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Straight VS Tapered Flat Bands

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Sergeant Slingshot, Oct 20, 2021.

By Sergeant Slingshot on Oct 20, 2021 at 10:18 PM
  1. Sergeant Slingshot

    Sergeant Slingshot Member

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    I heard Joerg say once that straight cut bands lose minimal fps compared to tapered, and last as long as tubes. Has anyone experimented with this at all? Figured I'd come to the hive mind before trying it myself.

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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Sergeant Slingshot, Oct 20, 2021.

    1. KawKan

      KawKan Veteran Member

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      I have entertained myself for a number of years exploring the nuances of flatband performance. There always seems to be another combination to try that will get closer to the Nirvana combination of high performance, low draw weight, and long life.
      That sweet spot may be different for each shooter.
      I currently favor 2:1 tapers cut to 1/4 my draw length with .50 to .60mm latex. I like the performance, the draw weight, and the life.
      But I also like to shoot tubes.
      Works for me.
       
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    2. StringSlap

      StringSlap Veteran Member

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      The general consensus is that tapers shoot faster than flats. In my testing and from what I can recall from posts is that they do shoot faster, but not by any dramatic degree. The main advantage to me was getting good velocities with an easier draw weight. If you want bands with long life, Simple Shot black has consistently outlasted pretty much everything I've tried. One set had to have well over 600 shots before it gave up. Another long lasting one has been 100% Slingshot. If you want elastic that lasts as long as tubes, do what I did and use tubes! ;)
       
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    3. Big Ron

      Big Ron Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator

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      that's a loaded question i have tried them all and i think tubes is where i found my nirvana,cheap,easy to make and they last along time especially if you put the ptector tubed over where the tubes meet the frame
       
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    4. Cruiser

      Cruiser Veteran Member

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      Tapers pull easier and look bad ass.
       
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    5. andypandy

      andypandy Well-Known Member

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      Only nerds shoot straight cuts
       
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    6. honorary pie

      honorary pie Veteran Member

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      Pffft.. if God wanted us to shoot tapers, he'd have made rulers Pizza shaped.. tapers are for Commies and eccentric hipsters.

      Straight cuts or tubes,,, both if you're cool enough.. on a pickle fork. TTF..
       
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    7. pedroito

      pedroito New Member

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      logically, tapers should break earlier, but also near the pouch, so it sounds safer too
       
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    8. Sandstorm

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      Straight cut PFS TTF 1/2” steel held with your feet and drawn with your teeth. That’s how you take down Godzilla.
       
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    9. Samurai Samoht

      Samurai Samoht Well-Known Member

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      Been using 3/4” straight cut bands for years. Plenty of speed and longevity for me. I cut them long so they are not maxed out and they still send 3/8” steel down range with authority. [emoji851]


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    10. Arturo Borquez

      Arturo Borquez Veteran Member

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      I usually taper 1 : 3/4 ... 0.55 GZK latex last a lot ... matching ammo is important for life span
       
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    11. Killian white

      Killian white New Member

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      ive found a little more peppyness out of tapers, ive grown accustomed to do them, but when im lazy i cut straights and do not worry about not having that little extra. in the end only thing im doing is blasting targets and cans, when i feel even more lazy, i turn in to my stash of beautiful and snappy 1632, cut the length i need and start shooting... ive proven myself i can take little birds if i need to with tapers, flat cuts or even little 1632 and 6 mm ammo ans 8mm and marbles.
      also, ive made my farthest shots (about 35 m is my top score) with relative ease with all configurations.

      for variety sake, im still experimenting with tapers and different latex thickneses... as said before it is another part of keeping this awesome hobby interesting .
       
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    12. pedroito

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      thre is a video test from gamekeeper john and anoher from https://slingshooting.com on youtube (chinese dude) if you're curious
       
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