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    • Jay
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      I have shot with training wheels for several years. I have become somewhat bored with this. I would like experienced archers opinions on what would make a good long bow to start with. I shoot 69# with wheels. I like to hunt everything from frogs to deer!

    • Ripforce
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      I just started shooting trad 2 years ago,and switched to longbows last winter! I like 50lb Longbows I draw almost 30in kinda a good overall weight for me, there are also other factors to consider on Longbows such as straight limbed D style types or the Reflex/Deflex Style Longbows! My advice would be to find Trad event or a bow shop and shoot a few of them if that is possible and then make your decision!

    • Jay
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      ripforce wrote: I just started shooting trad 2 years ago,and switched to longbows last winter! I like 50lb Longbows I draw almost 30in kinda a good overall weight for me, there are also other factors to consider on Longbows such as straight limbed D style types or the Reflex/Deflex Style Longbows! My advice would be to find Trad event or a bow shop and shoot a few of them if that is possible and then make your decision!

      Did you find the longbow easier than the recurve? Are you familiar with the Bear Montana?

    • Ripforce
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      I wouldn’t say easier persay, I shot a recurve real well! the longbow just feels better in my hand, I just never liked the bigger riser on a recurve, mine were take downs! The one thing that you will notice right away is the Longbows can be a lot more jumpy or handshocky especially the D style types! The reflex/deflex longbows virtually have no handshock! As to whats easier you will find everyone has an opine on that subject, for me it was a natural switch and now longbows is all I own! Never heard anything bad about the Montana longbow it has a good following, ask on the the forums for feedback lots people shoot that bow!

    • Trent
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      I would also recommend going to a trad shoot and shooting different ones.

    • LimbLover
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      I would start with something in the 50lb range. I would tell you to shoot whatever you can get your hands on – but I just jumped in without looking. lol

      Thought longbows would be a “fun excursion from my recurve”.

      I haven’t shot a recurve since.

    • stefan 1984
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      hey bunnybuster.

      a good bow for starting is the montana. i`ve startet too with this bow. its easy to hold in place . you find fast the right way tho shoot. the tuning is simply to do by your self. its not the fastest bow, but its verry easy to handle and its a bear!!!. when you buy it used, look that the owner has ca. the same drawlenght as you, and not much longer. draw wight i think ca. 50# its enaugh, or less. i have shoot 80# with my compounds and i startet with 60 with my longbows and it was lot to much for learn the handle with a traditional longbow.
      have funn greetz steff

    • Jay
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      I picked up a Buck Creek recurve by Gary Nease. it is a laminate takedown. 39# at 28 inches. I took it to the woods today stump and sparrow shooting. I am forever hooked on the stick and string now. It was a delight to see how the cant of the bow and how the hand was released effected the arrow. I was shooting tradtional carbon 5575 flu-flu with 100 gn judo’s. I was just as happy shooting at bluegrass stems from 15 yards as I am shooting anything with my compound. I think I am gonna be an addict 🙁

    • stefan 1984
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      nice to hear 😀
      i was stumping too, with my best friends…. its one of these things thats bring a big fat smyle in your face 😉
      good luck with your new bow and welcome to the traditional way of life.. 8)

    • Frank H V
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      Stump Thumper, welcome. One thing I’d suggest is just coming from a compound, don’t pick a bow that’s too heavy. A 69lb compound is way different than a 69lb trad. bow. I’d start at 50lbs & work up. When I went from a compound to a recurve I started with a Martin X200 @ 50lbs. It felt pretty heavy for awhile, but I got used to it after several months of shooting. A 50 lb bow will take almost every game animal anyway. I’d start there. Let us know how you do.
      Frank

    • Jay
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      I picked up a laminate maple takedown 39# at 28″ Frank. I love it it light enough I can shoot allot and work on my form without fatigue. Once I learn the basics, tuning and such I will spend the money on a 55# or better. This little bow is awsome in the woods after rabbits and stumps.:P

    • Frank H V
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      Stump Thumper wrote: I picked up a laminate maple takedown 39# at 28″ Frank. I love it it light enough I can shoot allot and work on my form without fatigue. Once I learn the basics, tuning and such I will spend the money on a 55# or better. This little bow is awsome in the woods after rabbits and stumps.:P

      Stump Thumper, that’s great I know you are going to love it. Starting a little low is a really good idea. You can develop form as you said, & confidence. You’ll start hitting way sooner with a lower poundage bow & everyone wants to hit. It’s fun, then you shoot more because it’s fun hitting what you shoot at. Then later you go up in poundage & still hit what you shoot at. It’s a fun sport!
      Keep us informed about how you are doing. Did you get a longbow or recurve? Sounds like you are on your way, & the 39lb bow will take small game reliably, it’ll be fun!
      Good shooting!
      Frank

    • Jay
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      Frank, it is a recurve that is made by Gary Nease. The only information I could find about this maker was he was 13 in the IBO world in 2004 for trad class 3d. His name pops up on allot of trad score cards out of Virginia. I dont know anything else about it other than it appears to be maple and black glass. Its a very fine crafted bow, just wish I could find the guy that made it.:(

    • Frank H V
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      Stump Thumper, sounds like a nice bow. It won’t take long & you’ll get it all set up & running. They are fun to shoot & you’ll be surprised just how quickly you catch on.
      Good shooting.
      Frank

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