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I'm new to traditional shooting. I have a Hoyt Trykon compound that i shoot quite a bit. I bought my daughter a PSE recurve for christmas. It's nothing fancy but I've enjoyed shooting it with her. I'm strongly considering buying one for myself. My question is should I find something cheap to start out with or just dive right in and buy a nice one? Also I'm used to shooting with sights. Does anybody shoot their trad bows with sights?

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Andy Man
January 22nd, 2014 07:01:29pm

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Black Widow used to recommend starting with a cheaper bow (they sold Martin Hunter and Mamba models ) for that (don't think they do anymore ) them once you decide on poundage,draw length and if its for you then get one maybe a used bow, check 3 rivers for cheaper bows or classifieds with a recurve from a compound your draw length will be shorter and more importantly the poundage you like will be way lesss (don't over bow) 50#'s and above is getting rather heavy for most in a recurve, beter start too light yes some use sights; would try it with out first

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Hodges
January 22nd, 2014 07:01:56pm
I've looked at the Martin recurves. I like the bridge riser. Not a bad price either. If I do buy one I want to be able to hunt with it. What's the lowest poundage recomended on a recurvr for hunting? 45 to 50?

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Shaftbuster
January 23rd, 2014 08:01:54am

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Good advice. One of the biggest differences that you will need to adjust to, is that you can't stick the bow in the closet for 6 months and expect to shoot well when season gets close next summer. Compounds can be done that way to some extent, but traditional bows require some regular practice that is in itself very enjoyable. Also remember to factor in your draw length when talking poundage... it matters with traditional equipment. To your question, 45-50 is plenty for most hunting situations. Yes you CAN get by with less, but with regular practice 40-45-50 is not that hard to get used to. One more thing. Most of us here are hopelessly addicted to new bows and horde them shamelessly. The "bug" bites hard and it's tenacious. Be warned! Have fun....it doesn't get any better than getting started on a new passion.

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Bearhunter
January 23rd, 2014 11:01:40am

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Andy Man and Shaftbuster really good advice, what more can be said. My story, I started out with a cheaper bow that I purchased on e-bay 15 years ago, My wallet would not let me buy a higher end bow at that time, by doing this it gave me a chance to work on my form and see if I was going to get into this before I spent the big bucks, I am glad I did it that way. The main thing get a bow that fits you and tuned properly you will enjoy shooting it more. What ever you buy, like shaftbuster said, practice and practice a lot that's half the fun. Good luck and have fun.

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Charlie3
January 23rd, 2014 05:01:41pm

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My first traditional bow as a adult was a PSE Impala. I do not know if they still manufacture it, but for $160 brand new it was great! That being said, if you drop 4 figures on the best you will feel guilty for not using it and thus ensure you get plenty of practice in...this works for me with both bows and guitars haha.

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Hodges
January 23rd, 2014 07:01:58pm
Thanks for all the advice fellers...you and i think alike charlie3. I've been playing guitar for 20 years. I worked in a music store for 7 of those 20 years. Good equipment yeilds good success...That is if you practice enough lol...I'm still looking around and doing a lot of research. Hopefully I'll find the right bow for me. Thanks again for everybody's input. Much appreciated...
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