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Old 01-16-2019, 04:50 PM   #1
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I've been interested in traditional bow hunting for several years and after the success I've had to this season with my compound, it's time to up the challenge. I bought a #45 Bear Grizzly recurve this past summer, and from shooting it and reading online, I'm pretty sure it's too short for me. I have a 30.5" draw length and just ordered a 70" #30 Galaxy Black Ridge longbow to develop my form before getting something with more draw weight. My question is what spine arrows should I get for the #30 longbow with a 30" draw?

(Also I'm willing to part with that #45 Bear Grizzly for cheap, if anyone is interested)
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:19 PM   #2
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Did you order a 30# bow (which is most likely 30@28), or did you order a bow that is 30@30.5?

A 30@28 bow will be about 37# at 30.5Ē.

Either way, you will need light spine arrows, like .600 or maybe even .700 spine.

Good luck, and welcome to the fun side!!!

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Old 01-16-2019, 10:13 PM   #3
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Let me know a price on the grizz!

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Old 01-17-2019, 07:23 AM   #4
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It’s 30@28”. I have some arrows that are .350 spine. Will being over spined effect my shooting that much just for starting out?
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:55 AM   #5
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I'd personally worry about learning form vs getting too deep into tuning but some cheaper lighter spine arrows might help if the heavy ones are shooting inconsistently.

Tom Clum's "Solid Archery Mechanics" course would be an incredibly help investment of funds too!
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Old 01-22-2019, 07:20 AM   #6
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You shouldn't notice the stiff arrows for blank baling or short shots. It probably won't be pretty at twenty yards. Those are so stiff that the arrow may slam into the sight window. If so, you had better find a half dozen 600 spine arrows and at least be in the ball park of what is needed. Fine tuning can come later.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:00 AM   #7
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Just giving a follow up that I'm totally hooked on shooting traditional. I've been shooting every day since January and now using a 68" 45@28" PSE Sequoia longbow. Shooting .500 Black eagle vintage with 150 grain points. Major break through was switching from a glove to a Bateman 3 under tab. Shooting baseball sized groups out to 15 yards. working on 20. Ordered a Tradtech 21" Trident ilf Riser with recurve limbs that Lancaster is setting up to 64" 49@30". If anyone around southwest Houston or Victoria more experienced would like to shoot and give some pointers let me know. I'm willing to pay for lessons but not sure where to start.

Also, looking into getting a nice custom take down recurve, preferably one built in Texas. Will someone share a link with Sarrels pics and pricing? I can't find anything online with their purchasing information.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:06 AM   #8
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Good deal. It's addictive and expensive to be sure. Sounds like you're doing well. If you haven't been shooting the weekly challenges I'd encourage you to get involved. It's a fun way to keep track of where you are and maybe even some fun ways to practice.

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Old 04-24-2019, 02:08 PM   #9
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Congratulations on the switch and not giving up on it fun times ahead .
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:01 AM   #10
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Awesome CRC! Sounds like youre doing great!

Bob (Sarrels) likes to advertise on Facebook...I believe. He has told me he gets alot of sales through FB and subsequently focuses marketing there.
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:20 AM   #11
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Cooper, another fine Texas made bow is Bob Lee. They are in Jacksonville in E.TX. Back in the day, Bob Lee had Wing archery and produced a great line of bows. Bob is still involved in the business but it is mostly run by his son Rob and his son J.J. These guys will bend over backwards to help you out. They offer custom bows but have a number of in-stock bows on their website. They are not inexpensive but really are fine bows with outstanding looks in my opinion. I know Bob Sarrels makes a fine bow but I have not owned one of his but there are some real shooters who swear by his bows. Good luck on your new path.
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:40 AM   #12
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There are a lot of great bowyers right here in Texas! I own a half dz Sarrels bows, and have killed more critters with a Sarrels bow than all the others put together. If you need info on Bobís bows, give him a call at 512-940-3098 and set up a time to go visit his shop and shoot some of his bows.

Donít buy a bow based on what someone else thinks, or on looks!!! Go try the different bows yourself, and then pick the one that fits you best, and that you shoot best.

Sarrels Archery-Austin
Wagstaff Archery-San Antonio
Bob Lee Archery-Jacksonville
Dryad Bows-Weatherford
Navajo Bows-Henderson
Salado Bows-Salado

And, Iím sure there are others Iím not remembering right offhand!!!!!

The main point of my post is to get a bow that you like, and that fits you well.

One more thing, meet the other trad shooters in your area. Go to 3D shoots and find them. Then find someone to help and mentor you as you get started. Having a resource that has already been thru most of the pitfalls can really help shorten the learning and frustration curve!

Welcome to the fun side, and best of luck to you!!!!

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Old 04-26-2019, 09:40 AM   #13
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Thank you all for the helpful information. Does any Texas Bowyer make a recurve with a flat handle similar to a longbow? I really like the simple vertical grip on my PSE Sequoia.

Is there any trad shooters on here from Wharton County? Or a shoot near SW Houston or Victoria this weekend? If anyone would like to go stump shooting/hog hunting in exchange for some knowledge and tips on gap shooting, I'd be more than happy to take them.
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Don't know about Texas but Big Jim makes the Mountain Monarck and it has a longbow style grip.
Trying to talk Randy into building them . . .

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Old 04-26-2019, 04:05 PM   #15
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Don't know about Texas but Big Jim makes the Mountain Monarck and it has a longbow style grip.
Trying to talk Randy into building them . . .

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The Mountain Monarck looks nice, but that 14 month lead time does not.
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:05 PM   #16
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That just speaks to the quality of his bow.

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Old 04-26-2019, 05:10 PM   #17
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That said I'm not on his waiting list either.

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Old 04-27-2019, 09:06 PM   #18
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As a result of reading this thread, Daniel and I detoured through Jacksonville on our way to the Paris ASA Pro/Am. We thought we would stop by Bob Leeís place, check out a few bows, add to the wish list, and continue on our way. Nearly three hours later we left, with a significantly diminished tax return.
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:37 PM   #19
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Is there any trad shooters on here from Wharton County? Or a shoot near SW Houston or Victoria this weekend? If anyone would like to go stump shooting/hog hunting in exchange for some knowledge and tips on gap shooting, I'd be more than happy to take them.
If you were asking about this weekend, I saw this too late to matter. But you can get on the Tradition Bowhunters of Texas website and see a list of all their upcoming trad shoots. It's a great way to meet people and get shooting help if you want it.

I'd be willing to meet up and hunt hogs sometime. But I'm in Austin, and don't have a lease or anything, I just hunt public.
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:10 PM   #21
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Thank you all for the helpful information. Does any Texas Bowyer make a recurve with a flat handle similar to a longbow? I really like the simple vertical grip on my PSE Sequoia.

Is there any trad shooters on here from Wharton County? Or a shoot near SW Houston or Victoria this weekend? If anyone would like to go stump shooting/hog hunting in exchange for some knowledge and tips on gap shooting, I'd be more than happy to take them.
Golden Triangle just had their TBOT shoot yesterday. Wish I had seen this post earlier.

Chester is May 19th and 19th

Banana Bend has their TBOT shoot on June 8th

If you want to shoot and get to know a lot of Trad guys then you need to make these tournaments. Don't get discouraged with "how good you shoot" and don't let it discourage you from going to these tournaments! You will learn a ton by attending.
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