when using tapered bands (1.5 to .5 inch) compared to straight cut (1 inch) that are fully stretched ( the point when they will not stretch anymore) i think the straight cut would be better. <br><br>lets say the maximum draw weight you can handle is two tapered bands, you would be able to use three straight cut bands for an equal draw weight. since the straight cut bands would contain a lot more rubber than the tapered bands they would be more powerful.<br><br> i saw a test( dont remember where) where somebody tried tapered vs. straight cut, i dont remember the dimensions but both bands were the same width at the widest part and had the same amount of layers and the straight cut were able to shoot faster because of the greater mass of rubber. all the other tests that i have seen use tapered bands that are wider than the straight cut in order to get the same amount of rubber, but they are not stretched to full width (as far as i know) and if they are the draw weights are not equal because they use the same amount of layers.<br><br>i would test this myself but i dont have a chrony or any other way to test it. does someone else want to try?<br><br>use 2 layers of bands tapered from 1.5 inch to .5 inch vs. 3 layers of 1 inch wide straight cut stretched to their max. the tapered bands should be straight cut at their ends so that the tapering starts after pouch and fork attachment. use a variety of ammo sizes. <br><br>if i am right the tapered bands should shoot light ammo faster, but as you increase ammo weight the straight cut should be superior. i am very interested in seeing the results as this is something i have been thinking about for a while.