Dillema - Arcobsessed

I made to switch to traditional about 3 years ago. Being that there are few traditional archers in my corner of the world I struggled with which bow to buy. I started with a used bow in the $300 range and then was influenced by what I read in another forum and spent big bucks on a bow that never did it for me. Anyhow, I decided to immerse myself into the culture by going to the Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in Pennsylvania. Best thing I ever did. Shot a ton of different bows but was really impressed by a couple of PSAs. They are stable in the hand and shoot where you're looking. I shot the PMA but thought the mass weight was too much. I shot the PTF and found it to be just a little light on mass. Naturally, I've now got the sickness and "have to have a PSA". I've had a couple of replies but the PSAs are either too light or too heavy. However, there are 2 PCHS which have got what I want- RH, excellent condition and 45-46 LBS. BUT - I have never shot a PCH and worry the mass might be too light. What is the difference in physical weight between the PSA and the PCH? There's also the shorter sight window? My sickness is such that I want the bow now. You'd think a 60 year old would have more fortitude.

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JMSmithy
August 7th, 2013 11:08:39pm

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I have a PMA and just ordered PCH. My PMAII is 50#@28 and draws a bit light for me as I'm a 27" draw. It's also 62". I blew a beautiful 11pt last year after not accounting for the length and shooting from a ground blind. I put lower tip into hub and as I released I realized when imhitnte blind and arrow sailed over his back....at 12 yards. And yes, it does feel a bit "beefy" as to weight BUT that weight also helps stabilize the bow and it is the smoothest shooting bow I own.... Last year while hunting with my buddy Tony and his son Josh at SquaPan Mt Outfitters I got to try Josh's PCH ( left I believe for him by Roger and Toby). Incredible shooter, super smooth, lighter than my PMA for sure. I just ordered my PCH ! Hope to have by our NJ rut, early to mid November! Either way you can't go wrong!

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Arcobsessed
August 8th, 2013 04:08:19pm

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Thanks JM. I just noticed a PA for sale on the Widow wall. That seems like it's just in between the PSA and the PCH. Much tempted.

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Andy Man
August 8th, 2013 05:08:30pm

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The PA is the same as the PSA except being a one piece (and a little lighter mass weight) Had one and a very nice bow; Like the PTF one piece better(same geometry as the previous two) just a little slimer and I feel better balanced (my favorite Black Widow)

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Manitou1
August 9th, 2013 10:08:05pm

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I have had a PTF,two PMA's, a PCH, and a PSA. I still own and shoot the PMA and PSA... and they are my favorite bows. I know it goes against all logic since I have a true 32 1/2" draw length, but my PSA is my most accurate bow by far. Both the PSA and PMA were custom made for me in identical grip and draw weight. The PMA is 64" and the PSA is 62". I shoot the PSA WAYYY better than the PMA. I just feels right for me. With my draw length, the PMA should shoot better for me, but it doesn't. With that said, my PCH was my second favorite bow and was smooth and accurate all the way to my long draw length. There is very little mass weight difference between the PCH and PSA... and they shoot and feel very similar. Some people need a large sight window, but I shoot instinctive and the PCH sight window was just great for me. The one-piece recurves will be lighter. I like just the little bit of heft in the take down riser as I shoot better with a little mass in my riser, like many folks do. Also, traveling with a take down, especially flying, is easier. On another note, If you break a limb on a take-down bow, you just buy another limb. If you break a limb on a one-piece, you are out the whole cost of a bow, plus you can get extra limbs in different weights in the future if you desire. I think you would probably be fine with a PCH if you don't require a huge sight window. Good luck, and welcome to the "Black Widow Gang"!

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Manitou1
August 9th, 2013 10:08:33pm

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I don't know what your budget is like, but Black Widow does have bows that are nearly completed and can be shipped in about two weeks. Check them out on the site.

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Arcobsessed
August 12th, 2013 12:08:40pm

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Well, I'm still looking. Came within a whisker of dropping the string on a beautiful PCH but it got sold just as I had gotten the vendor's phone number. Widows don't last long and, you snooze, you lose.....
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