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Old 02-02-2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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of selling my compound bows and going back to traditional.. It's where I started and maybe it's where I need to finish..
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I have a few thoughts about doing the same thing. back to the "good old days." no release, no sight,just shoot and hope for the best
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of selling my compound bows and going back to traditional.. It's where I started and maybe it's where I need to finish..
Why not do both? I shoot in a traditional league on Mondays and also I go to some local shoots with longbow and love it. But I enjoy shooting with the compounds for the indoor and 3D with them arrows smoking about 280 fps. too.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
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Why not do both? I shoot in a traditional league on Mondays and also I go to some local shoots with longbow and love it. But I enjoy shooting with the compounds for the indoor and 3D with them arrows smoking about 280 fps. too.
Mostly because I have a one track mind...
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That's a great way to go out.I remember the good ol days as well.I still have my first bow a 45# Bear Kodiak recurve hangin up on the wall with the cedar shaft arrows still in the quiver. Got my first two deer back in th 70's with it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:16 PM   #6
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Great way to enjoy the sport.

But you are a long ways from going out.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:33 AM   #7
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I think that everyone should shoot what they enjoy shooting. After all, it's supposed to be fun. And contrary to some opinions, it's all archery. It need not be one or the other. It can be both.

I still have my '72 Pearson Predator recurve that I take hunting several times a year. I always get a bigger thrill taking a deer with it than my compounds.

I shoot my compounds for competition because it's so competitive around here & I'm probably more competitive than is good for me. So I end up shooting my long bow or recurves for fun and relaxation.

One thing I've noticed is that my form for compound is almost exactly the same as for recurve. The finger release and no sights are the only difference. But for longbow, my grip is quite different, I cant the bow more and my posture & alignment are different due to the string angle.

It's all good.

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Old 02-03-2011, 07:20 AM   #8
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I have several recurves, pearson, wing, bear and Tice and Watts custom. I have the same thoughts sometimes about going back to recurves, then I string one of them up and that 45 #'s feels like a hundred. I un-string the bow put it back in the corner, get back in my recliner. I do my best archery on the internet.-----If I did go back to a recurve, I would have to purchase a 30 # bow and build back-up and that is hard to do at 66, you just don't build up muscle like you did when you are younger.
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I think going back to traditional would be a great thing. IMO with all the mechanical aspects that have become what archery is about, like release aids and sights, people have lost the connection to the arrow and it's flight and instead are striving for that perfect score where they have to shoot like a machine to accomplish it.

You know as well as anyone that the accuracy probably will never be the same as with your compound setups but when you do make that perfect shot, you'll remember that the process is again more important than the end result. That feeling of the bow becoming an extension of your mind and body, is hard to beat.

BTW, if you find that your body just can't do it with a recurve or long bow anymore, give barebow a try. It's not quite the same but will still give you that connection of mind/body/bow and arrow.
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Mike best of Luck whatever you decide and honestly equipment choice is always a personal thing.

I started out shooting Traditional and shot that way for 10 plus years. I have No desire to go back

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well... i am thinking if it itches scratch it...
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good luck . i try a couple times a year to do both . but i just like shooting at small things at long distances .with my traditional i have to shoot at big things at short ranges . and the trad bow make me shoot to fast .give credit to the shooters that can do both .its one of those mind things
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If I go back to traditional bows, I doubt I'll ever pick up a compound again... I was reluctant to start with the compound anyway, holding out longer than any of my archery friends before finally giving in...



But the idea of just me and a stick with a string is growing on me... there is just something about it that I've missed..
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one of my customers just did a video in my shop for penatration on traditional bows on arrows from 350 grain to 562 grain . you can check it out on youtube under arrow penatration 1 and 2 . he finished 4th in the ibo world down south last year . hes one of the best trad shooters ive seen . has scored as high as 285 on my indoor range with a traditional bow . and probably over half of the 30 3d targets are over 25 yards with 5 at 35 yards .he very seldom misses a target .
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Nice post upnorth!

Compounds and Traditional bows are vastly different in KE capabilities and what arrow gives desired penetration.

A traditional Bow will not transfer stored KE to a lighter arrow nearly as effecient as a compound

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dont want to steal his post so i started a new one .
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JAVI,

Do you have a specific recurve or long bow in mind?

There may be a bigger selection of trad bows available than compound bows.

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Do you have a specific recurve or long bow in mind?

There may be a bigger selection of trad bows available than compound bows.

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Weather permitting I'm headed to Bob Sarrel's place tomorrow and will take a look at his longbows..
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If I go back to traditional bows, I doubt I'll ever pick up a compound again... I was reluctant to start with the compound anyway, holding out longer than any of my archery friends before finally giving in...



But the idea of just me and a stick with a string is growing on me... there is just something about it that I've missed..
I have fond memories of my recurve days. Started shooting in 1963 with a 50# recurve, which was too much pull to begin with. Because of the heavy draw, after a few years turned into a snap shooter. Got proficient enough to take 3 deer by 1966. In 1969, I took my ben peason mustang to Debeque Colorado Mule deer hunting. By 1969, my snap shooting got so bad, as soon as my fingers touched the corner of my mouth the arrow was gone. I was hunting in John Lamicq's camp. John was a bowhunter and also had gotten into the habit of snap shooting but had cured his problem with a home made broadhead clicker. Long story short, when I got back to Arkansas, made me a broadhead clicker which I credit for keeping me in archery for over 40 years.--The highlight of that trip was the broadhead clicker and sharing a camp with Roy Hoff and Jim Dougherty.---I really enjoyed the days when you could watch the beautiful flight of the heavy 5" fletched arrows arcing toward the target. Mike, you may be on to something. Keep us posted. Randy
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Whatever floats the boat Mike. I've been playing with both for last couple of years. But I've not dedicated myself to either which I think is really what it takes. One just needs to watch a few Oly vids to see that they CAN be very accurate. I honestly feel it's just a trade-off. Trad bows may lack in tuning the cams but everthing else is still there to do to shoot it well. Good luck in whichever you go with.
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I am now setting up my Cougar to shoot fingers/ barebow, not going to be anything like a recurve but the Elite limbs sure bring them to mind. I used to string walk way back in my recurve days, and will be doing somthing similar with the Cougar, shooting field rounds on my 9 bag/14 target range.
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Miss my Trails End recurve bows by Dale Dye, JAVI.
Had to sell them because of an injury incurred in 2006.
Still have a Dakota Recurve by World Champ Rick Welch that's not too heavy in draw weight to shoot.
I miss traditional too and have been thinking about ordering a Widow.
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