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Reply #15 - Aug 13th, 2013 at 3:06am
 
Research showed that a delay of 1 ms in releasing a rock during a circular movement of the arm makes a 2 degree deviation. That's s why throwing a rock with a circular movement per hand or sling would not be that accurate. Some of you guys may be more accurate but it does not mean that sling is a user-friendly weapon if it comes to accuracy. Throwing sticks-hunting boomerangs have two advantages compared to sling: they spin in the air and cover a larger area like a shotgun. Deviations caused by bad timing in release is compensated. It makes the weapon more accurate for small game. Second advantage is the lift that the aerodynamic design provides. They flight straight unlike a rock, meaning better accuracy and momentum in longer distances. Even a rounded stone is one of the aerodynamically worst projectile as can be seen in firearms technologies. That the sling was invented by shephards makes more sense. Hitting wolfs or wild dogs from closer distances should have been easier.
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Reply #16 - Aug 13th, 2013 at 9:22am
 
There are suspected "bola" stones all over Florida, they are fist sized stones carefully pecked and ground to egg shape with a depression on one end.  These date to late Paleo through Archaic or 10,000 to about 3500 years ago.  At the time, most of Florida was grass covered, so bolas would have been very practical for hunting.  I haven't heard anything about biconals there, but I haven't looked, either.
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