I discovered the Sling Bow this year. I bought mine but they are very easy to make. You can get bands with up to 50# pull. Chief AJ.com is a great resource:
You can easily get a 40# - 50# sling bow and arrows for $200. There's nothing regular bow can do that a sling bow cannot. In addition, it is smaller, lighter and still useful when you run out of arrows.
I just got a Chief AJ HFX with an assortment of bands (have the heavy and med combo bands with release loops) and a wrist rest and reel seat.
This one has a stabil-light light stabilizer and a fishing reel. It is set up for arrows (with or without a release) as well as sling-shot ammo (ball bearings or stones in a pinch). Ball bearings run like 5 cents each while arrows are more like 5 - 10 bucks each. It's running with the beginner bands right now
I see he uses #200 line on a reel that does not look rated for #200 line.
I got a normal bow-fishing arrow and I have a Daiwa 3000 series reel on which I'm planning to put 100 yds of #30 line. I plan to use this as a hand fishing rig as well so I'll load the extra spool with #6 line or so.
Last Edit: Jun 13, 2014 11:19:12 GMT -5 by sharpdog
I've just started experimenting with flat band sling shots. Having used tubular banded wrist rockets for the last couple decades I'm still learning.
Basically I'm trying out a few ideas for a very compact slingshot that can also shoot arrows. I have given some thought to modular designs that would allow for use of a whisker biscuit arrow rest and the addition of a reel, though coupling a hand spool with a finger loop might work as well and serve more than one purpose. Also been giving some thought to using something simple like a toothbrush head for an arrow rest.
I modeled my latest creation off a scaled down Ranger from William Hayes: www.pocketpredator.com/two.html He has one of the best all around band attachment designs going and very low priced complete rigs.