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    • kent68
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      Hi, I’m new to this forum. I made my first oak longbow, cloth backed 48# at 28″ and it shooting 125 fps. Is this ok to hunt deer with out to about 20 yards? If I can keep a good group at 20 yards. or should I build another? thanks

    • kellydockter
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      with a sharp broad head in the heart/lungs it will be fine. but the key is a good shot – take your time.

    • kellydockter
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      😀

    • lyagooshka
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      Ditto on what kellydockter said. Remember, you can kill am elephant with a .22LR, as long as the shot is good. Make sure your broadheads are razor sharp and make sure you put the arrow in a good spot. Beyond that, look at another thread on the forum about hunting with a 40# LB:

      https://www.tradbow.com/members/cfmbb/messages.cfm?threadid=4DDC1F39-1422-1DE9-ED3AED38E383AE24

      It’s been done, people are doing it. Only you can tell if you are up to making a clean, ethical kill. Hunt safe. Be well.

      Alex

      😀

    • kent68
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      Thanks, i”ll put some more time in at the range and start hunting. 🙂

    • kent68
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      oh, any advice on broadhead? thanks

    • kellydockter
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      simmons sharks have done right by me. 165 or 175 grain should work for you. check them out on web and see what you think.

    • Dan Sweeney
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      Home made longbows are all I use anymore. Or, I should say, so predominantly my main bow style that it’s essentially all I use. Wood bows. You’ll be fine. Use XXX brand very sharp broadhead and put it in the right spot. A little faster would be good but not necessary. As you get more experienced building bows, you’ll be able to get the straight longbows up to around 140fps or so, but it’s not completely necessary.

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