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    • handirifle
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      I am not an entry level archer, at least in some ways. Some days my shooting seems like I am, but have been shooting for 50+ years. That said, being on fixed income funds are tighter than they used to be.

      I have a single shot target rifle I am probably going to sell to fund this (not advertising just mentioning where the money is coming from) and I hope for about $300-400 to spend (hope is the key word here).

      So I am wondering about recommendations from you folks for something in that $$$ range. I am looking for a takedown recurve, left hand, 55lb draw weight at 28″. My draw is more like 27, but the bows I am used to are 55 at 28, so there ya go.

      Would like bows that are noted for smooth draw and quiet. Speed is a plus but not first priority.

      Suggestions? All answers appreciated.

    • RalphRalph
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      I have a Samick Sage, which is a take down recurve, that with a fastflite is a sweet shooting bow and cost less than $150 delivered to the door. I get compliments on the quietness of it and the speed of it. It comes with a Dacron string but the fastflite string made it shoot like an entirely different bow.

      My 2¢, Ralph

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      While I’ve never owned a Sage, it sounds like you can’t go wrong with them for the money, by all accounts.

      You might also want to check out the used bow inventory at RMSP. Sometimes there are some gems on there within the price range you mention:

      https://www.rmsgear.com/bowshop_inventory.html

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      Ralph beat me to it. The Samick Sage is a great bow for the money, although the factory string leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, for less than $20 you can buy a better one.

    • handirifle
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      Thanks.

      This echo’s what I have heard from a few others as well. I have considered the Sage, but wonder how well it does shooting off the shelf? That is my preferred style, although a raised rest would allow the use of vanes, but that is really only a minor consideration. Especially considering where I hunt it seldom rains anyway. 😀

      I did find a site that sells what seems to be all of Samicks line, and they have, for the money, some fairly impressive bows, and quite a few are definitely meant for shelf shooting.

    • handirifle
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      One more question. I have small to medium sized hands, how well would the Sage riser work in this case?

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Handi, I have a bear hair rest and leather strike plate on my Sage and it shoots just fine. The advice re a fastflight string is spot on. A couple of silencers on there and she’ll be sweet.

      Jim

    • handirifle
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      Thanks for the “sage” advice. 😀 How about the grip size, would it be too big for a small to med handed shooter?

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      I don’t think so. My wife has one too and she’s never complained the grip was too big.

    • handirifle
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      Great, thanks.

    • RalphRalph
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      Shoots off the shelf great. It’s the only way I shoot anything. I use the soft side of Velcro with a piece of a small zip tie (longer lasting than a piece of wood) underneath it for the arrow rest and side plate also. The side plate I just cut big enough to cover the elevated rest hole just cause it looks better to me.

      Just for the heck of it I tried one of the bow quivers that screw into the pre-drilled holes. That was about as awkward as trying to get your keys outta your right side pocket with your left hand. A no no for me big time.

      The grip is good. I have an old ’72’ model Bear Griz and the grips are similar. I have an old Martin X200 and that bow has a grip to fit one of those guys that can palm a basketball.

    • handirifle
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      R2 wrote: Shoots off the shelf great. It’s the only way I shoot anything. I use the soft side of Velcro with a piece of a small zip tie (longer lasting than a piece of wood) underneath it for the arrow rest and side plate also. The side plate I just cut big enough to cover the elevated rest hole just cause it looks better to me.

      Just for the heck of it I tried one of the bow quivers that screw into the pre-drilled holes. That was about as awkward as trying to get your keys outta your right side pocket with your left hand. A no no for me big time.

      The grip is good. I have an old ’72’ model Bear Griz and the grips are similar. I have an old Martin X200 and that bow has a grip to fit one of those guys that can palm a basketball.

      Yea I had an x200 a long time ago also. I could never shoot that bow well. The grip was probably the cause now that I think of it. My other Martin bow was the same way. Bow makers up in WA must have big hands :D.

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