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    • mikelee
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      Here’s a question for Dave P or any other Shrew bow fans out there . I’m thinking of ordering one myself . I really like the ss Gold model,with the osage riser. The question is what weight to order. I am presently shooting recurves @ 46,51 , and 55 # . I would like to use it for everything from moose to stump shooting . But I’ve never owned or shot a long bow of any description . So what do you think ? 😀

    • David Petersen
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      Mike — I would hunt anything on the continent with my #55 Classic Hunter with the appropriate arrow set-up. The primary differences between recurves and longbows, in the past, were that recurves could be shorter without string pinch or stacking, and also tend to be more forgiving of minor flaws in form. The advent and continued refinement of the deflex-reflex longbow limb, in which Shrew is a pioneer, has changed all that. Recurves still tend to have deeper hand grips, but the Shrews, like many modern longbows, offer a nice compromise that’s easily adapted to. But try to shoot one first, if you know anyone who has one. Despite all the exceptional features of the Shrews, not all archers can adapt to short bows. But then again, you can get a Super Shrew at standard lengths. But yet again, a short bow that performs in most ways as a longer bow is to me a primary draw to Shrew. And an amazing price, starting at $675 for most models. If you want a new one, get your name on the list right now and settle in for a long wait. If you get a used Shrew, be sure it was built by Gregg Coffey, who also makes the very cool JavaMan bows. I just checked the site and there are two new lefty Shrews available now without a wait: a Classic Hunter longbow and a Lil Favorite recurve. I have no idea why but there always seem to be more LH Shrews available than RH. Hope that helps, dave

      Happy Shrew-heads at elk camp 2010: Dave Petersen, Alex Bugnon, Dave Sigurslid

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    • mikelee
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      Thanks Dave! Last time I checked it was a 18 month wait . What length is your bow ? I have about a 29″ draw, and was thinking maybe a 60″ Shrew ? Don’t know of any Shrews living up this way except the odd one the cat drags in.Lol

    • David Petersen
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      Mike — I’d call Ron and ask his advice, not mine. What I do know is that the SSs come in 56-58-60″ lengths and have a 16″ handle riser length, while the CH’s have a 12″ riser and come in 52-54″ lengths with slightly redesigned limbs. So they aren’t the same bows at different lengths. Both of my Shrews are 54″ and are absolutely great at my 28″ draw and good, I believe, out to 30″, certainly 29. You haven’t said if you have any interest in a short bow. If not, I’d go with the SS at 60″. If so, I’d personally probably go with the 54″ CH rather than the 56″ SS, while the 58″ SS is a compromise. But do call Ron for his sage opinion. I’ve never yet shot a Coffey-built Shrew I didn’t love, any model. dave

    • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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      Dave – I buy used bows on occasion. How does an individual determine whether a shrew in question was built by Greg Coffey?
      Ray

    • David Petersen
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      Scout — they have his first initial, G, in front of the serial number, followed by the sequence number for the particular model, then a dash, then month and year built. For instance, one of mine is G233-0608. That is, it’s the 233rd CH one-piece Gregg has built (my CH take-down has a separate number sequence), and it was built in June 2008. I’m not saying that pre-Coffey Shrews are no good, but rather that the Coffey-builts are(based on admittedly limited personal experience with the older models but years of hearing about them)in my opinion the best of the best.And they hold their price extremely well used, thanks in part to the exceptional quality of design and construction, but also to the long waiting list for a new one. dp

    • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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      Dave – I figured that might be the case, looking at the ser# set up. I have 2 {CH’s}, both starting with G — one built in mid 09 and one a year later. I like the way they look, feel, and shoot. On the list for another. In for a penny in for a pound.
      Thanks
      Scout.

    • mikelee
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      Thanks for the information , and good advice. I didn’t really have an opinion on short bows. other than thinking that even 60″ was pretty short compared to most traditional longbows at 64″ . I think your right , I should probably phone Ron at this point . But every bit of info helps.

    • mikelee
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      OK .So phoned Ron L.The other day,Got a bunch more info from him and got myself on the “list”:D So now I can spend the next while sorting through everything to decide exactly what to order. Lol.

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