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Fork Width.

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by The preacher, May 4, 2021 at 2:44 PM.

By The preacher on May 4, 2021 at 2:44 PM
  1. The preacher

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    I've been experimenting with various fork widths. I usually stand around 50' from my target when I shoot.
    I've found that a fork width of 4" and where I anchor, I can hold the very tip edge of the top fork dead center of my target and it's right on.

    Has anyone else noticed the difference between fork width in relationship to where you hold on your target?

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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by The preacher, May 4, 2021 at 2:44 PM.

    1. Palmettoflyer

      Palmettoflyer Veteran Member

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      Absolutely. This is all about the converging lines between your eye sight and ammo trajectory line of flight. There are a lot of detailed descriptions and information on the forums related to this. Short answer is the more narrow the frame, the higher above the target "view " point the ammo will hit. Widen the fork width until the tip edge of the fork line of sight converges with the ammo line of flight. And that is your optimal fork width. This is why forks come in different widths, and why people prefer different width sizes.
       
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    2. Bimbo

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      Exactly what @Palmettoflyer mentioned; the narrower the fork, the higher you will shoot, i narrowed all my forks down to 60mm wide PFS forks and 84mm axioms, champs, chalices and such, the only different thing in my form is that my reference point goes higher with my PFS frames, it goes up to the top.of my cheekbone, and on wider frames it is below my Cheeckbone. That way i am maintaining the same point of aim on every fork, and it works great for me.

      Hope this helps!!
       
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    3. Palmettoflyer

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      90mm width is the golden number for me with a gapper aim and cheek anchor.
       
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      I was testing this the other day. I made a jumbo sized slingshot gap with plenty of fork to change the width of my tie on location. It looks silly but allowed me to find my optimal fork gap for direct hits to point of aim for my hunting setups by moving the tie on location to hit sighting off the corner of the band at my chosen distance of 20 yards. Eventually I will cut down the forks and carve it to turn this into something else but it was a worthwhile tool that perfectly fulfilled my need. For TTF shooters you could slowly carve down the tips and re tie the bands as the fork tips narrow until you find your preferred gap.
       

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    5. The preacher

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      Man, that thing reminds me of a big Jack rabbit's head.
      [emoji846]

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    6. Calculatedhit

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      I used a r10 template blown up to 150% actual size and extended the fork tips.
       
    7. Jim S.

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      I would hope Sling Shot Bill will chime in on this post. He did some extensive accuracy testing on sling shots and fork width and could have some interesting results to share.
       
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    8. The preacher

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      It surprised me how much just a 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch in fork width changed things as far as sighting goes.

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