Hello all - I'm a newbie who's been lurking and trying to get educated. I've been bitten by the traditional bow bug and would like to get started the right way - which means if I take the great advice offered here - is to put the ego on hold! So fire away and correct or direct me in the right direction - I'm willing to listen .
1. I plan on starting right with good habits and have a book on order (Viper’s) – but delivery is painfully slow.
2. Never shot before.
3. Goal - Looking to have fun shooting targets and stump shooting. Possibly deer and feral hog hunting.
4. 6'2" 225lbs (but just off hernia surgery 4 months ago - so trying to limit any abdominal strain for the next 6-8 months).
5. Draw Length: I live in a rural area so visiting an archery center isn't an easy option. I've tried four different methods. From these I'm going to assume I'll settle in a bit after practice and arrive at a safe average length of 29 1/2". What do you think? Methods and measurements as follows:
- 29" (using a yardstick held center of chest and extending fingertips out)
- 28.8" (72" wingspan divided by 2.5)
- 28.5" (72" wingspan divided by 15 then divided by 2)
- 30.5" (draw length measured on a friends 54" long recurve - not too confident in this measurement though)
5. Draw Weight - From reading good advice here, I am willing to choose a light draw weight. I get a little obsessive about mastering stuff - so I would literally like to shoot for an hour or more at a time. I see 30-35# was a good starting point. I was thinking of a bow with 25# risers to start off. From my above draw length, I am estimating from adding anywhere from 3-6# of draw weight to any bow I start with... Thus, 25# + 3-6# = 28-31# final weight. So get the 25# or 30# limbs - or???
6. Bow Selection, I have a limited budget - and after plenty of research - I've got my first recurve bow narrowed down to the Samick Sage (I can't afford an ILS rig - so sub $150 is my range and I don't want to chance a used one). This bow has options of low weight risers from 25#, 30#, 35# up to 60# (IIRC). So this bow would allow me to progress in skill and hunt if I would like.
7. Arrows - I'm leaning towards some of the cheap Easton xx75 Jazz aluminum blue arrows to start with. Would the 1816 be the correct spine with glue in field points? How long should I go with to be on the safe side? 32" too long?
8. String - Should I go with the standard string or upgrade to a Fast Flight right away? I'll be a spare string when I get the bow anyway.
Thanks very much for your time and advice.