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Noobie needs some help with bows! Come on outta the woodwork experts!

Hello all,

 

I'm looking at buying a bow. I've got about $100 to put towards one, plus arrows and armguard. I've done a fair bit of research, but I figure I'd ask the ones who've actually been shooting.

 

I've never shot a bow, but I know the theory well enough. I'm looking for a reliable bow(preferably not one of those silly wheel-and-pulley ones!) for a lot of target practice. At least 2 hours a day.

 

Is it true a recurve bow can be left strung? If so, how much for a reliable one of those?

 

 

thanks all,

     Drame22

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So then you are looking for a

So then you are looking for a recurved or a longbow instead of a compound (one that has silly wheel-and-pulleys).

I would suggest for you to head down to a bow shop in your area or even if you have to drive a ways to check them out. You can pick up a recurve for anywhere from $50.00+ to what ever you want to spend along with different weights of pull. Depending on how fit you are and what your arm strength is I would recommend nothing over 50 lbs for you to start with, but if you hit a archery shop you can check them out and find one that fits your needs. Also you don't want to leave a recurve bow strung up when you are storeing it, they just are not designed to stay strung that long.

2 hours practice a day is a lot of shooting with a recurve. I don't even know anyone that shoots a compound that much every day but that would defiantly get your arm strength up.

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2 hours is quite a bit, but

2 hours is quite a bit, but I've got the time. Might as well learn. There aren't many stores near me, and none that I can get to easily. Can you name a few reliable brands maybe? It doesn't need to be anything fancy, though if it could be made from a material that doesn't degrade, like fiberglass, that would be nice. I feel like I've read somewhere that there are bows like that.

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If you have never shot one

If you have never shot one not to mention haven't owned one you really need to get to a shop that specializes in archery equipment. Even if you have to drive a couple of hours to get to one. Once there they can explain the different aspects of each bow and get you one that fits. Not to mention the right arrows and points for what you intend to use it for. They'll need to check your draw length to do this along with checking the poundage that you can draw. There is no sense in getting a 60 lb bow if you can only pull 45 lbs.

As for brand names to watch for there is Bear, Hoyt, and Ben Pearson to only name a few.

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Thanks Critter.   I'll head

Thanks Critter.

 

I'll head to it when I have time, and see what there is to see.

 

Much appreciated,

      Drame22

 

 

PS!   while I'm on here, I'm also looking for a solid knife for all-round use(prepping food, filleting fish, cutting rope, whathaveyou). Many people have recommended the KABAR, while others have recommended things like the Bowie, Ranger G4(sp), etc.     Do you know of any good, solid knives? Preferably one that will last a lifetime and then some, if cared for properly.

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I personally don't own a

I personally don't own a knife with a blade ove 5" and have never felt hindered with them in the outdoors. They are easier to use in most cases unless you are planning on cutting down a tree with it.

One of my personal favorites for a fixed blade knife is the Buck Woodsman with a 4" blade. Other than that I'll pack a Gerber Gator folding lockback most of the time. I also always have a 2 1/2" folding pocket knife that I have with me at all times along with a Letherman Wave that has 2 3" blades.

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I definitely want a fixed

I definitely want a fixed blade. As to the length, I don't mind a long or short blade, so long as it will last forever and do its job.

 

You can cut down a tree with a blade?

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Stick bows

If your wanting to ahoot a stick bow, unless you are completely stacked, 2 solid hours of arrow after arrow is going to make your arm want to fall off, i shoot long bow, it is always best to un string your bow, it only takes a matter of seconds to string it.  If yo. Truly want to get a bow you like shoot that particular bow before you take it home , every stick bow shoots different from the rest, make sure you wear your arm guard , your forearn will thank you if your stance ia not right or you have a sloppy shooting bow , theY Do make fiberglass rigs, as far as knives go, te kabar would be good for cutting deer or rope or not so intricate things, but fixed blade knives for cleaning fiah you want a slim flexible sharp knife , the kabar is a nice knife but not for detailed work 

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