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Old 06-18-2014, 12:17 AM   #1
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I'm going to get myself a recurve or longbow for my birthday, and wanted to know the pros of having a few more pounds of draw weight. I'm new to the trad game, and have had fun shooting my brothers 40# recurve. I know I want more than 40, but don't know if I should just make the jump up to 50 or keep it around 45 for starters
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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If you are pulling the 40 pretty easy you might be able to handle 50; however, I will add, you definitely don't want to over bow yourself when you get started. You want something you can pull comfortably so you can work on form, etc.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:52 AM   #3
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I would stick with a 40 - 45#, at your draw length, and I personally would lean toward the 40#. You can easily hunt pigs or deer with that weight and it will be a lot easier to develop good shooting habits.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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#5 may not sound like much but it's over 10% more than you've been shooting, and can be the difference between a few comfortable shots before form starts to collapse and being able to shoot comfortably all day. If you go up #10 that's over 20% increase...

As said above, aside from the BIG shielded hogs there's nothing in TX you couldn't kill with #45, a well tuned arrow and a sharp broadhead.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:37 AM   #5
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If you are pretty sure you are going to stick with it, consider a take down or an ILF for your first bow. You can get two sets of limbs.

I have been shooting 40's but will switch to 50's in Aug thru the hunting season.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:51 AM   #6
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Learn how to shoot on a lower 40s bow. If you get hooked move up from there.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:59 AM   #7
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My first traditional bow was 70#. It sucked. I regularly shoot my 55#, but I enjoy shooting the 40 and 45# more. I think 45# is a great poundage for me.

Before you buy the new bow, see if you can shoot both poundages. You may make up your own mind.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:20 AM   #8
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The only performance advantage of the heavier weight is that it will cast heavier arrows. Shoot as many different bows as you can before choosing.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:38 AM   #9
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A 10# jump in draw weight is a HUGE move, even for an experienced person. If you are new to trad, I would not advise more than a 5# jump at one time. It is also dependent on your draw length. Most bows are marked at 28", and if your DL is longer or shorter than that, then what is written on the bow is not what you are actually shooting.


I am also a believer that anyone should hunt with as much draw weight as they can shoot well.


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Old 06-18-2014, 09:29 AM   #10
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I'm going to go with a 45# recurve takedown, that is once I get a chance to shoot a few different models
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:49 AM   #11
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47-48 # at your draw will get the job done on everything in Tx. And most other places too.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:09 AM   #12
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Ok, next question. What total arrow weight should I be shooting for with a 45# at 28" in order to stick some pigs and eventually deer?
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:18 AM   #13
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9-10 gr of arrow weight per lb of draw weight.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:19 AM   #14
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500-600 grains will also get the job done. Speed is not everything.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:45 AM   #15
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I don't know all your specs....like how far you draw the bow and what arrow weight you shoot but I will tell you mine. I shoot 45# @ 31.5" in both longbow and recurve. My arrows weigh 725gr and I both hunt and shoot 3D with that weight. People think my arrows should fly very slowly at that weight, but they don't arch too much out to 30yds. They will blow through a deer like he isn't there. I use 200gr Ace Super Express BHs with a 43gr screw in insert on a full length 2315 Easton shaft (34.5"). 45# is plenty weight to get the job done.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:59 AM   #16
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I'm going to get myself a recurve or longbow for my birthday, and wanted to know the pros of having a few more pounds of draw weight. I'm new to the trad game, and have had fun shooting my brothers 40# recurve. I know I want more than 40, but don't know if I should just make the jump up to 50 or keep it around 45 for starters

I'm up in Richmond, I have a 54lb recurve that you could try, I also have a 48lb longbow, that way you could see.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:10 AM   #17
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definitely a brand new game shooting traditional...
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:10 AM   #18
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Do not overbow yourself. A good starter bow like the Sage at 40-45# is good to start. You can order hevier limbs later.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:03 PM   #19
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I shot a 40# bow almost daily for 9 months before going up to 50#. It took at least a month before I could comfortably keep the same form with the heavier bow. Back in Feburary I bought a 55# and I was surprised how long it took to get used to just an extra 5 pounds. 55# is where it stops for me - I can shoot it easily now but I think it would be diminishing returns if I went up from there.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:57 PM   #20
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I'm up in Richmond, I have a 54lb recurve that you could try, I also have a 48lb longbow, that way you could see.
I may have to take you up on that one weekend.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:06 PM   #21
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Go with a samick sage takedown, you can get whatever limbs you want as you progress, decent bows, don't break the bank and look good to.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:23 PM   #22
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I'd pick up a used 35lb recurve to learn with first, then get a hunting bow weight after you've learned to shoot a recurve. Over bowing starting out will give you a lot of problems. jmo
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:14 PM   #23
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I may have to take you up on that one weekend.
Please do, that way you can kind of see the differences.
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:17 AM   #24
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I'd pick up a used 35lb recurve to learn with first, then get a hunting bow weight after you've learned to shoot a recurve. Over bowing starting out will give you a lot of problems. jmo
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:42 PM   #25
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I would go with a #45 if not a little less. I have killed hogs with my 46@27 and never thought I was pushing it.

I started at #35 then to 50 then to 70 then 55 to 52 to 46 and now looking for a good low 40s bow. The lighter the bow the happier I am and the better I shoot! I enjoy shooting too.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:20 PM   #26
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I'd go 50.

I think the "overbowed" crowd is typical of, well, just typical.

If it's a little heavy when you get it, work into it!

Start with quarter-draws, half-draws. Just play with it; get the feel of it.

Get the "want-to" to master it!

Use a lighter bow or theraband to do 3 sets of 15 draws.

It ain't nothin' but a thang.

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Old 06-26-2014, 11:24 PM   #27
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45 pound all around weight ,target and hunt .
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Old 07-01-2014, 03:21 AM   #28
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:25 AM   #29
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Mr. Menace....didnt ya just build yourself a bow?? what happened?
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