Brand new here, and looking to build my first slingshot.

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Buck_Rogers, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Buck_Rogers

    Buck_Rogers New Member

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    I grew up dorking around with the cheapie tube-band wrist-braced slingshots, and never really liked them. The fact you couldn't buy replacement bands around where I grew up might have helped with that thinking, but also, they didn't look like "real slingshots", like the ones Dennis, Bart, and all the others used <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> .<br><br>I'm big on marksmanship, and where I live currently, I'm not able to go target shooting on my property. I found The Slingshot Channel on Youtube, and realized "now THIS looks like a fun hobby, and I can enjoy it in my back yard! Not once every couple months at the range, but every single day if I wanted!"<br><br>I'm looking to build a multiplex/plywood slingshot, maybe even 2 or more, under the assumption that the multiplex panel I'm likely to get at the hardware store will furnish multiple.<br><br>I have a few questions.<br><br><strong>1.) </strong>I'm a fairly fit person, so I'd like a slingshot that is capable of adding a little bit of exercise to the fun. Joergs 'Phoenix' design from his how-to video looks very nice, but I see his Hammerhead is also very popular. What are the best all around strong/heavy duty multiplex designs for a beginner to build?<br><br><strong>2.)</strong> I understand that my band lengths and whatnot will depend on what kind of shot I intend to shoot. I know slingshots are not an ideal self defense weapon or zombie skull perforator, but I like to dream! If I want to get proficient with a slingshot, I might as well make it one that can take small game, give zombies a brain case leak, and at least irritate the future new world order mega armored laughy bang bang clown army.<br><br>What is an ideal projectile for the velocities a vaguely beefy slingshotter can achieve? I'm guessing lead .45cal?<br><br><strong>3.)</strong> What is multiplex likely to be called at my West Coast USA hardware store? I gather 'multiplex' is the European term?<br><br><strong>4.)</strong> If I build my slingshot tuned to shoot a specific lead or steel ball, will I also be able to noodle around with pebbles as ammo, or should I build a dedicated pebble slingshot for that purpose, as the "ammo" will likely be both larger and less heavy than my metal round shot?<br><br><strong>5.)</strong> I believe a draw weight of 50lbs or more should be no problem for me. Decent upper body strength and all that. However, I imagine there has to be an upper limit of what extra bands can achieve, otherwise you could put 50 on each horn and play dink the can with the international space station. What's a proper number of bands for a powerful slingshot without going pants on head stupid?<br><br>Thanks in advance!
     
  2. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    welcome<br>to answer your questions<br>1. that depends, have you got woodworking experience? than you can try a more complicaet disign, but i think a phoenix would make a great start as you'll probably have more wood anyway.<br><br>2.the ideal projectile would be around 16 mm lead or 20 mm steel, i think.<br><br>3. high grade birch plywood is likely<br><br>4.if you are having great weight differences, build two, if not one will do.<br><br>5. 50 lbs is rather high, sometimes you don't need all the drwweight, it'll onlh result in hard handslaps and less accurate shots, but i don't know the limit
     

  3. ghost0311/8541

    ghost0311/8541 New Member

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    If you can get some polymer its easy to work and strong also spectra is very good comes in all colors
     
  4. mhpr262

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    If you want a really powerful slingshot you basically need a hammergrip frame - not many of those out there. Jörgs Moorhammer can be ordered in an alu or bronze version from Milbro UK, as can his HandHowitzer. I have also designed a few very simple to build hammergrip frames, the "Bad Company" and the "Bad Hammer" (which combines Jörgs hammerhead fork with my own grip style). You can find both versions in the templates section on slingshotforum.com.<br><br>I would generally recommend to start shooting with milder bands, like single strand TB Gold 2,5-2cm taper, active length 1/5th of your drawlength. You will get quite a few fork hits and ricochet at first, no telling what damage those can do to your frame, hands or property (or your neighbours). Best get your technique down properly before going all out. 16mm marbles or 12mm steel is a good reference point for starters.<br><br>For lighter bands there are plenty of "2D" boardcut templates of finger support style frames available, much easier to build and more pocketable. the "Dragon" by Hrawk or the "Classic Ergo" are reall good designs.<br><br>Bands that are setup for very heavy ammo will give you brutal handslaps and tear quickly when shot with lighter ammo.