Long bow purchase

I really want to get a longbow. Only because WV has what it calls a mountianeer heritage season . Only traditional muzzleloaders and longbows are allowed. I would rather take my chanced with a bow at short range than a muzzloader . Bows are cheaper . Any one have one of these? Is 50Ibs too much.

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Check ebay or gunbroker for a classic Fred Bear or similar

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I love traditional archery! I have a few longbows and recurve bows. 50 lb draw might be too much if you’re starting out. If you’re starting out, get a bow that allows you to change limbs and start with lightweight limbs, like 25 to 30 lbs and practice proper form. Then move up to heavier limbs as you get more proficient. 45 to 55 lbs should be more than enough for deer.

Check out 3Riversarchery.com for bows, arrows, target points, broadheads, shooting gloves or tabs, etc.

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Oh, and that one looks like a recurve with takedown limbs. I don’t have any experience with that particular bow, but the price looks good.

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Kinda like shooting black powder firearms :+1:

good to see you here with us :hugs:

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Welcome to Sixguns Fraternity @equin so glad to have you here great to see a familiar poster.

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@Equin thanks for the pointers, and the web address, I used to bow hunt alot when younger. Wanting to get back into it . Sooooo I havent shot for a long tome probably 10-15 yrs. and I am older now but I want to take advantage of the very lengthy bow season and have to use a long bow so that I can use it in the season that opens up after the regular season closes. Seems everyone is going with crossbows but, I always opt for the harder options I guess :joy:

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When I tried Olympic style recurve bows, we used 25 lbs because we were beginners, but the flight arc was huge. Now I have a 55 lbs compound which shoots flatter, but I feel like I could use a heavier pull. When I shoot cardboard targets, every 10 lbs roughly equals an inch of penetration.

I also tried out traditional Japanese bows used in Kyudo, which are longer than I am tall and asymmetrical. The force curve felt gentler than the Olympic recurve, and smoother than the compound, particularly at the limit of the draw for each type of bow. But I have longer arms, and so I felt the exponential part of the force curve more than others. Particularly with bows that use shorter limbs, it’s important that the limbs of the bow accommodate your draw length.

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The one I used to shoot years ago was a recurve . It was 45# but they measure that at 28inch draw. I cant remember my draw is either 30 or 31 . So the draw weight goes up how much dont know .?

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That sounds like a neat experience :+1:

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It definitely was. Kyudo uses a deerskin gauntlet cured hard as kydex on the draw hand, and they draw the string with the thumb instead of the fingers. That makes the bowstring twist opposite of a western bow, and so the arrow shaft rests on the far side of the bow instead of the near side. But most of all, full draw felt like I was opening my chest rather than resisting compression, since they anchor by the ear instead of under the jaw.

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If the opportunity comes up start a thread with pics/details :+1:

LOL, me too… I am 6’5" and they say your arms spread out to your side is your height. So yeah I got a good Pull. think my compound I used to own was 31 or 32 " pull.

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This was my brother in laws, don’t know much about it other than it has all wooden arrows with it.






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A recurve …nice … i suspect that may be an option, have to call the DNR and see if they recognize them as a primitive bow if I need to get the long bow :person_facepalming::person_shrugging:

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