Slingshots

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by August West, Jan 19, 2014.


  1. August West

    August West Monkey

    I was not sure where to put this so thought here would be good. One of my favorite pastimes is making, shooting and hunting with slingshots. I have really been addicted to them for quite a while, when I was on active duty I carried an old marksman in my ruck everywhere I went and had some pretty good adventures with it. Now days I only make my own, one of the only shooting implements I am aware of that you make yourself. I am pretty sure there is no better feeling than getting supper with a tool that you made entirely yourself, fork, bands and pouch. Few pics.

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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    @August West - Poke around a bit in the hunting and fishing forum, also on back to basics. You'll find a good bit of slingshot info.
     
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  3. August West

    August West Monkey

    Thanks, I will check it out. :D
     
  4. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    Very nicely carved. Any experience with the David and Goliath sling? I can't hit the broadside of a barn with one.
     
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Practice makes perfect.....
     
  6. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    Very true, but between writing, working out with a live blade and daily lifeslings and bolos have dropped to the bottom of my list.
     
  7. August West

    August West Monkey

    I have 2 very nice slings that were made for me by a friend, I can hit OK with them but really besides an area weapon can't really see the worth of them. Way too much big motion to be of much value as a hunting tool imo, if something does set still long enough and you do connect they would be devastating though.
     
  8. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    A wrist rocket loaded with a ball bearing or a marble could have a devastating effect.
     
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  9. August West

    August West Monkey

    Never been super impressed with commercially banded wrist rockets, plus I like to be able to put my slingshot in my pocket.

    For ammo I recycle old wheel weights into, .40, .44 and .50 lead balls. My homemade gear will shoot through a cottontail at almost 30 yds not sure if one would sit still while I twirled a sling over my head though. :D
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014
  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I use 5/16 hex nuts, to kill rabbits a squirrels. and my wrist rocket fold it fits in the backpocket easily.
     
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  11. August West

    August West Monkey

    Cool, guess my pockets are smaller.

    Lots of people love them, wrist braced models are about all you can get in the stores. I will say those big tubes last forever but I just can't get the speed out of them that I can with flats or the small Chinese tubes.
     
  12. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    I like the wrist rocket much better. I used to use lead .36 caliber round ball I cast. They don't carry as far, but they do thump hard.
     
  13. August West

    August West Monkey

    I was lucky enough to bag the elusive can of squash, first shot just winged it next shot I got it good. :D

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  14. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    Cool! Congrads. Must be a lot of squirrels there? I started a thread on tiny survival kits and can't find it. Any suggestions?
     
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  15. August West

    August West Monkey

    Same set up on a cottontail at 27 yds.

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    Ball almost all the way through.
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    Slingshots are so much fun. :D :D
     
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  16. August West

    August West Monkey

    Yeah tons of squirrels here, not sure what your asking about your survival kit thread?
     
  17. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    damn, serious power in that sling to do that to a bunny. Um I started a thread, can'tfindit.Do you know how Ican find it?It was titled tiny survival kits.
     
  18. August West

    August West Monkey

    It is in the General section, if you are searching you left the i out of tiny so probably why it is not coming up.
     
  19. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    Thanks. Ill try to find it. Did it get any replies?
     
  20. August West

    August West Monkey

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