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Thread: Please Review these Longbows

  1. #1
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    Please Review these Longbows

    After scouring the internet, I think this is the best collective site to purchase a good bow. If anyone has any advice onto where to buy a better starter bow, post that instead!

    (I am looking for a good starter bow, any bow related advice is welcome also)

    For convenience's sake, I have collected the links here, but if you want to look at the site's bow page go ahead.


    http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/...gbow-9074.html

    http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/...tbow-7801.html

    http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/...bow-10272.html

    http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/...gbow-9714.html

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    Number 4 would be an excellent choice...about 45#......
    "Fear not, Fortune favors the bold"

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    Any second opinions?

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    These seem to be the same bows offered by Rudderbows.com

    http://www.rudderbows.com

    Most of their stuff shoots very decently and even better considering the price. But I think its the material itself, Hickory, seems to shoot a bit slower and rougher. If you increase your budget by another 100 you can go home with one of their deflex osage backed bamboo bows. Those are great shooters, very fast, less handshock and overall very smooth. Their tri-lam bow of bamboo, epe and hickory is also another good choice.

    Otherwise, the 4th bow is definitely better.

    And if you order directly from their site, they are very nice. Always answers their phones and messages.
    Pi R Squared, no...Pie R round, cornbread R squared.

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    I am not really familiar with bows... I can't read the numbers, but I am pretty sure what I want:

    An average bow that I will not grow out of quickly. I could waste a lot of money on a beginner bow only to master it in a few months.

    As for the website, some are reputable and some are not. I understand that a lot of bow-makers are genuine soloers of the industry and make their own sites, but the website I linked to has collected (and bought and reviewed) these bows.

    Anyway, should I be spending 100 dollars for 12 field arrows? I hoped to get replica arrows...

    Can anyone also tell be what I should be buying in terms of maintenance? Wax, laminates... etc. that I should learn to use to keep my bow sharp?

    Thanks for the advice!

    *Edited for typos
    Last edited by Jon L; 03-22-2008 at 08:57 PM.

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    First decide on the weight of bow you want and its primary function..will you be only target shooting or do you plan to hunt with it in the future?...45-55# is about the most forgiving weight and still gives you the speed for either endeavor...I dont know what you mean by "replica" arrows...if you want nice arrows at a decent price look to Rose City Archery their Hunters arrows are one of my favorites and at about 59-69 doz a great deal if you dont want to build your own...hang your bow like you would in a gun rack and learn how to twist a Flemish string...we do it on our legs in camp if we break a bowstring...and you will break a string...start by shooting at about 15 yds 24-36 a day and work up untill accuracy becomes easy....a decent armguard and either fingertab or glove and you are about done to start...you may want to make a bowstringer so you dont overflex when stringing...
    "Fear not, Fortune favors the bold"

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    I am intrigued by the hunting idea, but for now am using it for target pratice.

    By replica arrows, I mean hand crafted, old-style arrows, like the originals, instead of neon green colors or aluminum tips. The ones I was looking at were English arrows, fletched solely from wood and had genuine feather fletching and replica heads. It seems they are the same price as modern hunting arrows.

    Will I specifically be needing Broadheads for hunting? I'll post for hunting if I decide to do it later though. I wont be hunting big game, that's for sure, only birds or small game like rabbits.

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