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    • Stephen Graf
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      I’ve been thinking about these bows with a straight riser and handle that lead into straight limbs that are recurved at the end. They seem to have the best of both worlds. I have heard them referred to as long-curves.

      I like the straight handle. I like the way the straight limbs bend with the recurve at the end.

      but alas, I have never even held one in my hands.

      Anyone out there have one or shoot one or made one? I’d like to make one, but I’d like some experience with one first…

      Question is: Are they really the best of both worlds?

    • Kegan
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      Answer: Not at all. At least not the ones I made.

      I made a few after I got into recurving my selfbows. Selfbows are a bit slower, but are physcially heavier- and even then the bow was so hard to shoot that I gave all of the ones I’d tried to make away in disgust. Most recurves these days have deflex, which makes them much more shooter friendly, as well as the heavier risers.

      Now, I have a friend who took the lightest one, which was only 35-40# and 68″ long (my first try), and he could shoot it without issue out to about 20 yards. The rest were all above 55# and about 62-66″ long. They were fast for sure, but they sure were hard to be accurate with!

    • Stephen Graf
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      I’m thinking more along the lines of the bows that Bear made. Fiberglass backed with a working reflex.

      I believe the Mustang bow that Glen St. Charles made was like this as well, and was probably the first…

    • Kegan
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      The only difference between those bows was that mine didn’t have fiberglass and their shelves were flatter. Actually, I based my last one OFF of a photo of a 50’s Bear.

      There are some of them still around, I’m sure you could find someone who’d let you try one to see how you like it. I didn’t spend anything on making mine besides time, but I certainly didn’t like them. Too light and unstable for me. I guess that’s why Bear keot experimenting with design rather than just stopping there:)

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