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Robertson Stykbow

I might purchase a used custom Robertson longbow. I have the oppourtunity to shoot it first to see if it fits me. Having never shot a longbow before, what technical issues should I be looking for to make sure it is a good fit? I have seen the bow before and it is in mint condition. I also have a long draw lenght with my compound at 31", where should I be anchoring my fingers with a longbow? Any info will hep.

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You can shoot 2 fingers under or 3 fingers under. Either way, you'll want to anchor your first or second finger in the corner of your mouth. Whichever works best for you. Try all combinations.

With such a long draw. You'll want to look for stacking (a sudden extreme increase in stiffness and poundage when you draw). The bow will shoot better and be more comfortable if it doesn't, at yours/anyones draw length.

I'm not familiar with this particular make.
Questions to ask.
How long is it (tip to tip)? Is it long enough for you?
What is the recommended brace height?
What material is recommended for the string and what material can be used?
Does it have reinforcements at the tips and what is the material?
What is the poundage at your draw?
Will there be shafts available? Wood, aluminum, carbon.
Does it have a flat or contoured shelf?
What woods are used in the manufacture? Grip, limbs, laminates, backing.
How much hand shock does it have?
When the bow is unstrung. Does it have any recurve to the limbs?

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Your draw length with a longbow or recurve wil typically be two to three inches less than with a compound bow due to different shooting techniques.
Since most longbows have a standard draw length of 28 inches, you should be fine. That is a very good bow, by the way. BUY IT!

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I did some asking around on the Robertson Longbows.
He's been making them for many years. The opinion is it may be one of the best longbows made.

Draw the bow so you can feel if it stacks at your draw length. Don't ever go on anyone elses guess.
Draw weights are typically calculated at 28" on wood bows. Not the draw length. Stacking will vary with the limb design.

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Thanks guys

The bow is owned by my wifes uncle. He bought it 10 years ago from the the Guy who made it ( Robertson ). The bow was a custom build for someone else that never picked it up, so Uncle Ron bought it for $625. I've done some research online and this guys bows are sweeeeet Yes I'm hoping it fits me because he will sell it to me for $250. Some deal. Idon't know all the wood types used to make it but it looks real good. I think it is 62" from tip to tip and has a little curve to it. I'm going to test it on Saturday. He has aluminum arrows for it. How long should the arrows be past the riser? Should it have a rest or can I shoot off the shelf? If I buy it I'll post some picks

Thanks again

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I like the arrows an inch to an inch and a half in front of my fingers. Clearance for broadheads. The aluminums he has may or may not work for you. No one holds and releases the same.

You'll want to shoot off the shelf. I use a short piece of a round tooth pick, to elevate the arrow off the shelf, with sticky back velcro loop over it to cover the entire shelf and enough area on the riser for the arrrow rest against. The velcro holds up quite well and is very quiet. This set up will shoot feathers only. No vanes. Three feathers, cock feather out.

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Well the bow did not fit me, so I did not buy it. It is a 68", 65 lb with a 26" draw length. Real short. It stacked up way too early for my draw and was hard to even get to full draw. Oh well Cry

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Don't give up the search. If you want to learn about longbows or any stickbows. Look at this sight.
http://stickbow.com/
You may even find a bow that you like in their classifieds.

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