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MaconCJ7 wrote:I'm guessing this would work fine for rabbits.
If cost is the reason, you can find full size crossbows for under $100. I can't make comments on quality, but aiming would surely be easier.
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JoergS wrote:I have that one too. Not a bad product for the price.
Serious drawback ist that you can't shoot regular broadheads as the "muzzle" is quite narrow. Hunting even small game with just the field tip seems rather cruel.
Night Errant wrote:What if you modded bolts to be long enough to hang just off the front end with broadheads? Say, screw two shafts together, weight them and add hunting tips. You could end up with a very nasty little weapon.
MaconCJ7 wrote:Night Errant wrote:What if you modded bolts to be long enough to hang just off the front end with broadheads? Say, screw two shafts together, weight them and add hunting tips. You could end up with a very nasty little weapon.
You'll lose effective range due to the longer bolt and added weight. In order to fire a longer bolt, you'll need a higher draw weight.
Night Errant wrote:Aw c'mon, eighty pounds, really? I'll bet an eighty pound draw would throw a hell of a bolt.
JoergS wrote:The problem with this kind of slingbow is the low power. I think it is cruel to hunt "big game" with an arrow that slow. In an emergency, OK, but not for fun.
But even if the power would be sufficient, a slingbow compares more to a recurve bow than to a crossbow. It is really easy to hit with the crossbow, you have normal sights and the trigger is OK. It takes a lot of practice to hit that well with a bow. Remember no peep sights on a sling bow.
JoergS wrote:Mechanical broadheads don't work very well when the arrow mass is low and at low speeds.
The pathfinder arrow was probably shot into a very soft target block. I have tested such slingbows, the shot is lame. Under 150 fps for sure. Inadequate.
Crossbow 150 pound draw weight for hunting. (Actual examples)
Recurve crossbow, 150 lb. draw weight, 11" powerstroke, 400 grain arrow = 205 f.p.s. velocity = 37 ft.lbs. arrow energy, good for hunting up to deer size animals.
Recurve crossbow, 150 lb. draw weight, 12.5" powerstroke, 400 grain arrow = 235 f.p.s. velocity = 49 ft.lbs. arrow energy, good for hunting up to short range black bear and elk.
Compound crossbow, 150 lb. draw weight, 9.5" powerstroke, 400 grain arrow = 252 f.p.s. velocity = 56 ft.lbs. arrow energy, good for hunting up to black bear, elk and wild boar.
Compound crossbow, 150 lb. draw weight, 13" powerstroke, 400 grain arrow = 302 f.p.s. velocity = 81 ft.lbs. arrow energy, good for hunting up to cape buffalo and grizzly bears.
As you can see in the above examples all of the crossbows have a draw weight of 150lbs. yet they can be used to hunt many species of game animals effectively, so choosing a crossbow by its draw weight alone is not enough information.
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