recurve or long bow

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by 1911beast, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. 1911beast

    1911beast New Member

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    out of a recurve bow or long bow witch is better and witch is funner
     
  2. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Better? Depends on purpose intended.
     

  3. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    The recurve is easier to learn and alot more powerful. Mainly it comes down to what you want to do with them.
     
  4. zimm

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    A recurve bow will give a faster arrow velocity vs. a long bow of equal draw weight. A well made recurve is also perhaps one of the most beautiful objects ever created by the hand of man.
    The longbow is the weapon of myth and legend. It is the weapon of Robin Hood and Agincourt.
     
  5. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    It all depends on the shooter and the purpose. I have owned and shot longbows for over 10 years, and I can tell you from experience it takes a lot of practice especially if you do instinctive shooting like I do.
     
  6. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Dont make me post a pic of my Bear Kodiak. :D
     
  7. jpattersonnh

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    I have a Damon Howatt custom hunter. It is a piece of art.
    I had it listed FS on another site.
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  8. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    That is a sweet looking rig for sure!

    I have been told by those "in the know" that my Bear Kody is a highly collectible and sought after item...this one isnt for sale but folks have offered STOOPID $$$ for it....said to be Fred Bears favorite bow.

    This one Fred made for my dad. (some of my earliest recollections of hunting camp have Fred in them...i guess i was a goner from the git go)

    The bow i cut my teeth on...

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    The evolution of FMJ and archery...
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  9. unclebear

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    well all depends on what you want to do with it, like target shooting both are good some longbows can have a pretty heavy pull, if you get your hands on a tradition style english longbow some of them can have a 100 pound pull on them, if you get one made by bear or someone along those lines there not that bad. But I like the recurve better because if you do do any hunting with it it's easier to use in brush.

    If your newer to archery I would get a break down recurve, there basiclly a compound but instead of cams and all that they have recurve limbs, you can put sights and all that jazz as you could with a regular compound.
     
  10. jjfuller1

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    i won a competition with my sisters longbow when i was 15 i think. my prize was a nice home made longbow for me.. it has been quite awhile since ive shot it tho. it was made smaller and i think im about outgrown the draw length
     
  11. unclebear

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    The bad part of a breakdown recurve are the stress points. Because of the design, they put much more pressure on the limbs. It really has nothing in common w/ a compound as there is no let off. If your bow is 65lb at 28", you feel the full 65#. The let off of a compound would reduce that to 25# or less.
    Either a Longbow or recurve are instinctive shooters. A compound w/ sights is not.
     
  13. Shade

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    Not so much myth and legend, the English Longbow and the Archers that
    wielded them were fearsome on the Battlefield; you have to keep in mind
    that they were cutting edge tech for the time.
     
  14. JonM

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    the english longbow had a average draw weight of 100#... often more. they were short squat and immensely strong people back then. the longbow was the equivelent of a fully aut0 m16 today.
     
  15. 303tom

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    Here is a Long Bow.
     

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  16. dpowers311

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    I have shot both for many years and prefer a longbow. Today modern longbow is just as effective as a recurve. The speed is not much different than a recurve, if that is what you are after you need a compound. Practice is what will make the difference not speed.

    Dave
     
  17. jpattersonnh

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    One issue that is over looked is a compound tends to use lighter shafts and broadheads. I use to shoot against the traditional NH state champ. He used a Howard Hill longbow. My bow at 65# and his at 62#. We both shot heavy shafts and broadheads. He beat me one year by one yard. I shot 4" right at 68 yards, he shot 4" low at 69. That was very intense. We would shoot together every week after that. Your not making that shot w/ a compound.
     
  18. Marlinman

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    Apparently you havent shot a competition bow bc the people that shoot in the olympics shoot 80-100 yards religously. I practice with my hoyt ultratec at 75 all the time and thats shooting 250 grain arrows with 100 grain muzzy mx-4 broadheads
     
  19. jpattersonnh

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    You are correct, I stated my knowledge is recurves and some longbow. My light broadheads are 125gr, so I use a pretty heavy shaft. My Heavy broadheads are 145gr. even a heavier shaft.
     
  20. Marlinman

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    I was focusing on the last sentence. And i have a bear recurv that i shoot sometimes also but i dnt shoot it often bc it was my grandpas and its not in very good shape