Shhhhh quiet please

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by qute1, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. qute1

    qute1 New Member

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    SOO now i have maximised my bands for 15mm theraband gold i have just one question ...<br>has anyone found a way quieten down these bands as they are just too noisy to hunt with, after the first shot all other quarry within sight takes flight.<br>My tubes whilst not as fast were at least near silent.<br>I begin to wonder if i am barking up the wrong tree with theraband.<br>Help? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png" alt="scratch" longdesc="33">
     
  2. Kyl

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    Heavier ammo makes less noise from the same bands. You might try putting fuzzy tufts on the pouch end band ties? Like the string silencers on a bow. I have used tufts of wool on very primitive style bows and I have used little bundles of rubber bands on modern compound bows. Maybe you could cut a number of little rubber strips and incorporate them into the pouch end tie.<br>Once I start shooting at a squirrel, all the others pretty much scram, but only for about 20-30 minutes. If I just lay down on the ground and take a little nap, within a half an hour they forget I'm there and just start doing there thing again. I guess they're just not that bright. They can remember where they buried that nut but not the fact that there is an evil ape laying under their tree.
     

  3. Rummelsdorf

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    How about rolling those flat bands up in order to form a tube? Has anyone tried that? I believe those fuzzy tufts used on bow strings do not work the same way on slingshot bands...
     
  4. horstel-1980

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    I did that, but there is no difference to the other methods.<br>In my opinion the quarrys hear/see the bullet hit other objekts, and also see the Bullet comming.
     
  5. Rummelsdorf

    Rummelsdorf New Member

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    Exactly: Even if the slingshot was completely silent, the impact of the projectile would still be relatively loud.
     
  6. Bill Hays

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    I know what you're talking about. My silenced .22s make less noise than some of these slingshots. So just make sure you hit your target with the first shot... no problem!<br><br>Seriously though, the very best way to do what you want is to instead of using a single flat band... cut it into thin strips. For example, if you like using 1" straight cut gold theraband... instead use four 1/4" wide strips instead. Doing this you'll reduce the noise by about half.
     
  7. qute1

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    Thanks for your opinions so far especially bill as i am shooting hathcock style homebrew ttf at the moment and loving it definately hooked on these superbly accurate pocket wonders (just wish that hogans did the hathcock style here in the good old UK i know they do some of your castings for you perhaps an under licence deal could be worked out....)<br>GOING TO TRY SOME SUGESTIONS!<br>My tubes allow me to x upto 3 or 4 bunnies or tree rats before they catch on and scarper, its only near misses that seem to spook them a solid hit although some kicking and jumping ensues doesnt seem to bother them even though their buddies now just lying there.<br>If i can half the noise it might just be enough <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_idea.png" alt="Idea" longdesc="18">
     
  8. The Mikester

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    if you are using multiple bands use small rubber bands to attach them at 2 or 3 points so that they do not flap in the wind
     
  9. Wargasm

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    I imagine attaching the bands together will bring in a friction factor between the bands and probably reduce the overall speed of the shot. String silencers on bows work to bleed off the strings vibration which is what causes the sound, however bands don't vibrate as the rubber has a self dampening effect on vibes. I imagine that the majority of the noise is created by the bands slapping together after the shot leaves the pouch and bands retract. the only way I can see reducing this is maybe using a larger number of smaller bands, reducing the amount of surface area per band and the amount of area that can slap together. alternatively you a soft fabric covering over the bands would keep them from slapping together, but this could also effect performance. As was already suggested though, critters have short attention spans, waiting a bit between shots is probably going to be the easiest and most effective way of hunting.
     
  10. cbsmith111

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    I wouldn't worry too much about making them perfectly silent. People have hunted the same critters with rifles and shotguns for years. Those are a lot louder than your slingshot will get. Just wait a bit and they will start stirring again. Perhaps you could find two good squirrel spots within a few minutes walk of each other. Once you've spooked everything in one spot walk to the other. By the time you do the same thing at the second spot and walk back to the first it will probably have settled in by then. I'm no master hunter, but that's my theory.
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>The real loud noises come from the tree hits <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
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  12. DaveSteve

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    How about tubing? <br><br>I'm interested in a quiet slingshot myself. I did not shoot Thera Band yet, so I don't have a comparison there. Maybe some members tried both and can tell the difference in noise. (and performance)<br><br>I understand fully why you like to be quiet in the woods. For example: I don't like the noise of a compound bow. I used to shoot a longbow. It is quiet and often it allows you a second shot after a miss.
     
  13. tokSick

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    <tr><td class="quote">SOO now i have maximised my bands for 15mm theraband gold i have just one question ...<br>has anyone found a way quieten down these bands as they are just too noisy to hunt with, after the first shot all other quarry within sight takes flight.<br>My tubes whilst not as fast were at least near silent.<br>I begin to wonder if i am barking up the wrong tree with theraband.<br>Help? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png" alt="scratch" longdesc="33">
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    <span class="postbody"><br>Hello,<br>I think Joerg's speedloading + anti handslap trick reduce the noise of the bands too. Just ask Joerg he will tell you if i am right or wrong. <a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t120-speedloading-anti-handslap-trick" class="postlink">HERE</a> is the link to his vid.<br>Hope it's helpfull. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br><a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t120-speedloading-anti-handslap-trick" class="postlink"></a></span>
     
  14. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>You know, I like the sound of gum rubber snap more than the thera gold snap, seems less pronounced... Ruffus used it for years with no issues ! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
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  15. tokSick

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    <i></i>Hello Ryan,<br>Rufus Hussey was a ' one shot, one kill' sort of guy. I think he didn't give a **** about what sound the rubber makes... I don' t hunt, so i have no idea about what is best and you probably know more about ss than me.<br>What do you think about the speedloading + anti handslap trick?
     
  16. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <div>I think you have a perfect solution there!</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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  17. tokSick

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    You mean Joerg have the perfect solution?<br>He probably not thought about that at the moment... i don' t know.
     
  18. JoergS

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    The anti handslap/speedloading trick does in fact reduce the noise, and also increases band life (the bands never hit the frame of the slingshot). But you loose a bit of power (not very much).
     
  19. qute1

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    Thanks for the ideas guys so far my best results are with twin 15mm or triple 12mm tbg at 7inch unloaded length for an accurate 33inch cheek anchor point draw.<br>Not missing makes up for a slight power loss but a whole lot less noise. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28">