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The difference is literally making every single bloody part by hand. Sure, you CAN make a barrel, magazine, and all the other pieces from scratch, or you could just a gun and replace the spring...
Plumbing pipe is far superior: It releases less fumes when heating, and has a higher draw weight. It doesn't take as heavy of a set either.HOWEVER, electrical conduit is resistant to UV, whilst plumbing pipe is not. So leaving a plumbing pipe bow in the sun can ruin it. It won't happen if it's in the sun for a day, but if you do that often, it'll become brittle, and break.Also, I recommend using 3/4" pipe, instead of 1". If you make a 4' bow out of 3/4", it'll be about 60 lbs. draw weight, which is more than enough. A 1" bow has higher draw weight, but because it's so much larger, it actually doesn't shoot an arrow that much faster/stronger. You can refer to these tests by the backyard Bowyer: http://backyardbowyer.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-tale-of-two-pipe-diameters-comparing.html
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