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Old 09-13-2008, 08:24 PM
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Hey all -

Before I post what I am going ot post let me send a disclaimer. I realize 70-80lbs limbs are probably too much and yes I had to learn the hard way.

Ok so I have 80lbs limbs on my Hoyt Vulcan...why because I am short (5'3") and would love to have a little bit faster bow. Mission accomplished with the 80lbs limbs but now I am having some target panic issues I have been dealing with and I know the 80lbs limbs are not helping. I do have them set at 73lbs but still this is not helping. I say having too much weight on my bow is adding to target panic because when I shoot my wife's Hoyt Rintec with 40-50lbs limbs I can hold on target all day long and release when I wantto. So now my question to all of you bow techie gurus is what would you expect my bow speed to drop to with say 60-70 lbs limbs? I am currently shooting 285fps with a 27" arrow 26" DL vapor trail strings/cables and one libsaver dampener on my string and a tubless peep. I know I said I have learned my lesson and speed is not everything but I also don't want ot compromise too much speed because where I live (AZ) we hunt Elk ( which i am currently doing this week for a cow) and mulies at 60 yards so the flater shooting the bow is the better it is for me but I do realize I must compromise. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:10 PM
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According to http://bucklemke.com/ke/ke.phpI have calculated that you would drop to about 269 fps if you dropped your pull weight to 65# and kept the same weight arrow. Ofcourse if you drop pulling weight, you can drop arrow weight, but you will sacrifice KE.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:22 PM
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Thank you that seems pretty reasonable any thoughts?
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:11 AM
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Default RE: Dropping to lighter limbs?

Do it.

269 is plenty fast and will do the trick.

Your shoulder will thank you later.

The ole saying comes to mind- a fast miss is still a miss.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:22 PM
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Default RE: Dropping to lighter limbs?

I prefer the lower draw weights.

It helps me draw smoothly and slowly if I have to do it while a deer is in range. I don't hold more than a second or two unless the deer looks at me or stops where I don't have a shot. Learned to snapshoot on a bare longbow and recurve, so I've carried over that style to my sighted compound.

I don't need the fastest-shooting/super-flat/ultra-mag bow setup.
Where I hunt, I can't even SEE anything past about 35 yards.

I shoot an 8 year old PSE single cam at about 220fps with heavy arrows.
Blows right through 2 sets of ribs, and has had enough energy to take one down with an unitentionalspine hit.

Not the latest or greatest, but it works if you're not trying to pick off tiny deer at 80 yards.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:31 PM
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What good is speed if ya cant shoot the darn thing?? Drop em down!
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