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    40# recurve hunting

    Hello
    I know everyone will say "shot placement" but what is realistic with hunting with a 40# with a draw length of 28 inches.
    What would be the best arrow setup as well a 380 or a 500 grain arrow.

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    I killed a doe once with a 43# longbow shooting a 495 grain laminated birch arrow. The arrow was through both sides but not a complete passthrough. It still expired with 80-100 yards. I like to keep my traditional arrows in the 10-12 gpp range.
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    For deer and black bear, 40# is very realistic. I'll be hunting with a 43# '65 Bear Kodiak this year with no hesitations whatsoever



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    The State minimum where I live is #40 so it is legal. On top of that 40# have provide a pretty decent punch.
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    I'm gonna give it a shot with a 42# longbow this year. My arrows are @ 465gr. So if I get a shot, we can compare notes. Good luck.
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    I dont really know much about hunting. But think that a 500 grain or around that would work best. What about goats and pigs?

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    Last year I took a button buck at 20 yards with a 40# recurve shooting a 395gr arrow 177fps. Using a 2-blade Magnus Stinger, it went between the ribs, through the center of one lung, put a 1-inch cut into the top of the other lung, exited between the ribs on the other side and stuck out 8 inches on the other side.

    Whichever weight arrow you use, I'd be interested in hearing the results!

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    No going hunting for a while yet. I was shocked at the speed you mentioned, at almost 10 gpp.
    Unless you have a longer draw length?

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    40lbs will do it. I like an arrow of at least 500 grains and scary sharp broad heads. I've had plenty of arrows pass thru shooting 50lbs and 550 grain arrows. I've had similar results with primitive bows at 50lbs and scary sharp 500 grain woodies. All of my experience is on deer at close range (inside 25 yards) and under 170lbs.
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    I shot my first Whitetail deer with a Bear Recurve 55 lb. I was 12 years old and could only draw about 18" so figure about 35-40 lb. Not sure about the weight of the arrows but they where Oxford Cedar with a Zwicki(sp) broadhead, The arrow went through the deer and into an oak. Very easy and short tracking.

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    42 pounder here. Kills em just fine. I don't know what my arrows weigh, but they are heavy.

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    1st Deer in 1958 with 45#s at 35 yds, complete pass thru, went 30 yds, wood shaft guessing near 500 grns. I've shot Elk, Bear, Hogs, Whitetail with 55#s & several Deer with 45#s. I still shoot heavy, go with near 500 if possible.
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    I have an old early 60's Root Target Master that's 40lbs that I have thought about trying on a deer. Nice to here it's not to low of a poundage to hunt with. Its a smooth shooting bow but I have always been concerned that it may be to low of a poundage to hunt with.
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    A heavier arrow and a 2 blade COC Bh makes that 40# setup very efficient. You won't want to try breaking through elk shoulder blades with it but on a clean broadside shot in the rib cage- its money.
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    with out hesitation shoot the 500 gr.
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    I'm just hunting Virginia Whitetails.
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    It's most important to have an arrow that flies true to the target- no wobbling corkscrewing etc. This means that your arrows have to be tuned for your bow...get this done well, not "good enough" and pass through is much more likely.

    one thing to concentrate on is release...your draw fingers can easily influence the flight of that arrow making for poor penetration. I know that I can even see a difference on my round foam target at 50 yards (shooting 38#). If I release correctly, nice laser like arrow flight- decent penetration....crap release- wobbly arrow flight with less penetration.

    With heavier weight bows, release and arrow tune might not be as critical...with lower poundage, everything counts.


    As to weight of arrow...closer to 500grn would be what I'd look at.
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    http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimateb...c;f=1;t=112539

    This thread has 15 pages of kills with 40#-45# trad bows in it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by archerytho View Post
    No going hunting for a while yet. I was shocked at the speed you mentioned, at almost 10 gpp.
    Unless you have a longer draw length?
    Good eye, yup, 30" draw length.

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