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Old 07-02-2010, 03:04 PM   #11
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While I have limited experience with recurve or longbows, I do have extensive experience with compounds. Let me know if you decide to step up to a compound Dave and I'll share what I know with you. I've been a bowhunter since 1974. With your gimp shoulder you may discover it's a compound affair only due to the letoff a compound offers. Good luck with this and keep us updated.
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One of the big questions I had for myself is does it make sense to get a lighter draw beginner's bow.
yes. a lighter draw in the 35-40lb range will allow you to build up seldom used muscles and concentrate more on form than trying to hold the draw weight. my current hunting bow is a bear longbow at 50lb my draw length is 28".

one real key step that is often overlooked by new archers is getting the correct draw length with matching arrows and tuning the bow to your arrows.

make sure you buy from a local archery expert they can easily pair you with the correct bow, arrows, and tune both to your draw length.
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:28 AM   #13
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And archery is a practical skill which would prove to be useful in a shtf scenario for both hunting and defence. Can you imagine the look on a zombie's face after his buddy catches a 3 foot arrow through the chest going clean through his kevlar and out the back...like a toothpick in those little sandwhiches..heheheh..makes me giggle every time i think about it.
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Well, I think I found a bow that will work for my wife very cheap. It's an older Hoyt Raider in real nice shape. It's 35-55 draw weight and set for a 25 inch draw length. Came setup with sights, quiver, arrow rest, and a couple of arrows. I'm happy as I traded 2 boxes of .45 ammo for it...
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looks good! I too am wanting to get into bows, but cant decide between long bow, recurve or compound, I want to hunt with it eventually and I am very attracted to the recurve or the long bow, they seem more elegant. between those two which do you all think would be best?
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I have been, and prolly always will be a longbowman myself. If you want a more classic feel, and something that is definetly more challenging and engaging go with a longbow. I am not a professional, but in the past I could never tell a big difference between true "longbows" and recurves. I think if you are a larger framed, taller person, a longbow would be a better fit.
Not knocking compounds at all, but I think as a sport, compounds take away too much of the challenge. I have seen disabled hunters/shooters take up compund bows with slight mods, one older vet that lost his arm, found a release aid that he could hold in his mouth and operate with his tongue!
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looks good! I too am wanting to get into bows, but cant decide between long bow, recurve or compound, I want to hunt with it eventually and I am very attracted to the recurve or the long bow, they seem more elegant. between those two which do you all think would be best?
my choice after moving to WI was the longbow. it allows me to hunt deer far longer than i can with a firearm.
i spent a bit of time at the local archery shop trying out all three styles. the longbow was slim and quiet, recurve seemed crude and loud, and the compound was just to clunky and artificial feeling.

i suggest trying all styles before you buy. what i like may be a bad choice for you

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Yeah I really like the long bow, but which (long bow vs. recurve) have more power better accuracy and the ability to engage long distance (for a bow of course! LOL). As far as size I am 220 lbs. and 6' 2". I can pull 70 to 80 lbs. compund bows easily, so which would be more suited for a person of my size? maybe the long bow?
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Well I have seen where people have used math, on the angles between the bow limbs and the arrow, to prove that longbows are inherently more accurate. The larger, longer bow should be able to throw an arrow farther and harder. If you look at the fact that, with all of the tech available these days, the classic several hundred years old longbow is actually gaining in popularity these days, I don't think you can go wrong with one.
The only way I would choose a recurve, is if I was planning hunting thicl brush, where the shorter recurve wouldn't get hung up as much. But that is about the only time.
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I can pull 70 to 80 lbs. compund bows easily,
the major diff tween recurve/longbow and compound is that with a compound your not holding the 80ish pounds at full draw. its only around 30ish. compounds have 50-75% let off. recurve/longbow your holding the full weight until release. your also not using a mechanical crutch(release mechanism/trigger) to hold the string. the string sits on your fingers.

rule of thumb is if you cant hold the bow at full draw for 15 seconds without trembling and strain its too heavy a draw. your going to want to start lower and work up longbow/recurve are very different than a compound.
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