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Old 03-30-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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Hi guys, Ive always shot a compound and I'm thinking of going to recurve!!What recurve is the best out there? What should i look for in a bow when i buy? My DL is 30!! Any extra info would help!
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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Do a search on here, but you came to the right place. I got one as a whim last spring, and haven't shot my compound since July. First, there is no BEST, just like with a compound, you need to shoot several different makes/bowyers before buying. Your DL will change when you go to trad. Hopefully not shorten much, but each person is a bit different. If you're shooting a loop & release, and anchor to the same place, you should lengthen a bit.

Couple general pointers:
1) To start, get a light weight bow, and don't spend too much on it. You'll want to start playing right away, but it'll take you a while to figure out what you really like. If you go too heavy to start, it's really easy to develop some bad habits. It's a waste of $$ to go by the 'best' bow available or have one made until you get the basics down, figure out a comfortable weight, and find out what you like in a bow.

2) If your DL stays @ 30 or grows a bit, you'll want to generally look at bows 62 inches or longer.

3) Weights are usually marked at 28inches draw, and the general rule is about 3lbs per inch past that. TO A POINT. At some lenght a bow will start to stack - meaning the next inch may gain 5lbs, and 7lbs after that.

4) Go to a shoot or chat with someone on here near you that has a number of bows, you'll shorten the learning curve significantly.

5)Once you've done this, and figured out what you want, go talk to Bob Sarrels in Austin.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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BTW, definately recommend reading the 'Sticky's' at the top of the trad forum
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:30 PM   #5
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Do a search on here, but you came to the right place. I got one as a whim last spring, and haven't shot my compound since July. First, there is no BEST, just like with a compound, you need to shoot several different makes/bowyers before buying. Your DL will change when you go to trad. Hopefully not shorten much, but each person is a bit different. If you're shooting a loop & release, and anchor to the same place, you should lengthen a bit.

Couple general pointers:
1) To start, get a light weight bow, and don't spend too much on it. You'll want to start playing right away, but it'll take you a while to figure out what you really like. If you go too heavy to start, it's really easy to develop some bad habits. It's a waste of $$ to go by the 'best' bow available or have one made until you get the basics down, figure out a comfortable weight, and find out what you like in a bow.

2) If your DL stays @ 30 or grows a bit, you'll want to generally look at bows 62 inches or longer.

3) Weights are usually marked at 28inches draw, and the general rule is about 3lbs per inch past that. TO A POINT. At some lenght a bow will start to stack - meaning the next inch may gain 5lbs, and 7lbs after that.

4) Go to a shoot or chat with someone on here near you that has a number of bows, you'll shorten the learning curve significantly.

5)Once you've done this, and figured out what you want, go talk to Bob Sarrels in Austin.
This is all great stuff. We can never tell you enough--don't over bow yourself starting out--the bad habits this causes a very hard to break. Some people never break them. Go to Bob's and shoot everything he has.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:12 PM   #6
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This is all great stuff. We can never tell you enough--don't over bow yourself starting out--the bad habits this causes a very hard to break. Some people never break them. Go to Bob's and shoot everything he has.
When you go to Bob's, prepare to spends some money. His Puma recurve is a real nice shooter.

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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I can't add a lot to what is said, except start out with carbon or aluminum arrows. Wood is great once you get your technique down, but carbon or aluminum will take some issues out of the mix for a beginner.

Check out www.savagebows.com Tim is up in your neck of the woods and makes some really beautiful takedown recurves.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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I would recommend going to a TBOT or traditional shoot to look at all the models you can get your hands on.....The Glen Parker Memorial Shoot/Chester Shoot is coming up the weekend after Mothers day, (I think that is right, if not someone will chime in to get the right date). You will probably lose an inch or so on draw length from a compound. As someone said, don't go over on poundage....stay around 45-50 pounds to learn the ropes right.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:39 PM   #9
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Good suggestions from the above.
Don't over bow, go at least 62", I like carbon arrows to start with.
Go somewhere that will let you test the bow. even if it's only 10 yds.
At 30 in dl you need to make sure the bow doesn't stack.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #10
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Listen to all that was said above. There is really nothing more I can add.

