BHM's Homesteading & Self-Reliance Forum

Posting requires Registration and the use of Cookies-enabled browser

  #1  
Old 11-10-2013, 10:22 PM
outbutch outbutch is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 6
Default What to choose...Bow, Crossbow or compound bow

First of all we are on a limited income, but we are looking into buying one or the other for our home. My husband is disabled but good upper body strength. I am 58 years old with limited strength. This weapon would be for both of us. We understand that we would need to practice a lot and we look forward to that. What would be a good choice...keeping in mind price and accuracy. Any brands? This addition to the home would be used to keep food on the table (medium size game and deer size). Any other sites you would recommend to look at?? Thanks for all of your help. We are looking for someone like Massad Ayoob to guide us!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-10-2013, 11:21 PM
tgp7799's Avatar
tgp7799 Male tgp7799 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 84
Default

My choice would be a crossbow,ideal for a disabled person and also a woman. They cock quite easy with a string cocker or a mechanical cocker. If you are able to shoot a gun you can shoot a crossbow with practice. I feel a bow or compound bow has a greater learning curve to get good with it. I say this from experience as I shot tournament years ago. I now hunt with a crossbow due to a shoulder injury. As far as make stay with brand names; Barnett, Horton, 10 Point or any of the other brand names.

Hope my 2 cents helped you.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-11-2013, 10:32 AM
Ciderman's Avatar
Ciderman Male Ciderman is offline
Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 578
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tgp7799 View Post
My choice would be a crossbow,ideal for a disabled person and also a woman. They cock quite easy with a string cocker or a mechanical cocker. If you are able to shoot a gun you can shoot a crossbow with practice. I feel a bow or compound bow has a greater learning curve to get good with it. I say this from experience as I shot tournament years ago. I now hunt with a crossbow due to a shoulder injury. As far as make stay with brand names; Barnett, Horton, 10 Point or any of the other brand names.

Hope my 2 cents helped you.
tgp7799 I saw this one http://blackfriday.com/stores/gander...friday/page-13 or their regular price http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...ckage&i=611245 in the Gander Mountain Black Friday sale add 100 off sounds like a good one what is your opinion? How important is the kinetic energy and feet per sec (fps) ratings? I noticed the higher the price the more both of these go up. If your using the crossbow for self defense what is the minimum recommendations? Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-11-2013, 09:54 PM
outbutch outbutch is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks Ciderman. We have both been leaning toward the crossbow. He is is pretty good shape. Except for chronic pain issues and a messed up back. He is more worried that I could not handle one. He does not know that I use to shoot a bow in my younger days. I will look up Gander Mountain later tonight.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-11-2013, 10:19 PM
Bearfootfarm's Avatar
Bearfootfarm Male Bearfootfarm is offline
Grand Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,899
Default

A crossbow is the only practical option for multiple users
A regular or compound bow needs to FIT an individual, but a crossbow isn't limited in such a way
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-13-2013, 01:46 AM
tgp7799's Avatar
tgp7799 Male tgp7799 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 84
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ciderman View Post
tgp7799 I saw this one http://blackfriday.com/stores/gander...friday/page-13 or their regular price http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...ckage&i=611245 in the Gander Mountain Black Friday sale add 100 off sounds like a good one what is your opinion? How important is the kinetic energy and feet per sec (fps) ratings? I noticed the higher the price the more both of these go up. If your using the crossbow for self defense what is the minimum recommendations? Thanks
Ciderman, 10 point makes a very good bow. Speed and kinetic are in my opinion is not quite as important as the broad head you use. Archery hunting relies on cutting and not shock power as a gun would. Speed and kinetic is also determined by overall weight of the bolt (arrow). A lighter bolt will be faster than a heavier one. When you get a crossbow the paper work will tell you the optimum bolt and broad head weight.

Hope this answers your questions.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-13-2013, 01:52 AM
tgp7799's Avatar
tgp7799 Male tgp7799 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 84
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bearfootfarm View Post
A crossbow is the only practical option for multiple users
A regular or compound bow needs to FIT an individual, but a crossbow isn't limited in such a way

That is a very good point and I forgot to mention it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-13-2013, 10:46 AM
Ciderman's Avatar
Ciderman Male Ciderman is offline
Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 578
Default

tgp7799 thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-14-2013, 04:48 PM
Bearfootfarm's Avatar
Bearfootfarm Male Bearfootfarm is offline
Grand Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,899
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tgp7799 View Post
That is a very good point and I forgot to mention it.
I started shooting bows when I was around 10 years old, with a Bear 25 lb recurve, then went to a 45 lb recurve.

My first compound was in the 70's, a Bear Whitetail Hunter

My current bow is a PSE Polaris
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-16-2013, 05:34 AM
randallhilton's Avatar
randallhilton Male randallhilton is offline
Grand Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Fort Worth TX
Posts: 1,443
Default

It has been years since I drew an arrow so I'm not claiming any expertise whatsoever.

If you can watch youtube videos I think your archery world will be shaken up by watching this guy.

http://geekologie.com/2013/11/real-l...covers-anc.php

WOW!!!!
__________________

Use less, lose less, weigh the benefits, count the costs.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-16-2013, 07:14 AM
doc doc is offline
Grand Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: central WI--finally!
Posts: 1,473
Default

Excellent question & responses.

It's been 40 yrs since I shot a bow- used to hunt varmints & fish with a re-curved bow, 48lb as I recall. I was a pretty good shot.

Now I see all this hi tech pullies and such. I want to start up again- mostly for self defense purposes when TSHTF. I like the idea of a bow's silence and you can make your own arrows if need be when manufactured ammo runs out.

But my question is- is all the complexity of the new hi tech bows worth the advantage when quickness. mobility, stealth & sustainability are major factors?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-16-2013, 07:25 AM
Bearfootfarm's Avatar
Bearfootfarm Male Bearfootfarm is offline
Grand Master Pontificator
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,899
Default

Quote:
But my question is- is all the complexity of the new hi tech bows worth the advantage when quickness. mobility, stealth & sustainability are major factors?
If you want "rapid fire" capabilities and less noise, go with a traditional longbow or recurve.

Compounds are superior for hunting due to the reduced holding weight, and generally faster arrow speeds at lighter draw weights

Making arrows 'can" be done, it's not practical if they are going to be used with very powerful bows or you realy need accuracy

I remember when Cedar was all there was, and I'd never want to go back to wooden arrows
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-16-2013, 11:01 AM
outbutch outbutch is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks everyone. I am getting alot of good information here. This will be a good day to go shopping. I am not buying yet, but there is a couple of local stores I want to check out. Has anyone purchased from a good pawn store? What should I look for there???
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -2. The time now is 10:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© 1996 to Present. Backwoods Home Magazine, Inc.