My cold weather slingshot-the sling

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by bushcraft kid, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. bushcraft kid

    bushcraft kid New Member

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    I have been wondering what other people use in the winter for a slingshot alternative or what are your solutions to cold weather slingshot problems? <br><br>Personally I have started using a sling this winter, which is kind of cool because I can throw rocks three to four times the size of what I usually shoot out of my sling shot much farther than I can with a slingshot. A golf ball size rock will go 100 yards easily which is quite a bit more power than my slingshot.
     
  2. DaveSteve

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    I think if you keep it close to your body to keep it warm you should get one or two decent shots. ?? Then put it in your pocket again to warm it up.<br><br>Maybe somebody else with cold weather experience can step in.
     

  3. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    I will only shoot my slingshots outside when the temprature is over 10 degrees Celsius, but even then the bands "curl" as the usually do in cold weather. If I wanna shoot when its winter I use my weak, ugly (but still functional) homemade crossbow, my homemade blowgun (Thanks Mikehunt <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> ) or the little semi-finished crossbow pistol im working on right now. <br><br>I tried slinging once, it was reaaally hard. I think once or twice I managed to get a decent throw and when I did I was very impressed by the sling. Luckily I didnt hit any cars/kids/other stuff <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14"><br><br>But usually on cold days I spend my time in the workshop <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  4. ABH

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    Slings are very powerful, and resistent, they can last fore years and years... I like them, and you can shoot with them and with power with not much practice at all, but is very dificult to be precise with it, to be a profesional slingman yoy may need years of practice, but if you dedicate such time you could kill someone at 100m with a stone a string and a piece of thick leather, i have herd that in mid ages at majorca there was a group of mercenarie slingmans very famous by there precision and where trained since they where kids, they used short, medium and larged sized slings, varing on distance they used lead balls which had a long range and penetration, they could kill a man at 200 metres far
     
  5. ABH

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    What I most enjoy about slings is the destructive power and inertia of there amunition
     
  6. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    in winter i shoot out from my workshop, it works great in rainy weather too
     
  7. tokSick

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    I think i will have to make a decent catchbox and go shooting in the attic. It is (+-) 15m x 4,80m and completely empty. The only problem i got to fix is the light... Or maybe i will shoot in my bedroom, that one is 7m x 4m, if lady tokSick agrees of course. That is easier than fixing the light in the attic, i just got to talk to her at Christmas day after her third glass of champagne <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/drunken_smilie.png" alt="drunken" longdesc="30">
     
  8. MaddyMax

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>tokSick wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">i just got to talk to her at Christmas day after her third glass of champagne <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/drunken_smilie.png" alt="drunken" longdesc="30">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>great plan. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"></span>
     
  9. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    I would pics up one of those 4900 lumen small construction lamps, they give lots of heat and light and you just have to lay one wire to the nearest wall plug?(or what those electric input things are named, i think you know what i mean)
     
  10. tokSick

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    To go to the attic i got to do it from the bathroom and a trap door. I will do it if my other plan don' t work <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"> .<br>Those lamps you' re talking about are really greedy, it is a lot of energy waste just for shooting don' t you think? I will, for sure, find a way to keep shooting during winter days, one way or another...
     
  11. MaddyMax

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  12. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Those are better yes
     
  13. bushcraft kid

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    Wow I didn't expect a large response right away <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">, I do like DaveSteves idea of keeping the sling close to your body but some times it is so cold that when you release the bands they stay stretched out for a couple seconds and then curl into a twisted mess! <br><br>One idea I had to try and fix this problem was an evolution of Jorge's slingshot with the hot water pipes, I would use tubular bands and build a slingshot that could pump hot water through the bands, keeping them warm. this would be complicated but might work. <br><br>As for the sling the power is awesome but the power is useless if you cant hit what you aim at, however it is quite fun to simply see how far you can sling a rock, I live on the coast so I can walk to a river near my house and sling rocks out into it all day in the winter. (in the summer there are to many boats).
     
  14. MaddyMax

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    in another thread i said, i'm using "hand warmers" to heat the bands in my pocket. good performance but it's a bit boring to always have to wait a few minutes every 1-2 shots. my solution for winter time is indoor shooting.
     
  15. bushcraft kid

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>MaddyMax wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">in another thread i said, i'm using "hand warmers" to heat the bands in my pocket. good performance but it's a bit boring to always have to wait a few minutes every 1-2 shots. my solution for winter time is indoor shooting.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"> <br><br>I believe I saw a slingshot in one of Joerg's videos where the sling shot had a leather case for the bands and a hand warmer. But again same problem waiting in between shots.</span>
     
  16. tokSick

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    Indoor is the best solution.<br>But i notice that rabbits are easier to trace in the snow, so for a hunter <a href="http://www.decathlon.fr/chaufferette-main-individuelle-id_8159091.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">THIS</a> might help. If you put the slingshot in the same pocket... What do you think?
     
  17. MaddyMax

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>tokSick wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Indoor is the best solution.<br>But i notice that rabbits are easier to trace in the snow, so for a hunter <a href="http://www.decathlon.fr/chaufferette-main-individuelle-id_8159091.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">THIS</a> might help. If you put the slingshot in the same pocket... What do you think?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>these are for one time use, then throw away. i had different ones. but those from zippo used with lighter fluid works best and for more than 12 hours with more than 40 degrees celsius. also its much cheaper because a bottle lighter fluid lasts for about 4-5 uses and costs about 3&euro;. (dunno exactly)</span>
     
  18. MaddyMax

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    another solution:<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3t2_AX8HUk" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jörgs Entropy Slayer 2000: Encapsulated Slingshot Crossbow with Heating System</a>
     
  19. tokSick

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    I had something similar, years ago. I just had to pinch a metal piece inside the fluid then it goes hard and warm. It was not for one time use... but i don' t remember the name. It was a friend of mine 's dad who was selling those. He always told us that he invented it but i never trusted him, he was a weed smoker...
     
  20. MaddyMax

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    i've seen some on amazon. but also just about 4 hours heat they wrote. maybe if you use uranium it lasts longer. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png" alt="scratch" longdesc="33"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13"><br><br><br>edit: ah, sorry. now i know what you mean. not these working on glowing coals but those "hot packs" working with a chemical reaction. about 30 minutes heat but you can "charge" them again by putting 'em into boiling water. somewhere on the internet i saw a howto for doing it yourself. it was some saturated solution with a piece of a soda can.