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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-13-2008, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone into archery/hunting?

Well ive been needing something that shoots projectiles for awhile, i was gonna get a 22 410 whatever but then all i thought about was i would have to goto a range or have the cops called at me for shooting in the back yard.

The guys i live with hunt often and have compound bows

I shot for the first time and i like it, so im thinking of buying a bow...

But i cannot make up my mind... i want to go recurve instead of compound
Am i going to be missing out on much? (going recurve)

I just want to target shoot, im not really a killer, unless it is making noise in the yard or is really ugly

I did wiki on all kinds of bow articles, and found out that recurve might be the way to go, and its used in the olympics

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Re: Anyone into archery/hunting?

Mattleegee,

If been shooting archery for 8 years now. It's like golf. It can get as expensive as you want. If you are just out in the back yard, a recurve is fine. However, they are projectiles and will penetrate most anything. I shoot sanctioned events all over the eastern US. I shoot a compound class. Look Up the ASA or IBO for events in your area. If you have any specific questions shoot me a PM.

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Re: Anyone into archery/hunting?

I haven't been big in to archery in awhile, mostly because I don't have the space to shoot. I have a huge open area behind my town house, but since it is sorrounded by other townhouses I can't really shoot there. I don't really want the cops called or all my neighbors having issues with me.

How strong are you? A compound can be nice because once you draw there is relatively little effort to keep it drawn and the overall release energy is higher compared to a non-compound bow for the same draw strength. I personally would not get a compound because I don't hunt and I wouldn't shot dozens and dozens of arrows in practice (or if I did I WANT to build the back and arm strength).

I would start with a relatively low pull weight, maybe 30lbs and work your way up. If you are really strong start with something high draw, but if you can barely manage say a 60lb draw it is going to take a long time to build up the strength to handle it well and accuracy is going to suffer a lot until you can handle both the target and strength aspects (it easier on the targeting if you can handle the draw more easily).

I personally just stick with throwing knives and a sheet of 11/32" plywood. Next house since I am planning on building on 3-4 acres I'll probably get a 45lb bow and make a target (the usual straw). I figure there is no point if I can't have a target range of at least 80ft.
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Re: Anyone into archery/hunting?

yeah there is an old timer at my work that is bringing in some recurves and long bows tommarow to work
i was telling him that i was going to get something soon and he asked me what weight i was going, i told him 50,55
and then he said i would probably want around a 40, guess i will find out what im looking for, i dont want to kill myself shooting and want to shoot often so i will probably go low, i got plates in my arm and it has made a bad wrist so i have to be carefull

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Re: Anyone into archery/hunting?

Yeah 40 sounds like it might work better for you. A 30lb bow is quite capable of a flat enough trajectory for target shooting at 50 or 60ft easily enough.

Make sure you get an archery forearm protector. First time you messup and hit your forearm will be the last time without wearing one.
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