Archery

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bainbridge, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Bainbridge

    Bainbridge Adventurer

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    I've looked at a couple of times for an archery thread but didn't see one. If not lets get one going. Compounds, traditional, recurves, crossbows, longbows. I have a PSE Singer III, and just as soon as I read up on posting a pic, I will do so.
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  2. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    take down bows too.
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  3. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    I shoot both traditional (Recurve, Longbows, Selfbows) and compounds, both hunting and target models. Next to motorcycles archery is my second favorite pasttime.
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  4. river_rat

    river_rat Perplexed

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    sweet!

    I've been looking to get back into Archery. Haven't shot in around 15 years, and boy oh boy, has the equipment changed!

    :freaky
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  5. mhpr262

    mhpr262 Long timer

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    I mostly shoot these these nowadays ...

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    ... but I do have two bows in my basement. I am planning to get in a little practice in this summer. It is more troublesome than the slinghsots because I need to find some lonely field in the backcountry with no people .... and I'll have to build some target which will take up even more space in my garage, and both target and bow will have to be transported by car.
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  6. dtirell

    dtirell Dain Bramaged

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    Fingers or release with the compound?
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  7. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Last time I looked, compounds are pretty much a release only thing these days.
    You'd be amazed how hard it is to let go of a string when the bow has huge let-off.
    I shot traditional (longbow) for years and haven't owned a compound since the 90s.
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  8. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    The short ATA lengths did that in for awhile, but there are a few long ATA bows that will shoot fingers, you can get up on the wall.

    Bad technique to try to shoot fingers out of the let-off, and spongy walls will mess with you.

    Just have to find a bow with long ATA and a nice stiff wall.
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  9. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    I have been shooting recurves for over 35 years. I still have (and shoot ) the Bear Minuteman take-down that my grandfather bought me in 1976.

    I walked away from compounds about 10 years ago. Never liked shooting them much and it seemed that it was all about how much you spent on your equipment and not about the sport.
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  10. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    I have a bear tamerlane, some internature recurves, I've had hoyt recurves, and shot JOAD as a kid.

    I still have my conquest 2 from when I shot field and 3D.

    I don't shoot archery anymore, my shoulder doesn't feel very good lately, and archery messes with my ability to do almost anything else.
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  11. squidhunter

    squidhunter suck-squeeze-bang-blow

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    There are a few archery threads buried in here somewhere.

    I've only been shooting for a few months, but have collected three bows already. I started with a 24lb Olympic style recurve and bought a nice compound that I discovered I didn't like shooting nearly as much as my recurve.

    I recently picked up a Black Bear Warf recurve with TradTech Carbon Blackmax limbs. It's an old compound that's been converted into a recurve. A cheap way to get a bow that shoots right up there with high-end bows.

    I also started fletching my own arrows and am building an arrow saw.

    It's a lot of fun, but I never knew how involving it can become.
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  12. Apxgrndr

    Apxgrndr In the snow

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  13. dtirell

    dtirell Dain Bramaged

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    Us finger compound shooters are few and far between. As PBG said there are some compounds with longer ATA's and adjustable let-off that make for good finger bows. I started shooting compounds after a shoulder tear but never got enjoyed shooting with a release.

    My primary bow at the moment is a Alpine Concorde that is only a few years old. I will be headed off to Louisville in a few days for the NFAA Indoor nationals. Once I get back I plan to spend some time shooting a basic ILF rig in the traditional class.

    Although I am seriously considering getting a Wes Wallace long bow.
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  14. duck851

    duck851 Been here awhile

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    The SO shoots competitive recurve. She will be shooting in Virginia this weekend at the U.S. National Indoor Championship.
    Its a pretty cool sport as you see competitors from 8 to 80 out there shooting.
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  15. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    Release

    Very few finger release friendly compounds made any more. Most compounds made today are fairly short axle to axle necessitating the use of a release aid.
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  16. Longbo

    Longbo Been here awhile

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    My bride and I both shoot Trad bows,recurve,longbow and primative.
    We shoot 3-D contest in the summer and bow hunt in the fall.
    I have been shooting sticks for over 30 years and My wife started about 9 years ago but she is making up for a late start,she has killed a bunch of deer and two gators.
    Last week she came in 2nd in the State Championship.
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  17. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I have shot a Z-max for many years. Taken some elk, bear, and deer with it. A couple years ago I decided to upgrade and bought a Z-7. Nice, but still like the old tried and true Z-max. We lost the property that our 3D club leased for 40+ yrs. The owners (one of the founders of our club) passed, and the daughter sold the property.We had 51 acres, and 40 3D targets set in the woods. So now looking for new property to lease.
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  18. dtirell

    dtirell Dain Bramaged

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    A fact I am painfully aware of, just thought I would see if you were one of the holdouts. :D
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  19. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    I don't know if you've ever watched relentless pursuit with Tim Wells but he still shoots a compound (Mathews) with fingers and no sight....the guy is an incredible shot. He shot a baboon in Africa on a recent episode from over 100 yards away. He also has done some amazing aerial hunting of doves and geese.... I do remember fondly shooting my late 70's Martin Cougar (Complete with green metalflake paintjob) with fingers when I first starter into the sport. Very few shooters using releases back then.
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  20. mngl1500

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    I have an old Bear Whitetail hunter (double pulley compound), 5 pin sights, and a quick release quiver that holds 7 arrows.

    I mostly just did target practice with it. Bow and arrow hunting is a pain, and I hunt mostly from stands and I should have moved the practice targets and shot from the stands more because it seams I would shoot to low often.

    I also did not like tracking deer that I shot with the bow and arrow vs 1 shot from the rifle and the deer is down.

    My brother is in SCA and him and his wife make their own arrows for use in long bows that they also make their own draw strings for.

    Dad has a very old Bear recurve bow, an even older hickory long bow, a crossbow and a compound bow.


    and @mhpr262 I still have my Crossman wrist rocket.
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