As stated above: DO NOT OVERBOW YOURSELF TO START OUT! Trad bows have 0% letoff and form and consistency are the two things that will make you a good shooter.

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 PM   #11
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Starting out with aluminum arrows is very wise advice, too. Wood are for later. Do join us at the shoots, you will learn a ton of stuff and see how much fun we have.
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Thanks guys for advice, very helpful.

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Old 03-30-2011, 11:08 PM   #13
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Dont over bow
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:46 AM   #14
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stickinpigs, what part of town do you live in? I have several bows that I would be happy to let you try out just to get the feel for what everyone has been telling you here.
I am a member at Collin County Bowhunters and have access to the range all the time. Be happy to take you out for a round of practice just about anytime.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:02 AM   #15
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With your 30" draw length, you need to demo shoot some 62", 64" and 66" bows to avoid a caase of "finger pinch". I have a 30" draw length and I prefer a 66" bow over a 64" bow. The 62" bow I demoed, gave me a case of "finger pinch".
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:20 AM   #16
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stickinpigs, what part of town do you live in? I have several bows that I would be happy to let you try out just to get the feel for what everyone has been telling you here.
I am a member at Collin County Bowhunters and have access to the range all the time. Be happy to take you out for a round of practice just about anytime.

Wayne
thx for offer Wayne, one of my buddies is coming into town with a few of his bows this weekend!! Ill let yall know how it goes!! Thx again for all the help!!
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:47 AM   #17
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I just bought a Samick Sage last night with a Bear hair rest installed for like $145 . If you go to Smithfield Archery and talk to Stan and Rhonda they will let you try one out.

This guy does a review of it:

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Old 03-31-2011, 01:02 PM   #18
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I have no complaints over my Samick Spikeman, as it is both smooth and dead nuts accurate in my hand.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #19
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Samick Sage is an awsome bow. Great to learn on and priced right. U can get one in lower poundage 35 or so to get your form down real good then go up for hunting. the new limbs are 70 bucks. then u have practice weight limbs as well as bowfishing. this is the cheapest way to get started. its also nice to have a break down bow.

then start saving for your custom.

one thing i learned if your left eye dominent and shoot right handed like me. U will want to learn to shoot left hand. Makes a big differnce in groups and not as hard to learn as you would think.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:16 PM   #20
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Samick Sage is an awsome bow. Great to learn on and priced right. U can get one in lower poundage 35 or so to get your form down real good then go up for hunting. the new limbs are 70 bucks. then u have practice weight limbs as well as bowfishing. this is the cheapest way to get started. its also nice to have a break down bow.

then start saving for your custom.

one thing i learned if your left eye dominent and shoot right handed like me. U will want to learn to shoot left hand. Makes a big differnce in groups and not as hard to learn as you would think.
I'm with your first paragraph 100%. However I am left eye dominate and shoot right handed just fine. Just see what works for you.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:27 PM   #21
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i started with a martin serengetti then got a deal on a bob lee it was night and day difference so everyone on here is right bout shootin different bows wish i would have known i just got lucky
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:17 AM   #22
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I looking for buying a recuve bow for hunting. I consider SAS Spirit 62″ Take Down Recurve Bow. Please give me some advice. Thanks all.
http://hunthacks.com/best-recurve-bo...wn_Recurve_Bow
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:43 AM   #23
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I finally realized being over bowed will lead to frustration levels that will make you want to quit. I have always been over bowed coming from compounds. I just could not get it in my head that in traditional archery the margin of error is greatly reduced, so accuracy is king. Take it low at first and work on muscle memory and form. I just started shooting a bow 11 pounds lighter than the one I hunt with and realized how bad my form is. The amazing thing is when I pick up the heavier bow I now shoot it more accurately. I also suggest you bare shaft your arrows. I have never done this till last week, and boy what a difference. Yes I am incredibly hard headed and realize if I had done it different, I would not have kept going back to my compound. I am testing a Black River bow from a guy named Will Cocke, he lives about 20 minutes from me in Mississippi, and will be positing a review. I would also suggest shooting the bows you are considering before you buy, because every bowyer makes the grips a little different and when you find the one where your hand seems to go To The same spot every shot you have found a bow that will Fit you like a glove. Experiment with gloves, tabs, 3 under, split finger, and 2 under and find what feels most natural. Have fun on the journey, cause I started grinding and just now getting back to having fun. There are some real ledgens on this site that have a wealth of information, and there experience can drastically reduce the learning curve. Blessings, Dan

