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"recreational" target shooting: longbow or recurve?

Discussion in 'Traditional Archery' started by French-guy, Aug 12, 2017 at 1:59 PM.

  1. French-guy

    French-guy

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    I'd like to get a bow and was thinking longbow
    Not planning to hunt, only "recreational" target shooting...
    I'm 6' tall.....and a beginner
    Which one would you recommend?
     
  2. stickbow shooter

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    There are a bunch of bows out there for you to try. Go with what feels best to you , not the salesperson. Don't start out with to much poundage, most people do. A bow in the 40 # range will be fine. Just shoot a bunch before you buy.
     

  3. French-guy

    French-guy

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    I'm in the Rochester Hills area....Where should I go?
     
  4. stickbow shooter

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    I don't know anywhere down there but Jays in Clare has a few. Are there any local archery clubs by you. If so there are always some trad guy's hanging around they might know. Look on other sites like Tradgang.com or Bowsite- Leatherwall. A local guy by you that lives in Fenton and makes beautiful bows , his name is Gregg Coffey. He makes Javaman bows. Gregg is a great bowyer and person.
     
  5. French-guy

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    I've read that an important rule is to not "over bow" yourself
    Whatever my physical shape, I should look for a 35 Lbs as a beginner....Is that correct?
    I was thinking about the SAS Pioneer?
    https://www.amazon.com/SAS-Pioneer-Traditional-Wood-Long/dp/B01B5CJGR4?th=1
    Or, being a beginner, should I look at something different (a recurve?)
    I want to keep my budget at $200 or less for the bow
    Thanks
     
  6. ltcnav

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    Just from my similar beginnings in Bow many years ago. Wanted to shoot bare bow(no sights), tried for a couple of years, was just no good. Could not hit the target. Discovered I was right handed and left eye dominant(cross dominant). Too old to learn to shoot left handed, had to resort to using sights, so eventually went compound(hunting). So, check out eye dominance.
     
  7. French-guy

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    My dominant eye is the right eye......
     
  8. stickbow shooter

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    Yep don't over bow yourself, 35 # is fine for starting out. A lot of guys like the Samick brand bows. They are cheap cost wise to higher end made bows. Cabelas sells them as does Three Rivers archery. As for which one longbow or recurve, that's up to you. Also Bear makes a longbow called the Montana which can be had for under $ 300 .
     
  9. French-guy

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    I was thinking the SAS Pioneer longbow....I like the look
    But there is also the Samick Sage, which is cheaper
    Another question: my daughter told me many times she wants to bow shoot. She is almost 14 years old, but on the tall side (5'5") and somehow athletic. Would a 35# be fine for her, or being a teenager, she needs something lighter (25# or 30#)?
    Thanks
     
  10. stickbow shooter

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    Everyone is different in that category. I would think 35# should be fine. The best thing is find somewhere you can shoot them both and decide from there.
     
  11. PERCHGILL

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    Mohr (spelling?) Archery on old Van Dyke around 22mile, (Shelby Twp?) stocks Samicks and a few long bows. They have a range there also.