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Old 09-21-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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I have a new to me Hummingbird Alpha Male on the way. Most likely will not see the woods very soon, but hopefully before the season is out.
I'll update after it gets here and I get to shoot it some.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:50 PM   #2
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I've got a Kingfisher 3 pc recurve and a Kingfisher Elite 3 pc longbow, top notch craftsmanship and good shooters....I'm thinking you're going to like the bow a lot.....Congrats, it's a pretty one.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:09 PM   #3
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Thanks, Hope it shoots as good as I expect it to. :-D
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:56 PM   #4
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That's a nice looking stick! Have fun with her.

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Old 09-22-2017, 07:09 AM   #5
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Good looking stick. I never saw a Hummingbird that wasn't a shooter.
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:18 PM   #6
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I came home from work and had a Great surprise. My turkey feathers were back all nice and ground and the Hummingbird was waiting on me. It scales 45 @ 28 on my scale, so just a few pounds lighter then expected, BUT I am getting more arrow in the target then I am with my 50# takedown, so no worries. This is a 20 yard group this evening. Smooth, Sweet, and oh yeah- Extremly nice in the hand.
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:20 PM   #7
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Looks very good.

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Old 09-25-2017, 07:22 PM   #8
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The arrows are 500 spine GT blems. with 100 grain brass and 145 tips, cut to 29"
I will try some other set-ups with her when more time allows.
I had not had the pleasure of these bows until this one. Ben Graham made a FINE bow.
DRT, Thank You. :-D
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:41 AM   #9
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Very nice looking bow. Congrats!
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:23 AM   #10
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The bow has 50#@28" written on it, and it only scales 45#@28"???

I would be checking my scale for accuracy, and it it was on, would be talking to the bowyer. If he missed that far, that's not good. Heck, there may be some problem with his scale that he is unaware of???

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Old 09-26-2017, 10:42 AM   #11
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The bow has 50#@28" written on it, and it only scales 45#@28"???

I would be checking my scale for accuracy, and it it was on, would be talking to the bowyer. If he missed that far, that's not good. Heck, there may be some problem with his scale that he is unaware of???

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Old 09-26-2017, 11:37 AM   #12
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Ben passed away in November 2016.


Oops! Did not know that! I thought this was a new bow.

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Old 09-26-2017, 04:49 PM   #13
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That's a fine bow. I have several and mistakenly sold another I used to own. I've never seen one that was not the weight as labeled. Might check your scale or look at those limbs for signs they've been reduced. At any rate, I'm sure it's a fine shooter.
Ben Graham was a fine fellow and an excellent bowyer. RIP
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:54 AM   #14
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I use a grain scale and pull down to draw length after zero the weight with the bow hung. It measures a 25# dumbell as 25#'s. I do realize there may be some discrepancy to the way the scale measures weight and what I am trying to get it to do, but I get an accurate weight on my compound when done this way.
I see no signs of reduced weight on the limbs,not saying it did not happen, but?? The overall feel of the draw weight is lighter then the other takedown I have, but seems to deliver more punch as I do get more target penetration.
And Phillip is correct, Ben passed away November of 2016 but his bows are still our there if you look around. This one shoots really nice, I am thinking about taking it opening weekend. This is my first Hummingbird bow, but after all the reviews I have read on them, I knew it was going to be good.
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Old 10-02-2017, 10:04 PM   #15
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Thought I should share a little afternoon shooting. It's lighter then I wanted, but man this bow really is sweet to shoot. The first pic was a 15 yard nail puncher, The second pic was my first 30 yard shot. Now if I can just get it a little quieter.
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Old 10-02-2017, 10:33 PM   #16
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That's some tight shooting. That bows a keeper.

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Looks like you're shooting it well!! Congrats on the new bow!!
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:43 PM   #18
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Thanks, it's pretty fun to shoot. Almost hard to miss with it.... Almost, unless the intended critter ducks to the dirt. :-(
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Old 10-04-2017, 06:56 PM   #19
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Thought I should share a little afternoon shooting. It's lighter then I wanted, but man this bow really is sweet to shoot. The first pic was a 15 yard nail puncher, The second pic was my first 30 yard shot. Now if I can just get it a little quieter.
The fellow I bought my Hummingbird Kingfisher recurve from said he had issues with the bow being a bit loud and the setup when I received it was pretty loud. He had Velcro on the limb tips and 2 sets of silencers on the string. BH of about 7" and nock height of about 3/8". But it quieted down when I raised the brace height and nock height a bit. Added limbsavers right at the end of the fades and it's sweet. Took the Velcro off the limbs and threw his string away.
My setup is 7 1/2" bh, 9/16" nock height. 18 strand 8190 Flemish string with.024 Halo serving. I would also add beaver balls or similar fur type string silencer about 14" below the tips of the string for hunting.
Mine isa 60" bow.
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Old 10-04-2017, 10:33 PM   #20
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I have my bow set-up at 7&1/4 brace and 1/2" high so just 1/16 below you at nocking point. I may try the 7.5" Thanks for the information.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:52 PM   #21
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Thought I had better do another update. I went to the Freedom Shooting Sports in Corsicana today. Really nice group of people and nice outdoor 3D range.
Point of the update. Bow scaled 50.5# @ 28" Now that I know this, the Hummingbird has the smoothest draw I have ever felt. I seriously thought this bow was a sub 45# at my draw. At 27" just barely under 48. I can hold this bow longer at full draw then ANY of my other bows including those sub 45#'ers. SO! WOW!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:16 PM   #22
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Nice. That's probably what everyone should do so they know.

