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There's a trend with the group of shooters that I hang with.
Take a good reflexed riser from a compound and have some laminated recurve limbs made for it.
I have a compound that I use as a backup and don't shoot much, if at all. This afternoon I contacted the bowyer that made my takedown to have a 60" / 60-65 lb recurve made from the riser. I'm dropping it off in the morning.
The last one he made, from a compound riser, turned out to be one of the sweetest bows I've ever shot, all time.
I'm looking forward to getting this one. 16" reflex riser, carbon core with maple, clear glass and micarta reinforced tips. I gonna guess that it will break 200fps and shoot as sweet as cream. Can't wait.

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Make sure we see a pic of this when it's done Yes

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I dropped the riser off this morning. We went over the specs. I should have it in 4 to 6 weeks.

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I've been in communication with the bowyer. With the reflexed aluminum riser I gave him. The recurve limbs he's making and the, extra reinforced, micarta tips. It should be able to shoot an arrow as light as 6.5 gr per pound, maybe lighter, at a velocity of 225+ fps. That is moving right along for a recurve bow.

We fired a similar design, made by the same boyer, earlier today and achieved 216 fps. The one I'm having built is a bit higher poundage, a bit more spring in the limbs and has more reinfocement at the tips.
If a takedown recurve is going to blow. It will usually happen at the limb pockets or the tips. We've got these strengthened.
This is getting better every day. Big smile

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The bowyer called to let me know it was ready. It ended up at 60" long and 65 lbs. He shot a 550 grain arrow out of it at 198 fps. With the machined aluminum riser and the micarta reinforcements at the tips. I should be able to push an arrow as light as 450 grs. That would be moving right along for a recurve.

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Well, I picked up the bow. It's 60" long. 71 lbs. at my draw length, 27" and shoots a 500 gr arrow at 205.5 fps with finger release. 7.04 grs per lb. from a recurve and no noise.
This is without a doubt the sweetest bow I've ever shot. The amazing thing is it doesn't feel like I'm holding any more than my 62 lb Kodiak felt. It does start to stack at between 28 and 29" but that is of no concern as my draw is 27" with it and it draws as smooth as butter.
I'll try and get some picture up. It's a real looker

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Tried some lighter arrows. 28 1/2" Beman Classic 340's with 5" right wing helical shield cuts and a 125 grain field point. Total weight was 480 grs at 71 lbs. that calculates to 6.8 grs per pound out of an alumunum riser recurve with micarta reinforced tips. The velocity was 211 fps with 45 ft/lbs of energy.
It's quite the bow but it's going to take some time to get use to the weight, after 20 or so arrows my fingers are tired, and the arrow speed. More often than not, I'm shooting a bit high but my windage is dead on.

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Let us see this piece of work Big smile

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When I get the pic's, have the time and figure out how to do it. I'll post some.

This bow shoots as smooth as bitter. The only challenge is the draw weight. At 71 pounds it isn't an all day shooter. So, today I spoke with the bowyer that made the limbs. He can make me another set at 55 to 60 pounds. They won't throw the arrow quite as fast but, they will be in the 200+ fps range.
The way the limbs are put up allows me to use an arrow as light as 6.5 grs per pound or as heavy as I desire, for a slight gain in energy.
Some where in there is a happy medium in speed and energy. The biggest advantage of the higher speed is arrow trajectory at 3D shoots.
With the heavier 71 pound limbs I am able to get 211 fps and 45 ft/lbs of energy. I am curious as to what speed and energy these 55 lb limb will produce. I should be able to shoot an arrow as light as 360 grs.

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After much trial and three rests. I have the hunting arrow set for this bow.
I am actually quite surprised at the selection. I thought it would take a bit softer arrow.
With 2 under.
67 lbs at my draw.
A Cavalier Super Flyte rest.
Fast flight string.
Nock set 1/2".
It's shooting a 27 3/4" Beman Classic 340 with 5" helical shield cut feathers and from 125gr to 160gr points.
With 145's they are at 194ish fps and 42 fpe. 2' from the bow.
With 160gr heads. They weigh in at 515grs and the FOC is 15.5%.
I'm looking forward to using this rig on my early hunt, this year.

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Did some more work on the bow.
I found another riser that is 3" longer and an inch more reflex. The limb pockets have the same take off angle.

New specs on the bow.

69# at my draw
Same limbs
Same rest
Longer Fastflight string
Brace height set at 6.25"

Hunting arrow at 7.8 gr/lb and moving at 212 fps
State minimum is 6.0 gr/lb. and arrow is moving at 227 fps. You read it right. 227 fps out of a recurve bow and it's stable, accurate and quiet.

I will be getting in excess of 53 ft/lbs of energy out of this bow. That's unheard of from a recurve.

I haven't forgotten about pictures.