Oops, meant to say just bows, not longbows. Yes, this is a "what bow is good for me" topic. I have been doing research on the internet, and I am not much better off in making a decision. First off, I have always been interested in archery. My parents got me a cheap dollar-store slingshot when I was a kid, and boy did I love it. I got good enough to hit trees with it... say close to 50 feet away, no matter how much the pebble's flight path curved. I did get it from the dollar store after all. Hence, it soon broke from me shooting at such distances. My friend and his father are very much into hunting. They have an extensive gun collection, and his father also enjoys using traditional bows. That is what I am looking for. I have been to Dick's sporting good and tried out them new-fangled compound bows, which ease up when you pull them all the way back. I don't like them. It seems to take away half the fun. Plus, Traditional bows look so much cooler. I have not had my official draw length measured, but it seems to be 30". I am 18 years old, 6"3, 225 lbs, with a strong upper body. I enjoy chopping wood for our fireplace, and other such activities, as they come easy to me. Getting back to bows, from what I read, a Composite bow would probably be what I am looking for. I have heard that Mongolian bows actually have longer distance than English longbows. I might get into hunting eventually, but for the moment it would only be a hobby, I'd practice my archery in my backyard. Hence, I'm not all into speed. What I am interested in is distance, the longer I can shoot accurately the better. Now I expect that using a good traditional bow that's designed for long distance would take months, years of practice. Bring it on, I sez. That's partly the reason, the challenge of perfecting my skill! I'm sure there are some really great bows for what I am looking for, but also require a large wallet, heh. I don't have much money to spend. I've read that stores sometimes carry used bows. That's probably right up my alley. My friend and his dad probably would know where I could get a bow, where stores are and such. My friend used to be a Civil war re-enactor with his father, his dad still is. But I'd still like to get some opinions as to what bows you could suggest for me. A quick re-cap for those who don't have the time to read my ramblings above: I'm looking for a traditional-bow, emphasis on distance and accuracy, that looks just as great hanging on display over my fireplace as it does when I'm using it. I don't mind a long 'learning curve', and I am looking forward to a challenge. I will be using it for hobby, practicing in my backyard. I don't plan on using it for hunting any time soon. However, I am looking for a serious bow, I think I'm just about out of the "youth" category. I am on a tight budget, so a used bow is probably what I'd get. But what kind of bow is the purpose of this topic. Traditional Bows would also need more taking care of, so if you have any useful websites that talk about what accessories I would need, and so on, please list them. I enjoy reading. If you have any questions, need more information, etc, please reply to this thread. I also have put my AIM screenname in my profile.