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Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:51pm
 
What are your preferred sling lengths.  I have made about 12-14 slings total, and while i have made some long ones (47+ inches)  my average length is around 34-37 inches (I am measuring from the center of the pouch to the end of the finger loop.  Also, my longest sling is a la mancha sling, so it has a wrist loop and is therefore longer than 100 inches total (end to end)).  My shortest is about 29-31 inches long.  What is best? I noticed that some of my longer slings are cumbersome to use with certain styles of throws (ie Greek and weaver/figure 8)
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Reply #1 - Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:54pm
 
I make 2 lengths primarily, 24 inches and 36 inches. For me a 30 inch sling (halfway between the two if you couldn't guess) rests just above the ground. Most people make their slings to this median length (which differs depending on the height of the user).
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Reply #2 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 5:58am
 
27.5" the close range accuracy sling,40" the usual mid-long range warhorse,50" the long range ballistic sling
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Reply #3 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 8:25am
 
I never measured mine. I actually just make them so the just kisses the ground with my arm relaxed and down. If it affects accuracy I will never know because i cant hit squat anyway. Tongue
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Reply #4 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:00am
 
28 to 32 inches is my favorite all around length.  I'm 6 foot 3 inches tall.  I find I can easily use this length for my 3 favorite styles: Byzantine, over hand/apache, and underhand.  It's controlable for accuracy and I usually don't have problems with it scraping the ground or hitting brush.  It easily has enough power for short to mid range hunting.  Most importantly (with practice) it's the length that I'm most comfortable with.  Also with longer ones I feel like I need to do a few helicopter whirls to get control and get the sluggish feel out of the length.  28 to 32" doesn't have that sluggish feeling with a quick byzantine.

I do like 36 + inch slings, and I play with a 24" on ocassion, but 28 to 32 is the one I grab the most.
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Reply #5 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:40am
 
RJB wrote on Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:00am:
28 to 32 inches is my favorite all around length.  I'm 6 foot 3 inches tall... I do like 36 + inch slings, and I play with a 24" on ocassion, but 28 to 32 is the one I grab the most.

I'm 67.5" tall, you're 75" tall. 36" slings for you are like 32" slings for me and your 24" is like me using a 20". Grin
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Reply #6 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:12am
 
I like 27 inches myself, the loaded pouch hovers above the floor.
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Reply #7 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:44am
 
That best length is up to the user. It depends what your most comfortable with. I like mine between 24 and 26 inches long.
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Reply #8 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:44am
 
Masiakasaurus wrote on Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:40am:
RJB wrote on Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:00am:
28 to 32 inches is my favorite all around length.  I'm 6 foot 3 inches tall... I do like 36 + inch slings, and I play with a 24" on ocassion, but 28 to 32 is the one I grab the most.

I'm 67.5" tall, you're 75" tall. 36" slings for you are like 32" slings for me and your 24" is like me using a 20". Grin

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Reply #9 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 12:24pm
 
Welcome, Sons of benjamin;
    Almost everyone who posts here will give you a different answer.  Your best bet is to experiment and find what works for you.  I believe that the ideal sling length is half of your height.  I'm 6'4" so 38" is my ideal length, measuring from the center of the pouch to the fingerloop.  If you have nothing else to go by, give that a try. It'll at least get you in the ball park.
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Reply #10 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 7:46pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Feb 23rd, 2011 at 12:24pm:
Welcome, Sons of benjamin;
   Almost everyone who posts here will give you a different answer.  Your best bet is to experiment and find what works for you.  I believe that the ideal sling length is half of your height.  I'm 6'4" so 38" is my ideal length, measuring from the center of the pouch to the fingerloop.  If you have nothing else to go by, give that a try. It'll at least get you in the ball park.


ditto, i ussually do half your eight minus a few inches or so. i barely make 5 feet, and my sling is 25 inches.
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Reply #11 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 8:39pm
 
I like to play in the woods, most of mine are around 20". (50cm)  My favorite is 32", (80cm), but there are lots of places that I can't use it.  Bill
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Reply #12 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 10:28am
 
Sons of benjamin wrote on Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:51pm:
What are your preferred sling lengths.  I have made about 12-14 slings total, and while i have made some long ones (47+ inches)  my average length is around 34-37 inches (I am measuring from the center of the pouch to the end of the finger loop.  Also, my longest sling is a la mancha sling, so it has a wrist loop and is therefore longer than 100 inches total (end to end)).  My shortest is about 29-31 inches long.  What is best? I noticed that some of my longer slings are cumbersome to use with certain styles of throws (ie Greek and weaver/figure 8)

my favourite is 112cm. I am more accuracy with 112cm long sling than my 75cm long sling but it is individual.
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Reply #13 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 3:36pm
 
27in is my preference, unless you are in praire lands you usually won't be able to hunt with longer slings.
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Reply #14 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 4:27pm
 
I prefer 27", and like 39"when I do my (puny Sad) distance attempts.
In fact I often do not measure them that exactly, they simply either do not quite reach the ground with the arm hanging stright down, or do not quite reach the ground when my lower arm is held parallel to the ground.
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