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In preparation to release my TB Gold band dimension calculator, I have made a manual that teaches people how to make their own flatbands. It is an excerpt from the Panther manual. <br><br>Here:<br><a href="https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B2lOiwtIPanYZjU5MGU4NTktZTlhZi00MTgzLWIyN2QtZDg3MmE0MTdmMWRj&hl=en" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Download it on google docs</a><br><a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/Download%20it%20from%20google%20docs" class="postlink"></a>
 

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At first I thought this was Flatbands manual <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"><br><br>But this is a great excerpt, helped me a lot! Thanks Joerg <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9">
 

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A calculator will rock. Thanks Joerg. <br><br>How do you measure the draw weight of a slingshot?
 

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With a scale used for fish, game and so on.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.de/Elektronische-H%C3%A4ngewaage-bis-40-Kg/dp/B001N0TSRM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1319550437&sr=8-4" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Here is one from amazon</a>
 

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i had a bit of a happy accident today while using my new cougar... a wee bit of band failure!<br><br><img src="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc317/urban_paladin/2011-10-28201955.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>I've pretty much been an exclusive tube user since I got into slingshooting I'm still very new to flatbands. As the break happened at the pouch I figured I'd be able to clip out the damaged section and re-tie- simple enough! I've only lost maybe 25mm off the active band length, but the 'snappines' of the elastic now is astounding, I seem to be getting a good bit more speed for such a small loss in active band length... has anyone else found anything like this? I really didn't expect 25mm to make such a difference <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
 

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That tear is very normal, it always happens. I cut the bands a bit long for most people so they can be shortened a few times. <br><br>The power depends on your draw. TB Gold maxes out at 5,5 times the relaxed length, so if you draw to the corner of your mouth, the original band set I put on would usually be too long for max power. That may be the reason why you get more power now.
 

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<tr><td class="quote">The power depends on your draw. TB Gold maxes out at 5,5 times the relaxed length, so if you draw to the corner of your mouth, the original band set I put on would usually be too long for max power. That may be the reason why you get more power now.</td></tr>
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<span class="postbody"><br><br>that must be it, I'm not a very tall fellow, (only 1.7m) so I don't have an incredible reach, the bands now go from 17cm to 83cm on my draw, this what, 4.8 x elongation, so it's pretty close to the magic 5.5x. say I'd taken of 30mm, rather than the 25mm I'd though. At my draw, that would drop it down to just 4.1x elongation. <br><br>the more into this hobby I get the more I'm finding it isn't' just about ruber bands and forked twigs <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> there's a lot of interesting stuff lot learn!</span>
 

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First version is finished.<br><br><a href="http://slingshotchannel.com/band_calc.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://slingshotchannel.com/band_calc.html</a>
 

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Awesum! Thanks Joerg! <br><br><br>The draw length is a bit unclear to me, should I measure the length from my stretched out hand to my cheek? (Or hand to hand if I want to use butterfly?)
 

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Just measure the distance between your slingshot fork and the pouch in fully drawn out condition. When you use the corner of your mouth as an anchor point, that will be a lot shorter than if you go full butterfly.
 

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Hello, this franc from quebec,canada.<br>I'm new to this website and i'm having trouble in accessing google docs.<br>How do you get there? Do i have to have to go through a brick wall like in Harry Potter or<br>Is it something i am missing on the website,<br>Hope to hear from someone to clear tings up for me.<br>Thanks. Franc<br>
 

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is there a "paper" copy of the band calculator? I'd like to have something, maybe a grid or some kind that I can print out, laminate and put in my go-bag. I'm just starting to get in to this and am looking to use a slingshot as part of my survival plan... be it for small game or whatever. <br><br>The more I've been reading, the more I'm looking to get in to flat-bands and such, so might be nice having a chart I can have, along with a stock of band material so I can make bands even when I don't have access to your site.<br><br>Sorry if it's already linked somewhere... just started reading the site and getting a bit overwhelmed by all the great info everyone's sharing here.
 

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The formula has too many variables for a full blown chart. But you can make your own one, depending on the variables that you want to change. In reality, it comes down to juts ONE preferred bandset.
 
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