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    • lyagooshka
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      Hello all,

      I am looking for something comparable to the Robertson Stykbow Raven Styk Take-Down Hybrid but for about half the price. I have a budget of about $500. I am not opposed to used, but I do want a take-down. I am looking for around a 55# pull @ 29″, 60″-62″ RH. Longbow great, hybrid even better. Any suggestions?

      Thanks!

      Alex

      😕

    • Mark Turton
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      I bought a used Stotler 3 pc. takedown last year from Len Busby at Traditional Archery Sales he had a good selection at around the $500 price.

      Service was excellent, I have no connection just a satisfied customer.

      Mark.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      lyagooshka wrote:

      I am looking for something comparable to the Robertson Stykbow Raven Styk Take-Down Hybrid but for about half the price.

      Alex – I don’t want this to sound discouraging, and I’m clearly biased here, but I don’t think you will find anything remotely comparable to a Robertson for half the price. I have a Robertson, and there are many other bows that cost just as much (or more) that don’t compare to it. Dick makes some of the finest bows available anywhere, period.

      Unfortunately, there is a real gap in the mid-range (+-$500) availability of good take-downs in my experience. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that a good take-down usually takes a little more work to build, and requires more hardware, than a one-piece. For the most part, there are the cheap ones, like the Samicks, and there are the expensive ones. But if you’re willing to go with a well-kept pre-owned bow, I would look at Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear. They often have an impressive selection of nice pre-owned bows, and many of them are take-downs. It’s probably your best bet for a good bow at that price range. I’ve dealt with RMSG on numerous occasions, and they are excellent to deal with, and stand by everything they sell. I would highly recommend them.

    • WildmanSC
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      One of the best shooting T/D longbows I’ve ever shot and/or owned was a Crow Creek Black Feather by Elmer Patton in AR. He builds a great looking and a great shooting hybrid T/D longbow.

      Bill

    • lyagooshka
      Post count: 600

      Thank you all for the replies. I have seen many nice bows, both new and used. I saw a Firefly Longbow that seems to fit my needs. Has anyone heard of this manufacturer or have any input? Thanks again for the help.

      🙂

    • WildmanSC
      Post count: 40

      I still recommend the Crow Creek Black Feather. The link below will take you to Elmer’s website where you can see a sampling of his bows, his pricing and his contact information.

      http://pactaclures.com/Crow%20Creek%20Bows%203/cc3blackfeather%20stats.htm

      Bill

    • lyagooshka
      Post count: 600

      Bill,

      Thanks for the info. I am seriously considering the Black Feather. I have contacted them for more info. I am keeping my options open, but the prospect of a new T/D hybrid for only a little more than a used one is very appealing. Thanks again for the info.

      Alex

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    • WildmanSC
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      Alex,

      The best of luck to you whichever direction you choose to go!

      Bill

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      FYI – RMSG currently has two Boss 3-piece longbows in the poundage you are looking for, and in your price range. While I’ve never shot a Boss, I’ve heard good things about them.

    • lyagooshka
      Post count: 600

      Well, after many emails and much thought (and permission from the Mrs.), I have a Black Feather TD on order. Mr. Patton actually had one made up that matched what I was looking for. 62”, 50# @ 28”. Now I start the waiting game. If anyone has advice on shooting a hybrid, choosing arrows (I am looking at aluminum, but I am not excluding carbon or wood) or anything else that will help. I actually draw a bit longer than 28” so the bow should be 53#-55# at mu draw weight. I can’t wait for it to come in the mail. Lastly, I have a strap-on quiver (Kwik-E???). Will this work on my new bow?

      Thanks all for all of your suggestions and advice.

      Alex

      🙂

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Well, congrats on the new order! Be sure to post pics when it arrives!

      I would think a strap-on Kwikee would work fine with it. They seem pretty adaptable to just about any bow.

    • Wexbow
      Post count: 403

      Nice one Alex and you know we’re gonna need pictures as soon as she arrives 😀 Keep us posted…

    • WildmanSC
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      lyagooshka wrote: Well, after many emails and much thought (and permission from the Mrs.), I have a Black Feather TD on order. Mr. Patton actually had one made up that matched what I was looking for. 62”, 50# @ 28”. Now I start the waiting game. If anyone has advice on shooting a hybrid, choosing arrows (I am looking at aluminum, but I am not excluding carbon or wood) or anything else that will help. I actually draw a bit longer than 28” so the bow should be 53#-55# at mu draw weight. I can’t wait for it to come in the mail. Lastly, I have a strap-on quiver (Kwik-E???). Will this work on my new bow?

      Thanks all for all of your suggestions and advice.

      Alex

      🙂

      Alex,

      You will be very pleasantly surprised when you receive your new bow. The Black Feather hybrid T/D longbows are great shooting bows!

      Bill

    • lyagooshka
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      It’s here…

      Just picked her up at the post office. Can’t believe how happy I am.

      She’s a T/D hybrid. 62”, 50# @ 28”. Cocobolo/Curly Narra riser with Curly Narra limb veneers.

      This is my first custom bow. The first thing I noticed was the weight. I don’t mean it in a bad way. I mean that she is solid. My off the shelf recurve is only 40 grams lighter, but feels like it’s half the weight (1045 grams for the longbow, 1005 grams for the recurve). The only way I can describe it is picking up a regular 2X4, then picking up the same length of pressure treated 2X4. She is SOLID.

      Of course I didn’t care about the heat and had to take her out back to shoot. At 10 yards I had 3 balloons on the ground. First shot, “swing and a miss”. Second, third and fourth shots, all hits.

      Another thing I cannot believe is just how quiet it she is. I just can’t believe the lack of “twang” whe she shoots.

      I’m sure you can tell by now I am REALLY happy. Can’t wait for my arrows to come in and spend the rest of the time (that I’m not with my family) out at the range. I might even be able to take her out hunting this October. Only time will tell.

      Thanks to everyone for their advice. It all really helped.

      Alex

      😀

    • Bruce Smithhammer
      Post count: 2514

      Congrats! Sweet looking bow!

    • Wexbow
      Post count: 403

      Beautiful bow Alex. Now that the agonizing is over let the fun begin! Keep us updated on the new arrows and other set up details.

    • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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      Handsome bow !! { I personally really like Hybrids /very sleek TD} and it sounds like it shoots great, even with “pick up” arrows –good luck this fall-

      Scout

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