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Questions referencing the use of a bow, this being a weapon often used in target shooting.

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Is it possible to make a slingshot from "Natural" resources?

According to Wikipedia, slingshots did not exist prior to the invention of vulcanized rubber. Slingshots depend on strong elastic materials, typically vulcanized natural rubber or the equivalent, ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

A recent question got me wondering if there are Takedown Compound Bows. I Googled around and found several longbows, (recurves, etc) that can be taken down for travel. But I did not find any ...
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How can I carry my compound bow in a backpack without showing any parts of it?

I’m looking for a bag to help carry my bow. Not that hard in huge forums to find some good suggestions but the think is I’m looking specifically to carry a compound bow without exposing any of the ...
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Does a BCY 425x string harm my tradtional recurve bow?

I've a Bear Archery Super Kodiak from 2013 with 40 #. I shoot 8,2 gpp arrows on it. Recently I heard that I should not shoot a BCY 425x string on it since the high amount of vectran somehow harms my ...
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The bow's length and its influence

I'm looking for buying a new recurve bow for field archery. I currently shoot a Hoyt dorado and I love it. I have two sets of limbs for it. One #35 set that I use for field and another #50 that I use ...
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How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?

I've been crafting a longbow from ash and am about ready for tillering. By tillering I mean: stringing the bow loosely and drawing the bowstring back little by little to give the bow some flex, making ...
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Minimum arrow weight of a Bear Archery Grizzly bow

What's the minimum arrow weight in grains per pound (GPP) of a Bear Archery Grizzly? It's a 2015 model with 35# if that matters.
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What's the point of stringdampers in 3D shooting

I see a lot of (traditional) archers shooting 3D with stringdampers attached. As far as I know they slow your bow down. Okay, okay, it's minimal, but still... Also, as far as I know, the 3D targets ...
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Any reason to prefer bow-fishing over rod-fishing?

Is there any reason to pick bow-fishing over rod-fishing. As far as I know it's extremely difficult to aim for fishes beneath the water surface. This makes me wonder if there is any rational reason ...
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Does keeping the crossbow cocked for long periods of time, (i.e. while hunting), harm the crossbow in any way?

I'm thinking about getting into bow hunting, and I'm wondering about the mechanics of crossbows. I assume that I wouldn't cock the crossbow at the time I see a target, and I also assume that I wouldn'...
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What happens when compound bow limbs fail?

While rare, I assume that compound bows with metal limbs do occasionally suffer limb failures. Is that correct, and if so What is the effect of a cocked metal bow limb fracturing? I'm trying to ...
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What trees/bushes are best suited for a simple bow?

This question is about the simple type of bow often (but not exclusively :) ) made by children that consists of a branch of wood with a cord tied to both its ends. Obviously such a branch should be ...
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How to store a bow?

What is the correct way to store a bow after use? Is there any specific care that is needed pre and post storage?
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Is stringing a recurve without a stringer damaging to the bow?

This is my first bow - it's a low-end recurve with a draw weight of 14kg nominal. At the shop they told me not to string it by bracing it against my foot, because the limbs get twisted sideways. They ...
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Should compound bows be unstrung when not shooting?

I know that a recurve bow should have its string removed when not shooting, so that it does not stretch and the limbs do not experience plastic deformation. On the other hand, the procedure to ...
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