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  • mainebowfly
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    Hoping to get some thoughts and ideas here.   What really got me into traditional bowhunting at first was that I have trouble making heads or tails of the situation when looking through a peep sight and I found that my brain doesn’t shift into kill mode until about 11 yards.  My friend who is a long time traditional bowhunter let me borrow a recurve to see how it felt.  Lets just say…after 7 years of hunting with a wheel bow, it’s on eBay.

    I bought a Samick Sage and have been shooting every night after I put the kids to bed for the past 10 months.  The bow is 35#, and is very comfortable to shoot and the light poundage helps me concentrate on my form.  I am very comfortable with it out to 15 yards, and I am excited to hunt with a recurve this year.  The simplicity of it, has me completely hooked and is a welcome breath of fresh air from the compound world of gizmos and gadgets.  Not to mention the stealth and accuracy has blown me away.

    Here’s the question:

    I need to get into the 40lb range to legally hunt(mostly used for whitetail, black bear, turkey and hopefully moose).  I am looking for a good “next step” sort of bow that I can use to hunt, that is in the 40-45lb range. Doesn’t need to be fancy or new, I have a budget of about $500.  I’m 6′ 2″ with a 29.5″ draw length.  Takedown or One Piece?  I’ve been thinking along the lines of a Bear Grizzly??  What say you?? All opinions welcome! Thanks for your help!

  • richard roop
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    Word Fence, ……………  again.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Maineblowfly

    Sounds like you are well along on the tradbow adventure, having fun, and enjoying the journey –Great !

    I thought the Samick Sage were mostly take down bows ? If you have one, that is a great bow to start out on — because you can buy different limbs to adjust weight to work your way up or down, depending on purpose or need.

    Although it is always fun to get a new bow — Something I am guilty of periodically. The grizzly is a very nice hunting bow and easier to carry, but possibly a little more difficult to shoot for that reason ( lighter in weight ( actual) and shorter if I recall correctly )

    Happy Arrows–

    Scout aka Ray

  • richard roop
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    Ok…………….. One more try;

    MaineBowDude; I like eBay and have obtained my last several bows there with no problems or issues.  The last time that I looked there were several thousand listings.  Take a look and one may catch your eye. I would recommend, at your draw length to get something about 62″. Short bows can be temperamental.

    • mainebowfly
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      Roop- I know this could start a small fire here……but, are there any specific makes or models that come to mind to look for on eBay?  Just trying to start somewhere, and yes I think 62″ is a good call.  Thanks!

  • richard roop
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    That would be sorta like me picking out someones Prom date for them.

    I tend to like older classic ‘curves and being somewhat short, most of my bows are 60″.  One bow that I’ve always thought would make a spiffy hunting stick is one of the older Bear HC-300 at about 45 pounds. It’s a tournament bow but for a bigger guy …………….

    Ben Pearson made some fine bows back in the day, as did Groves.  I currently own more Damon Howatt Super Diablos than a man has a right to. Their Hunter model seems to be a fine stick even if I did get a 70# one.

    Hoyt, Wing, York, and Browning all made some fine shooters.  Take your time, get a feel for what’s available and do some research.  There’s a bow out there somewhere that’s looking for you.

  • richard roop
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    One more thing, another place that I spend too much time at on eBay is ‘archery book’ .

    The older Archer’s  Digest type books are great reference books and usually pretty cheap.  Good reading, too.

    • mainebowfly
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      Roop-

      Yup, a man should definitely choose his own prom date! HAHAHA!!!  I really appreciate the info and will definitely get into some books.  I’m immersing myself in this..the whole darn process fits perfectly.  Its funny how if we slow down, we see a lot more.  I completely agree that there is a bow out there with my name on it.  The search is a blast! Thanks again!

  • RalphRalph
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    Dang, I got about 18 “second bows”

    They’re all #1’s tho….

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    There’s a browning wasp on the auction. I have one and it’s a nice bow. It might have been made by Pearson. It’s a short bow and it does stack a little in my opinion, but it shoots well.  It’s handy in the treestand and nice and light to carry. Another thought when looking for a bargain is to seek a longer bow, which might be a little smoother to draw with less pinch on the fingers. Looks like there’s plenty to choose from. Best, dwc

  • palubinski
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    The Samick Sage comes in a one piece recurve. I bought mine from Lancaster online. It behaves similarly to a Bear Grizzly of a friend of mine let me shoot. Both were 50# at 28″. I draw 30″ at which the measured draw weight of my bow is 56#. Technically at $179 it is probably one of the best performing bows you can get. Lighter than the T/D but equivalen in performance. One issue. I am 6′ 1″ and the 60″ Samick is starting to stack noticeably for me.

    You mentioned a $500 budget. I recently bought a Woodsman bow from Byron Ferguson what I am very pleased with. It is a 50# 66″ longbow with deflex limb tips that certainly shoots faster than my Samick, though I haven’t access to a chronograph to quantify how much. Every bow is going to point differently for every archer – but I have found the Woodsman has given me a more consistent performance as regards windage than any other bow I have shot. It might be worth inquiring about.

    Steve

     

  • richard roop
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    Mainbowdude;

    There’s a 69″  ‘Vintage Bear Tamerlane’ currently on EBay. 40#@30″.

    Not sure if it would be what you would want to put camo tape on & hunt with but it is one fine looking stick.

  • smiley1
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    Mainebowfly,

    The above recommendations are all good ones. If there is any chance you could make it to a traditional shoot you should do it. Especially one of the bigger shoots. There’s usually vendors with many different bows for you to try. The only way to really know if a bow fits you is to shoot it. Good luck on your venture into traditional bowhunting.

  • richard roop
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    Good call on attending shoots. Just hanging around the practice area can be interesting, but take everything that you see & hear with a grain of salt.

    One more thing; If you’re going to work your way thru first bow, second bow, dream bow ………………. if you don’t already have a bow-stringer ; GET ONE !!!!!! No sense going to the trouble of finding ‘your’ bow and then twisting a limb on it.  I like the Selway model but there are several available to choose from.

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