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I really don't keep track of how long my bands last. I have only had a few bands fail on me during use. Most times I will change a band when it just doesn't feel right anymore even though there doesn't appear to be any visible wearing.
 

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I'm with Steve, when I "feel" the performance of a band set change I change the band set. Got slapped once by breaking bands don't want a repeat performance.
 

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Lots of variables in the question. If you're set up is matched well with your ammo the bands will last longer than if they are overpowered.
The best thing for us is the fact that bands are cheap.
When I start seeing hand oils start showing up near the pouch I go ahead and change. Plus there's always a new set up that needs to be tested out anyway.
Modern bands last plenty long. Imo
 

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Not the question you asked, but this is my experience with how long various bands last, longest to shortest life.

1. Alliance Sterling #107

2. Small tubes (Dankung 2040, 1842, 1745)

3. TheraBand Tubes (Green, Red, Yellow)

4. Natural flat latex

5. TheraBand Gold straight cut

6. Theraband Gold Taper.

I replace mine when they break or shown signs of tearing.
 

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It's been awhile since I shot big rubber bands, but I don't remember them lasting that long... Might have to revisit those.
 

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Ok I normally shoot till I see a tear or they dont have the same umph they should. I know some sets last longer than others i feel if i can get at least 500 rounds it was a good set, but can usually get ~1000 per set.
 

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Ok I normally shoot till I see a tear or they dont have the same umph they should. I know some sets last longer than others i feel if i can get at least 500 rounds it was a good set, but can usually get ~1000 per set.
I like to know how? I'm breaking bands off at the pouch after just a few shots. I have a feeling that I might be wrapping them to tight. What are your thoughts?
 

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Ok I normally shoot till I see a tear or they dont have the same umph they should. I know some sets last longer than others i feel if i can get at least 500 rounds it was a good set, but can usually get ~1000 per set.
I like to know how? I'm breaking bands off at the pouch after just a few shots. I have a feeling that I might be wrapping them to tight. What are your thoughts?
You might be wrapping the bands too tight at the pouch or you could be shooting ammo that is too light. If the ammo isn't heavy enough to expend all the energy the band will rebound back hard against the forks causing the bands to break prematurely.

Also make sure you don't have any nicks or rough spots on your forks that can put a nick in your bands.
 

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For band longevity, also make sure you get an olfa rotary cutter. Those cheaper ones definitely don't .......cut it ????
 
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What are you tying with? And yeah definitely match hands to ammo. But also the latex your not using needs to stay inside or at least in a box to keep from sun degradation. And store your active use bandset out of the sun as well. Avoid fork hits holding your drawn longer then neccessary, and finally when you cut your draw length I like to cut with an extra 1/4 to 1/2 extra length depending on your slingshot this is what you will lose pulling around the forks. So with a six inch band set I'll cut 6.5 then from tip to cheek I get exactly the 31 inches draw I need.
 
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