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Well if you do, it is my opinion that you must shoot paper fairly regular to know just what is going on. I know, it is boring, but otherwise you will fool yourself into thinking that you are better than you really are. I normally shoot about 30 shots when I shoot paper. A paper plate and a couple of felt tip pens will make a nice paper target and is pretty tough! I use about a 1 inch red center outlined in black. This will tell you how big your group is and how many fliers that you might have. It will also help you get a handle on your release.

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Yup I've been shooting slingshots for about 18 years (since I was 6) and I thought I was a pretty good shot, always shot cans and pine cones out off trees for practice. And do a lot of hunting with my catty. Shot paper for the first time ever yesterday just to see how my grouping was.......man it needs a lot of work lol. So yes I'm definitely gonna start practicing on paper.

But I wonder if it's a bit of a mind thing shooting paper? Because I can cut cards and light matches, but had a hard time with the paper.
 

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Well if you do, it is my opinion that you must shoot paper fairly regular to know just what is going on. I know, it is boring, but otherwise you will fool yourself into thinking that you are better than you really are. I normally shoot about 30 shots when I shoot paper. A paper plate and a couple of felt tip pens will make a nice paper target and is pretty tough! I use about a 1 inch red center outlined in black. This will tell you how big your group is and how many fliers that you might have. It will also help you get a handle on your release.
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Great advice! Thanks Tex. I will give it a try this weekend.
 

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Tex is dead on. Paper is a whole different animal.
 

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Yup I've been shooting slingshots for about 18 years (since I was 6) and I thought I was a pretty good shot, always shot cans and pine cones out off trees for practice. And do a lot of hunting with my catty. Shot paper for the first time ever yesterday just to see how my grouping was.......man it needs a lot of work lol. So yes I'm definitely gonna start practicing on paper.

But I wonder if it's a bit of a mind thing shooting paper? Because I can cut cards and light matches, but had a hard time with the paper.
I found it harder to focus on a 2d bullseye than a 3d object like a can. My eyes tend to wander around more, and my aim suffers as well. Probably good practice though for improving focus.
 

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I shoot paper quite a bit and it is humbling. It can become tedious however, so I introduced a variant: ' negative paper.' Occasionally I'll just cut a one or two inch hole in the center of the paper plate and hang a can behind it. It's a great focusing drill, and there's a certain entertainment quality to how it changes your perception. Hearing the can ring while the plate remains unscathed is uniquely satisfying. Give it a go if you can... :)
 

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I shoot paper quite a bit and it is humbling. It can become tedious however, so I introduced a variant: ' negative paper.' Occasionally I'll just cut a one or two inch hole in the center of the paper plate and hang a can behind it. It's a great focusing drill, and there's a certain entertainment quality to how it changes your perception. Hearing the can ring while the plate remains unscathed is uniquely satisfying. Give it a go if you can... :)
Man that's a brilliant idea! Definitely going to do that.
 

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Whereas many people discard used corrugated cardboard boxes, I treasure them like gold, as sheets of this stuff show the impacts of steel ammo very nicely indeed - not to mention the fact that the ammo rebounds between the suspended old bath towels I use and the piece of cardboard, and then falls to the ground to be easily collected later. Paper does not necessarily show the impacts, unless it is placed on a cardboard background (tried & tested).

Impacts on corrugated cardboard make a healthy noise too, which is an added fun factor. Maybe a microphone placed next to the target, and a good set of loudspeakers are something to try, but you might risk all your neighbors running for shelter, and calling the cops :hmm:. Just a crazy idea...let's move on.

Shooting tight groups on marker-drawn 1.5 inch circles at 10 yards requires that tough combination of proper stance and 150% concentration: yes, it's hard work in a sense, yet very rewarding when you go check out your group cluster between every string of shots, and see what you're hoping to see. Above all, it will give you clear feedback on what you may be doing wrong if your shots are off-center or erratic.

For anyone seeking to attend slingshot shooting tournaments, paper or cardboard is definitely the way to go in my opinion.
 

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I shoot paper quite a bit and it is humbling. It can become tedious however, so I introduced a variant: ' negative paper.' Occasionally I'll just cut a one or two inch hole in the center of the paper plate and hang a can behind it. It's a great focusing drill, and there's a certain entertainment quality to how it changes your perception. Hearing the can ring while the plate remains unscathed is uniquely satisfying. Give it a go if you can... :)
The older you get the more humbling it becomes. You tend to lose everything that can make you a top notch shot, like eyesight, muscle tone, steadiness, muscle control, balance, reflex and etc.
 

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Mr. Tex, You're a hero in this game, you know that, right?

More importantly, you should know that we know it- every last one of us.

May God bless you for your contributions to this wonderful activity.
Amen to that! We appreciate all you've done and are still doing, Tex-shooter.

You are a true treasure to flippery and in general.
 

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Sound advice Tex, I shoot paper fairly frequently to keep myself dialed in. Inches are the difference between a clean dispatch and a crippled bunny. Things like that can happen in hunting but if I can do ANYTHING do increase my odds and decreases chances of a mishap I'm taking them. Sifts for example are the bane of purists, but for me if it tightens up your groups you'd be irresponsible not to use them when hunting. I use a traced cd for my targets, 1" bull no second ring and sometimes I draw a rabbit or bird silhouette around the bull.

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