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    toggle material

    Hey all,
    I'm switching to whoopie slings soon, and was wondering what to use as a toggle that I could buy in my area. I was thinking about using PVC pipe as them but didn't want to waste my money, so I decided to ask. Thanks in advance!

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    I've seen a pen used before so it can be many different things. The key is to ensure the whoopie sling loop go over the knot and not on the actual toggle itself. This way the force is applied to the knot and it won't break the toggle. As long as whatever you use can take the compression.

    Trail sticks you find at camp are good for improvised toggles. You can get some wood dowels and cut them to length, aluminum arrow shafts work well, tent stakes..you get the picture.
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    I'm using 3" pieces of 5/8" dowl rod, a lot of folks are also using alum arrow shafts. Get a good green stick (hardwood) in the woods and it will work, just make sure you loop the whoopie on the knot, not on the toggle.
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    All great answers already... in addition to the above I've also seen them made out of everything from deer antler/bone to carbon arrow shafts. The key is that the material be strong enough not to collapse (if hollow) or break (if not) under the pressure from the webbing.

    And please put the loop on the knot, not the toggle...

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    The coolest one's I've seen are in Matt65's avatar......empty rifle shells.

    Very cool. :-)

    You could use:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Logs

    But you want something that will slide out easily, the notches in the logs might not allow that very well.

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    I use a cheap $.99 biner to do double duty--hangs my hammock suspension (whoopie on the knot, not the biner) and anything else that I might want to get up off the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pullmyfinger View Post
    The coolest one's I've seen are in Matt65's avatar......empty rifle shells.

    Very cool. :-)
    Thanks Mitch, yeah the .270 shells are still going strong!

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    Anything that won't break under load.
    Arrow shafts, trail sticks, golf shafts in alum or carbon fiber, dowels.
    They all work.
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    i use 3/8" pex pipe from HD. works like a charm.
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