Already have a compound bow, slings and traps are in my future as well, black powder while I have shot it and see both the appeal and the usefulness for both larger than raccoon or fowl, is simply not something I'm ready to get into yet.Rev wrote:I've been looking into crossbow designs, but really if you can find the materials and have even a small community black powder should be completely doable.Doctorr Fabulous wrote:Slings, arrows, and traps would be my go-to for grid-down shit once bullets run out. I got pretty good with a wrist rocket back in the day, okay with a thong sling.
This. My complete ready for a PAW scenario arsenal would include defensive rifles (in the works), carry guns for me and my SO (have mine, working on hers), .22's for small game (done), a small cache of loaners for family who may be in my AO or have to leave theirs behind (done), pellet guns (already have .177 pistols and a .177 rifle but I feel they don't pack enough punch for me to comfortably harvest small game with) redundant slings (don't have any ATM), bows for me and my SO (I have one already), traps (none yet beyond mousetraps and knowledge).Doctorr Fabulous wrote:I was assuming maximum quietude. Although modern designs are less so, a simple sling and/or bow tends to be quieter than a smokerod.
A .22 caliber rifle with similar characteristics as a subsonic single shot .22, but fewer restrictions on reloading? Very appealing. And the .22 pellet (actual aerodynamic pellet, not merely .22 BB) kits I've seen online have quite a bit of appeal, as beyond the basic casting moulds there are also swaging assemblies available to improve consistency and tailor the shape of pellets, allowing for stepped or flared skirts and more advanced pellet design than essentially a miniature shotgun slug. A .22 pellet rifle also has appeal in that, as I live in city limits right now, I could practice with it indoors with appropriate precautions. Pellet guns in .25 and .357 both have their appeal but will require more research, and appear to be for the moment prohibitively expensive while my AR's remain unfinished (.357 pellet gun or a nice upper? No competition.). However .357 pellet guns apparently are powerful enough to harvest deer sized game including feral pigs.
About the rimfire reloading kits, I've seen a few and they seem janky as all hell. Ground up match heads? Really?