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Old 07-08-2010, 12:43 AM   #21
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heh...well it is a gun forum not a bow forum.... longbows have been around for thousands of years not hundreds. recurves are significantly newer than longbows and are much better in certain situations (such as firing from horseback). Compound bows usually fire a much faster arrow than longbows or recurves because they have nearly the same pressure all the time on the arrow where as every inch on a "classic" bow is a reduction in power. Also form is significantly more important in shooting a "classic" bow as how far you pull back has a massive impact on the flight characteristics of the arrow. The main (and its a big one) downside to a compound bow is that they are generally alot heavier than "classic" bows. My compound bow easily weighs as much as a heavy barrel hunting rifle, so its kind of a pain to travel long distances with it. You also cant do a whole lot of work your self on them without alot of expensive equipment where as anyone can restring a recurve or a long bow, and a true long bow shoots arrows that are far more devestating (to armored targets anyway like knights) than a compound ever could. Being 6 feet long really helps get some true power going on, but then again the time periods i am refering too the average bow was around 180 pounds of pull and most modern men could never pull that much weight.

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Old 07-09-2010, 05:15 PM   #22
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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...
Have you measured your draw length? Unless you're a small guy 25" seems rather short. Most average height guys have a draw length of 27-28", even a bit more depending on each individual (I'm 1,85 meter tall and my draw length is 29").

If the draw fits you well, you made a great trade (as usual! I'd pay for some lessons, mate!). Hoyt makes a quality product and the 35-55 pounds is a very versatile draw weight range.

I still think compound bows have got the ghey, though.
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Well, the wife tried out the bow this weekend and it's just slightly to much for her. It fit my daughter very well and she enjoyed shooting it so we passed it on to her. I found a nice Hoyt Rintec for the wife with 20-30 limbs and 30-40 limbs - and I picked it up for a nice price.

On a side note, I got measured and I need a solid 30" draw...

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Go to a pro shop and check out Mission Archery. They're made by Mathews but are without some of the deluxe features. The pro shop can match you EXACTLY with what you need. Bowtech is also a good bow, as well as Hoyt and a host of others. IMO the important thing is to go to a pro bow shop and let them fix you right up.

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On a side note, I got measured and I need a solid 30" draw...

damn you got sasquatch arms!! mine is 28".
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damn you got sasquatch arms!! mine is 28".
Yup, I've always had monkey arms. I wear a 37" sleeve on dress shirts...
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shoot bow here as well, 3D, indoor, and hunt, got myself a Hoyt last fall, love archery

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I got my draw length at 29 1/2''

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