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Old 06-14-2019, 03:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
Looking at buying my first traditional setup and looking for advice on equipment, getting started in general.
Thanks in advance,
Tyler
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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Right off the bat I'm gonna ask, is there anyone around you or a Trad club near by you can get more exposure from? In my experience most brick and mortar shops don't have much Trad knowledge and can steer people in the wrong direction. If the guy shoots/hunts with trad equipment then listen but if they're all compound guys don't take anything as gospel.
In general there are several "inexpensive" bows out there that a lot of people have used for "learner" bows that work really well.
The Samick Sage ($130ish) is probably #1 on that list but a newcomer is the Black Hunter ($100) on e-bay that a lot of people are giving good/great reviews.
Most of us will suggest a light weight bow to learn form with. Personally I'd say #30 and under, it's easier to hold at full draw and you won't get as tired shooting. THE ABSOLUTE WORST THING A NEWBIE CAN DO IS START THEIR JOURNEY OVERBOWED, it leads to soooooo many bad habits that are hard to undo later on.
As far as arrows go there is a page on the 3 rivers website that can be used to get you in the ballpark but something in a 700 or 800 spine will be pretty close for a #30 bow depending on point weight. Go with Carbons to start with as they're more durable.

Enjoy the journey and by all means ask away...
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:04 PM   #3
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Call these guys. Tom Clum Sr, Tommy Clum, and Danny Clum

https://rmsgear.com

I’m brand new, so I know nothing. But these folks know more than most and have put 1000’s of people on the right track. One 15 minute conversation with them was worth more than 2 days of internet searching.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:20 PM   #4
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OMP has some inexpensive bows to start out with.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:43 AM   #5
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Start light and long. If there is no one in your neck of the woods to help out then Google is your friend. There are lots of videos out there to be found. Perhaps buy the book "Shooting the Stickbow" by Anthony Camera. Anthony is a good guy that is rather fixated on Olympic style shooting, so he sometimes irritates me and my hunting fixation. He hangs out on the Archerytalk.com in the traditional forum and uses the handle Viper. His book and his advice are what got me up and going in trad. Once you settle on a bow you will need to find some arrows that will work with the bow. Unless you have good advice while shopping, don't buy arrows until you have your bow picked out and are measured for draw length. It is so much easier to learn if all you have to do is the learning and not the tuning.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:04 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, I’m thinking of getting the Samick Sage mentioned above. Seems to have awesome reviews. It says 29 inch draw which is also my compound length. Would I use the same arrow length in a spine made for this bow weight or is there more to it?
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:58 AM   #7
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More to it. Depends on draw weight and draw length. Even though it may be (just for example purposes) #40@29 you may draw 30” causing draw weight to increase #42 or you may draw 28” causing a lesser draw weight #37.

I draw 32” on a compound. On my 54@60” recurve I draw 29”. On my 38@64 longbow I draw 28”.

Keep your shooting bow poundage light and sessions short. Archers elbow and numb fingers are real easy to develop from the constant tension on your joints and fingers. Just shoot. Dont cut any arrows.

It has taken me 3-4 years to settle on 3under for my 60” recurve. I didnt want to shoot three under...God said otherwise.

God bless. Good luck.
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:08 AM   #8
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If you haven't fixated on an aiming style check out The Push pod cast. Probably the easiest method to ge started being as accurate as possible.
There is no substitute for practice. The more you shoot the quicker you will develop your form. A lighter bow weight will help with that. You can shoot longer and more with less fatigue.

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Old 06-15-2019, 07:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by popup_menace View Post
Call these guys. Tom Clum Sr, Tommy Clum, and Danny Clum

https://rmsgear.com

Iím brand new, so I know nothing. But these folks know more than most and have put 1000ís of people on the right track. One 15 minute conversation with them was worth more than 2 days of internet searching.


This right here. Tom is Stickbow Yoda and just an all around awesome guy and they have a ton of stickbows in stock at RMSgear

His online course Solid Archery Mechanics that he did with The Push guys is well worth the cost too
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:07 PM   #10
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Great post. Thanks
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