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View Poll Results: The Best Survival Weapon.
Recurve 254 29.16%
Longbow 146 16.76%
Compound 144 16.53%
Crossbow 151 17.34%
Slingshot 79 9.07%
Blowgun 8 0.92%
Muzzleloader 89 10.22%
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I chose the slingshot simply because of the practically unlimited sources for ammo.
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I would prefer any bow for the obvious reasons above. Great for so many tasks and such a wide variety of game, fowl and fish!
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I voted muzzleloader. It has an accuracy and range advantage. The world is full of lead that can be melted into balls and rocks that spark. Powder is the hard part. Luckily it stores forever, but it can also be made. In the old days, this was a group effort. With some mining sulfur and others gathering urine to make saltpeter, etc. But the cities are full of sulfur (garden sulfur works fine) and saltpeter (local meat packing plant) that might can be scavenged.

Charcoal is going to be the hardest part. It's easy to make, but black powder is picky about what type is used. Alder being one of the best types, doesn't grow everywhere. But you could still make a useable powder out of several other types.
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I have to go with the compound bow because for me it is the easiest to use. I have more experience with it. I think any of the bows are a better choice for overall survival because of the ease of use and how quiet they are. If there happens to be anyone around that wants what you have when you shoot that muzzleloader they are going to know where you are. Granted you have a gun but it is one that is relatively slow to reload.

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i would choose a long bow. fairly easy to make with limited supplies from raw materials. you will have to replace arrows and such all can be made.
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I chose the slingshot simply because of the practically unlimited sources for ammo.
Do you have an unlimited amount of elastic bands? Or the means to produce them?
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No doubts...recurve crossbow. Horton/Excaliber are the leaders.

Pinpoint accuracy. Can take squirrels/moose/bear with correct broad/stun head.

No cables or pulleys to break/adjust. Only need replacement strings and wax for replacement parts.

310+ fps. 0-80 yards max.

No archer's paradox so making new arrows/bolts will be much simpler and I wont have to worry about an arrow with improper wood grain going through my forearm.

Only disadvantages I see is the slower rate of fire and 6-7 lb weight.
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If you survive, this will be you 5yrs after you run out of bullets.



... & probably NOT this good looking!
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I chose the Compound Bow:


Recurve - Good range, however, difficult to use
Longbow - Excellent range, however, very difficult to use
Compound - Easy to use and range is good
Crossbow - Good, however range is limited
Slingshot - Only good for small game; i doubt you could kill a bear with it
Blowgun - Only effective if one uses poison
Muzzleloader - Limited ammo and the gunpowder cannot be reused

lol there is ALOT more to consider than that
slingshots, blowgun,recurves, and longbows YOU can make the ammunition you need for them. which is perfect for LONG TERM SURVIVAL
compond bows MUST have manufactured carbon or aluminum arrows NOT good for long term survival
muzzleloader bullets could be made if you know where to dig the lead up out of the ground and know how to make gunpowder if your going to stockpile bullets, well why not stock pile 308 and have a 308 rifle? so you need to know where to get an unlimited source of lead
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I think the simpler the tool that does the job the better, so i picked recurve. I own a compound bow but i find it more awkward to carry, and the string / pulley system is far from simple to maintain and repair with scavenged parts.
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So, recurve and longbow are quite popular. Lets assume it's shtf situation time here, assume you broke your bow and you had to make another. What do you guys think would be easier to make from scratch... longbow, or recurve?

I've also heard the idea of using a crossbow with steel arms, because the arms are virtually indestructable and would be nearly impossible to break. But I think these people forget that there is a trigger involved, and it's even more complicated than that on some guns.
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So, recurve and longbow are quite popular. Lets assume it's shtf situation time here, assume you broke your bow and you had to make another. What do you guys think would be easier to make from scratch... longbow, or recurve?

I've also heard the idea of using a crossbow with steel arms, because the arms are virtually indestructable and would be nearly impossible to break. But I think these people forget that there is a trigger involved, and it's even more complicated than that on some guns.

longbows would be easier made but much harder to master to shoot
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Simply put the one that you an employ most accurately.
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Give me the muzzeloader. Only have one shot chance with all of them anyway. I'd just have to make my ammunition last longer I suppose.

Not sure how many deer and such I'd need a year, but I do know my shot record. I'll go with something I know I can eat with.

I've probably lost or bent more compound arrows to the woods just practicing, than I've missed bp rounds on game or targets twice as far away. Toward the end of a long practice session, my shots may get pretty wild.

TBH, recurve's just simply a whole lot of effort to stay proficient with, up to my own personally standards at least. You guys got my respect for that.

Whatever choice people choose, I know that a person would have to take really good care of their weapon.
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TBH, recurve's just simply a whole lot of effort to stay proficient with, up to my own personally standards at least. You guys got my respect for that.
Heh, good news is during shtf you should get plenty of practice. If you do not have the ability to preserve your meat expect to hunt every 2-3days. And in that case, small game would be much better.

Now, if you have salts and/or hardwoods to smoke your meat (I don't, I'm overrun with planted southern pines) then you could last a week or more on a single deer.
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Bow, hands down. Recurve for forest, long for other.
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The muzzleloader
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I would have voted for both recurve/longbow as i can make both and the ammunition to go with it and there easy to fix
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You can make ammunition for a black powder weapon easier than arrows
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