posted on Mar, 5 2011 @ 12:41 AM
I've hunted with just about all the weapons mentioned, including recurve bow,compound,crossbow and slingshot. The crossbow takes the least amount of
skill of the weapons mentioned. It is noiser than the other bows, but being able to carry it cocked and loaded is a big advantage in a hunting
situation. That said, I personally prefer the compound. I find it easier to carry, quieter and more satisfying to use. In a pure survival
situation,the crossbow is probably the better choice. My pick is the Excalibur line, as I think the recurve design is simpler and more foolproof.
Also,they are very durable. Mine was dry fired a couple times with no damage. I would avoid it at all costs, but it did survive the ordeal. I don't
know that a compound crossbow would fare as well. Most good modern compound bows are extremely durable and tough, I wouldn't worry too much about
breaking it under normal use. Replacement strings/cables would be a good idea though.
I shoot recurve bow at the gun club every week,and with practice you can get quite good with one of these. They are very quiet and also very simple.
If you know what your doing,you an build your own longbow. To think that you'll just whip up a servicable bow out of whatever sort of materials you
have and be able to use it successfully is wishful thinking. Building the bow and it's arrows is less simple than it would appear,and I'd not want
to try to learn it in an emergency. I use my recurve all summer to shoot gophers,and find it to be great practice. The bow I'm shooting is a Bear
Grizzly 52# @28DL and it was built in the mid 60's. It still shoots great,which gives you an idea of just how tough and durable these bows can be.
I'll probably get a 45# when I buy a new one,as you really don't need any more than that and you'll usually shoot better with a lighter bow.
I've been shooting compound for about 4 years now and have managed to kill several deer with it,as well as various small game. It takes considerable
practice to ebcome effective with it, but with plenty of practice and a well tuned bow most people should be able to achieve an effective range of
about 50 yards. Some people can do considerably better, but it takes alot of practice. I have one bow set at 64# and another at 72#,which is really
not necessary and it'll get turned down soon. Most of the deer I've shot have been complete passthroughs,even hitting ribs going in and out. You
need to learn some tracking skills if you plan to bowhunt,as anything larger than small game will almost always cover some distance before
The slingshot was a rather unsuccesful experiment. I practiced a fair bit and thought I was doing well until I went out after gophers with it. A
friend and I spent an afternoon chsing the little buggers around,never hitting a one! I've decided the bow is the way to go,or wlse the .22 with some
subsonics. As mentioned, CCI's Cb round s are as quite as most airguns(or even more so) and quite effective.
I mentioned the centrefire rifle adaptors that allow you to shoot a lead slug using .22 blanks(powerhammer loads) in another thread, and I managed to
track down the gentleman that makes them at the gunshow this week. His website is Gamgetter.ca, I recommend checking it out.