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    60lb draw weight enough for hunting????

    Im thinking about dropping down to 60 lbs when I order a Switchback XT. I have a 27.5 draw. I plan on using axis 500 with a 100 grain montec,blazers. I currently shoot a 70lb switchback with 400 axis 100 grain montec blazer vanes. I know the 60 lb bow will produce less kinetic energy but it will still be enough you think. just hunt turkey 20lb, 200-300lb deer. dont know if ill ever get to go elk hunting. Anybody shoot a similar setup. Thanks for any input.



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    A lot of people shoot no more than 60 lbs for hunting. I'm surprised you even asked.
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    I got a pass through with only 45 on my first whittie, the 2nd was a double lung

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    Thats all I'm shooting, and have had 3 pass throughs on the 3 deer that I've shot...

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    My friend, let me reassure you......

    Quote Originally Posted by outdrsmn
    Im thinking about dropping down to 60 lbs when I order a Switchback XT. I have a 27.5 draw. I plan on using axis 500 with a 100 grain montec,blazers. I currently shoot a 70lb switchback with 400 axis 100 grain montec blazer vanes. I know the 60 lb bow will produce less kinetic energy but it will still be enough you think. just hunt turkey 20lb, 200-300lb deer. dont know if ill ever get to go elk hunting. Anybody shoot a similar setup. Thanks for any input.

    I have shot a complete pass-thru on a 148" P&Y 10-point whitetail with a 49 lb. recurve bow (arrow buried-up in dirt on far side). I was shooting a 3-39 A/C/C with a cut-on-contact, 4-blade Phantom broadhead.....

    ANY 60 lb. compound will be MORE than enough on ANY North American big game, even moose and grizzly if you use a leading-blade, cut-on-contact broadhead.....

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    Plenty,I used to shoot 72lbs, but last year due to a sore back I bought a 60lbs bow. I killed a very nice 8 point, a complete pass thru and he didn't go 100 yards. Also took a fat doe. I was shooting a Martin Tracer with a 2113 xx75 with 75 grain muzzy's at 60lbs. It worked fantastic.

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    I shoot 60/61 (whatever my bow max is) and I zipped through 2 deer last year, no problem. I am planning on getting a new bow and have given thoughts about going back to high 60's/70 lbs but I figure, what's the point?

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    60lb is plenty. I shoot 61lbs and have no problems at all getting pass thru's on deer and the arrow going about 6" in the ground after that.
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    YES
    finally someone isnt trying to get a hernia from shooting.

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    60#'s is plenty for anything on the North American continent

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    Moose, deer and black bear

    All with 63# and 28" draw; no problems.

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    59#--Took a 6x5 Elk in Montana a couple years ago. Complete pass thru. Have taken more than 80 good bucks in my lifetime with all less than 60#.
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    the Nuge gets pass-throughs all the time with 50 pounds on his nugebow (stinger heads), so i don't see why 60 wouldn't be enough.

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    Fred Bear Said....

    You can kill any thing in North American cleanly with a 45# recurve bow" by Fred Bear


    Red Dot got pass thrus on both black bear Boars she shot with a 40# ConCept 32 hunter bow AXIS 500s and 100 grain Steel Force 4 blades broadheads
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    I usually shoot at 60 lbs - virtually all deer have been pass throughs up to 35 yds. This year due to surgery, I was too weak to pull it, so I backed it down to 45 lbs. With 385 gr excells and 4 blade slick tricks I still got complete pass through on one at 21 yds and through both shoulder blades on a buck at 31 yds. 60 lbs is LOTS for anything I hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ******
    60#'s is plenty for anything on the North American continent
    Ditto -- I'm sure there's a lot of longbow shooters harvesting bears and whitetails at 40 & 50 lbs.

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    outdrsmn,
    Welcome to Archery Talk!

    I started out with 50#, went to 55#, 60#, 68# and topped out at 74#. I stayed with 64# for a while and have settled back down to 59#. I feel that I have plenty of speed, accuracy and penetration for the game that I intend to hunt. There's no reason to end up with rotor cuff surgery, tendinitis, arthritis, etc.

    The newer technology that's engineered into today's bows allow archers to shoot less poundage and still get flat trajectory and good accuracy with a user friendly bow that's quiet.
    Shoot the poundage that you're most comfortable with and enjoy archery!

    Good hunting, Bowhunter57

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    i think a well tuned 55 will kill any in the us faster than anyone shooting a untuned, do the old heave ho, 75 ld bow. i'm going to 60 lbs for '06. i'm 17, 6'2", 185 lbs. i can draw an 85 ld bow. i don't have to prove anything. the only thing i prove is your question......60 is over enough
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    I guess you have to decide how far you want your arrow to bury in the dirt on the other side of the animal you just completely passed through.

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    60# is plenty.

    I'm sure if we could look at the average (and median) draw weight of bowhunters nationwide, it would be 60 or less.

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    The way I see it I am 15 I can pull 70 pretty easy but I dont need 70 to to get a pass tru. so I just shoot 60 and it is much easer to hold at draw for a long time.

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    Thumbs up More than Enough!

    I've shot 60# for years and have shot thru everything from Deer to Elk, no problems......
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    60lbs for me also.

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    I killed my first deer with a 45 lb longbow that because of my age (11) was only able to pull to about 37 lb. I was shooting cedar shafts, turkey feather fletching and a Zwacky(sp) Black Diamond broadhead. When seeing the arrow flying well past the deer thought I had missed but when looking for my arrow I found the blood trail and followed it to my first deer.

    So, yes 60lb is more than enough.
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    I shoot a #60 with a 28" DL.It gets it done.

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