Ranged skill advice?
So, I'm feeling a bit frustrated trying to make a ranged build work. I can't find much on how to play ranged with the new version (points based skills/flaws). I've been playing with this build: Medic, Ranged, Trapping, Tracking, Hiding. I can't seem to survive more than 3 days at the most, and most of my attempts are failures within 24 game hours.
So my strategy so far has been:
1. make a torch, and a hardened spear before i scavenge the first time, because that's just about the only way i can get anything useful from the first scavenging area, or have any chance of surviving a fight (even so, usually i don't survive the first fight).
2. hope i find anything better than a torch to make scavenging more productive (lighter, crowbar).
3. make a bow/arrows
4. hope i find a pot to clean water/rags.
I usually fail to find a pot or a crowbar, and end up wandering around scavenging so much that i attract an enemy i can't evade/defeat.
I tried playing a melee character once, and immediately found a compound bow and a rifle (with ammo). I survived on that build longer than the other, but still only 4~5 days. I suppose my overall strategy is to explore the surrounding area using the cryo facility as a base until I've got myself a collection of sterilized water and collection of arrows.
I feel like maybe i'm just missing some techniques/crafting ideas to make surviving easier. Any advice? I feel like the reason I can't make a ranged build work is because of the RNG, not because i'm making bad decisions, but I'm not sure.