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For me tieing bands is much like shooting slingshots. I am trying to perfect my technique and style to produce the best bands I can make. And I love the freedom to fiddle around with the various factors involved. Short answer is what ever part of the ball hitting the target I am doing I try to do my best on. :)
 

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I am at the same page as Ibojoe and raventree78, I like cutting bands, imagining how good a practice session they will bring me! I also like to make everything perfect, to the 1/10 of the millimeter ????
But tubes will be my go to when I am out and about. My daily shot count is about 200 shots, when I don't have time to shoot, so I need a setup that that doesn't require frequent changes when away from home. Now for hunting, when I make a dedicated set, it'll be just for power and speed, I don't need more than 10-15 shots when hunting anyway ????
 

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I see what some of youse are saying and I appreciate it.
Making the bands is a part of the greater shooting process and should be treated with the same respect given to pouch release or any other aspect of shooting.
Things are almost always better when done deliberately and with care then when rushed through while b!tching about it the whole time.
This morning I tied up one of the sets I made last night. I took extra time to get my folds at the pouch right and the knot right and then trimmed the excess with care. It made me focus on what I was doing, which is always something I'm looking for, and it made a great looking set of bands. So it was a double win :thumbsup:
 

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I don't even like admitting I know what a rotary cutter is. :D
 
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I see what some of youse are saying and I appreciate it.
Making the bands is a part of the greater shooting process and should be treated with the same respect given to pouch release or any other aspect of shooting.
Things are almost always better when done deliberately and with care then when rushed through while b!tching about it the whole time.
This morning I tied up one of the sets I made last night. I took extra time to get my folds at the pouch right and the knot right and then trimmed the excess with care. It made me focus on what I was doing, which is always something I'm looking for, and it made a great looking set of bands. So it was a double win :thumbsup:
Yeah, living in the moment, another way to put it, is something I realized for the last few years I need to work on. Reminds me of being younger when I was always (almost always) in the moment of whatever I was doing. A lot less thinking of something else I could be doing, or rather be doing, helps to live the current experience. I was simply doing the activity and whatever feeling, fatigue, enjoyment, hilarity etc, it was simply part and parcel of the activity. I enjoyed life much more when I was young and am currently working on being in the moment day to day to enjoy every bit of life's activities that I can. It takes effort to keep the garbage out of the mind.
 

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Aaarrrrgggghhhhh...
These bands are too short.
I can draw them all the way back but they're maxed out and too heavy to focus on the release. It takes all my physical and mental energy to keep the pouch from flying out of my hand. They scream, for sure, but missing stuff faster isn't the point.
Oh well. I'll cut the next set a half inch longer.
 

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Aaarrrrgggghhhhh...
These bands are too short.
I can draw them all the way back but they're maxed out and too heavy to focus on the release. It takes all my physical and mental energy to keep the pouch from flying out of my hand. They scream, for sure, but missing stuff faster isn't the point.
Oh well. I'll cut the next set a half inch longer.
Yeah, that sucks big time when it happens. When it does happen, I shoot a bit, and when I get very frustrated, I just cut a few millimeters off the bands ????
 
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Aaarrrrgggghhhhh...
These bands are too short.
I can draw them all the way back but they're maxed out and too heavy to focus on the release. It takes all my physical and mental energy to keep the pouch from flying out of my hand. They scream, for sure, but missing stuff faster isn't the point.
Oh well. I'll cut the next set a half inch longer.
Ohh man that is so frustrating. Everything is just perfect, except when it is not :)
 
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I just read through each of the post on this topic. Interesting to read the various thoughts on cutting and tying bands. So here are my thoughts on the subject.

1. Learning to cut and tie bands is just one more aspect of slingshot shooting that can and perhaps should be learned along with wrap and tuck tying bands to the forks since some slingshot makers are still in the dark ages and haven't caught up with the times in providing a no tie attachment method.

2. Tubes are definitely much easier to cut to length and maybe even easier to tie than flat bands. Tubes are also much easier to attach to the slingshot frame than flat bands are. However, I've found that most of the tube sets available for purchase are way too short for my liking. Which makes learning to cut and tie tubes plus and necessary art form.

3. There are a few places that I can buy slingshot bands already tied and ready to attach which is so much easier than cutting and tying them myself. Probably the best source I've found is A+Slingshots. I have also bought quite a few sets of bands on eBay from US Slingshots and I like those bands just as much as any other source. They run around $5 per set.

4. Cutting and tying your own bands or tubes gives the luxury of experimenting with various widths and lengths rather than having to just buy what the seller provides.
 
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