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Old 08-03-2014, 11:52 PM
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SlingBow (Pathfinder Pocket Hunter)

Thinking about buying a sling bow, anyone with experience or suggestions.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:41 PM
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I CAN'T see the attraction, myself...

IF you want something with hitting power, accuracy and range then you will buy a proper bow ~ halfway decent 'takedown' recurves probably aren't much more expensive than some overpriced toys..

IF you want to save some real weight and money ~ then you make your own old-fashioned sling (as in "David vs Goliath") or the more popular 'slingshot' with the 'Y' shape stick..

THEN put in lots of practice, either way.
Some overpriced and under-performing sales gizmo like that so-called "Slingbow" is likely to have all of the limitations and shortcomings - with none of the benefits !
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:25 AM
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Played with something similar once. Different maker same item. Not a ton of advantage over a proper bow(and many bows can be fitted with bowfishing kits) except packability. They're way smaller. They don't have the same sort of power or efficiency. Close, yes, but not the same.

That said they ARE really compact by comparison. The weight is similar but the bulk is less.

If you're tight on space, yes they're an option. If you're after a pretty serious hinting tool... They might not be ideal. Draw weight and casting power are critical. Fishing with it maybe not so critical.
Most states have minimum draw weights for hunting bows, and they might not consider that a bow.
They might also have restrictions on bowfishing.
That said, if there's a really good return policy, give it a swing.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:42 AM
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My major concern is the size and weight, also not planning on hunting or fishing unless a last resort emergency. On top of that this rig is illegal in SC for hunting or fishing. I did find a break down bow and arrows that only take up 18" when packed. This would be a legal option during certain seasons w/license. Again the only reason I considered the sling bow was the size and weight. Thanks for your replies.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:47 AM
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THE lightest option could be to just buy the rubber bands and pouch for the "sling bow" or any slingshot, and then make your own handle if and when required.

LESS than half the price, and less then half the weight..
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:09 PM
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THE lightest option could be to just buy the rubber bands and pouch for the "sling bow" or any slingshot, and then make your own handle if and when required.

LESS than half the price, and less then half the weight..

This is also viable. More emergency kit based but an option to consider.

If you're after something for stumping on the trail, the takedown might be better. You'll get fewer weird looks from people.

But, it does take up a bit of space.
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