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    • Kees
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      I recently had a new 45 pound self bow made by Andy Miller.  I get headaches after the first 6 arrows are shot which get progressively worse.  My 50 lb. Bear Montana gives me no such problems.  Neither does my 45 lb. Indian Archery recurve I bought in 1966.  Can someone clue me in as to what is going on?

      ~Kees~

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    • richard roop
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      Ok ………… I’ll assume that a tin-foil hat isn’t the solution.

      Interesting; Since the heavier Bear doesn’t cause a problem we can probably rule out excessive weight.

      So …………… One thing that I can think of is ‘possibly’ the grip is slightly different  on the self bow causing you to tense different muscles, tightening up the back of the neck, causing the head-ache.

      Another thought is that a self bow might have a bit more hand shock causing the brain housing group to rattle.

      One last thought; (and I’m way over my daily limit) I firmly believe that there is a ‘panache’ factor in the bows we shoot. This goes beyond the spec sheet with feet per second and all of that. Sometimes a bow just feels ‘right’ and sometimes it doesn’t.  The ones that don’t go back on the rack to be tried again later.  If they still don’t bond, they find a new owner.  I once sold a name brand bow to a guy in the club and the ungrateful clod actually tried to outshoot me with it.  He loved that bow that didn’t do much for me.

      A wise man once said “Life’s too short to dance with a cranky bow”  (or something like that)

    • aeronut
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      I was thinking along the lines of hand shock being the culprit.

      One of the first glass laminate longbows I  made from a Bingham’s kit had such bad hand shock it would almost loosen fillings in your teeth.  I tried grinding down and replacing the tips thinking that lighter tip overlays would help but nothing I have done has helped.  You didn’t happen to sneak in and get that one out of my shed did you?

      After shooting that one for a while I gave up.  It was just too painful.

    • Kees
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      Thank you, gentlemen.  The self bow has rather heavy limbs, both wide and thick so I imagine that is the problem.  The grip is also different which may compound it.  I suspect my brain is also loose in its case….

      ~Kees~

    • richard roop
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      What if ………………………..

      You went to Wally World and picked up a roll of the shock absorbing wrap that they put on tennis rackets and wrapped your grip with it ???

      And ………………… While you’re there grab a package of ‘choke rings’ that they use on bats. I put a set on my recurve right at the fade-outs and they seem to dampen the vibrations a bit.

      You might also try a heavier string and heavier arrow and see what happens.

    • aeronut
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      Do you have silencers/dampeners on the string?  I have a bow that shot good and put a set of beaver string silencers on it.  It was like shooting a different bow after that.  That might help some.

    • Kees
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      I’ll have to try both suggestions.  I haven’t put string silencers on it, will get right on that tonight yet.

      Again, thank you both for helping!

      ~Kees~

    • richard roop
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      Not a problem, ……….. Glad to ‘try and’ help.  Just let us know if any of our suggestions worked.

      One more thing ……………. Do you cant one bow more than the other ???  I have no idea what that might affect but it might be worth considering.  Variables  and all of that nonsense.

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