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Old 12-07-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
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Looking at a take down bow. Not opposed to a one piece either. Around $300 and good enough to hunt hog and deer.

I've a compound now. An old Bear. 70 pounds, turned way down from when I used to bow fish a little.

What's some good brands? Any to avoid? What do I look for, in general?

My old bear has been used and abused and still shoots. Samick gets good reviews.

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At that price range, you might want to hit some of the traditional bow forums and look for something used.
I think a black widow one piece would cost three to four times that, a wes wallace costs about twice what you are looking at spending.
I do love my wes wallace longbow!

3 rivers has a bear for about your price.
http://www.3riversarchery.com/Bear+5..._baseitem.html

Sites like stickbow.com have classified sections and you might find a great deal on someone else's used bow.

Welcome to traditional archery!! You will enjoy loosing those training wheels on your old bow.

When shopping in that price range, any of the bigger old brands like bear or howard hill archery would be very good bows. I'm not sure if howard hill makes recurves or if it's just longbows they sell. You would have to check that out.

You might see if there is a traditional archery club in your area.
You can learn a bit from them, you might find a good used bow and if they do a shoot you can probably have a chance to shoot one or two and learn what you like more. Who knows, you might discover that longbows are way cooler!

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Compound or death hahaha.

I do love running into traditional bow hunters in the woods. They look awesome like right out of a wilderness novel.

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Odd. I started out with a recurve when I was a kid. never managed to get interested in bowhunting for deer.

But my dad mounted an open face reel on it and took it out bowfishing with a friend. That always seemed interesting. Bow still has the screw holes. They went out after suckers swimming up the nearby crick.

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Thanks.

I was surprised to see how much recurve bows cost. I figured the prices I see for production bows would be for custom jobs.

There's a place not too far that has bows to try. I've read it's a bit different without the "training wheels" (lol).

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Like I said, if you can find a traditional club you should contact them.
I think the back of traditional bowhunter magazine has a listing of clubs.

Recurve and longbow are both fun, but you shoot them different. Getting to shoot a couple would be good before plunking down the cash.
Remember, there's no letoff so you probably want a lighter bow than your wheelie bow.
70 pounds is no longer a point you hit during draw, but it's at full draw.

Pulling a few bows would help with figuring that out for you.
Also, the draw weight is on the bow, but so is the length of pull you hit that weight at. If you're length of pull is longer or shorter, your draw weight will be more or less.

Not getting a bow that's too heavy is key to shooting well with a traditional bow.

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I'm gonna be 'that guy' that hijacks a thread. You guys may have inspired a gift idea for my GF, for some reason i think she would enjoy a bow.

Since i honestly have no idea, and i'm a cheap individual overall, would something like this be an acceptable starter-backyard shooter for a gal who's never done it before.

http://www.amazon.com/Crosman-Elkhor...s=compound+bow

the "jr" in the title and all the reviews stating they got it for their kids is making me shy away from it. Thoughts?

PS, my backyard is only like 30 feet long, something tells me this is a bad idea but she'd enjoy it.

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I'm gonna be 'that guy' that hijacks a thread. You guys may have inspired a gift idea for my GF, for some reason i think she would enjoy a bow.

Since i honestly have no idea, and i'm a cheap individual overall, would something like this be an acceptable starter-backyard shooter for a gal who's never done it before.

http://www.amazon.com/Crosman-Elkhor...s=compound+bow

the "jr" in the title and all the reviews stating they got it for their kids is making me shy away from it. Thoughts?

PS, my backyard is only like 30 feet long, something tells me this is a bad idea but she'd enjoy it.
Do a search for a Martin bow. It will be a good bow and it will be a real bow.

The one you have listed is a kids bow. "looks like dads" is what it says. More of a cool toy that requires adult supervision. Draw length might be a problem with that one. Draw weight might be a bit light.

There are a ton of them out there but Martin is the cheapest that I can think of that anyone would call a real bow.
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They sure go up in price quickly, lol

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