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CyberGOP
December 26, 2002, 03:18 PM
Does anyone here had any experience with high powered slingshots ? You know , Crosman and Daisy slingshots , the type you see at Wal-Mart . Can you hunt anything with them or are they just for fun ?

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Penman
December 26, 2002, 04:07 PM
The Wrist Rocket is the classic high powered slingshot, and a good hand with one could take small game. You may want to check game laws in your area. I used to shoot with a club where one member was accomplished with a sling shot, and they used him to test the timed, steel targets for the man against man matches. He could even do "edge shots" to test the sensitivity of the switches.

CyberGOP
December 26, 2002, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the info Penman , anyone else have experience with high powered slingshots ?

ahenry
December 26, 2002, 04:49 PM
Yeah, but I can’t hit crap with them. A friend of mine was a good shot though. I used to bring my sling-shot on backpacking trips and he would always show me up. Lots of fun to play with, but I never did master the thing.

sm
December 26, 2002, 07:35 PM
I still have the fork made from a Hickory tree.
red rubber from a 'inner tube'
leather from an old worn out football.

For serious huntin'-- BIG ball bearings from the gas station.
Doves, squirrels, rabbit.
snakes -poison kind-in the wrong place

Both parents raised in the country. Dad said when I could hit a rock in mid air when tossed--I'd be ready. He hang up a ball of twine in an ol tree (size of a squirel's head), I practiced.

Only thing that saved my hide from a tanning when I was gone too long, or "walking the tracks"--was something in the burlap tote. Meat came in handy sometimes. Hunger a good incentive not to miss.

Hkmp5sd
December 26, 2002, 11:07 PM
I used to be pretty good with the Wrist Rocket when I was a kid. When the noise from the .22's got a little too much for the neighborhood we converted to slingshots for rabbits and squirrels. Used marbles as ammo.

CyberGOP
December 27, 2002, 01:49 AM
Thanks for the replies , they are appreciated .

pax
December 27, 2002, 04:39 AM
I use mine to chase deer out of the garden. Aim for the rump and watch 'em jump.

Durn things always come back, though. :D

pax

I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died. -- Richard Diran

Penman
December 27, 2002, 04:03 PM
If you get serious about using one, get a bag of 00 buckshot for ammo. Have another friend who uses his culled cast bullets-not very aerodynamic, since they don't fly point forward, but plenty good for keeping pests out of the garden.

I forget what it was called, but many years ago there was a TV movie where Andy Griffith played a murderer who was brought to justice by a kid with a Wrist Rocket.

powderific
December 29, 2002, 01:58 PM
I have spent many an hour messin around with wrist rockets, lots of fun. I would recommend getting one from saunders archery, they have much better bands than what you find on the crossman and daisy versions.

JShirley
December 29, 2002, 02:03 PM
Had a Wrist Rocket. Dad used to bring me pebbles from the state docks for ammo. For some reason, they were uniformly round and a li'l smaller in diameter than marbles.

CyberGOP
December 30, 2002, 02:54 AM
Again , thanks for the replies , your time is appreciated .

CWL
January 8, 2003, 10:07 PM
Used my wrist rocket in college against windows (didn't shoot people) when we had our Fraternity Wars. We used blackpowder .44 and .50 cal lead bullets, they hit harder than ball bearings. One frat thought that they were being shot at since they found lead bullets flattened against their walls.

Thinking of picking up another one for use as racoon control tool. Where I live, .22 gunshots will rile the neighbors.

swampgator
January 9, 2003, 11:44 PM
I found mine last week while cleaning out our shed. I played around with it using white oak acorns as "ammo". Not very aerodynamic, way too much arc.

I'll probably invest in some other suitable ammo for it soon.

444
January 9, 2003, 11:50 PM
I had a Wrist Rocket as a kid. I spent many an hour shooting it. I once shot a rabbit and dropped it in it's tracks. I seem to remember reading that there were formal bullseye matches using slingshots.
I now have to get another one.

abaddon
January 10, 2003, 01:41 AM
I played around with a wooden slingshot made of driftwood when I was a kid. I got pretty good just aiming instinctively. I didn't find out until I got older that I was holding it wrong. If you're right handed/right eye dominant you're supposed to hold it in your left hand and draw with your right. That's what I am, but I held the wood with my right hand. Now I have a wrist rocket and still hold it wrong because its more instinctual for me.

I've never killed anything with it, mainly because I don't think I draw it back far enough. I'm always afraid that the rubber will break and hit my eye. (Happened a lot when I was a kid, but not so much with the wrist rocket). If anyone has any ideas for getting over this flinch it would be great.

Jeff

444
January 10, 2003, 01:44 AM
Wearing safety glasses ?

abaddon
January 10, 2003, 03:03 AM
Wearing glasses doesn't seem to help.

Jeff

VikingBlood
January 10, 2003, 03:25 AM
I bagged a good number of grouse (prairie chickens) by my cabin when I was a kid, lots of fun. I've still got the ol' Marksman 3040. Just make sure you get one of the ones with a wrist support, the basic y-shaped slingshot will put a lot of strain on the wrist, and screw up your accuracy. I mostly used marbles, they have good weight to 'em, and even though they're not quite as round as a BB, I never got accurate enough for that little difference to matter much. I've used it to chase raccoons and cats out of the yard a few times, too. I grew up with a toy poodle, and even the squirrels were a threat to the little guy. :rolleyes:

444
January 10, 2003, 11:24 AM
"Wearing glasses doesn't seem to help."

They will if that band comes off there and hits you in the eye.

abaddon
January 10, 2003, 02:00 PM
I meant that wearing glasses doesn't seem to help the flinch. Obviously it would help if the band broke.

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