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  • shadowwalker
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    Craigslist for Weapons??? YES!

    I know the wussies that control it, won't let you sell firearms. And from time to time you can get one on there for awhile or word it so the dummies can't figure it out for a few days. But I have got a CVA Rifle, Hoyt bow, Barnet crossbow,origional K Bar Navy knife from the 50's in great condition,reloading supplies and more. I also have got a fair amount of stuff from the free section and fixed it up to sell or keep or give to someone that I know needs and appriciates it. I also have got rid of things I figure I won't use anymore and just don't want to throw away. I have made some good trades there too.
    People around larger metro areas will do the best as more people to deal with.
    I miss the easy money I made around Nashville, but not enough to go back.Ha,ha,ha.

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  • Bavarian
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    Herbalpagan, archery is a fun sport. I know you'll like it. If your main concern is a survival situation, I heard some advice I'll always remember. If you're on your own with a compound bow and it breaks, you've got a broken bow. A long bow can be repaired or replaced fairly easily. What ever you get, keep in mind that you can make a bow from a bundle of sticks or a limb or a piece of split wood. You can hunt with all of them once you learn to shoot one. For fun and sport, the compounds are hard to beat. Have fun!

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  • herbalpagan
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    We went to a huge sports shop while I was visiting hubby in Alabama this weekend. One of the things on our "list" is to get bows and arrows, but we were unsure of which one to get. Hubby has a long bow, but we wanted more usable ones. After asking a lot of questions and hadnling several different kinds, I'm sold on the compound bows. Hubby liked the cross bows, but said he'd be happy with the compound. So we;ll be getting one closer to home as well as a couple dozen arrows and different tips. I've got some hay coming so we can set up a practice range both for the bows and for our guns.

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  • Bavarian
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    You're right. I took a look at the rose bushes this week end. I guess I never paid attention before because I was thinking "flower," not utility. Thanks for the advice.

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  • shadowwalker
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    I have two kinds of plants I get my arrow making shafts from here. There are many kinds you can use all over the U.S. but I like these two.
    One is a pink rose that grows about four feet on a long stem, it grows in patches like blackberry patches. The shaft of it is almost the same outside diameter all the way from end to end. I can clean off the thorns when dry without doing too much damage to them. It takes less time to straighten while fireing them.
    The second plant is a green willow that grows along most rivers here. Though not as simmetrical on the outside from end to end. I can draw them green through a flat metal piece with a desired hole type and then go about drying them.
    I been kicking it around about making a pictorial of bow,arrow,point making. And when I do, I'll sure put it on here.

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  • Bavarian
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    Shadowwalker; Sounds like you really know what you're doing. Maybe you can figure out a way to do a show and tell. I'm sure there would be an interest. What is it about the rose bush that causes you like to make arrows with them? I have some right behind my house but never pay attention to them as an arrow source. Thanks

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  • shadowwalker
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    I have made a few Self Bows and have two compounds and my wife has a crossbow. I have the same size and weight arrows for them. I shoot 32" for my compounds and 16" for her crossbow, so I can just cut mine in half if needed. We got about 30 already made arrows for each and enough stock to make another 50 arrows of my size. Have nocks,various points,feathers plus extra for them. I get them at wallmart after season or off ebay. I picked up one of those feather clamps for the arrows at a garage sale for almost nothing. For the glue, I have the old time glue that has been used for wood shaft arrows since the 1930's. And as always I can make it out of boiling sinue. This dosn't stay on the aluminum arrows as good but hey, it'll work.
    I have wood drying for self bows and it will keep for years and years. I also have flintknapping tools and can do it for the arrows. I know where there is two rose bush areas that do fairly well for arrows. I can make them also out of other wild plants here. I have flint, sinue natural and synthetic, feathers, wood. It takes awhile to make all needed for a bow and arrows but hey. If times are tough. I probably wouldn't have the satelite paid up anyway.

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  • Bavarian
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    One thing you may want to consider is learning how to make a bow and arrows. It can be done in a day or two and if you are without a weapon or want to hunt quietly, all you really need can be found in the woods. Having some paracord etc. is nice but you can use other materials such as gut for a string.

    There are several webb sites that deal w/primitive bows and other weapons. Anyone can learn and a long bow will deffinitely take most N. American game. There are other sites that deal w/flint knapping etc. for arrowheads and knives. Plus, it's a confidence builder and is a lot of fun.

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  • Lil Bear
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    I agree with you omegaman. I looked at a Barnett crossbow the other day and it weigh a good 8-9 pounds. It shot arrows at 375 fps. I am still shopping around for a bow. Those things have gotten pretty expensive.

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  • Omegaman
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    When we show people new crossbows they are amazed by how heavy they are and how much noise they make:confused:. Most people watch to many movies in which the good guy takes out bad guys over 100 yards away with no noise with a crossbow:rolleyes:. Most crossbows shoot flat out to 35-40 yards after that because crossbow bolts do not have a lot of mass ( 400-500 grains ) they expend almost all of their kinetic energy making them short range killers but that being said it would be nice to have one as one more tool to put food on the table during bad times. I would go with my compound bow or recurve first butin bad times there is no real learning curve with a crossbow, cock it , load it , look through the scope and shoot it were with a bow you need to put in a lot of time with them to be come effective with them.

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  • skeezit
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    II think most will go along with this. The crossbow is not all that you"d think it to be. Your better off with a compound !

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  • SandHillsHillbilly
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    I have been considering a crossbow as a third line weapon. It would make an excellent SILENT hunting weapon. I know some states do not allow them to hunt with or own, but in a time with an infrastucture breakdown that would be the least of anyones worries.

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  • denvernative321
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    bow

    bows are great they are light to carry, very quite, deadly, and accurate. you cant get arrows out as fast as a gun but good if you need to be quiet.

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  • Omegaman
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    I just got my new Hoyt Alpha Max and this bow like my others before it shall put food on the table. With a bow you can take large or small game with no noise. I have taken turkey,geese, White tail, Hogs, rabbits, coyotes, Carp, shark and many others. I try to do all of my hunting with a bow, my gun is my fall back. I also own a recurve that in bad times I can make my own strings and arrows for and I did take a class on making a long bow just in case. I also own a flintlock for just in case, I could make crude gun powder and cast my own round balls for it since I have the molds all of this just in case every thing else runs low or out.

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  • Lil Bear
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    Some of those things have a high poundage pump. There was a article I read that stated one of the Gamo's had at least a 45lb pump. That would put a hurting on certain small game.

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