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Decent beginner archery set up, and decent sling shot

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Rujack, May 15, 2018.

  1. May 15, 2018 at 8:53 PM
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    Rujack

    Rujack [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I want to get into archery, mostly to have another something to do on camping trips. Any guidance? Is there something on Amazon I could pickup?

    I don’t have even a general knowledge of archery, bow types i.e. recurve etc.

    What else can I tell you that would be helpful to get me in the right direction? I’m 5’10” if that helps.

    I’d also like a decent sling shot for myself and maybe another for my four year old. I realize those can be had for cheap but I still don’t like wasting $20...

    Edit: I’m right handed, and have an old injury that has severely weakened my right arm. In case draw tension or what have you is a consideration.
     
  2. May 15, 2018 at 8:58 PM
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    Crossman wrist rocket for a slingshot I'm not sure about a crossbow or a bow and arrow.
     
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  4. May 15, 2018 at 9:13 PM
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    Thanks, I’ll pick that up.
     
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    Cool. Looks like there are several archery guides available on Amazon.
     
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    My 14yo is wanting to get into archery as well. So I’m looking around myself as I’ve never been into bow hunting. I looked into making some so she and I could get some bonding somehow before high school starts next year. But making a long bow is time consuming and my work schedule would be an issue.
     
  7. May 17, 2018 at 7:34 AM
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    best thing is to go to a good archery shop near you and try some out, they have lots of info and different ones you can prob try out. It really comes down to what you like and price, just because you have a $1200 bow doesnt mean you will shoot good. It takes practice, time and patience.
     
  8. Jun 24, 2018 at 2:28 PM
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    I would start out with a compound. Which side you shoot from is determined by your dominant eye. Diamond seem to be pretty good starter bows. They can be had for around $300. They’re very adjustable in terms of draw weight and length.
     
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  9. Jun 24, 2018 at 5:04 PM
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    Thanks. That’s definitely useful info.
     
  10. Jun 26, 2018 at 5:18 PM
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    I just got a slingshot. I went with a Hatchcock Target Sniper from POCKET PREDATOR. holy crap. It’s nuts. I’m afraid to let a ball bearing fly in my backyard. I’m waiting for a shipment of hard clay ball ammo to show up Thursday. I’ll test fire then. These are aim-able sling shots. Freakishly accurate in the right hands. The company owner lights strike anywhere matches from ten meters.

    I’m sure I’ll suck at it for a long time.

    Archery: measure your wingspan. Now divide that number by 2.5. That is now your drawlength. Remember that number. This is the first number you’ll need. The next number you’ll need, your draw weight.

    No; let me back up. Find out which of your eyes is the dominant one. If you’re right handed, you are more than likely eight eye dominant. I’ll let you google how to figure out which eye is dominant.

    I would get a compound bow. It’s the one with cams that let you come to full draw (at your draw length) and the cams drop off the hold weight. If you buy a 60 lb draw weight bow, at full draw your only holding 20% of that. Most bows have 80% let off. Most modern bows let you dail back 10lbs of draw weight. So if you got a bow with 60 lb limbs, you can turn the bow down to 50. 50 is very easy to draw back for most men.

    Compound bows are more complicated. There’s tuning involved. But that for another discussion.
     
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  11. Jun 26, 2018 at 5:20 PM
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    If you are in Berkeley. There is a great bow range in the Oakland hills. You can shoot there for free.
     
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    Bear has some nice inexpensive bows. Cruise over to archery talk forum. There is a for sale section too.
     
  13. Jun 26, 2018 at 5:33 PM
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    Harbor Freight usually carries a little Daisy brand slingshot for about $7. Nothing fancy but perfect for playing around with in the yard or for camping.
     
  14. Jan 9, 2019 at 3:47 PM
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    Old thread, but I second the diamond bows if the OP hasn’t found one.

    I’d never shot a bow before Christmas and I’m really happy with my diamond sb1. It’s crazy adjustable and allows for people to grow into it.


    I’m 34 and short, so I pretty much have to buy youth equipment and the SB1 fit well. It didn’t take me long to realize fit is important.
     
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