Sling Shots...Who packs one.

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  1. jordanzwon1

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    I have been toying with the idea of getting a sling shot and practicing with one.

    Do you bring one into the bush with you? If so what's a good slingshot?
     
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    Please folks, how about some suggestions.
     
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    i carry one. i have it in my hunting pack.

    it's too much fun sitting at camp. i bought the Hatchcock Sniper and it is ridiculous. last elk season, just picking up similar sized rocks - i was zapping cans consistently out to 15 yards. i bought a bunch of ammo, the steel balls, but i cant practice much, since there is a real danger of them blowing thru my wood fence, my garage door, etc.

    the videos on how to aim one of those modern slingshots is incredible. very accurate.
     
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    I occasionally carry one. I mostly carry the bands to make one in the field if I get the itch, and I figure it’s good practice to make one in the field. I bought the band making setup from Simpleshot and have the bands setup already -just have to attach to a forked stick.
     
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    I used to dink around with the old "wrist rocket" style slingshots years ago. My brother learned a valuable lesson with his. "Don't use your thumb as a front sight between the forks." Of all things, he had a chunk of quartz crystal for ammo that day. He destroyed his thumb nail and bled a bit on the way back to the house.
    I have thought about getting one to take while hunting. I could see using them to "send" a distraction in a direction you want a creature to turn his head. Might be handy for sending anything from a noisy chipmunk to the neighbor's hungry donkey packing. (Yes, that has happened to me while hunting.)
     
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    I'd love to, but unfortunately they're no Bueno in New Jersey. If all the other issues haven't gotten me to relocate, that's not a big enough "last straw".
     
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    Wow...
     
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    I use one to run cows off at my deer stand.
     
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    X2!!

    and i live where i live!!! just wow.
     
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    in my youth, i got deadly with a wrist rocket. i would hunt squirrels. ground squirrels. my mom regretted buying me that thing almost immediately.
     
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    Jersey firearm lore has it that slingshots were outlawed through a typo of the word slUngshot (monkeys fist or a weight on a rope). Basically a sap.

    There are rumors of that being undone which would be kind'a cool. One more gadget to geek out on...
     
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    Illegal here in NJ so I don’t pack a natural fork over the top double tapered gold T band!
     
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    Only illegal if you get caught!
     
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    I want one but I don't know what to buy. I had a wrist rocket when I was a kid.
     
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    I’m in the same boat.
     
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    image.jpeg Where do we start....
     
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    image.jpeg I would have to say my favorite is the Tourque by Simpleshot. Bands are easy to buy and cheap to replace. The frame is very accurate once you learn to shoot it. Marbles are great ammo for pests. And gobstoppers explode when you shoot steel plates!
     
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    I have looked at the A Plus slingshots on there web site but it says closed for moving now.
     
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    I carry a Daisy with a wrist brace, have had it for several years. I shoot marbles or 3/8 in steel ball bearings mostly but I also have some .50 cal lead balls. It works for squirrel and rabbits out to 15 yards.
     
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    I have a couple of A-Pluses and they are great slingshots, but I believe he has been closed for quite a while now. Like maybe a couple of years. I wouldn’t hold my breath for his reopening.

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    Thanks JohnP!
     
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    I've got one Daisy and one Crossman, both 'wrist rocket' models (come with a wrist brace, not legal everywhere.) Got mine at a Walmart in LA. They don't sell them everywhere. I like 5/8" ball bearings for ammo. 1/4" are ok, but kinda small.
     
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    I just purchased 2 Torque's by Simpleshot, one for me and one for my Brother. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Ive been shooting slingshots for years.. They're a lot of fun and it's great practice for shooting Trad Bows as well.. A lot of the same fundamentals and body mechanics..
    Ive got a bunch of different ones i rotate through, all mainly flat bands shooting over the top.. I also shoot a lot of biodegradable clay ammo.. Look up www.aplusslingshots.com and www.simple-shot.com
     
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    Yup, I've got a few too. :) lb
     
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    I have a hathcock target sniper, me and it are not friends. It feels weird to say it. I want so much to love it.
    I have tried everything i can to get more power, even cutting the bands to proper drawlength/ power ratio, trying different ammo, watched bill hayes videos, nothing.
    Its been disbanded until i can grow some more patience.
     
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    A Ranger OTT from Pocket Predator joined my arsenal yesterday.

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    I haven’t fired it yet, waiting until next week for cooler weather. It sure ‘nuff feels good in the hand. I think it’s gonna fit in with his brothers quite well.

    JohnP
     
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    what's going on? more power? or is it an accuracy thing? i do admit the grip is crazy feeling at first. but it helps to keep the prongs square to the target.

    i would shoot mine thru my chronograph if i were more consistent. i would hate to blow out some important part with a slug :) mine slings stuff. fast! but i have little kid arms.

    you try double banding it?
     
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    I've messed with them on and off. The Simple Shot line has something for everyone. Especially their new Scout model. It offers a lot of band options. However, I've been on a kick of making my own. I need another set of flat bands for the one pictured with the Gossman UNK.

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    HTSs are very popular, but they aren’t for everyone. I’ve given one away the last couple of years in my annual GAW, and plan to do so again next month, but I personally don’t care for them. I had one and tried hard to like it, but it wasn’t for me. I wear medium gloves and it was just a tad too big for my hands. I gave it to my son and moved on. Most slingshots, the HST included, ship with 3/8” ammo. I don’t even bother with it. I always shoot 1/2 steel balls, which have much more punch.

