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    Please correct me where needed and help me understand the nature of compound bows. I currently shoot a 60" 50# PSE recurve and am trying to decide which compound would suit me. I'll use it for 3D and target, not likely to hunt but prefer a bow that could be used for hunting over one that is a pure target type.

    So, here is my confusion:

    I 'think' I know the "back wall" is when you draw the string all the way back to a point where it will not come back any further.

    I also believe the "valley" is the range of the draw just before you hit the back wall and the draw force of the string in the valley is greatly reduced.

    I'm guessing that "creep" is when you purposely relax your pull at the back wall and let the string move through the valley toward that point when the cam/s suddenly increase the pull of the string. (do you purposely do this before triggering the release, so you shoot from within the valley or do you shoot from the wall?)

    Assuming I have that correct, here is my question:

    My recurve is 50 pounds draw weight so I 'think' I know what 50 pounds draw weight feels like....

    If I had a 50 pound compound bow, where during the draw cycle, if ever, would I feel the same force that I feel on my recurve?

    I'm guessing, shortly after beginning to draw until I hit the valley?

    The main reason for my question is to learn if I should be looking for a compound bow of the same draw weight as my recurve. If a compound bow will enable me to move upp to more draw weight then i want to take advantage of that.

    My main reason for wanting a compound bow is I want to increase my range and shoot faster and flatter than my recurve.
    I'm a total rookie to archery, just bought the recurve to join my rookie daughter and discovered I love shooting arrows at stuff.

    Last edited by Enchilada Jones; 10-19-2012 at 08:36 PM.

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    everything you are thinking or assuming is pretty much correct other than you dont want to purposely creep forward from full draw when you are shooting. shooting from the valley used to be much more popular when bows had round wheels and larger valleyss, but the current crop is easier to shoot from the wall. if you can handle a 50 pound recurve comfortably you'll be able to easily handle a 50 or 60 pound compound. the draw force will peak roughly 1/4 to 1/3 of the way into the draw and will remain close to peak until you roll into the valley at the end. with a 60 pound compound with 80% letoff you'll only be holding around 12 pounds at full draw.

    here's some good info you can look over.

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    Thumbs up You've come to the right place !

    to this site !

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    X3 and J.C. has it all covered.
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    If your shooting a 50 pound recurve it would be a safe bet that you would have no problem shooting yp to a 70 pound compound bow, although I couldn't see when a person would want to shoot anywhere near that weight for paper punching. I shoot 60 to 70 pounds on my hunting bow and struggle to properly shoot a 45 pound recurve. they are two different animals.

    and like was said earlier....creep bad

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    Thanks for the help everyone.
    I bought a compound bow yesterday, a Diamond Outlaw 50-60 lbs.

    I had read where the string rode high on the idler wheel and there was a history of derailing from inexperienced users so it wasn't on my list even though it had all the features I wanted. When I saw two of them for sale side by side, one having a wheel with a deeper groove to contain the string I decided to go ahead and buy it.

    I had read about the way the cam has a really abrupt way of taking off when letting the draw down but after trying it out in the store I determined I can cope with that.

    After shooting about a hundred arrows I can say I got a bow that I like a LOT!

    For $550 with sight, rest, quiver, strap, stabilizer and D loop I guess I did ok.
    I had been watching used bow prices and availability in my area and nothing was close to what I ended up with.

    I'm impressed with the accuracy of this bow, I imagine it will keep me going for a long time.
    Thanks again!
    Last edited by Enchilada Jones; 10-22-2012 at 10:37 AM.

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