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    • wTk
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      I have been asked to shoot a buffalo for a friend. They are planning to butcher it and in the past they have had trouble with the police for shooting a gun to put them down. The pens are at the edge of the city limits so they wanted to know if I would use my bow to kill it. I know this isn’t a hunt but before accepting their offer I want to be sure I can make a clean kill. I’d be using 28 1/2″ carbons with a 200 gr internal footing and a 150 gr magnus 1 with a 100 gr steel insert. This gives me a FOC of over 30% and an arrow weight of 675gr. I’d be shooting that out of my 55# longbow. So do you think that is an acceptable setup.

    • Ireland
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      wTk wrote: I have been asked to shoot a buffalo for a friend. They are planning to butcher it and in the past they have had trouble with the police for shooting a gun to put them down. The pens are at the edge of the city limits so they wanted to know if I would use my bow to kill it. I know this isn’t a hunt but before accepting their offer I want to be sure I can make a clean kill. I’d be using 28 1/2″ carbons with a 200 gr internal footing and a 150 gr magnus 1 with a 100 gr steel insert. This gives me a FOC of over 30% and an arrow weight of 675gr. I’d be shooting that out of my 55# longbow. So do you think that is an acceptable setup.

      Perfect set-up…go for it

      Ireland

    • Ed Ashby
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      wTk wrote: I have been asked to shoot a buffalo for a friend. They are planning to butcher it and in the past they have had trouble with the police for shooting a gun to put them down. The pens are at the edge of the city limits so they wanted to know if I would use my bow to kill it. I know this isn’t a hunt but before accepting their offer I want to be sure I can make a clean kill. I’d be using 28 1/2″ carbons with a 200 gr internal footing and a 150 gr magnus 1 with a 100 gr steel insert. This gives me a FOC of over 30% and an arrow weight of 675gr. I’d be shooting that out of my 55# longbow. So do you think that is an acceptable setup.

      wTk,
      If your arrow flight is well tuned and the broadhead truly sharp you are good to go! I’d recommend you ‘Tanto tip’ the Magnus I. The factory profile ‘needle tip’ bends pretty easily; should you hit a rib dead center or with a glancing impact. Bison (as opposed to true buffalo) have ‘open ribs’ (spaces between the ribs), and the ribs do not overlap as they do in members of the true buffalo family, and the ribs themselves are significantly thinner than those of an Asian or Cape buffalo.

      Looking forward to hearing how well your setup performs on bison!

      Ed

    • wTk
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      Good to hear from you Ed. I tanto tipped the magnus heads for elk hunting but I think I will replace them with 160gr grizzly el grandes. I had the bow at 65# for elk but I shot a 3D shoot this summer and realized I couldn’t shoot 50 shots with it and hold up my accuracy. So I took it down to 55#. I should have just built a new bow for 3D. I’ve downloaded your report sheets so hopefully it works out that I can follow along with the butchering to take pictures and notes.
      Have a peaceful holiday.
      Galen

    • Ed Ashby
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      Good to hear from you Galen. My preference would be for the heavier El Grande. The lighter (slightly thinner) one bends occassionally, but no more frequently than does the Magnus I. I’ve never bent one of the bigger, thicker El Grandies on any tissues, but have broken a couple on rocks and snapped the tip on a couple trying to get them back out of a heavy bone.

      You have a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Go get that Bison!

      Ed

    • wTk
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      Finally have an arrow setup that should work great. Its a 28 1/2″ Vapor 2000 shaft with a 4.75″ 200 gr IF, a 1″ 2117 external footing, and a 250gr Tusker Concorde left single bevel broadhead. This gives it a 32.46% FOC and a total weight of 695gr. They hit like an Abrams tank. 😀

    • sapcut
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      Is the Vapor 2000 not already weak for 55 lbs? I thought it was spined for 35-45 lbs. Learn me something here.:?

    • wTk
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      sapcut wrote: Is the Vapor 2000 not already weak for 55 lbs? I thought it was spined for 35-45 lbs. Learn me something here.:?

      The internal footing I use is 8-32 redi bolt covered with hard plastic tubing and is 4.75″ long. I weighs 200 gr but it effectively shortens the flexable portion of the shaft which gives is a stiffer dynamic spine. It’s almost like shooting a 23.75″ shaft. These even fly great out of my 65lb hard cam compound.

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