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Hey there, I've been interested in slingshots ever since I was old enough to get my hands on one, and from then on I was hooked.
I remember heading to the woods with my childhood friends to find, or cut suitable forks to make slingshots with.
We always tried to use those big thick rubber bands "that my brother used to keep his hockey socks up with", and they worked well enough at the time, and kept us slinging rocks.
If you wanted to find me, I was probably in the woods making a slingshot or bow, or perhaps even making some type of ninja weapon.

Now I'm in the mood to build more slingshots, especially since it's something I can do while staring at my bows....
I made my first slingshot in a lot of years the other night, using a piece of Zebra wood board, and some stuff I had kicking around, and it works.
I have some lead ball molds on the way, and I am about to purchase some Thera-band gold, hoping it's a good choice... I have a tendency to jump in head first when it's something I enjoy.
So before I begin to bore you, I must say that I was surprised to find such a group of people with the same interests, well not all that surprised really, but it took me long enough to get here.
I enjoy watching the Slingshot channel, and reading all about slingshots and stuff on this forum. There are some really cool designs and topics to absorb, and you seem like a good group of folks.
Hello everyone.

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I have some lead ball molds on the way
Tip regarding lead: Lead is an ideal projectile material due to it's easy workability and density ... I've known a few people over the years who shot black powder, and poured their own ammo (and fishing weights), and as a kid I had a mold for making toy soldiers. However, when it comes to slingshots, I imagine that several of lead's minor disadvantages may come into play.

* Quantity: each pour only makes a few balls, so you're going to need to do a lot of pours to make a lot of ammo. A typical slingshot practice session runs though a LOT more ammo than a black powder rifle, so you need proportionally more ammo on hand.

* Toxicity: frequent handling of lead, and exposure to smelting fumes, is mildly toxic. It's bad for groundwater too. Combined with the quantity issue, the potential toxicity issue also increases.

* Non-magnetic: lead is non-magnetic, so unlike steel, you can't conveniently retrieve it on a practice range en mass with a contractor magnet (unless you're using a trap, in which case deformation becomes an issue). .

For these reasons, you might consider limiting your use of lead to just outdoor use in the woods, and intead using inexpensive low-grade steel ball bearings (which can be purchased in bulk) for practice use (and easy retrieval/reuse) on a home target range.

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