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My first Recurve bow

Old 12-26-2011, 12:46 AM
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Hello all,
Just got into traditional archery about a month ago. Usually I just use crossbows.

Bought myself a Samick Lightning 30#.

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I'm quite happy with it and am taking weekly archery lessons.

Any tips and tricks for a beginner?


Also I wasn't sure if this went in target archery or traditional archery, since it is kind of both..

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Old 12-26-2011, 03:59 PM
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right on..traditional takes alot of time and dedication..mostly just have fun and be safe.
as ya shoot you will have 1st have knowledge.
those classes will help alot.
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Looks like you are on the right track--just keep up the good work.

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Old 12-27-2011, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by hookeye View Post
Neat bow, I'd get some Judo points and make that a bunny blaster!
I might consider doing that, once I get some experience. Right now I'm shooting accurately out to 15 yards. And by accurately I mean about 3-4 inch groupings.

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right on..traditional takes alot of time and dedication..mostly just have fun and be safe.
as ya shoot you will have 1st have knowledge.
those classes will help alot.
Right now my teacher tends to say that my grip on the bow is too tight and I've noticed that as well. Been working on it though, seems to be that when I release the string I think that the bow will fly out of my hand unless I grip it tight.

We were also testing my arrow's stiffness and apparently my predator II's are a bit too stiff for my bow, later on once I build up some strength I'll most likely get a second pair of limbs and up the draw weight a bit and then it'll be just about perfect.

Will still be a while until then though, the only upright bows I've shot were compound, so holding 30# is already a bit high for me.

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Looks like you are on the right track--just keep up the good work.

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Old 12-27-2011, 06:42 AM
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Nice looking bow.

You don't need a lot of poundage for deer hunting. I've been bowhunting now for 47 years and if you take a look at my signature, you can see the bow poundages of my two recurves.
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Originally Posted by Peadjis View Post

Right now my teacher tends to say that my grip on the bow is too tight and I've noticed that as well. Been working on it though, seems to be that when I release the string I think that the bow will fly out of my hand unless I grip it tight.



Thanks.
i dont shoot traditional, but i do use a strap on my bow around my wrist, that way when i shoot, i just let the bow "fall" if you will, but the strap keeps it on my wrist. the strap isnt tight at all, its very loose, i can pull my hand in and out with no adjustments. you should open yer hand if you will before the shot,imo, to get the best shot.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Night Wing View Post
Nice looking bow.

You don't need a lot of poundage for deer hunting. I've been bowhunting now for 47 years and if you take a look at my signature, you can see the bow poundages of my two recurves.
Thanks.

I can get some new limbs for 100(about $140), available in 5# increments all the way to 60#. I was thinking of getting a pair of 40# before I go back to Canada.(currently in Austria).

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i dont shoot traditional, but i do use a strap on my bow around my wrist, that way when i shoot, i just let the bow "fall" if you will, but the strap keeps it on my wrist. the strap isnt tight at all, its very loose, i can pull my hand in and out with no adjustments. you should open yer hand if you will before the shot,imo, to get the best shot.
Hmm, so a bow/finger sling? I've seen those before, my teacher uses one. I tend to use my pointer finger and my thumb to hold the bow loosely, but I might look into a finger sling sometime.
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I tend to use my pointer finger and my thumb to hold the bow loosely,...
That works well. Some shooter turn the other fingers in, behind the riser, so there is no way to torque. A sling works, but if you plan to compete it may not be legal for some tournaments. For me, it's just something else to keep up with (or loose).

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Seems about right yep, I've been getting steadier shots as of now and working on my releases.

I find that if I don't concentrate 100% and take my time I make bad releases and pull the string off to the right. Also resewed my finger guard, it was starting to fall apart on me.

edit: Meant 'Tab' not finger guard.

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Old 01-01-2012, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by hookeye View Post
You can add a bow quiver to get the mass weight up and lessen bow jump at the shot. I actually prefer my bows to have quivers on them, but then I hunt with them.
I was actually just considering to that, I can admit as a traditional archery noob that I wasn't thinking about mass weight when I was considering one, more just convenience

But yea, I get what you mean.


I will probably hunt with it as well, once I get better, probably just squirrels though


Originally Posted by hookeye View Post
Grip is index and middle finger touching front of riser, by thumb tip, other fingers curled to side. Loose grip but just a bit of finger tip pressure.

Steadies even some of the more jumpy factory bow setups pretty well. Good tune on better bows.........sweet.

Never open handed, no sling either (recurve).
Hm, the grip you explain is pretty much what I had been doing and when I say pretty much I mean more it was what I was trying to do.
But my archery teacher says that when someone looks at you from a profile angle that he should not be able to see any fingers besides your pointer and thumb, the other way he explained it was that only two fingers should ever touch the bow.

I will talk to him about it.

Originally Posted by hookeye View Post
Perfect followthrough, same grip...........yrs ago when I blew an 82# PSE Mach 4 riser in half, cracked right through the shelf.

Nobody of better ability I've seen (maybe regional but I used to get out a bit) shoots an open hand.
I've never seen that bow before, what sort of bow is it?

The only bow I've ever cracked appart was a longbow I made back when I was 10. AmIcoolYet?
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