by jw on Sep 27th, 2021 at 8:33pm
What is your favorite sling design/material/length for distance or slinging lead

Title: Re: Favorite range/lead sling
Post by Mersa on Sep 27th, 2021 at 8:56pm
Dyneema has great potential for lead. But Sarosh has shown that super skinny cords arenít necessarily the best.

What distance are you chasing

Title: Re: Favorite range/lead sling
Post by J on Sep 28th, 2021 at 4:35am
4mm round braid cords have been my overall favorite sling cord for all purposes for remarkably long now (considering I change between sling kinds and types A LOT, I always return back to these if I can)

Title: Re: Favorite range/lead sling
Post by Curious Aardvark on Sep 28th, 2021 at 12:34pm
I tend to go for a small leather pouch and 2mm masons cord for a longer sling for lighter ammo.

Simple seems to work best for pure distance.

Title: Re: Favorite range/lead sling
Post by Archaic Arms on Sep 28th, 2021 at 6:32pm
https://youtu.be/DZ4XJ5qnNbU
In the video I used a 30" paracord sling with a pouch cut from a leather belt, but when I briefly revisited it off camera with a UHMWPE ("dyneema") sling (of the same length), the results weren't wholly different. The only difference I noticed was that I could throw bigger stones further with the UHMPWE sling, but I think that is down to better release knot grip/ and or more aerodynamic and efficient cords + pouch. What I take away from that is that it's the length that determines max velocity, and any added sling weight/drag effects the efficiency of the sling. For example say the light sling throws 50g projectile 70m/s and a heavier sling throws 50g projectile 60m/s but can throw get back to 70m/s by dropping the projectile weigh to say 35g. I believe there is a velocity cap for a given length, and so while the light sling can throw a 50g projectile 70m/s, it won't throw a 40g projectile any faster. I also think there is an optimum projectile weight + sling weight combination for the biomechanical motion, because if a sling is "too" light then a projectile that would feel fine in a heavy sling may† feel less wieldy in the light one. This is purely conjecture based on what I've found, and is unsubstantiated by any hard data, but there we are.
My ideal long-range sling would be the same model I use for accuracy shooting (cortaillod), but 30". I say 'would be' because I haven't finished it yet. :P

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