I haven't shot a bow since I was a teenager. I'm wanting to purchase a longbow and have done some research online. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of spare funds for the purchase. I found some rough and ready english style longbows at www.woodbows.com/products.html but I would have to finish it myself, which is not a problem. I was thinking about getting the 50 lb (hunting strength) one about halfway down for $79. Would this be a good bow as a first purchase to get into the sport? Does anyone have any experience with this bow. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Go to an archery shop or bowyer and find a poundage you're comfortable with for your first bow. Then look around at what's available in that range. Be a very bad thing if you hurt yourself on that 50 Lb bow. I know 50Lbs doesn't seem like much but it's different muscles than you've been using for other activities. You could very well find yourself starting as low as 30 Lbs.
...Then again, you could also find yourself starting at 60 or 70Lbs. Unlikely, but possible.
In any case, should be plenty of archery shops in your area. You need to know Poundage and Draw Length. And then shop for a bow that fits you.
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I have 2 wood bows first they sent me the wrong one (not the one i ordered) first but when i let them know it they told me to keep it and sent me the right one.They were great to deal with,both bows were just for target practice in the back yard so 30# was enough for me and they shoot great.I would recommend them highly and if your interested in just a target bow PM me and maybe we can make a deal on one.I bought some inexpensive wood arrows and a foam target and am getting quite good. I have. www.woodbows.com/elb.html www.woodbows.com/lor.html
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looks great but look at rudderbows.com. I got a hickory rough tillered 48" west coast Indian paddle bow and it rocks...price and quality are comparable. Plus check out Father Staples bows. I recently done some research into this subject and have since then made several bows...flats only. Also google Sam Cooper bowmaking for poor folks and apartment dwellers...at good site.
You could do a lot better then Woodbows.com for your "get back into it" bow.
I was bow hunting a few months back and I found this ebayer, "kpkpparson" Here is a 55 lb'er for (almost) half of what Woodbows.com would want: cgi.ebay.com/Handcrafted-English ... 3a57e9f210
I've had a LOT of fun with the bow I received from this seller. I've had it for about 3-4 months now and it still shoots like the day I got it. I've also asked if they could make custom bows, like if I wanted a 120 lb at 28 inches. They said it would take a couple of weeks, but totally an option.
One last note. The tips of the bow that I have were really well made. Usually I would have nothing to judge this by, but in the first week that I got it, I tried shooting from a covered porch... with a wood ceiling. Needless to say that the physics of shooting a bow weren't fully apparent to me. The tip that struck the ceiling was dented, but not broken. Still shoots fine.
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