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    New Archer: Bow Advise

    Hi I'm looking to buy my first bow. I need advice for selecting a good quality, wooden recurve bow (50lb pull), price range of 150 - 250?


    Thank you so much.
    Last edited by Aryn; 04-22-2014 at 09:49 PM.

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    Aryn,

    In that price range you would have to find a used bow that someone is selling. A decent wood bow new could easily range 350+. There are some made by Ragim that are slightly above your price range. Personally I prefer Bear bows. They are more expensive but I know I am getting quality and reliability.

    With that being said, have you been to an archery shop to get your draw length measured? Your height and draw length will be major factors in your purchase. Also if it is your first bow I would consider getting less weight. 30 - 40 lbs is a good starting point. Proper archery technique and form is more important than how much you can pull back. Work your way up to 50 or more depending on your physical capabilities and if you can still use proper form and technique at that weight.

    Your best bet is to go to a reputable bow shop. Get measured, and maybe get some instruction from a good teacher. They can advise you for what is best for your situation and budget.

    Best of luck, and welcome to the wonderful world of archery.

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    Hi Aryn and welcome!

    You are in great hands here with CBT as he has a great amount of knowledge with trad bows.

    Just to add to his point about draw length measurment - we have a great post here on how to determine your draw length, http://www.archerandangler.com/forum...aw-length-453/ , however CBT's advice is spot on when saying you should get measured by a professional for your first bow. This will ensure a comfortable first time experience and not one with frustration.
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    Aryn,
    As mentioned by CBT, I would shy away from a 50 lb recurve for your first tradional bow. There are some really great deals on used traditional bows through several traditional archery forums such as Stickbow.com - Traditional Archery and Traditional Bowhunting for the price range your looking for. Developing a consistent and proper form and release is extremely important in shooting a traditional bow which is why we are suggesting starting with something around 40 lbs. A 40 pound recurve can be extremely accurate out to 40 + yards and is plenty of bow to take down a full size deer should you decide to hunt with.
    If you can find yourself an older (mid 60's or early 70's) Bear Kodiak or Super Kodiak or a Damon Howatt in good condition, you will have a bow that will last you many years. Most of the older traditional bows were made to last a life time and will shoot as well as a brand new $1000.00 bow. With regards to your draw length in using a traditional bow, most traditional bows have their poundage rated at 28" draw length. If you draw length is a little shorter or longer, the poundage you will be pulling will vary slightly.
    Here are a few great looking bows around your price range as an example.
    Stickbow.com's "LeatherWall" Traditional Archery Discussion Forum (Great Bow for the money)
    Stickbow.com's "LeatherWall" Traditional Archery Discussion Forum (Shorter AMO bow, still a real nice bow)
    Stickbow.com's "LeatherWall" Traditional Archery Discussion Forum (Shorter AMO bow, still a real nice shooting bow)
    Stickbow.com's "LeatherWall" Traditional Archery Discussion Forum (Great Bow for the money)

    Hope this helps
    Last edited by DssBB; 04-28-2014 at 01:33 PM.

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    Great advice DssBB,

    I mentioned height and draw length as factors because there are a lot of trad bows out there that aren't very efficient at shorter draw lengths and some that can't handle long ones. So it does become a major factor in a purchase. If one has an average draw it's less of an issue. Also height cause I wouldn't recommend a 55 or 58" bow to someone whom is 6 ft or more. So with all that has been said before and all of it good advice..Best thing is to go to a good bow shop and get fitted and try some out to get a good fit.


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