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How to make a powerful survival bow out of cheap PVC pipe - Wilderness Arena Survival
There are a couple of ways to make a PVC bow. In a pinch, you can simply take a 4-6 foot piece of PVC pipe, notch the ends, and string with paracord at a high enough tension to bend the bow limbs. The second method is a bit more involved but results in a more powerful bow. Method 2 is possible due to PVC's inherent ability to bend when heated and retain its shape without weakening the integrity of the material's structure. Recurve bows, bows with tips that are bent to curve away from the archer, constructed from PVC pipe can produce anywhere from 30 – 70 pounds draw, which is significantly higher than the energy delivered from an equivalent straight-limbed bow.