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Old 08-25-2010, 08:07 AM
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Question Looking for lefty bow

Does anyone have suggestions for how I might find a left handed bow? I have read basically that you need to try all you can and choose the one that feels the best. Since many retailers don't carry many LH bows I am having a tough time. Most local retailers here don't even have a range, nor will they let you shoot. I live near Raleigh, NC, so the closet big sporting goods store is probably the Bass Pro in Concord, NC. Most of the local Dicks Sporting Goods carry limited brands, and then may only have 2 or 3 LH models. Their ranges are usually short too, if they have one.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:09 AM
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You have a bit of a disadvantage, but not much. It's hard to find a shop that have left handed bows you can try before you buy. Any bow i've bought i usually have to wait to be shipped there. Talk to the guy at your local pro shop, tell him what you posted here. If he isn't willing to help hook you up with a bow go somewhere else..Most of them are pretty willing to help you out. I usually narrow down my choices and see if i can get a chance to shoot them. Let him know what your interested in and he might let you try the ones your interested in. The guy at the pro shop around here is real good about it. Im a lefty too, dont worry you can get yourself a bow, you just need to flash the cash money around...

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Old 08-25-2010, 10:40 AM
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Im a lefty too, so i know the feeling, although things seem to be getting better over the last couple of years. They usually never have a left handed model to shoot in the store unless they let you shoot one they have in stock. What i do most of the time is shoot them right-handed. Granted its not the same, but i have gotten pretty good at it. But if you shoot a bunch of right handed bows in a row, it can show you the differences that you can feel, granted its not the same, but it does help and makes you a more versitile archer. And as others have said most of the shops are very willing to work with you to sell you a bow. I would go on to the bow companies you like websites and use there dealor locator function and go visit some shops. Some shops have better selection then most, but it does pay to shoot them all, or at least hold them.

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Old 08-25-2010, 11:26 AM
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Never thought of shooting right handed. Thats a great idea. You still get the feel of the bow. This is a right handed world. I always get the, "hey aren't you doing that backwards" at the shop
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:02 AM
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Just about any bow (Hoyts notwithstanding) can be shot with the opposite hand to get the feel of the draw cycle and vibration at release.

I am a LH archer and every bow I have ever owned I have had to shoot a RH version before ordering my LH version.

What sucks is that I tend to like the way the Hoyts shoot but damn, that tec bridge riser sure beats up your wrist bone when you shoot it with the wrong hand.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:01 PM
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I have a friend that has a great hoyt thats left handed for sale fully equipt
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:56 AM
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I had the same problem when I started looking for a new bow over three years ago. I would check the local stores along with the retail stores to see if the had LH bows to at least get a feel on holding them. Anytime I would see a LH model I always would hold pick it up to see how it felt and I still do this today. Finally two years ago I was in Cabelas in Kansas City while on a turkey hunt and they had a LH Diamond Black Ice. I was able to get a really good feel for it. I didn't get to shoot it but was able to draw it back at the store. Once I did I knew it was the bow that I wanted to get. It took almost two full years to finally decide because of the same issues you are having now. Once I did decide that was the bow that I wanted, I went to a local store that could order it and ordered it with them.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:15 PM
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Lefties can be tough but keep looking. At worst you can shoot a righty and get the feel. Then order the "right" one.
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