I am unable to find a cutting pad that is marked in metric measurements. Could somebody recommend band sizes using the inch scale? Band material : simple shot pure amber latex, ammo: 3/8" steel. draw length 30" = 6" active length. Thank you.
I don't do tapered bands so can't really say what size taper to cut, but if you have a size in metric you can easily convert to inches. This is a great calculator. Just put in whatever size you have in the appropriate box (mm, cm, decimal, etc.) and it will instantly calculate the rest.
This question (in various forms) pops up pretty often. So, five or six times a year I regurgitate this advice from the Wizard of Waco (AKA Bill Hays). It's the best I've seen. And, as it happens, directly addresses your latex!
"For 0.03 thickness latex you simply cut the small end so that it's 1 1/2 times the size of the ammo and the large end is twice as wide as the ammo.... So 1/4" steel ball ammo needs tapers of 3/8" X 1/2"... and 1/2" steel ball ammo needs tapers of 3/4" X 1".
For glass ammo, the small end of the taper needs to be the same size as the ammo with the wider end being 1 1/2 times the width of the ammo.... a 1/2" marble uses tapers of 1/2" X 3/4" and a 3/4" marble uses 3/4" X 1" tapers.
For lead ammo, your cuts can either be 50% wider than steel's.... or simply use two bands per side instead of one, and utilise the formula for glass marbles. (1/2" lead ball, TWO 1/2" X 3/4" tapered bands per side of the pouch.)
For straight cut bands, make them about 1 3/4 wider than the ammo (steel)."
To add my 2 cents worth - if you are cutting butterfly bands, reduce the widths by half (assuming your butterfly draw is about twice your face anchor draw).