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#1 erich76

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:15 PM

I posted this a while ago on NR, and figured I might as well post it over here for more feedback/if anyone else wants to try them out. These darts are essentially slug darts, with a rubber bushing instead of a washer.
This is what they look like:
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They're just a tad bit larger in diameter compared to a #6 washer, and maybe a 1/4 of an inch thick. The construction for these is almost exactly identical to the safer style slugs in Ryan's thread.

First, burn a hole large enough to fit your bushing into. It's important to make this hole as centered as possible.
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Next make sure your bushing fits into this hole, if you're inexperienced/unfamiliar with the size of the bushings. The bushing should be flush with the front of the dart:
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Finally apply a felt pad to the front of the dart.
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After testing these, the darts seem to fly just as straight as slugs if you're proficient at centering the bushings. The ranges also seem comparable to slugs, but in my opinion, these hurt noticeably less. Feel free to post any questions about the darts! No I did not find a McM equivalent of these BUT they may be purchased here!

Edited by erich76, 26 August 2012 - 10:47 PM.

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#2 Shoopy

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

Nice! I kinda want to make these now.

One question... How much is the price per busing compared to a #6 washer?

Nice find.
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#3 erich76

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

Nice! I kinda want to make these now.

One question... How much is the price per busing compared to a #6 washer?

Nice find.


I actually found these at a local science surplus store, they were 5c apiece. Much more expensive than washers I'm sure, but not terrible.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:19 PM

There is a mcmaster equvilant. We used them for robitics though they were bigger they did have different sizes. I will have to find the number. Also 5cents isn't that bad but you could find much more expensive ones depending where you go. Ill update this when I find that number.
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#5 Ozymandias

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 01:26 AM

McMaster page for rubber bushings.

About $.40 apiece.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:47 PM

Updated, because I found the order page so everyone can make them
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