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Hey everyone. I've been shooting the scout with double tube bands and 7/16in steel balls. Training to use it to hunt small game.

Since using larger ammo and strong bands, my index finger on the pouch hand gets sore quite quickly. Like after 20 shots. I made a thicker leather pouch which barely helps. It's still a hindrance to my practice.

I could shoot 3/8in balls for hours without a problem.

I have considered switching to a simpleshot hammer slingbow so I can use a quick release with arrows and not use my fingers to pinch at all. This way I can maintain a heavy draw weight and not cripple myself.

I don't think my hands are abnormal. I consider them tough. Anyone overcome this in a method I'm not seeing?
 

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It’s not about power, it’s about accuracy. Work on your accuracy using 3/8 steel with some tubes maybe pseudo 1842, looped 2040, and you can take game with those setups you’ll just have to go for head shots.
 

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Bands are funny, sometimes you can get more speed with less rubber. I believe something like SS black and 7/16 steel set up to your length of pull will take most small game if well placed. And you won't have to pinch so hard to hold it.

PS ..Ask some of these northerners that shoot a lot of game what they are shooting, and my guess will be single bands or tubes.
 
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