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Old 05-27-2016, 07:54 AM   #24
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Do like I did. I shot a 70# compound so I bought a 70# longbow off of ebay.




I am kidding, get some help. I like 45#.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:12 AM   #25
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Best advise I can give. Go to a TBOT shoot and talk to the people there.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:21 AM   #26
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[quote=Sirius081972;11366168]I looking for buying a recuve bow for hunting. I consider SAS Spirit 62″ Take Down Recurve Bow. Please give me some advice. Thanks all.


I don't think that bow is good enough for hunting, the max draw weight is less than 40 lb.
I started with Samick Sage just about more than a year ago. Many hunters use it as a starter bow. For me, I don't think Samick Sage limits my ability to shoot. I will keep shooting this bow and have no plan to change it.
The SAS Spirit looks similar to PSE RazerBack or one of those from Greatree. Samick Sage looks a lot stronger. I would pay more to get Samick Sage or Journey.
If you buy Samick Sage ( or any low cost bow ), buy it from a store that has good return/replacement policy ( you don't have to pay to ship the bad one back ). I don't think they have QC for those bows.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:12 PM   #27
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I looking for buying a recuve bow for hunting. I consider SAS Spirit 62″ Take Down Recurve Bow. Please give me some advice. Thanks all.
http://hunthacks.com/best-recurve-bo...wn_Recurve_Bow
The bow in this link is fine to start shooting on with 30-35#limbs and if you wanna chase rabbits, squirrels, fox, opossums, porcupines and raccoons ect. I have killed a few critters with 30# limbs. Go for it.

If you want cheap, I would recommend getting a Samick Sage and planning on buying two sets of limbs. A light set 25-35# and a heavier set 40-45#. If you pull close to 28", 40lb limbs are fine for smaller Texas deer.

I just got my brother started cheap. $80 used 35# Samick Sage and $100 arrows. We just found some used 50# limbs for $40 bucks. That's about as cheap as it gets unless someone is just giving stuff away.

He's shooting well and having lots of fun. He'll be in the market for a nicer bow in a year.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:56 PM   #28
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Like already mentioned the Samick Sage is a great starter bow I think. I bought one back in December as my first trad bow and I really like it. I got 45 lb limbs, and at times wish I had gotten 40. I have a 29'' dl and it's fine for me. I'd make sure you get some pro advice on your arrows. The arrows I started out with I thought were great....but then I talked to Jim at Big Jim's archery and he suggested some other arrows. I bought a dozen and soon realized the ones I had at first were actually pretty horrible for my set up lol. It's fun, just keep you expectations low at first. It takes so much practice to get halfway decent it can frustrate you if you let it.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:19 PM   #29
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Impossible to answer questions. The "best" is different for each person, and only found thru trial and error.

What one guy thinks is the best bow out there, the next guy will say is the worst!

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Old 05-28-2016, 10:05 AM   #30
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I really like the sarrels bows . I have shot a lot of bows this past year and I keep going back to the sarrels . Good luck
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:42 PM   #31
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Get a cheap samick and a cheap target take them everywhere shoot a couple times per day

Buy cheap arrows and be prepared to loose them all

When you've shot out the center of your target, lost all the arrows, and the limbs are about to fall off your cheap bow from riding in your truck, then get nice stuff

Start with a #45@28" bow it's gonna stack weight and pull #51-53 lbs at 30"

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