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Recommend Me A Bow

Discussion in 'Archery' started by Petay, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Petay

    Petay Donator

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    Looking to get myself a bow to give archery a try (and maybe to survive in the incoming COVID-19 apocolypse)

    Happy to spend circa £250 to get going. Not sure if I should go compound or recurve.

    Also any recommendations on retailers would be good.
     
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    The absolute best advice I can give is to join a club and try their equipment out :)

    Shooting with a club, you can try different bow styles and decide which type you prefer, and then you can look into buying your own equipment once you have decided and they will be able to help with specs and setup :thumb:

    Equipment fit in archery is critical to consistency. Your bow and especially the arrow set up needs to be tailored to you specifically. Best to shoot at a club for a little while until your form settles down and you can get set up with the right kit.

    on £250, recurve or traditional styles would be doable. If you go with recurve, spend more on the riser (handle) and cheap limbs as you will go through several sets of limbs as your draw weight increases with training. The riser will stay with you a while ;)
     
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    Brother Caleb You have been judged and found unworthy!

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    Excellent advice from NV, with Archery you definitely need to settle on what type of bow you favour and what weight you can happily deal with. Don’t be tempted with macho draw weights, get em in the gold or the killzone. Good luck it’s an excellent sport.
     
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    Although I do not own, nor ever tried a compound, they are best for hunting. They can give you 70 pounds of power while holding only 40 or so. They are also shorter, so less chance of getting tangled up in the woods. But because they are so short, you need to use a string release device ( so as not to pinch your fingers). They are also good for LONG range competitive shooting.
    Being 78, I favor the pre-1970s traditional recurves, which I own and shoot. To me, they can be a work of art, while the compound is a machine.
     
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