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Old 04-28-2021, 11:11 PM   #1
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Just curious if anyone here is dedicated to ASL or Hill style longbows? Not just own one, but has completely dedicated to the whole concept and shooting form etc.

Iíve only been shooting Trad for about 7 years now (canít believe itís been that long) but in the last year have really taken to the ASL style of bows and hill style of shooting.

I donít see much talk about them here so I figured Iíd see what the response was.


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Old 04-29-2021, 05:51 AM   #2
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This is new to me, I was always under the impression that those styles were one in the same. I think I've heard it mentioned that the ASL being tied to that style longbow was from Howard Hill's "competition" not wanting his name associated with a style of bow.

BUT I am no expert on the matter, and do not shoot that style of bow

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Old 04-29-2021, 07:32 AM   #3
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I donít have good enough dental insurance to shoot an ASL!!!!!



Seriously, I hate the grips on ASLís. Itís like holding a rounded off 2x4. And the hand shock, well, see my comment above!

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Old 04-29-2021, 08:07 AM   #4
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I donít have good enough dental insurance to shoot an ASL!!!!!



Seriously, I hate the grips on ASLís. Itís like holding a rounded off 2x4. And the hand shock, well, see my comment above!

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This has been my very limited experience (shot two of them) as well. Both bows were high poundage however it was back when I was much stronger.

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Old 04-30-2021, 08:53 AM   #5
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I donít have good enough dental insurance to shoot an ASL!!!!!



Seriously, I hate the grips on ASLís. Itís like holding a rounded off 2x4. And the hand shock, well, see my comment above!

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Thatís odd... I have shot a lot of Trad bows, not near as many as you Iím sure, but this JD Berry Northstar I have is one of the quietest, dead in hand bows I feel like Iíve shot. Same with a Northern Mist American I owned. But of course now that Iíve been shooting them for a while I could be a little used to them. Iíd like to pick up a nice R/D bow design and shoot next to each other. I will say one that stands out to me is a 3pc Thunderhorn Hearstopper.

For sure to each their own on grip. I really prefer a straight grip now, for whatever reason for me itís just easier to repeat which I know is odd. They are made with locator grips as well.


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Old 04-30-2021, 08:54 AM   #6
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This is new to me, I was always under the impression that those styles were one in the same. I think I've heard it mentioned that the ASL being tied to that style longbow was from Howard Hill's "competition" not wanting his name associated with a style of bow.

BUT I am no expert on the matter, and do not shoot that style of bow

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My post was a little confusing. I didnít mean one or the other, more of a synonym.


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Old 05-01-2021, 05:17 PM   #7
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I guess I am an oddball around here... I mainly shot ASLs over the past 20 years and truly their feel and grace. Not the most practical bows (66" to 68") to hunt out of blinds, but they tend to be very quiet on release. I transitioned to a mild R/D 62" longbow since moving back to Texas. Still loving a straight grip though.
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