Bow Poundage - ForestPhantom

Anyone shoot 55# or 60# limbs successfully. I hear a lot of people saying shooting 60# for a recurve is not a good idea but I can pull a 50# bow like a rubber band and im thinking if Fred Bear can do 65# I could easily do 60#. What are all your thoughts?

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Re: Bow Poundage

Neargeezer
January 11th, 2013 01:01:26am

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3# more for me I notice, 5# is big and 10# is huge! YMMV

Re: Bow Poundage

Animal
January 11th, 2013 11:01:26am

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Always a subjective topic; bows that are too heavy/light. However, being as I now shoot year round (about 7500 shots year), and, shooting a traditional type bow is an athletic movement (is an Olympic event) that requires skill and strength, I do believe in shooting/working out with bows that are too heavy [for me] to hunt with so I can maintain "bow strength." Too heavy meaning I can't achieve my desired level of accuracy, e.g., my heavy weight is 57/58# at full draw. Hunting weight is 47-50 # and my soon to be target weight will be in the low 40s #. Hope that helps, and remember, its all about accuracy!!! (and good arrow flight too!) tom

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Robert L.
January 11th, 2013 12:01:20pm
When younger I hunted with a 56# Ben Pearson and up until the late eighties I was still using that bow (I'd aquired it in the mid-sixties). In the mid nineties I could no longer pull that bow to full draw, so dropped to the high forties in the early two thousands and have been shooting that (low?) poundage bow ever since.

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Rick Barbee
January 11th, 2013 05:01:10pm

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[Quote] I hear a lot of people saying shooting 60# for a recurve is not a good idea [End Quote] Yea, a lot of people think & speak of themselves, and think everyone else should fall into that same category. I consider a 60# bow a light draw weight bow. You should shoot what you are comfortable with. No one else can tell you whst that is. Rick

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Archie
January 12th, 2013 01:01:44pm

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I usually shoot a 48# longbow, but it is beginning to feel a little too light for me. I got 68# limbs for my recurve last summer, and after about 3 weeks of steadily working out, find myself shooting the heavier weight pretty well. Every day, I try to do 3 sets in a row of 10 repeated draws, drawing to full anchor and holding for 2-3 seconds, then letting down. I draw 10 times with my right hand, 10 times with my left, and then rest for a minute or two before starting another set. This is really strengthening my back and shoulders. I am actually shooting more consistently now with the heavier bow. This is probably due the fact that now I am fighting with overdrawing the lighter bow, and my draw length wants to jump around on each shot. Shoot whatever weight you are comfortable with. I do not think that I could shoot an 80# bow well, no matter how much I worked out. But while 60-65# may be too much for another guy, it's fine with me, due to my workout regimen, physique, musculature, and bone structure. And since I draw around 31", that 69# bow probably really packs a wallop, with the 800-grain arrows I'm shooting out of it. I don't ever foresee needing a really heavy bow, even if I went to hunt on another continent. I'm convinced that my 48# @ 31" bow is enough to hunt anything in North America... I just like the feel of a little heavier bow. I'm probably going to end up buying a second PL, around 58-60 pounds. Archie

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Animal
January 25th, 2013 02:01:27pm

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Hey Neargeezer: correction: the 3rd line in my comment "...to hunt with..." is in error and should be deleted. I meant to workout with heavier bows, not hunt with them. thanks, tom

Re: Bow Poundage

Andy Man
January 26th, 2013 08:01:27am

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I like a weight that is light enough that I can contorol/hold if need be but heavy enough to get a crisp release for me right now that is 50#'s at my draw 10 years ago it was 60#'s
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Robert L.
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