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Old 07-25-07, 08:44 AM
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Any Archers?

I am thinking about getting back into competitve archery. I haven't shot in about 20 years, but I used to be pretty good (6 arrows in 3 inch groups at 40yds with no sights). I think it would be a good way to redevelop my concentration and just to spend some time outdoors.

Looking at some PSE recurves to get started. I just don't know if $180 recurve is that good now days.
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Never had the skill....but it always fascinated me. Post some pics if you get a chance.
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Used to go to some 3D meets. Was fun until I pulled the hell out of my shoulder and had to give it up. I had a PSE compound but can't remember the model.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
I am thinking about getting back into competitve archery. I haven't shot in about 20 years, but I used to be pretty good (6 arrows in 3 inch groups at 40yds with no sights). I think it would be a good way to redevelop my concentration and just to spend some time outdoors.

Looking at some PSE recurves to get started. I just don't know if $180 recurve is that good now days.
$180 for a competitive recurve isn't going to get you much these days. Though, Hoyt still makes their Gold Medalist which is the best bargain for a riser out there. $250 for a new GM riser. If you don't mind used you can usually find pretty good deals on used Gold Medalists. Limbs have gotten crazy $$ in the last few years. You can find new recurves in your price range but the risers won't have ILF, International Limb Fittings, if that is an issue for you. Do you have any good clubs in your area?

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Old 07-25-07, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Chad's Colnago View Post
$180 for a competitive recurve isn't going to get you much these days. Though, Hoyt still makes their Gold Medalist which is the best bargain for a riser out there. $250 for a new GM riser. If you don't mind used you can usually find pretty good deals on used Gold Medalists. Limbs have gotten crazy $$ in the last few years. You can find new recurves in your price range but the risers won't have ILF, International Limb Fittings, if that is an issue for you. Do you have any good clubs in your area?
Thanks for the info. I haven't looked into any clubs in the area yet. There are several WMA (wildlife management areas) that have archery ranges within a 1 1/2 hour drive. Also, my backyard is big enough to set up a 25-35 yard range to get back into this. I'll check into the Hoyt GM, it sounds like what I'm looking for.

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Old 07-25-07, 10:10 AM
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I have a 40 lb. take down recurve I bought for 200$ It's decent, but arcs so much it's hard to be accurate. I can post up a pic if you'd like. I really don't shoot anymore though.
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What kind of recurve? i'd be willing to buy it off you if I knew who made it.



I just picked up a Damon Howatt for $100 last night.
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Old 07-25-07, 10:21 AM
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Man, I need to pull my old PSE out of storage and go to the range.

I remember I was in an archery class in college and these 3-4 guys also had compund bows but they used trigger releases while I still used a finger tab. Whenever we had comptetitions I'd only be a couple points off their scores. And I used hunting arrows to their thin comp arrows. hehe!

I also was honored to be told by a local Archery shop owner that my release was very smooth and that I should try a recurve. I never followed up on it but I'd still like to get out there and try a recurve one day.
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It says Samick Predator on it.

(I had to look)
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I used to hunt with a recurve in New Jersey, never got anything but wet.
Our club would have some friendly competition and I placed in the top of the bottom third. LOL

My bow was made by the same company that makes bowling balls, forget the name.

Great sport though.
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Old 07-26-07, 11:56 AM
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I used to shoot a compound (finger tab FTW Gee3!!) 10+ years ago. I still have it buried somewhere around, I'm sure it's too small for me now though.

Modo, let us know what you end up getting!
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I wish I could be.

The only time I've ever shot a bow was in gym class, but I was pretty good at it.
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Old 07-26-07, 12:25 PM
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I got this one from Grozer Archer (through ebay). Its sweet:

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I've been thinking of getting into crossbows, for something different, although a nice compound bow is always fun to shoot.
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I got this one from Grozer Archer (through ebay). Its sweet:


One of my local bow shops had a couple of bows like this. Hungarian horse bow, I think. I really like the draw. If I was into traditional that's probably what I'd get.
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Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
I've been thinking of getting into crossbows, for something different, although a nice compound bow is always fun to shoot.
If you get a compound with a release, you might as well get a crossbow.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
I am thinking about getting back into competitve archery. I haven't shot in about 20 years, but I used to be pretty good (6 arrows in 3 inch groups at 40yds with no sights). I think it would be a good way to redevelop my concentration and just to spend some time outdoors.

