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post #41 of 76 Old 04-30-2012, 01:02 AM
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With so many people looking to get into archery, and lots of information flying around (some good, some not so good), I thought a few tidbits I've picked up might help.
In archery, it's easy to spend a mint getting top of the line gear.
The newest, bestest, fastest, whizz-bang stuff comes out at the ATA show every January.
Compound bows range in price from about $100- 3500, bare bow.
Recurves start at about $130, and go up from there.
Diamond Razor Edge, PSE Stinger, and Bear Apprentice 2 are all great bows for getting started in the $300 range. Not a cadillac, but not a chevette either.
You'll still need arrows and a release to get shooting.
Budget about $500 for a full on start up package.
Tru-fire Hurricane Extreme is an excellent budget release.
I personally shoot a Carter "Like Mike".
Hurricane-$65...Like Mike-$215
Difference? Ultra crisp trigger break, adjustable sear, and silky smooth break.
As for recurves, you have 2 routes you can take. Olympic style, or traditional style.
If you were wooed by Hunger Games, traditional style is what you're looking for.
Samick makes a great starter bow in the Sage model.
It's a takedown style, meaning you can detach the limbs for easier storage and transport.
It fits in a 24" duffel bag.
You can shoot off the shelf if you like, or you can use a rest, or rest and plunger combination, for optimal arrow flight.
Going this route, you'll be learning to shoot instinctively, IE gauging the target point of aim, by gapping- looking down the arrow and estimating how much holdover to hit where you want it to.
Its not easy, especially starting up, but it can be learned.
My best recommendation is to find people in your area that shoot the style you want to learn, and talk with them.
Take a lesson or two.
Fling arrows at targets all you can.
Then go practice some more!
Have fun with it!
Shoot warm shook up cans of soda at 20 yards! Talk about awesome reactive targets!
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post #42 of 76 Old 04-30-2012, 02:03 AM
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^good advice! isnt diamond made by bowtech? just wondering..

i had a pse when i attempted to shoot before. i was happy with it. seemed like a nice bow, but im obviously far from an expert lol. i cant remember what model pse it was tho
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post #43 of 76 Old 04-30-2012, 06:26 AM
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My boyfriend just started shooting a compound bow. I'm saving up but I am really torn - I would love a recurve bow in full grain wood because I am a fantasy nut and I just think they are beautiful. But I know a compound will be easier to shoot...
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post #44 of 76 Old 05-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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I shoot a hoyt powertec and have shot a recurve. In fact, my first archery kill was with a recurve. Not many recurve shooters outshooting a decent shot with a compound. Especially past 20-30 yards......

This, too, shall pass........
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post #45 of 76 Old 05-03-2012, 08:44 AM
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Yes, Diamond is made by Bowtech.
As an aside, it is with a heavy heart that i put my 2011 Obsession SS up for sale.
2011 Obsession SS, 28" draw length, 60-70# draw, LEFT HAND
Comes with peep, AAE Pro Drop target grade hunting rest, arrow holder add-on, string silencers, string stop, stabilizer, and braided sling.
$850 TYD.
It has faster cams installed by the factory, which i thought were Lethal Force cams, but have been informed otherwise....more to follow.
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post #46 of 76 Old 05-06-2012, 12:04 AM
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I love archery. I go shooting with my boyfriend allot and we go bow hunting together(:
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post #47 of 76 Old 06-06-2012, 05:39 PM
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I hunt with a recurve bow... it's a ton of fun and a beauty to work with. My man shoots with the compound... we both really enjoy it, as a competition between each other and for hunting. Caught some great dinners with our bows. :)

- Z

“Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; do not pull it out and strike it merely to show that you have one”
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post #48 of 76 Old 06-08-2012, 10:16 PM
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I shoot with a lefty compound and thumb trigger, but I really want a recurve for fun :P
I LOVE archery!

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post #49 of 76 Old 06-22-2012, 02:41 AM
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So, while I've had to leave my horses for a little while and move to Hilton Head Island for the summer I've brought my bow with me and basically turned my aunt's garage into a shooting range..She's not thrilled about it but hey, it works..It's not exactly ideal but it's a longer garage..Probably 25-30 yards so it's a good practice area..I have set up two block targets and will rig up hand drawn paper targets to the blocks.. I've gotten a little motivated to boost my bow up a little..I've said before that I have a Diamond Razor Edge, I've since tweaked it a little. I've added a stabilizer, new peep, new release hoop, I'm shooting carbon express Mayhem150 Hot Pursuit arrows..Yes! The pink and white fletchings.. Cobra release..I think I'm pulling back 35lbs..Hey, I weigh 100lbs, what more do you expect? lol

I've been back and forth to the shop with it having it set for me and everything, I had a new string thing, that sounds so girly, put on when I had the new peep put on. Just little things here and there..

I'm wanting a new rest and sight.. I've had my eye on a few and really I'm not worried about price. I'd like to keep it down but I know it comes to "You get what you pay for." with these things.. Any ideas? I'm thinking about getting a drop away rest..

I will say this, the shoot through rests and I DO NOT get along.

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post #50 of 76 Old 06-22-2012, 02:53 AM
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I did have a chance to go home last week and spend a few days there..I was shooting with some friends and that's when I decided to bring my bow back to SC with me and practice..This is what's I'm doing consistently from 20ish yards..Remember before y'all pick on me that I've not been shooting long and I haven't shot my bow since last hunting Don't laugh too much.

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