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A good starter recurve?

Postby Redbeard » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:37 pm

I used to shoot some when I was younger. Haven't in years and am anxious to start again. However I'll be strting from scratch. For any of you traditional shooters out there, what kinda starter bow should I consider?
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby OrangeLake » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:20 am

I've got a Bear Archery Grizzly 50lb that I like a lot. It fits me well, isn't too big (58") and isn't too expensive.
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby lukea.becker » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:53 am

i usually shoot a longbow but my dad shoots an old bear recurve. you cant go wrong with those and if you shop around you can usually find em for a steal. keep an eye on ebay, thats where i bought my dads for him.
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Yeller Dawg » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:27 am

Redbeard,
You didn't say how much experience you had, so I apologize in advance if I state the obvious. But I'd suggest you start with a light poundage bow, regardless of brand. I've made that mistake myself. :oops: Everybody has different capabilities, but 40# - 50# draw weight is a good starting point.

lukea.becker is right you can save a lot by shopping for a good used bow. Check pawn shops and even archery shops often get someone willing to trade in their recurve when buying something new and may have one or know who would be willing to sell.

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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Redbeard » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:23 pm

Thanks fellas. And I'll admit I dont have alot of experiene so maybe it'd be a smart call to shop round for a nice used one. Thanks for the help
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby OrangeLake » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:09 pm

Post up some pics when you get it and let us see it! Good luck
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Yeller Dawg » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:01 am

RB,
You might check out some of the traditional archery forums. Some of them have a classified forum where you see what the different bows are going for and maybe pick up a deal (can't be said enough IMHO, always be careful when buying from an individual online).

One thing I'll mention is, for me, I've found longer bow is better. I'm not a great shot and have found I shoot better with my 62" recurve than I do with the 58s and even my 60 incher. You're probably a better instinctive shot that me, but I say this in case you get a real deal on 48 inch model ... something to think about anyway.

Let us know what you get.

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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Preacher1011 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:26 pm

Two words. Pawn shop. Just make sure the limbs aren't twisted. No need in forking out for an expensive one when you can get one dirt cheap. I had a guy find one at a pawn shop and came into work to get a string and paid more for the string than he did the bow... the string was 15 bucks...
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Redbeard » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:10 pm

Yelled... that was my next question. I do recall the lenght of the bow I shot when I was younger. For you experts out there, how would I know what lenght bow I should get? What're the pros and cons of longer bows vs shorter bows? I just wanna make sure I know exactly what I'm looking for when I go looking.

Preach...I thought of the pawn shop idea. Just haven't been et
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Yeller Dawg » Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:36 pm

RB,
Well I'm the first to admit I'm no expert, but in general a longer bow length accommodates a longer draw length. I recently was looking / drooling over the Bob Lee Archery website (you can Google them) and they have the following recommendations:

Draw Length..................Bow Length
26' - 27".......................... 58"
27" - 28" ......................... 60"
28" - 29" ......................... 62"
29" - Up .......................... 64"

Different manufacturers will have slightly different recommendations of course. Mainly you'll need to know your draw length and use the chart as a starting point. Generally speaking for the same draw length and draw weight, a longer bow will shoot a little slower and be a little more forgiving IMHO.

Preacher is right, a bowhunting friend who was part owner in a pawn shop and picked up a nice 62" recurve from a guy. Knowing I was a recurve shooter he gave it to me for my birthday (and I don't think he had much in it!).

I have a 27" draw, so it's a little long for me according to the recommendation chart, which is why I said it's a starting point. For me this bow is a sweet shooter tho. :thumbsup:

Hope this helps.

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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Redbeard » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:15 am

It does thanks fellas
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Re: A good starter recurve?

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:44 am

Go to the Tradgang.com and get more info there on recurves. You can even learn how to laminate one of your own.

I have an old Bear Black bear @ 45# and and that is one of the smoothest drawing bows I have ever shot.
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