Recon1342 SuperDork
7/26/22 7:04 p.m.

Alright, where are all the erstwhile Robin Hoods?

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
7/26/22 8:33 p.m.

My son did an archery camp this summer.  We have a couple ranges near us.  I believe I might have to invest in some gear. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/26/22 8:42 p.m.

Pretty sure our neighbor has done some archery. (An arrow makes a good substitute curtain rod.)

Recon1342 SuperDork
7/26/22 10:16 p.m.

This afternoon at 30ish feet-

birdmayne GRM+ Memberand Reader
7/28/22 9:55 a.m.

Is this a recurves only club? 

Recon1342 SuperDork
7/28/22 10:11 a.m.

In reply to birdmayne :

Nope. Nice bow. What are the specs?

scardeal SuperDork
7/28/22 10:17 a.m.

I've been shooting a 40lb Samick Sage for a few years now.  I have about a dozen arrows left, and all of them are beat up and mismatched.  And they're cheapo stuff that people bought for me that have vanes.  And you can forget about accuracy with vanes off a shelf.

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/28/22 11:22 a.m.

I am dying to get a decent recurve. Just for kicks. I shot well in high school and would love to pick it up again.

I have a crossbow and it is a hoot to shoot.

Recon1342 SuperDork
7/28/22 12:15 p.m.
preach (dudeist priest) said:

I am dying to get a decent recurve. Just for kicks. I shot well in high school and would love to pick it up again.

I have a crossbow and it is a hoot to shoot.

Mine is a Ragim Wildcat plus, 68";28lbs at 28". 

I paid $140 for it. Set up, arrows, rest, and arm guard added another $60 to it. Got out the door for 200 bones.

Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/28/22 12:18 p.m.

Someone on here was making bows from scratch. 

Many years ago I had a 90 pound compound bow. One of the fiberglass limbs exploded one night and scared the ever-loving crap out of me. 


Edit: Found it.

2nd edit: Wow, that was almost 10 years ago.


barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
7/28/22 12:38 p.m.

In reply to Toyman! :

That thread is a good read.

I have my little bros 60lb recurve, but no decent arrows. Hard to find time to get to a range with small kids and all my other hobbies. One of these days when it cools down a bit. 

KyAllroad MegaDork
7/28/22 7:28 p.m.

I have a Bear compound bow.   It showed up in a really random way.    Something like 13-14 years ago I bought a pair of boat seats for my dad and Cabellas sent him this instead.   He called them to point out they had mistakenly sent him a $1,000 bow and they said "well, we can't really take it back so just keep it".

He'd just undergone shoulder surgery and couldn't draw the thing so he gave it to me.

NY Nick
NY Nick GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/28/22 8:23 p.m.

The Mrs. and I both like to do this. We bought bows for our kids too and they did it with us for a while. They are not as into it now but I think they will come and go with it. 

Here is a picture of my wife's new recurve. My friend made this custom for her, it is amazing and really fun to shoot. Her and I both have Mission compounds (the low end brand of Mathew's). I am seriously considering going recurve because it is so fun to shoot her new one. 

Recon1342 SuperDork
7/28/22 10:15 p.m.

In reply to NY Nick :

Something about the draw stroke on a compound bugs me. Not sure what, but I much prefer the straight, smooth pull of a traditional bow.

Recon1342 SuperDork
7/30/22 12:56 p.m.

Turns out that having a tight grip with the bow hand is not a good thing. Loosened my grip, and it tightened my groups.

Recon1342 SuperDork
8/4/22 7:02 p.m.

I flung arrows for about an hour last night. Some good groups, some not so good groups... but I only missed the foam block once. So much win!!!

Recon1342 SuperDork
8/10/22 10:21 p.m.

This is getting to be way too much fun...


birdmayne GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/11/22 12:22 a.m.
Recon1342 said:

In reply to birdmayne :

Nope. Nice bow. What are the specs?

29.5" draw @65-70 lbs. It's a solid 325 fps shooter. 

I haven't shot at all this year, my target and backstop haven't been set up since we bought this place over the winter.

Recon1342 SuperDork
9/17/22 10:59 p.m.

I'm slowly making progress. Still need work on being consistent, but I'm starting to see groups in the 2" range all the way out to 18 yards. Still not confident enough to hunt, but getting closer. "Amateurs practice until they get it right, professionals practice until they can't get it wrong." 

Racebrick Reader
9/18/22 12:08 a.m.

In reply to Recon1342 :

Looking good. Around me people are getting out to the range in high numbers now. Our deer season starts in 2 weeks.

Recon1342 SuperDork
10/19/22 1:47 p.m.

So, arrow tuning is one of those things I can happily geek out about. One of my arrows has suffered the loss of some fletching... still flies and groups with the rest of them.

this was at 23 yards- 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/19/22 5:40 p.m.

I should break out my bow and get some practice in. It's been a while.

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