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hey Hoss welcome to the site and you sure will pick up some good/great info from these guy's and gal's on here and as far as the slongshot that Dave Canterury sells no I haven't tried it and don't think I will,,I'm just not much on slingshots and I watched the youtube thing when he was showing how it worked...and to me it sure looked liked a lot of work for a slingshot and I think his father was the one who come up with the idea

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I just got in from spending about an hour playing with mine I just got in. I was shocked how accurately I could shoot it with just a little practice. I started out flinging arrows all over the round bale I had my target pinned to but got it narrowed down within 30 minutes. I had some carbon arrows with 100gr broadheads in the basement from my bowhunting days I got out to use. I used a twig to hang a beer can on a round bale and stepped off 10 paces, roughly 10 yards, to start shooting. Within 30 minutes I was getting 1 out of 3 arrows to hit the can or hit within an inch. By the end of an hour I'd had a period where 2 of 3 arrows were hitting or touching it. My arm was tiring by the end and accuracy was suffering again so I quit for a while. Shooting into the flat end of a round bale I was getting about 1ft of penetration with the broadheads on tight 1800lb prairie hay bales. Plenty for game up to racoon size, but I don't think I'd ever try it on deer. It might kill them but I don't think it would exit and would leave a poor blood trail. Also if the arrow hit a shoulder blade it wouldn't do much more. I think it would be more likely to cripple a deer, or kill it slowly so the hunter doesn't recover it. My girlfriend also tried it but didn't have enough strength to pull the bands back fully, they do have some resistance.

 

I bought it mainly because I thought the fishing adapter would be fun for those carp and gar I can't quite get close enough to spear. I was really surprised at the way it shot a regular arrow at a decent range. I would much rather be hunting with a 22 for small game in a survival situation, but it is fairly accurate and quiet. It does take a bit of time to get the arrow set into the band and drawn back but it seems to stay put once it's there. I'd recommend drawing before making the last few steps of a stalk on a rabbit or other game so you can shoot when needed. Like a regular bow having a consistent point that you draw to, for me the corner of my mouth, is necessary for accuracy.

 

I guess I think it could work for survival hunting in a wilderness situation with a few hunting arrows and a couple fishing arrows. I certainly wouldn't want it to be my only option but when the noise of a firearm was unwise it would work. I think as I practice more with it I could get to where a rabbit at 10yds would be a makeable shot 8 or 9 times out of 10. Even if the animal wasn't hit perfectly it would likely be pinned to the ground long enough close the distance and finish the job. I really think it might shine in an urban environment where silence is necessary and the game is tamer.

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It was $50 from the Pathfinder store. I did a little more shooting later yesterday, and found that I had a harder time hitting a target at ground level than I did pinned up at waist height. The aiming point and hold seemed to be harder to get right. After my first session I figured I should be practicing shooting lower targets to imitate rabbits or other ground game. In the field shooting at something the height I started at is a good way to lose arrows. Shooting at a cardboard rabbit cut-out at ground level I was only able to average 1 solid hit out of 4. I'll keep practicing as time allows and updating.

 

I also read an article yesterday saying I was wrong on holding the bands back for awhile, and that may have been part of my problem. According to the article the rubber builds thermal energy very rapidly as the bands are pulled and then loses it very rapidly as they stay pulled back. The longer you hold them, the more you lose and the slower your projectile leaves the bands. Anyone know anything about this?

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I cannot say for certain, but that would be counter productive to spear guns used for SCUBA spearfishing. We leave our bands back for extended periods and they all seem similiar in material. That would be my only thought on it and not a scientific one. I've always fired relatively quick with a slingshot, but that was with round shot; marbles, ball bearings, lead round ball, etc.

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It was $50 from the Pathfinder store.

Pricy, I made mine myself about 3 years ago for less than $7 . All one needs is a sling shot, 4 rubber bands & a key ring. They could made in less than 1/2 an hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your not " Physically Fit ", then your just Food for the Zombies.LOL.

In GOD I Trust, Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them!

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Yeah, you are right. I got it mainly for the fishing set-up, I've speared lots of gar and other rough fish in a local creek with a gig. It is a darn effective way to get food in a hurry. I figured the slingbow with the fishing kit would be a way to increase my range a little and do the same thing. It could have been made also once I saw what it was. Live and learn I suppose.

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Yeah, you are right. I got it mainly for the fishing set-up, I've speared lots of gar and other rough fish in a local creek with a gig. It is a darn effective way to get food in a hurry. I figured the slingbow with the fishing kit would be a way to increase my range a little and do the same thing. It could have been made also once I saw what it was. Live and learn I suppose.

 

Since you now know how one can make them, why not make afew & sell them at gun shows for $25-30 ea. To make some money. I've done it & made money or given them to people as gifts. It's a win win eather way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your not " Physically Fit ", then your just Food for the Zombies.LOL.

In GOD I Trust, Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them!

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Although I am not against alternative weapons

 

I feel you got to do what you got to do, in survival anything goes I consider this a good fishing rig and a zebco reel.

 

with a fluflu arrow killing birds under building eves overpasses and nesting at night is a great tool.

 

A take down bow is better but for the price of this it is less expensive but not as powerful.

 

reminds me kinda of a Hawaiian home made spear gun

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I have an old Ben Pearson re curve bow with custom made arrows. It also has a fishing system. I'd be afraid to string it since it's about 40 yrs old.

I guess if I got hungry enough I would. Maybe I should just update it with a new one. Dang, arrows are more expensive than bullets now days.

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t2940

 

I looked at cedar wood arrows and you got that right 3 arrows were more than a box of 9MM it is a tuff call bows

 

were used but against large game without a good tip they are less than optimal and the less poundage equals less

 

penetration and shorter range also if things take a turn bows over 50 pound pull cannot use wood arrows {as I recall}

 

compound bows will shatter a wood arrow due to their fast release and that can splinter an arrow into the shooters arm

 

so if you are a bow enthusiast have enough arrows for your bow proper length and weight with a repair kit and parts

 

This is why I pick the 22 lr with enough specialty shells {colibre or Aguila } they are quiet as a bow even shorts.

 

a match pair single shot rifle 22lr 410 ga. gives a reasonable long gun light weight short range 410 slugs ballistics

 

are surprising I can fire one hanging out of a tree with one hand not so with a bow

 

back to bows crossbows and arrow firing weapons they have their place and they like all weapons need special

 

knowledge tools extra parts strings equipment and practice.

 

I still am drawn to rifles more than bows for the amount weight and amount of parts and extras and fragility I don't see it.

 

the sling shot bow seems like a good fishing bow I have not fired one but by what I am hearing they will not take large game

 

efficiently.

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Since you now know how one can make them, why not make afew & sell them at gun shows for $25-30 ea. To make some money. I've done it & made money or given them to people as gifts. It's a win win eather way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your not " Physically Fit ", then your just Food for the Zombies.LOL.

In GOD I Trust, Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them!

 

Good idea.

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Another use for the slingbow that hasn't been discussed is defense. It's definitely no gun, but if I lived in an apartment or somewhere similar and couldn't have a firearm this wouldn't be a bad idea. Especially with only one point of entry to watch, a shooter could send a broadhead arrow into the abdomen of an attacker from cover. A traditional bow requires more room to operate, and a crossbow is much more expensive.

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