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    A slingshot is part of my EDC, it keeps critters out of my garden, and can be used for small game hunting. I'm Old School, and make my own out of tree forks, and #107 rubber bands. I shoot marbles for fun practice sessions but use .36 cast lead balls for serious hunting, and at 20 feet these .36 balls will crack a coconut which is 10x harder than a human skull. Here is a video about making your own slingshot Check you laws as in some repressed areas these are illegal. 001.JPG
     
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    I never liked sling shots going up... until I got one with a wrist brace- now that was an upgrade.

    I might try to make one this weekend. I have some inner tube and leather. Just need a forked stick. Will probably be green though. Maybe resort to plywood or 2x6.
     
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    Inner tube is the absolute worst, just saying...
     
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    Ah- thank you for saving me some trouble and about a foot of my inner tube :) #107 rubber bands shouldn't be too hard to find.
     
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    I got really good as a kid. Stopped when I was a teen. Been itching really bad to get a slingshot lately. Will be a little while before I can get one tho unless I can make one but the issue is finding a source of flat bands that is not online.
     
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    I take a hathcock sniper from pocket predator. I bought it when MCQBushcraft was putting out videos regularly using his. It’s fun to use. I took it this past month camping for shootings some cans when bumming around camp.

    https://www.pocketpredator.com/hts.html

     
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    I bought a couple of SimpleShot slingshots a while back and shot them quite a bit. Their Ocularis and Flip Clip models (Axiom, Scount) are great because their flat bands are much easier to change than traditional ones. I'm no expert, but I suggest starting with one of the user-friendly SimpleShot shooters.

    I actually sold/traded both of mine and here's why:

    1) I bought them mainly for plinking. It's a cheap way to shoot projectiles for fun. Way less expensive than firearms or bows. At my old house, I had plenty of yard for shooting a slingshot, with some good backstop when I missed. I now live in a neighborhood at the top of a hill. It's not a good place for stump shooting.

    2) I found that slingshots had limited utility in the woods. They are good at shooting a line over a tree branch if you are trying to hoist your pack up off the ground. However, a pebble in one of your stuff sacks also works for that. In many states, it's illegal to hunt with a slingshot (even squirrels or rabbits). Even if it is legal, it would take a lot of practice to make ethical kills. I shot quite a bit for a while, and could definitely hit a soda can from a variety of distances. However, I've heard it said that you need to be able to confidently and consistently hit a squirrel in the head if you plan to hunt with one, and I never got quite that confident. I wasn't hitting ping-pong balls 9 times out of 10 even with regular practice, and I think I would need to hit that mark before hunting.

    3) While it was certainly fun to carry a slingshot into the woods and spend some time plinking around camp, I had a couple of qualms. First off, if you shoot steel or glass ball ammo, shooting a slingshot on public land causes a decent bit of litter. Those balls will never decompose and I wasn't comfortable leaving them on the forest floor even if it wasn't strictly against the rules to be shooting them in the area. If you shoot pebbles instead of ball ammo, it's harder to get consistent shooting, since every piece of ammo has a different shape and weight. They make clay balls that burst and disintegrate on impact, but they are expensive and not reusable. Secondly, I'm a very practically-minded guy when it comes to packing a pack. Some people are willing to carry 2 or 3 fixed blades with them and I can't justify that when one will do the trick. Likewise, I can't bring myself to carry an item just for the purpose of casually shooting a stump. Anything that takes up space in my pack has a justification for being there and I just felt that, for me, a slingshot kind of lacked that justification.

    That's just my personal journey, which I share to give you some ideas. I think slingshots are cool. I liked mine and sometimes wish I still had one. However, to me, it was never cool to the same degree that an effective knife or a good headlamp was cool. It just lacked in practical utility for my style. You may find a completely different conclusion, though. The best thing is that slingshots are cheap to try! Get one and give it a go. If you end up being lukewarm like me, then you aren't out much.
     
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    In New York, slingshots with a wrist-brace are illegal under § 265.01 of the New York Penal Code. Possession this style slingshot, often referred to as a “wrist-rocket,” is a misdemeanor, regardless of its intended use.
     
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    Yep - with permission I can buy firearms. Nobody bats an eye if I buy all the bows, arrows, and broadheads I want. But slingshots'll get me in trouble.

    Realistically, I can't imagine any officer seeing a 50 year old guy in NW NJ and hassling me, but it just takes that one cop...It'd be too embarrassing to get in trouble for something that silly.
     
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    If you’re worried about stray shots or ammo recovery you can build one of these for less than twenty dollars. Once you get the the barrel, it takes less than half an hour to make.

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    Practice golf balls make very good targets. They are cheap, small, easy to see, tough, and hard to hit. They can withstand several direct hits before they break and, when they do break, are even more challenging.

    My practice range is inside my shop, fifty feet max. I shoot fifty caliber, half-inch, steel balls and rarely lose one.

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    Very cool target trap. What’s the backstop made out of and how is the noise?
     
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    It’s a couple of old pillows, one at the back and one at the bottom. Noise is just a thump, not much at all. Occasionally a ball will bounce out, but it’s not a big deal. They usually land on the floor and roll right up to me. I retrieve the balls from the barrel with a large magnet. The whole system works very well and was not expensive or hard to make.

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