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    I have Both a 177 and a 22 air rifle. They’re strictly for plinking.

    If I were to resort to killing an animal, I have a compound bow, recurve, and two crossbows.


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    Well, first, I can not hit the broad side of a barn with a bow, and truthfully, a bow is a bit of overkill for small game. However, I have been using pellet rifles since I was a kid to take small game. And the newer pellet rifles, the gas springers, are powerful to take down a deer size animal at close range.

    I have a cousin who lived north of Atlanta in a subdivision that backed up to a large game reserve. Squirrels had taken over and his wife got him a Gamo .177 springer with a silencer to solve the problem. Well, early one morning, he looks out the window and a big doe has jumped the fence and is eating everything he has growing. So he thinks I will pop her in the butt with this pellet rifle and she won't come back. He hits her in the butt, but that little pellet rifle shattered her hip and he has to finish her with a shot behind the ear with that pellet rifle. LOL, we grew up hunting and you just don't waste a kill, so he dresses her out and packs the meat in the freezer. The whole time he is looking over his shoulder worried about his snowflake neighbors. The point here is those little pellet rifles are packing a punch somewhere between a .22 Short and a .22LR, and are no longer a kid's toy.
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    I took a rabbit once from my ladder stand at a lasered 26 yards with my crossbow. And, I recovered the bolt to be used again.

    And, if you can't shoot a bow (I have an eye dominance problem), try a crossbow. They're amazingly rifle like accurate to 50 yards or so. The target in my picture above was shot at 40 yards off the seat of my ATV for a rest.
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    LOL, from what I have seen, a PCP big bore shoots a better bolt than any crossbow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWolf70 View Post
    LOL, from what I have seen, a PCP big bore shoots a better bolt than any crossbow.
    Sure, if you have access to Scuba air. Besides, they aren't legal for hunting archery season in Texas. Crossbows are now legal.
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    Look, as long as we're not having to go back to the sling or atlatl, pretty much any non-firearm would work depending on the game. With the PCPs, you need a way of charging. With the springers, you can go til it gives out, but that also applies to the pump up airguns like the Crosman 760. Also if you have access to sulphur and potassium nitrate you can make rudimentary black powder. The Potassium Nitrate isn't even that critical as long as there's a cattle farm near you. Realistically all you need is a good bladed weapon and pallets of toilet paper for survival. 3 or 4 months after the collapse of modern society, Rolls of TP will be more valued than gold.
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    well I think a survuival tool will depend on how long we are trying to survive!
    I mean if long enough then arrows (especailly for a cross bow (Bolt) can't really be made and usually one shot and they are pretty much used as they tend to bend and will not fly right unless shot into a adeqaute target.
    Todays arrow/bolt are usually a aluminum or graphite composite and the bows are made/set up for that use as well as being a higher poundage and need very stiff arrows/bolts.
    what good is a BB /pellet rifle without bb or pellets?
    guns the same way got ammo?
    so we will be back to maybe a knife or sharp instrument, a spear, and maybe a old long bow where they can be made from a good strong limb and arrows made from the same.
    the good thing if this happens is competition will be very low as most of todays people will simply die of stupidity. hunger or dehydration while playing their video games and talking on their cell phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors View Post

    the good thing if this happens is competition will be very low as most of todays people will simply die of stupidity. hunger or dehydration while playing their video games and talking on their cell phones.
    Yeah, but what a way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    Look, as long as we're not having to go back to the sling or atlatl, pretty much any non-firearm would work depending on the game. With the PCPs, you need a way of charging. With the springers, you can go til it gives out, but that also applies to the pump up airguns like the Crosman 760. Also if you have access to sulphur and potassium nitrate you can make rudimentary black powder. The Potassium Nitrate isn't even that critical as long as there's a cattle farm near you. Realistically all you need is a good bladed weapon and pallets of toilet paper for survival. 3 or 4 months after the collapse of modern society, Rolls of TP will be more valued than gold.

    First time I EVER heard that TP was that valuable during the mythical collapse of society. I guess you're counting on mass diarrhea when the waste treatment plants go down? Well, I've prepared for that. I run a septic system and my own water well.
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