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Does latex lose it's snap over time?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Barkchipper, Feb 24, 2021.

By Barkchipper on Feb 24, 2021 at 7:19 PM
  1. Barkchipper

    Barkchipper New Member

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    Maybe I shouldn't jinx myself but, I've had a set of bands on my sparrow...going on 3 months now and I shoot it a lot. it got me to wondering if latex wears out by the time and loses any of its speed. I was alsowondering if anyone had any evidence to back this up since I don't have a chrony.
    thanks
    Barkchipper
     
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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Barkchipper, Feb 24, 2021.

    1. Bone

      Bone Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator Admin

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      What does happen is that they stretch overall relaxed length. Throughout the life of my bands they will stretch about 1/2" or more for butterfly shooters, which adds to the length of your bands lessening the stretch factor of say 5 to 1 is now 4 something slowing your overall speed. I've measured on chronys and it does change speeds.
       
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    2. KawKan

      KawKan Veteran Member

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      Exactly what @Bone said.
      The only thing I would add is that (especially if you are shooting tapers) the band usually break near the pouch. So if you cut them off near the break and even both sides up, then retie the pouch it brings you back near the original length. And near original performance! And that adds 400 to 500 shots to a set of bands!
      Whoop, whoop!
       
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    3. Cruiser

      Cruiser Veteran Member

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      Bone has said it, it is so and keep them out of the light. I use cigar boxes and the bulk is in a large micrometer case.
       
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      Arturo Borquez Veteran Member

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      I usually add 2" extra length to retie sometimes 2 times :eek: LOL ! greedy :D
       
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      I second that!
       
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