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My opinion about compound bows for survival

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    My opinion about compound bows for survival

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    In my you ger years I was quite into archery. Not for any prcatical reason, just shits and giggles.
    Ive heard over the years a lot of opinions about the use of compound bows for survival.
    Quite a few seem to say that compounds are a terrible option for survival because, complicated, easy to brake difficult to repair, arrows are expensive... Get a gun and so on.

    After giving it much thought ive come to the conclusion that compound bows are a decent tool for survival.

    The can break easily: Well ok, so can your gun, knife, bov or pretty much anything. Nothing lasts forever.

    Difficult to repair in the field: That really depends on if you know what your doing. Can you fix your gun in the field ?
    Yes its true that compounds require some specialised equipment to repair them (bow press) comes to mind. People seem to have the impression this is some big piece of equipment that you bolt to the floor of your workshop. In reality you can get a small bow press that is nothing more than a few strings and a small ratchet that fits in a bag. You do carry tools to fix your guns right ?

    Cams can be bent or derailed: Carry some spares and a few extra strings.

    You will run out of arrows before I run out of bullets: Probably true... But arrows can be retrieved. Try with a bullet in the field.

    Its slow: Slower than a bullet yes. Slower to reload true. I suppose there might be a time when we will have to mow down a relentless hoard of charging zombies. I do have a gun for that lol but really... You can come up with reasons that anything is to slow or to little power. Hundreds of super zombies all hopped up on caffiene and sugar and they are coming for you!

    And yes back to (everything breaks down) Given long enough with no infastructure to do proper repairs bows and guns and pretty much everytning will break down. Bullets will run out, arrows will run out.
    Advantage ? If you know your way around a bow and your somewhat handy... Make a new one out of sticks and sinue or whatever. Primitive bows and spears... Were around long before guns. However thats not saying you cant piece together some sort of primitive firearm. It can be done.

    Bows are quite accurate with a little practice and have the added benefit of being somewhat silent.
    Thay can and have been used to take down everything from the smallest fluffy critter to the biggest baddest critters in North America. What are tou trying to drop ? A zombie T Rex on caffiene and sugar ? Get a tank lol

    Cant spray and pray with a bow... Im crying :p

    No MOA at 1000 yards ? Actually bows can be quite accurate out to 1000 yards competitively. We dont hear much about the practical aplication because of whats considerered "ethical" all is fair in love and war (and survival)

    Although I do keep my guns handy I see no reason that a good compound bow or any bow cant be a valuable tool for survival. Dont forget... Bows were used long before guns and are still going strong.

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    As a competitive archer I would love to see someone REACH 1000 yards with an arrow, much less to do so accurately.

    Before anyone brings up ancient archers of forgotten times, let's keep in mind that the average yew bow employed by midieval archers had a draw weight in excess of 100 lbs. Minimum 90lbs, I've seen evidence of an actual average of 185lbs. I'd venture 90% of people who use bows struggle above 65lbs in modern times
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    I'll start looking for a bow with my last mag.

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    A bow is just another tool, like everything else, it has a place. the more tools you know how to use and have the more versatility you can be. We all have our go to tool but its better to have a plan b,c,d and so on.
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    I am not a bow hunter but I know plenty of them. Most will not take a shot at game beyond 50 yards. Most compound bows today are under 300 fps. Maybe the traditional longbow can do long range but I highly doubt there is any accuracy involved. Too many variables like crosswinds, etc. They used to fire volleys into formations of enemy soldiers... That is a very large target. Plus you will need heavy duty arrows to handle that kind of stress. Also, as Jak mentioned, good luck drawing and accurately aiming any bow like that. Unless you're very strong you won't be doing it more than a few times. If at all.

    Anybody know what the average range on a crossbow is?

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    I agree about the plan A,B,C and so on. Ive seen archery shots out to 1000 yards. Im not saying this is very accurate or normal. This was long range competitive. Large targets on the ground. Just saying range is largely a matter of skill. As far as gun vs bow, I would be using guns, bows, spears whatever it takes to get the job done. My point was more towards those ive read that say bows (compound specifficaly) have no place in a survival situation. Hehe yes the draw weight of bows can be restrictive... All I can say is get stronger :p
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    Perhaps I worded that wrong. Im not saying go out and be a long range bow sniper. Im saying it does have the range ive seen it.
    But most people would be using one up close and probably in a weight they can handle. If you want 1000 yards by all means a rifle is a better choice.

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    I am an accomplished compound bow hunter. I have since retired the compound in favor of a crossbow due to shoulder injury. As far as a personal protection weapon? Bows are antiquated. I would sooner rip apart a foe with my bare hands or with a knife. Bows are quiet and they are damned effective. They have their place to be sure. It would not be my primary choice for a stealth weapon either. They are too cumbersome. A good knife would just be more effective.
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    most peeps I talk to about this don't even know what 300 yards looks like let alone 1000. I was a sniper for 5 long and grueling years so I know a thing or two about shoot 'in
    not flaming you just trying to keep it real is all. peace bro.
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    nothing to see here, move along.

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    Let's play this out. Bow uses in survival situations.
    save ammo and use arrows to hunt. If you pay attention to what you are doing you can recover an arrow 95% of the time. Practical
    Single enemy, or enemies spread out over wide area. A bow is quieter than a gun. I don't care how quiet your whisper gun is, my bow is quieter.
    If you learn to stalk properly one man with a bow can overcome a larger force with guns. This requires specialized training, but is just as useful with firearms, possibly more so.
    Resupply. You can't shoot homemade arrows out of a decent compound bow. They will shatter, likely injuring you and breaking the bow.
    Skill. Anyone can shoot a compound bow, shooting a recurve or long bow (any traditional bow) requires more skill. The arrows flex horizontally instead of vertically with a traditional bow. Tradiation all bows do not let off and require more strength than a compound bow of equal weight.

    Conclusion. If you are willing to lug around a bow and arrows, if you stock a sufficient quantity of arrows, if you take the time to learn to shoot, if you posses the tools and skill to maintain a bow and arrows, if you train with your gear, a compound bow is a good prep.
    If you do none of these things, but still want a bow, a traditional bow is a better prep, but unless you practice you will be very hungry/dead.
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