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    • Crystalshrimp
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      I currently shoot a 58″ Tomahawk and dont have one bad thing to say about it. Smooth, Fast and quiet as can be. I am looking to buy a recurve now and would like to have some options and feedback prior to making the purchase. I dont want to stray from Short bows because they are the Perfect bows (IMO) for hunting deep south Texas Brush. I have my Eye on the Shrew (little favorite Recurve)54″ and Have recently shot a Toelke Lynx TD…That lynx is freaking awesome without the wait time. But that Shrew is one Sexy Recurve!!!!Any feedback is appreciated.

    • CareyE
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      I have an older “54” Shrew Recurve and love it. It works well here the trees of PA. And it looks great too!!

    • David Petersen
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      Another vote for the Lil Favorite, if you want a recurve. I owned one briefly and it was flawless in every way — smooth, fast, quiet — and all Shrew are a pleasure to gaze upon and hold. I sold it only because I already had two Classic Hunters and can’t afford to own three top-end bows. Because of the economy (and likely, impatience) some of the folks on the previously year-plus list have dropped out. That may make the wait a little shorter. Also, Gregg (bowyer) always makes a few to sell at Kalamazoo. Maybe you can designate a friend who is attending to let you know what’s available there. Third, you can ask Ron to put you on the list for bows that come in off-weight sufficiently that Gregg has to build another one and briefly has an extra to sell (that’s how I got my Lil Favorite). Finally, run a wanted ad here and in other classified sites. If you’re willing to be a little flexible on features you might find a good deal. But keep in mind that Shrews hold their value extremely well and as the waiting list has grown and prices crept up a bit (still a relative bargain) some used Shrews have sold for more than their original price. If you want to pinch pennies, consider a Grayling-era Bear K-mag. They’re 52″, not hard to find, and while not in the category of a Shrew, can be excellent short bows. I own one in prime condition, 1968 vintage, that I paid $200 for. Enjoy the hunt. Dave

    • Crystalshrimp
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      Yup its looking like Shrew is taking this one. I just might get lucky

    • CarolinaBob
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      Why not try a flatbow like the the Brown Recluse Seminole Chief. has a riser similar to a recurve with limbs similar to a longbow. Probably “faster” than a Shrew. But they do bite!

    • J.Alex
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      RER Arroyo with static tips,fast and smooth and great value.

    • Crystalshrimp
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      thanks for the suggestions guys. there really are some great bowyers out there. We’ll never know unless we ask right?

    • M
      Post count: 107

      I have two Bear Super Mag48’s that I hunt with and a Kodiak Mag all Grayling made bows. Short is the only way to go. My longest bow is a Horne custom T/D 58″. The Horne and the Kmag are for sale if you are interested.

    • skifrk
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      There is another bowyer out there BigFoot bows I believe while I have not shot any of his bows myself. he seems to be designing and selling shorter bows that other trad archers rave about once they have one in the hand.

    • james gilmer
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      CASCADE ARCHERY. he makes the best short recurves!

    • Crystalshrimp
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      i cant say thank you enough…

    • Killdeer
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      I am a big fan of short recurves, and own a few K-Mags. They are my favorite production recurve.

      I went to Kalamazoo and ended up buying a Shrew Little Favorite. That bow has it all. It is as close to perfect as I can imagine a bow being, and I will never sell it. Smooth, powerful, fast, quiet.

      Wanna buy a K-Mag?:D

      Killdeer

    • David Petersen
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      Hey Kathryn, welcome to the Shrew Crew! I have a K-Mag too, but one is enough since I just can’t keep my hands off the Classic Hunter. I have no doubts there are other shorts bows, recurves and r/d reflexes both, that are in the same remarkably low-for-quality price range, look as cool and perform as well as the newer Shrews (those built by Java Man, which covers the past several years), yet different forms “speak” to different people in different ways. For me, the best word to describe what I personally get from Shrews that I don’t, or not nearly so much, from others including those I make myself, is soul. Darn, I’d sure like to make K-zoo again. Maybe next year. Dave

    • Killdeer
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      This was my first trip out there, and it was a big adventure for me. I will be looking mighty hard at it again next year. We really lucked out with the weather, and I had only a slight delay coming back. I shot every bow I could get my hands on, bought three, and this one is the best, hands down.

      I am seriously thinking that it is time to thin the herd, and the Scout stays!

      Killdeer

    • JodyS
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      I am a member of the “Shrew Crew” too. Let me toss in another bowyer/bow that, to quote Dave, “speaks” to me too. In addition to the Shrew Classic hunter, I also have an “Apache” by Roy Hall of Navajo Bows. It is 8 inches longer than my Shrew, so, while it loses a point or two for length it also makes those points back for feel, quietness, and beauty. I have ordered a shorter Apache, 56 inches, so I will get to try it alongside the Shrew Classic Hunter in a few months. I suspect that they will both perform flawlessly. Roy makes great recurves too, check him out at http://www.najavobows.com. So many choices, so little time…

      Jody

    • JL
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      I have to put a good word in for the Shrew Classic Hunter. It always seems to be the bow that I grab when heading out, whether that is just to shoot or hunt. Shoots smooth and consistent, carries well, and just feels right. Some folks a lot more knowledgable than I have said, shoot a lot of bows and when you find what feels good to you, that is the one.

    • ptschantz
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      I’m shooting a TwoTracks Ambush, which is a 50″ recurve. I really like it, might be worth looking at.

    • CarolinaBob
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      Mana’o productions on youtube guy shooting a 56 inch Stalker recurve looks pretty good.

    • Strong bow
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      Abe Penner of “CARI-BOW” makes a beautiful smooth shooting 56″ model 3 piece recurve called the “TAIMA” ….check out at http://www.car-bow.com

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I won’t go longer than 58″ any more, and my next will be 56.” I also shoot a 52″ K-Mag occasionally.

      But my draw is only 27″ on a good day, which helps with short bow options.

    • Hiram
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      Shorter Bows are a handy manueverable companion in the woods. With a lot of talent and innovation by manu’s and Bowyers being the norm nowadays, shorter can be shot while enjoying less stack than some of the early shorties. Materials and methods has enabled these shorter Bows to be very fast and smooth. The same tech has been applied to Bows over 58 also making them even super smooth. It is a good time to shoot a one string!!:)

    • kingwouldbe
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      Hi Crystalshrimp,

      I just acquired a 56″ Morrison ILF with 2 stets of carbon/foam longbow limbs, one 60lb and a 68lb set, however I intend to purchase some recurve limbs also.

      This is the shortest bow I have ever owned, I was concerned about stability and finger pinch, well, no worry’s, as I just shot a 3D yesterday with it and beat 2nd by 72 points, not bragging, just saying my concerns where unfounded.

      For me the ILF system is ingenues, it allows me so many different combination it’s endless.

      I have a 14″ riser and will get a 17″ and a 20″ with just those risers and 2 sets of limbs I can have 6 different combinations, throw in 2 sets of recurve limbs and the combinations go’s to 12, in my mind it’s the ultimate set up.

      Not to mention, if I blow up a set of limbs, I have not destroyed my whole bow, which has happened 3 time on the most expensive bows I have ever bought.

      Just my 2 cents

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    • wahoo
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      Shrimp I have a ton of short bows and luv them all. I am the odd man out . The Toelke bow is great . I don’t own one but had the time to shoot with Dan and his bows are great . The only reason one is not hanging on my wall is because I don’t need another bow. I have shot Shrews also great bows but Toelke is worth looking at. Good luck

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