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    • Dpowers311
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      Ok I am new to traditional bows. What are some advantages and disadvantages of each?

      Being able to fit a take down into a small case for easy transport.
      Able to get new weight limbs.

      What else is there.


    • David Petersen
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      Dave — you’re able to change limbs only on a 3-piece takedown, which limits you to mostly recurves and heavy handled (thus not the traditional norm) longbows. So don’t overlook two-piece takedowns, mostly the excellent hybrid “reflex deflex” longbows, of which there are a great many excellent brands from which to choose. My Shrew takedown weighs less than a pound! But 2-piece or 3, the primary advantage to a take-down bow is — that it takes down! 😆 As you suggest, the suitcase option is essential in today’s insane airline world, unless you don’t mind paying an additional $50 bucks each way for a bow case, and have no worries that when you arrive in AK or Africa the airlines will have sent you bow to Hawaii or China. Takedown is also a real boon to backpack hunting and horse-packing. I’ve owned several and made several more and frankl see zero practical disadvantage to well-make take-downs compared to one-piece. Except they cost a bit more. From my experience, which is more than limited but far short of complete. Dave

    • rayborbon
      Post count: 298

      I have a two piece take down bow which requires no tools to assemble or disassemble. It is always the first bow I grab when traveling with limited room or backpack hunting as it doesn’t require that I remember anything but the bow itself. It also assembles about 10 times as fast as my 3 piece take down. Good for when I see a bear in a meadow I can put a fast sneak on him.

    • ferris5574
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      I have a 54# Jim Belcher patriot T/D recurve SSR. I love the ability to take it down and pack it in my suitcase. It shoots fantastic and looks even better.


    • M
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      of course you could get a short bow and put it in your duffle bag. My bow is 48″ arrows always seem more problematic to pack than the bow.

    • Wapiti Hunter
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      I only hunt with longbows and I own both 3-piece and 2-piece takedowns. I like the lighter weight of longbows in general and thus I like the 2-piece takedown better because it is less heavy to carry. I have heard other guys who like the extra weight from the 3-piece models–not me. I also don’t like the fact that I could lose the hardware or wind up without an allen wrench to tighten the hardware on a 3-piece. I do very much like having a takedown or two to travel with. Years ago I carried several 1-piece bows on a caribou trip to Quebec, before all the airline regs and fees, and it was a bit of a hassle with the long carry tube I used. Finally, here in the west, many hunts use horses to pack into camp and into the back country. A takedown is much easier to carry on a horse.

      That being said, when I’m running around in the elk woods near my home I definitely like the light sleek 1-piece bows I own.


    • swampbiologist
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      I am just a T/D man. I do have 1 pc bows but like a Takedown for its convenience as well as its balance. 😉

    • 6arrows
      Post count: 17

      take down also can have extra limbs and set at different draw weights

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