reply to post by mossme89
Bows are gonna be one of the best options ...if /when things get rough...police state, need for stelth...and such..
As far as 35# drawis fine...... most all native amercan bows were 25-30#
draw weight, its arrow place ment that will count, and you not gonna be squared off gunslinger style having a draw down...so to say...
You need to lay in wait...for prey...
I have shot an arrow completely through a deer, and the doe beside the buck, both deer turned and looked at the arrow that had stuck in the ground
after passing through deer#1......never knew he had been hit!
A smart hunter with a bow, that knows the area and propper ways to stay hidden and has patience, will come out ahead in the end!
As far as compounds and cross bows..
Compounds=good...but you can't go carve a new one out of hedge or osage wood.
Plus a cross bow...has a real bad mechanical advantage...it takes a 150# draw crossbow "because the limbs are short ...to make the same power as a
good recurve or longbow....and the longbow don't sound like an .22 when you let it slip away into your game/enemy/dinner...
Arrows for a long bow...I make mine from rose stems...when dried they are straight, and can be sorted to get many that have the same "spine" to
match the draw of your LB....
I have never understood why "crossbows" are so talked about.
Guess its because of TV and they look cool, they are really a fussy fussy tool, and very noisy.
Ask any real Archery shop owner.....they are not faster than modern compound bows...not much easier to tote around, and besides looking cool...have
about ZERO practical use for a sitX or SHTF sit...
The only reason I could see having one, is if I lived where guns are not legal....but there again, a modern compound will out shoot it! hands
down....speed and distance!
Instead of only haveing 12-16"s of bolt length "for accelleration" a regular bow has an average of 30"s to gain momentum and speed, you can have a
70# longbow, and a 100# recurve and when you chronograph them two side by side....the long bow will prevail....also with accuracy, and distance.