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    Could you shoot a bow under water?

    This might be a really dumb post but ive always wondered this. My guess would be no because its been my understanding that if you strings get to wet they can be runined. Any thoughts?

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    Aren't Spear Guns basically a sort of a bow? They use a rubber string though. Maybe something to try.

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    Howard Hill did it.

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    You probably could, but the question that begs answering would be "why?"

    The performance would probably also take a 'dive' because of the density of water creating friction on all moving parts, but especially the string and limbs.

    Next, you will probably want to know if you can use a Chrony underwater...

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    I think the real question here is: can a bow be dry fired underwater?

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    Change limb design- wide & flat dont cut water well

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    No reason you couldn't shoot one under water, but it'd be slower, as mentioned. I also think you could dry fire one all day long and not hurt it under water, but I've never tried so, that's speculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWG
    Change limb design- wide & flat dont cut water well
    Thought that was the whole reason Mathews made the Drenalin with thinner limbs!
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    Wow, makes me want to head to a pool with my bow and a target.

    Most likely will need to changed my breathing routine.
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    Yup, Howard Hill did it 40 years ago. Read Hunting the Hard Way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowHunter6666
    This might be a really dumb post but ive always wondered this. My guess would be no because its been my understanding that if you strings get to wet they can be runined. Any thoughts?
    You could but it probabaly would not do much.
    Your guess is correct.

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    Not me, I usually take a deep breath before I shoot, andI'm sure that would screw me up right there.

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    split limbs are faster under water than solid limbs

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    If you dry fire a bow underwater and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

    Seriously though, I would see no reason why the bow wouldn't fire. The "how" would take someone who had their physics classes a little less time ago than me to answer.

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    Howard Hill successfully did it.

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    Sure you can although it very hard to judge yardage.

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    I thought that way the main reason why hoyt made the split limbs...

    so water could pass through them


    Just a picking

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    I hold too long before my release activates. I would drown trying to shoot underwater. Besides, the heavy risers on today's bows would probably drown one also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasot
    I think the real question here is: can a bow be dry fired underwater?
    that right there is funny i dont care who you are.....

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    November in MI is basically like shooting a bow underwater!!

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    On a serious note, it wouldn't work well I think. Mythbusters recently did tests with firing guns into and under water. Basically a bullet shot into water lost all energy within a couple of feet. A gun totally submerged most rifles teh bullet never left the gun.

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    Maybe ill give it a try this summer in a pond and try to shoot a sun fish they would prolly be gone by the time the arrow gets there because of the vibaration.

    That would be some awesome bow fishing footage doing it under water at the fish instead of on a boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob H in NH
    On a serious note, it wouldn't work well I think. Mythbusters recently did tests with firing guns into and under water. Basically a bullet shot into water lost all energy within a couple of feet. A gun totally submerged most rifles teh bullet never left the gun.

    For mythbusters they found that anything moving supersonic will stop within a few feet. This is because the impact will explode the bullet, a subsonic will shoot underwater quite well.

    Haven't any of you gone bowfishing? you can send a bowfishing arrow quite a ways underwater.

    Now to the real issue, arrow float (full of air)

    so if you want to shoot a bow underwater get a bowfishing arrow, and it will work.

    whisker biscuit, bowfish arrow, and yes, it will shoot underwater, not as fast as above water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowHunter6666
    This might be a really dumb post but ive always wondered this. My guess would be no because its been my understanding that if you strings get to wet they can be runined. Any thoughts?
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    Or " All of the above"

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