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    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Today, I sold my last recurve. It was a beauty, but I finally had to face the fact that I just don’t shoot it anymore, so I couldn’t justify keeping it around just to have it as a wall-hanger.

      I guess my tastes have changed over time. After being bitten hard by the lonbow bug a few years ago, I haven’t been able to go back.

      Oh, and part of the reason I sold it, of course, was to finance another lonbow…

    • Ralph
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      I thought once upon a time that recurves were the “it” thing. I have 4 hanging on the wall.

      Two I’d sell in a heartbeat, the other two????

      One of them is like a 71-72 era 45# Bear Grizzly that is in mint condition, the other is somewhere around a 1958 Black Widow, 55#, metal riser, take down. I still have the original case for it too. The latter is too much bow for me.

      But like Bruce, I 99.99% of the time shoot my longbows. Something about, ‘they just fit’.

      Glad you made the call the way you did Bruce:D:D

    • Stix
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      Bruce,

      You should have held on to it. I was bitten by the longbow bug about 5 years ago, and that’s all I shot. Now I came full circle and I’m liking the recurve again. Good thing I didn’t sell it. I had offers.

      I find may people that have done the same as me. As with any “bug” there is a recovery.

    • Ralph
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      Stix, I think he’s just using good tactics. What comes his way now will be something new. :wink::D

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Yeah Steve, I suppose its possible that I’ll switch back at some point, even though it’s hard to imagine. A lot of it comes down to grip style for me – the vast majority of recurve grips just feel ‘weird’ to me after shooting a longbow for some time. Though I do still like some of the more classic, low-wrist grips on some of the 50’s-style recurves (like Toelke’s “Super Static”). But heck, if that happens 5 years from now, then I get to start looking around for a bow again!

    • Stix
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      Yes, I failed to look at it from the point of getting a new bow should you “fall off the wagon.”

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Honestly, a static recurve with a low grip like the Great Northern “Ghost” could still trip my trigger…

      But longbows are just so darn light and stable for me…

    • codger
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      Im down to nine longbows and two recurves i have a Jefferry take down that’s just a really sweet i havent been able to part with but it doesnt get shot anymore and then a Kota killum very similar the the pictured great Northern, its 62# @ 28″ bamboo and glass it shoots almost like a longbow just a sweet bow. i had no problem parting with my black widows,bears,shakespears,Browning or wing bows as nice as they were they dont shoot like a longbow so transitioning between bows really didnt work for me my intent was to go all longbow but it hasnt happened yet. If theres any recurve that would suit a longbow shooter it would be something similar to that great Northern they are worth checking out if you are in the market for something slightly different that wont cause a huge disturbance to your shooting form.

    • drew4fur
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      I’m still mainly a curve shooter, I have a couple of long bows, and a batch of all glass ben persons that are probably accurately called static recurve designs. If I ever get 100% satisfied with how accurate I am with the curve bows, maybe then I’ll move over to the longs. Until then I can’t complain. In general, as long as it doesn’t have wheels, I won’t judge.

      I actually want to sell/trade my Robertson Stykbow longbow, I’d gladly trade it for the right model/poundage of Bear curve

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Drew –

      Do you have a pic of that Robertson?

    • Ralph
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      Yeah and other info. Someone I know has a ’72’ era Bear Grizz, 45#. Actually pulls 49# @ 28″ This R2 guy. Amarillo-120 miles-gas cheaper than shipping-but I’m looking at 45-50# bows max. 😀

    • drew4fur
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      Smithhammer wrote: Drew –

      Do you have a pic of that Robertson?

      Hey Bruce;

      I’m in the process of shuttling some things and stuff between my old Missouri home and Lubbock, TX; if you’re patient I’ll get a pic to you in about a month?

      -Drew

    • drew4fur
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      R2 wrote: Yeah and other info. Someone I know has a ’72’ era Bear Grizz, 45#. Actually pulls 49# @ 28″ This R2 guy. Amarillo-120 miles-gas cheaper than shipping-but I’m looking at 45-50# bows max. 😀

      R2

      This bow will be a too heavy for what you’re after; I believe it pulls 60#@27, but I’ll provide some details soon.

    • Ralph
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      Thanks, hope your moving goes smoothly.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      drew4fur wrote:

      Hey Bruce;

      I’m in the process of shuttling some things and stuff between my old Missouri home and Lubbock, TX; if you’re patient I’ll get a pic to you in about a month?

      -Drew

      I’m actually relieved to hear that, Drew. The last thing I need is to be tempted by another longbow right now….8)

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