Looking to buy a bow

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Yogimus
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Looking to buy a bow

Post by Yogimus » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:06 am

I want to purchase a recurve bow in the 20-30lb range, to celebrate my hungarian heritage of archery. I cn fire a 40Lb bow if necessary, but I feel as if a 30 lb bow would be better suited to get my fundamentals down with. Anyone have any recommendations?

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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Netpackrat » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:17 am

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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Yogimus » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:22 am

UNDER 200 dollars

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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Highspeed » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:56 am

You definitely need a recurve like that though for Hungarian authenticity
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by First Shirt » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:16 pm

Look on ebay. Especially if you don't insist on a Bear or Ben Pearson, you can find good bows, from lesser-known makers, for a song. One of my grandkids hunts with a Shakespeare recurve that I paid $40 for, two years ago. (And yes, a 5-foot nothing female can put an arrow through a deer with a #40 bow, at 20 yards.)
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by SeekHer » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:08 am

Check out the Samik line of bows--they offer replaceable limbs so you can make the bow shorter or longer and change the draw weight up to IIRC 80#...Try:
3 River Archery
Kustom King
Lancaster Supply

These guys also make a very nice bow:
TradTech


The only bows you'll get under $200 with the draw weight you specify are the fiberglass ones that they would use at summer camps and they can be had for $70 brand new.

You will get severely bummed out with that low of a draw weight after a month or so...I'd recommend nothing less then a 40# bow to start and if you want to go back to your Magyar roots then you need to get a horse bow.
Horsebows
Krackow Co,
Saluki

I've dealt with the above three and have been informed these two are very reputable:

Grozer -- very inexpensive European dealer/maker
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by D5CAV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:30 am

Unless you are recovering from shoulder surgery, I would recommend going with the 40 pound bow. You will be much happier with it after your third trip to the range.

My 20 to 30 pound bows are what I give 10-year old boys and 14-year old girls to shoot.

Anything under 50 pounds can be done reliably on a cheap, machine made bow. No need to spend $200.

Here are some that are just over $100. If you wait for the sales, they can be had for $100. Check your local archery store, but be warned that they will badmouth these cheap bows and try to upsell you into a $400 machine made 35# bow. It has happened to many of my friends who I have sent to the store unescorted.

34# bow: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=873078

45# bow: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/p ... x?a=959329

These light weight bows are fine for beginners. I have a half dozen "loaners" ranging from 10# (3 year old girl shot it - I've got pics!) to 35# (60-something friend with shoulder surgery)

I do archery for field craft and exercise, so I shoot a Black Widow bow that draws 75# at 30 inches. I have long arms, so I draw to over 30 inches. When you get into the higher poundage, you will pay for the skill of a bowyer who knows how to tiller the limbs. You will also pay for the arrows, since heavy bows need heavy, stiff, and rugged arrows (read as "expensive"). These bows are over $1000, but they are handmade by a skilled bowyer, so a much better deal than the $400 machine made bow the retail shops will try to sell you.

https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?ro ... tion_id=15

Mine in a PMA, since they didn't have the shorter riser lengths when I bought mine. My long draw would benefit from a shorter riser so I can have longer limbs. After you spend a few years shooting your cheap bow, you will find out what kind of bow works best for you. Then it is worthwhile to spend the money for a bow that is fit for your body and your style of shooting.
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Denis » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:24 am

I love this bar. I learned more about bowshooting from two posts here than in the rest of my life to date.

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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Netpackrat » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:48 am

Curse you guys. Reading this thread again caused me to email my local bowhunting friend to ask if he can recommend an archery shop here. Thinking about obtaining the ability to shoot my dad's old recurve that he killed an elk with back in the 70s. I have a bow, and a string, but no arrows or any other gear. Years ago we measured it, and it had a 62 pound pull at my draw length. So maybe a lighter bow at some point, too.
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Rich Jordan » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:53 am

I'm thinking of pulling mine out of storage too, just to look at it and remember what its specs are (I never used it except at practice, it was a 'discard' from a relative moving to a compound)

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