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    • wolfkill220
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      I am getting a new bow this year. At this point trying to decide if want a recurve or longbow .Currently am shooting a longbow and love the feel of it .Now here is my dilema due to a shoulder injury am pulling a 24 inch draw and on my longbow at 50# draw weight .I know recurves a more effeint .So far have just hunted deern with my bow but being in washington state and lots of elk want to hunt elk next year .Just realy wondering if my draw weight is up to task or should i go to the recurve over the longbow,really want to stay longbow .

    • David Petersen
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      Wolf — Because you are dealing with an injury, you really need to shoot as many bows as possible, as all draw differently. If you glance at Blackie’s bow reviews in back issues of TBM (I’m not sure he’s still doing that column), you’ll see the draw curve. Some bows are hardest to pull at short draw, some at middle and most toward full draw. In these days of remarkable technological progress in the limbs of deflex-reflex longbows, the former advantages of recurves are largely equalized. I don’t think your choice will be between recurve and longbow, but rather which specific bow design works best for your injury. Generally, the longer the bow the smoother the draw. But even that is up for grabs now with remarkable short bows like Shrew, Java Man and probably others I’m not familiar with. I’m dealing with a shoulder injury also, torn rotator cuff, but luckily it’s my bow arm rather than my drawing arm. Good luck.

    • wolfkill220
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      So Mr. Petersen would it be save to say if I am in that draw weight with a arrow in the 650 gr range and high foc . I would be good to go on elk with my compound never had a problem with penatration on game .I am wanting to make sure that I do all that I can to make clean kills with my trad gear .

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Like Dave said, recurves are no longer faster than longbows, thanks to advanced designs and space age material used in limbs, like foam cores and carbon. shoot lots of bows and you will choose wisely. Plus, if your arrows are in the 650gr neighborhood ( which is an excellent neighborhood ), add an efficient broadhead like grizzly, abowyer, or zwickey, you’re in the house all the way as far as good flight and penetration!

    • lyagooshka
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      Wolf,

      As the pros said, get what feels right. Dave mentioned “deflex-reflex”, which I call Hybrid. It’s something to consider, but find some trad shops in your area, read some reviews, do some research. The more comfortable you are, the better you will shoot. The better you shoot, the less poundage you will need. Anyway, I defer the rest to the experts. I just wanted to get my $0.02 in as I posted the same thread (just without the shoulder injury) a few months back and had some great ideas come on through. Hope it helps. Be well.

      Alex

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    • Jason Wesbrock
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      lyagooshka wrote: Wolf,

      .The more comfortable you are, the better you will shoot. The better you shoot, the less poundage you will need. Anyway, I defer the rest to the experts. I just wanted to get my $0.02 in as I posted the same thread (just without the shoulder injury) a few months back and had some great ideas come on through. Hope it helps. Be well.

      Alex

      😀

      That advice was worth a lot more than 2¢. If more people would take that second sentence to heart, traditional bowhunting would be far better off.

    • wahoo
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      wolf these guys will kill me but this year was my 1st with carbon so I struggled with my arrow set up. Long story short I have a 25″ draw and shoot 50lb longbow. My arrows were gold tips 35 55 and they finished out at 550 grn. I have been shooting woodies that finished out at 650grn which my bow and myself like for elk. I was fortunate to take an elk last day of the season with the lighter arrow set up. The arrow was buried to the fletching and the animal traveled about 40 yds. As we know broad heads need to be sharp and take close broadside shots and you will be fine . Good luck and congrats on a new bow

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