Looking to buy a bow

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Jbird77
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Jbird77 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:32 pm

D5CAV wrote:
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: https://www.60xcustomstrings.com/longbo ... w-strings/

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.
Old thread but very helpful. I was able to get a bow through sportsman's guide for my kid. I hope he likes what Santa brought him.

Old Grafton
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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Old Grafton » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:13 am

Where is Yogimus ? I miss the zany fooker....
I'm not old--It's too early to be this late.

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Re: Looking to buy a bow

Post by Netpackrat » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:56 am

Old Grafton wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:13 am
Where is Yogimus ? I miss the zany fooker....
Looks like he last posted something in the thread on the Bundy Oregon standoff back in 2016, and hasn't been heard from since. That's assuming he didn't post something later that ended up getting removed.
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