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    Default Diy hawaiian sling (bone)

    Hey everyone I'm working on my own hawaiian sling right now from scratch. For my handle I'm using a thick chunk of deer antler bleached white with a 3/8ths hole drilled into the center. For the band I'm using 1/2 inch black surgical tubing. And for the spear cup I'm using the tip of a antler also bleached with a whole threw it for the surgical tube, and a hole slightly larger then 1/4 for the spear butt. Everything is polyurethaned. To attach the band's to the antler handle I'll be sanding out a rivet to lay the tubing across and to braid some thin paracord around it. For the spears I have (4x) 72inch long stainless steel rods that I will be sharpening and drilling to attach hawaiian floppers a floppers length away from the tip. I'll be posting more pictures as I finish up! Let me know if anyone has any ideas or tips or just comments. I want to attach a reel to the handle in the future for easy spear retrieval.-uploadfromtaptalk1404776647402-jpg

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    Not seeing any progress here. Hawaiian slings don't have lines, what would you use a reel for?

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    That looks cool, nice job. Very original. Still wondering about the reel idea tough. What would you use a reel for?
    Have you had a chance to kill any fish with it?

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    I haven't got to shoot anything yet because I haven't been able to drill threw the SS shaft for the floppers rivet... only thing holding me back. So for the reel idea I was gonna screw it to the underside of the handle with some cord and a shock coil attached to the shaft so I could reel it back to me if it went to deep or something. But I wouldn't do that to this one. Maybe my next two I have going. Both are drift wood one with a good natural grip it's a spiral I'll post pics of them too.

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    Here are the next two in progress atm just drilled out with a 3/8th dia. Need to do some sealing coats n a homemade beeswax polish, measure/cut/wrap the tubing. N make a cup for each. Sharpen spears. So works in progress.

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    I just read your question a about what i would use for a reel. I'd go buy a reel for band gun n attach that. But probably not on these two either haha.

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    As to the SS shafts....they are hardened and very difficult to drill. Drilling is usually done before hardening. Would probably be a lot less trouble to go buy some free/sling shafts, preferably without band slots. They are both stronger and won't cut you.
    There is no keeper on a sling shaft to stop/hold any type of line on the shaft. Can't see that a reel would do you any good to have, if you can't attach it to the shaft!
    If you use a line shaft with a swedge'd area at the rear to stop a slider, it's only a matter of time before you catch it on your hand and tear a hole. Also I gotta believe it will effect the flight significantly!
    You only use a sling in depths you can easily swim to the bottom to retrieve your fish. You will want to shoot your fish within a couple feet of the bottom anyway, to keep the shaft from going through them.

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    I was going to crimp something close to the top for the line. But that's an idea on scratch for now. Good point on the shaft going threw the fish completely I did not even think of that happening. As for the SS shaft I have I could buy one with the flopper for like 40 bucks. But it cost me 15 total for each spear. (Once I'm able to put the flopper on) drill press n cutting oil is next try. I have a 66 inch shaft sharpened n ready for the flopper n rivet. And 3 72inch ss rods 1/4 dia. Waiting for flopper/rivet, to be cut alittle down, and for me to grind out the tip. Do you think it's possible my rod wasn't hardened? I want to say it's 316 ss rod.

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    Wow....shafts are expensive up there. Too bad your not down here in FL. I have drilled them on a press, but go through a bunch of $$$ in bits. You only need 60" shafts. That is plenty long for your purpose. Longer shafts only slow things down, and make your shafts bend easier, especially 1/4". Those babies will be pretzels after the first decent fish. I would think they were hardened, but can't say for sure. How springy are they?

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    How much are they in fl? I'm going to winter garden in about 2 months for one day lol. Maybe I'll stop at a dive shop. They are kinda floppy that's why I cut them down. But I figured easy bend easy straighten lol. Plus for 15 bucks just make a few.

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    316 SS is not hardened. Also can bend, but as you said can be bent back. One pole spear maker was using non hardened stainless, and they would bend on small/medium fish, but would bend back with just your hands. Not very good. He supposedly is using hardened stainless now. Use cobalt drill bits for hardened steel and use cutting oil, at a low speed. Dont let it get hot. Will drill through easily, even on hardened stainless.
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