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Old 09-09-2019, 9:35 PM
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Default First few rounds with my new bow

This is all I need: another expensive hobby.

Picked up my bow last week: Recurve "bare bow", no sights, none of those stabilizer things that look like you're expecting hand-to-hand combat.

Given that I've only shot a bow two or three times in my entire life, I was quite surprised to get this group from about 7 yards on my 3rd set of arrows:



and this from about 12 yards:



Only smashed one arrow against the concrete wall. :-)

Right now, I've got the 30lb arms... trying to learn to shoot before I let my ego buy my hardware... but hopefully i'll be up to something in the range of a hunting bow... (80 lbs?)
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Old 09-09-2019, 9:41 PM
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Looks like a good time to me! Welcome to archery too. Your a busy man. Take care.
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Old 09-09-2019, 9:47 PM
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Looks like a good time to me! Welcome to archery too. Your a busy man. Take care.
Dude, seriously.

My plan is to fire a few volleys before I leave for work in the morning, every day.. nice thing about archery is people won't call the cops if you do it in your back yard. :-)
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Old 09-13-2019, 5:24 AM
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Right now, I've got the 30lb arms... trying to learn to shoot before I let my ego buy my hardware... but hopefully i'll be up to something in the range of a hunting bow... (80 lbs?)
40 pounds is minimum for hunting in most states, most of my trad buddies shoot arpumd 50 pounds. If you can get up to 80 pounds on a trad bow you'll be in a very manly of men category.

You're off to a good start, though. Practice as close range until you get real consistent and comfortable before moving back further in distance. Then if you ever get bored try out an Asiatic (horse bow) with a thumb ring draw, it's like learning to shoot all over again.
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Old 09-13-2019, 5:44 AM
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This is all I need: another expensive hobby.

Picked up my bow last week: Recurve "bare bow", no sights, none of those stabilizer things that look like you're expecting hand-to-hand combat.

Given that I've only shot a bow two or three times in my entire life, I was quite surprised to get this group from about 7 yards on my 3rd set of arrows:



and this from about 12 yards:



Only smashed one arrow against the concrete wall. :-)

Right now, I've got the 30lb arms... trying to learn to shoot before I let my ego buy my hardware... but hopefully i'll be up to something in the range of a hunting bow... (80 lbs?)
Unless you have an incredibly short draw 55# is a good weight on a traditional bow for hunting . You'll be able to compensate by using heavier arrows that will also help stabilize the heavier bow. Good job on the commitment to practice . That all it takes. At one time I could hit a running quail at 30 yards.... twice a day practice is a great start
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Old 09-13-2019, 9:30 AM
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If you can get up to 80 pounds on a trad bow you'll be in a very manly of men category.
if I ever actually go bow-hunting, it'll be with a compound bow, sights, and all that good stuff... but this is good to know.


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Good job on the commitment to practice . That all it takes.
As it turns out, it's easier to say "I'll wake up a little early" than it is to actually wake up early...
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Old 09-14-2019, 6:20 AM
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Im sure you already know but be careful with that hard backstop.
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Old 09-15-2019, 11:37 PM
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Im sure you already know but be careful with that hard backstop.
Yeah, I'll eventually have to expand my setup to include hay bales or some such.

Two arrows down so far. :-)
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:22 AM
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I was suggesting more from a safety standpoint. Arrows can shoot back at you if they hit a hard surface.
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Old 09-18-2019, 3:42 PM
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I was suggesting more from a safety standpoint. Arrows can shoot back at you if they hit a hard surface.
OK, I'll get the hay bales faster, then. :-)
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Old 09-18-2019, 3:51 PM
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Pretty sure shooting arrows is not shooting "rounds", I believe the term is "flights" of arrows. But as long as you don't refer to your quiver as a "clip" most folks around here won't be too upset.
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Old 09-18-2019, 4:00 PM
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lets see the bow
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Old 09-18-2019, 4:52 PM
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Pretty sure shooting arrows is not shooting "rounds", I believe the term is "flights" of arrows. But as long as you don't refer to your quiver as a "clip" most folks around here won't be too upset.
I've also heard the term "ends"... but I've never been big on nomenclature.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:23 PM
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Looks like i'm going to be a "string walker". I hate the idea of counting threads, hopefully i can get something good using my own fingers as a guide, but it seems to work better for me... I like that i can put the tip of the arrow on the bullseye.

Shot an improving group today: about 3" wide, although about 7" tall... from 10 yards.

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