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I've got some 12 inch bamboo skewers. I've got to start experimenting with length I know, but wouldn't mind hearing

from some of you what length your skewer shooters are? What are the advantages and disadvantages of skewer length?

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It all depends on what you use for your cone and how much of it you use...my ducttape ones I use about 8 inches of skewer. there are no real advantages or disadvantages (that I know of) to length other then that the skewer needs to be long enough to be heavy enough to stay balanced which will result true flight rather then be cone heavy as with you wire nut darts

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just as superman said , it depends on your cone , but as a general rule if I use them I cut them down. In my experience the skewers are to light for really accurate flight. Short= flipped dart, long = planeing to the left or right. I prefer a heavier dart to gain more accurate flight. An excellent source is metal coat hangers, marker flags, insulation support rods, or any other stiff thin metal pin . 6" metal dart with a duct tape cone = deadly
 

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Yes, I will be using duct tape. I'll play with the length and experiment with some metal darts as well. Thanks for the help guys.
 

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Haha, yeah that could be the start of another thread. :)

I've got 300 darts, I'll 'dick' with the measurements starting at 12".
 

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Using duct tape for cones seems to be working very well. I've found that the 12, 10, inch kabob skewers

are balanced nicely. 8 inch not quite as good but they still fly in straight most times. 6, inch though I

have problems with, so leaving them long works.
 

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Since the bamboo is so light its advantage to keep them longer to move the center of gravity away from the cone avoiding a side winder flight.
 

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Totally makes sense guys, I'm leaving them at 12, and they are performing very well and flying in straight.
 

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I am building some 12" darts for my .625 caliber blow gun. They will be 12" 1/8" aluminum tube with a standard plastic cone and I am building a 4 bladed broad head at approximately .620 so the whole thing slides down the pipe and leaves the end in a real stable condition ( I hope) I plan on having the four blades honed to an extremely sharp condition and am hoping to be able to kill turkey, gray squirrels, geese and deer with it. We'll see/
 
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