58" is a long or short bow? and...?

Discussion in 'Beginners Archery Range' started by KyuZo, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. KyuZo

    KyuZo New Member

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    Hi,
    i am new to the hobby, I was wondering... is 58" recurve a long bow or a short bow?
    and it has a 45# draw weight, what lenght arrows can i use on it?
    thanks
     
  2. J.C.

    J.C. New Member

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    58" is fairly short for a recurve. Most will fall between 60 and 64 inches.

    The main thing you want to know when picking a bow is your draw length. To shoot a 58 inch bow comfortably you probably need a shorter draw.

    My draw length is 30.5 inches. I use a 64 inch bow because at my draw length I get less finger pinch with a longer bow.

    draw weights on recurves are measured at a standard draw length, usually 28 inches. They will gain or lose 2-3 lbs of weight for every inch longer or shorter than 28 inches. For instance, my bow draws 35# at 28 inches, but at my draw length it's at 42-43 lbs.

    to select the correct arrow you need to know your draw length and draw weight. If you dont have an archery shop close to measure it, you can do it yourself. Get somebody to measure your wingspan from fingertip to fingertip with your arms outstretched. Post that measurement here and we'll go from there. If you have any more questions, just ask.
     

  3. KyuZo

    KyuZo New Member

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    thanks, that was a lot help. I was also wondering what length of string will i need if i need to replace one.

    I will have someone measure my wingspan and post it up very soon.
    thanks again
     
  4. J.C.

    J.C. New Member

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    when you order, you usually order by the bow length, for instance, my bow is 64" so I order a 64" A.M.O. string. amo stands for archery manufacturers organization. The actuial string length will usually be 4-5 inches shorter.
     
  5. kbohunt

    kbohunt are u a fat boy?

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    hi there

    I see JC has you well taken care of so ill just :welcome: you to Archery
    and to this great group of guy's and gal's on this forum.:wave:
     
  6. KyuZo

    KyuZo New Member

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    Hi and thank you for the warm welcome.

    J.C., I just measured my wingspan and it measured 70"

    so how can we figure it out?
     
  7. J.C.

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    There's a couple of formulas you can use:

    70 - 15 = 55 / 2 = 27.5" or

    70 / 2.5 = 28"

    Your draw length looks to be about 28 inches, so the bow you mention in your first post would be 45 lbs for you. If i were you I would have the arrows cut to about 29 inches. To find out what size arrow you'll need three things. draw weight of the bow, which is 45#, arrow length which is 29 inches, and you'll need to pick a field point or broadhead weight. I would use 100 or 125 grains. Take these three things and go to the arrow manufacturer's sizing chart and look up the arrow you need.

    here's some good info:

    http://www.huntersfriend.com/2007-Carbon-Arrows/arrow-selection-guide1.htm
     
  8. kbohunt

    kbohunt are u a fat boy?

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    hi there

    In my opinion, i buy and sell alot of bow's on e-bay, at,craig's list
    and you really have to ask question's on re-curves and long bows
    1: before you buy make the seller give you a moneyback return say 15days
    that the bow has no LIMB TWIST.
    Ive baught 2 with twisted limbs and gave them away.
    and
    2: make him send you or post a pic of the full length view for you to see and keep askin about limb twist.
    Thats the only way i would buy them.:biggrin1:
     
  9. thats some good advice, it will help alot of people like me that would have no idea on what to ask and what to look for when shopping for one. Thanks for posting this info:thumb:
     
  10. KyuZo

    KyuZo New Member

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    thanks for the advice. to be honest, i don't even know what a limp twist looks like. i been hearing about it, but i don't know if the image of what i imagine in my head is what it's actually is.
    do u know of any website that have pictures of a limb twist?
     
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  11. earthling

    earthling SURVIVALISTS live longer

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    You will not be able to learn well on a 45lb draw... everyone tries to fool themselves into thinking that they can pull this... And,,,, you will be able to. FOR ABOUT 1 DOZEN ARROWS THEN YOU WILL BE SHAKING SO BAD YOU WONT BE ABLE TO SHOOT... You need a 25 - 30 lb. bow to start. A PSE buckeye is perfect and they are about 100.00... YOU HAVE TO LEARN FORM FIRST..... this will also give you time to work on strength for a stronger bow in about 2 months provided you shoot 3 - 4 times a week for about 45 min each time... even if you have an instructor they will see that you cant hold the weight and have you use one of their school bows that IS 25 - 30lbs.

    58" is way to short.. It will not be forgiving at all and you will be wasting time trying to figure out why you cant hit where you want... YOU need a 62" to 64" to start...