Looking at some PSE recurves to get started. I just don't know if $180 recurve is that good now days.

Have not shot my bows in 20 years. Used to be pretty good at the range in the yard and in the basement. But no good when a deer was in sight! I had 2 identical Dartons. Identical to the point I did not know which one I liked best. Always shot Easton arrows. My Brother and I would have matches between ourselves and that got to be pretty boring. So we started shooting squirrels in the top of trees with flu flu's. [arrows w/ large fletching to control distance] Never did hit any squirrels but my brother did get one in the whole time we were doing that. We then started shooting broadheads into conveyor belt material to simulate the type of broadheads shooting that comes w/ deer hunting. Broadheads flew different than practice arrows. Even though our intent was deer hunting, we had more fun competing among ourselves. We would also challenge these "Good Ole' Boys' down here in Fl. during deer season at the camps and would always come away the winners! Put a beer can pull tab and put an arrow in the middle! Tough.
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Originally Posted by Falkon View Post
If you get a compound with a release, you might as well get a crossbow.
What?

I'd like to see you hold a 65 lb with a 20 drop off for a half hour. Check out if you can even use a crossbow legally where you live. Most ranges won't let you shoot it and you can't hunt with it here.
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Being as I have all these cool tropical woods - I am very interested in making my own bows. Lots of great woods, elastic but tough. The great thing about tropical woods is they are very consistant.

The indigenous people down here used to make bows out of the Pejibaye, sort of like a palm. Very tough, elastic wood. Amazing stuff. Already the right thickness too. Would make a great long bow.

I used to pull about 70 lbs - still can but it is harder.
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I used to shoot at at a league with a 70 lb Hoyt. But I grew out of that bow at about 16, then got some guns. I should get a new bow sometime. I've got a recurve, but it's only 35 pounds.

As for crazy heavy poundage, I once saw a guy with a custom built 180 pound Mathews.
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Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
Being as I have all these cool tropical woods - I am very interested in making my own bows. Lots of great woods, elastic but tough. The great thing about tropical woods is they are very consistant.

The indigenous people down here used to make bows out of the Pejibaye, sort of like a palm. Very tough, elastic wood. Amazing stuff. Already the right thickness too. Would make a great long bow.

I used to pull about 70 lbs - still can but it is harder.
Bows usually aren't made with just wood. Ancient bows used much more materials such as sinew and horn and the really good ones took a year to make and cure. Dunno how effective (long lasting) a pure wood bow would be though so it might be a good experiment...
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I used to shoot at at a league with a 70 lb Hoyt. But I grew out of that bow at about 16, then got some guns. I should get a new bow sometime. I've got a recurve, but it's only 35 pounds.

As for crazy heavy poundage, I once saw a guy with a custom built 180 pound Mathews.
I think you pay for it with your joints.
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I think you pay for it with your joints.
You must. This guy only did like 20 shots before going to his 120 pound bow.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
I am thinking about getting back into competitve archery. I haven't shot in about 20 years, but I used to be pretty good (6 arrows in 3 inch groups at 40yds with no sights). I think it would be a good way to redevelop my concentration and just to spend some time outdoors.

Looking at some PSE recurves to get started. I just don't know if $180 recurve is that good now days.
I haven't shot recurve much, or long bow. I've got an old 50 lb. draw long bow that belonged to my grandfather but I've never shot.

I do own a Browning Ballistic Mirage set at around 70 lbs. I got a good deal on it, but like bikes, it's only a good deal if it fits properly, and it's just a tad too long of a draw for me. It shoots sweet though. I've shot some low level local tournaments, and grew up with Kenny Norris. He, his brother, his father, niece, nephew, and brother-in-law, have all competitive nationally with at least a couple of them winning National Championships in different catagories.

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Originally Posted by Gee3 View Post
And I used hunting arrows to their thin comp arrows. hehe!
Arrow choice is very subjective. I've seen some competitors shoot very low diameter arrows, which shoot fast and flat. Others will shoot larger diameter arrows because they punch a bigger hole. In archery, if it breaks the line between rings, you get the higher score. That means that from the center of the arrow, with a larger diameter shaft, you get a better chance of getting the next point.

The spline still ahs to be matched to the bow, but that can be done with several different choices.
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