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    • lbman77
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      Here’s a question for the those more better informed than I (great English, huh?) I have an older recurve and I noticed that when strung, there is a 1/2″ difference in tiller between the upper and lower limb, with the upper limb being weaker. I haven’t started tuning it yet, but have looked in a mirror while drawing it and it seems ok. Is this normal? If I remember correctly, this type of tiller is negative? Any thoughts? I’ll also try to post pics, but I have to figure out how.

      Thanks,

      Rich

    • archer38
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      I’d say that bow is tillered for 3 under shooting.

    • lbman77
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      Well, I guess I’ll have to give the 3 under a go. I’m just not sure if I should try 3 under, since I shoot my longbow with split fingers. I have no idea what make it is. It looks to be lemonwood between white glass lams, 64″AMO, 35#@ 28″. It’ll be a nice practice bow to work on form with, and Lord knows I need it!

    • Dan Jackowiak
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      I thought 3 under was even tiller and split finger is about 1/8″? No?

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      A slightly stiffer lower limb is normal tiller. Back before compounds when recurves were what everyone shot bows were pretty much all tillered the same. The notion of special tillering for split or three under is a relatively new thing, and to be honest, how you grip the bow will have a not more effect on limb timing than 1/2″ difference in finger placement. In short, don’t worry about it.

    • lbman77
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      J.Wesbrock, thanks for the reassurance. I’m not sure the age of the bow, but I remember that my dad bought it used when I was a kid, so I’d say it’s well over 30 years old, and long before the type of “modern” tillering you talk about, J. The bow is in good shape, with no cracks in back or belly. There is a small piece of glass missing on the very tip of one of the knocks, but it does not affect the function of the bow.

      Thanks again for the input.

      Rich

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