By everyone I mean me.

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Old 10-11-2017, 07:51 PM   #23
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LOL, well, I have a scale, but apparently it does not give me an accurate reading. The reason i wanted a scale was to help me really dial in arrows. So much for that thought.
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Those Hummingbirds are really smooth shooting. I've shot several of Ben's bows though I don't own one. I knew Ben for years and shot with him on occasion. His wife, Linda, was also a great shot.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:24 PM   #25
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Phillip I read that Linda may be looking onto making the bows at some point again, and has done some re-finish work. Do you know if any of that is true? I would like to send this one to her at the end of the season to get re-finished.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:35 AM   #26
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Cody, I am not sure if Linda is going to start making bows again. I do know that she was very much involved in the company with Ben. I never really knew Linda like I did Ben. There was talk that they would be offering some refinishing services. I would call her: (704) 436-2509
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:36 AM   #27
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Thank you Phillip for the number.
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:17 PM   #28
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I talked to Ben in July of last year about making me a riser for an extra set of limbs I have. He told me that he was about to retire but that he has someone else he mentored would be taking over the shop. I hope the happens. I have 2 bows and 3 sets of limbs. They are fantastic bows.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:33 AM   #29
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Agree, this may be the smoothest drawing bow I have ever had.
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Old 11-06-2017, 07:24 AM   #30
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Linda posted this on another website a couple of days ago:

Thank you all for your prayers and kind words. Bud sent me the thread and it is very heart warming. Almost the last words Ben spoke was this scripture he quoted II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:, and as much as I miss him I know where he is and his pain is gone. I have just gotten the shop back open and am refinishing some bows, taking wood working classes and planing on starting back building Ben's bows. Lord willing we will see how it go's. Keep me in your prayers.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:57 PM   #31
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AWESOME!!!! Phillip you made my day. :-)
I have sustained a slight collar bone injury and have not been able to draw my bows in a few weeks. Tried it tonight, just a few shots and all was good. May do this for a while unti I can get back into regular practice. 6 weeks- how about 3.5
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Old 11-24-2017, 09:16 AM   #32
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Hummingbird went west with me, Made this happen yesterday evening. Buck was quatering hard away when I shot, my sons says, "Dad I would not have taken that shot, and it looks far back." He is 9 and scored his first doe and buck this year.
Well it was farther back than I intended and I felt like a pile of it when he skirted the cedar thicket and I saw how far back the shot was, mid rib. Started my prayers. After 20 minutes I could not wait any longer so we got on the trail, about 10 yards from the shot we found blood and within 60 yards he layed. Shot was far back but buried in the off side shoulder. he was quartering really steep and about 18ish shot. Hummingbird Takedown, Goldtip 500 Blems with Bear Razorhead.
Excuse the stick poking out behind his head, all I could find to prop him up.
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Old 11-24-2017, 09:32 AM   #33
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Way to go!

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Old 11-24-2017, 09:34 AM   #34
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I see under your pic, it says “Fort McKavitt buck”. Is that where you hunt? I’m in Sonora. Look me up next time you are down this way!!!!

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Old 11-24-2017, 09:43 AM   #35
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You are brave. I still wait on the oerfect broad side shot. Nice making it happen with your son there. Congratulations.

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Old 11-24-2017, 09:59 AM   #36
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Brave or dumb is a fine line. My son is still harassing me this morning over it.
Yes sir Bisch. My boss has a place between Ft McKavett and Sonora. I go out to help take care of the place, and while there he lets me hunt some. Pretty good trade off I think.
Next time I come out there I will definitely let you know. I thought you were closer to Georgetown??
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:54 AM   #37
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I used to be in Georgetown. We sold our place there earlier this year and moved out here to Sonora. It is absolutely awesome out here!!!

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Old 11-24-2017, 02:40 PM   #38
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Bisch, the wildlife is exceptional. Deer, Turkey, pigs, whatever, it's all there. I will definitely have to find you the next trip I make.
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