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Thread: What's a good takedown recurve for hunting?

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    What's a good takedown recurve for hunting?

    I am somewhat looking for a high quality takedown recurve to be used primarily for hunting. I have a nice longbow that was handmade for me, and I mostly shoot compound;however, I've always like the smooth low-shock feel of a quality recurve. Unfortunately, I don't know that much about them.

    I've looked at the Martin Hatfield, but haven't had the opportunity to shoot one.

    Any recommendations?



    Thanks,

    Indychris


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    BlackWidow - in my opinion - by far and away one of the best recurves on the market - a business that has been making top of the line bows since 1957!

    Blacktail Bows out of Minnesota are very nice bows too, but that is a "one-man" operation - so ya never know how long he will be doin' it and around if ya need him.


    Martin makes a nice bow - but for what they want for them - the difference in price - between them and the Widow - would make me buy the Widow in a minute. The Black Widow is a FAR SUPERIOR BOW!

    Also - Black Widow will send you a bow to try for a week - you just pay shipping.

    Black Widow will custom make it for you - with the draw weight at your draw length - they have several different lengths of bows, and many different wood types to choose from.

    www.blackwidowbows.com

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    For the money, its hard to beat the Chek-Mat Td Hunter or Hunter2 models. Check http://www.recurves.com/ for good pics of both bows and a few others. Im shooting a 58" 46# TD Hunter and love the bow. You can even buy extra limbs so you can have a target and hunting bow in one. Anyhow...worth a look if value/price is the issue. I really think that for the money they are the best.

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    Chek-Mate Hunter I or Hunter II. Will shoot with any bow on the market. Will hang in the top 10 for looks, speed, smoothness, durability, lack of handshock, forgiveness, and warranty--might not be #1 in all categories, but will hold their own with any--except price.

    You can't get a checkered grip or fancy inlays, no video with your bow, no t-shirt or hat (yet), but a fine piece of archery equipment. You can get one made to your draw length, different grips, different lengths, and different woods, with or without inserts or inscriptions. You can shoot any type string you want without affecting the warranty. The warranty is a full 2 years (not pro-rated), after that it is at the descretion of Chek-Mate, who is very good at taking care problems if they arise.

    Going on 31 years under the same ownership, comprised of 4 people (the two owners, the bowyer, and his helper), and well beyond ten thousand bows experience with the bowyer.

    A great bow, regardless of the price.

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    Indychris,
    I highly recommend that you physically put your hands on a traditional bow BEFORE purchasing one. Shoot it, if at all possible!

    A traditional bow is much like a shotgun, in that they're both instinctively aimed weapons. If a shotgun costs $300 or $30,000, it won't matter if it doesn't have a good "fit and feel".

    YOUR hand is or can be different than the next 10 people to reply to your post. There are a lot of quality recurves on the market, but to be sure of your purchase, be sure to shoot one before laying down your hard earned cash.

    I like the way a Assenheimer Custom T/D, Darton Predator, Black Widow and a Fred Bear Custom T/D fits in my hand and I shoot them well. The thing that all 4 of these bows have in common is low shelf height, narrow hand grips, low hand shock and smooth draws. 4 characteristics that I like in a traditional bow, because it fits my hand and feels good when I shoot it.

    Take a look at Don Assenheimer's T/D bows. He's in Bucyrus, Ohio, which is East of you by about 2 hours. www.stickbow.com/assenheimer/hunters.html

    Good luck with your choices!
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    Thanks, guys! I'll look at each of them. Bowhunter57, I know you are right. I have shot a number of traditional bows, just not one consistently (with the exception of my Black Rose longbow), and they do all fit a little differently. Now that you mention it, I know that I like a narrow grip (large grips just don't fit well in my smaller hands).

    I don't have enough experience to know about some of the other features, so maybe I'll have to get to a traditional shoot and see what people have that I can try.

    Thanks again, and still looking for ideas!

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    Chris, not sure where you are in IN, but if you can make it to the Cloverdale shoot in Greencastle you will have a chance to see and shoot a lot of different bows. They had over 100 vendors there last year, probably as many or more this year. It happens June 11,12, and 13 at the Cloverdale Conservation Club. If you need more info., just holler.

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    checkmate firebird model, looks and shoot as good as a BW bow and is about 1/2 the price.
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    Even though I'm a Trails End fan, I have to agree with LBR and Fin.
    The Chek-Mate's are hard to beat for the money.

    Chad,

    I might have to attend the Cloverdale shoot and visit all those vendors.
    Until now, the only shoots I attend are the Compound competitions.
    Would like to meet you too.


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    The Firebird (56") is a dandy little bow for tight spots. Like any short bow, it can be a little finicky with brace height and silencer placement (to get it very quiet), but shoots very good.

    Sag, sure hope you can make it. I hope to have at least 20 or so bows with me, depending on how the shoots I set up at before Cloverdale go. I'll be easy to spot--should have my banner by then. Looking forward to it myself! I'm supposed to have some wood samples by then also, showing the different veneers under glass, and maybe some of the riser woods also.

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    I picked up a nice Zipper recurve off ebay and it's a great bow for hunting. It's lighter than my Black Widow but is smooth, great cast, and shoots where I look..

    Any of those bows the others mentiong are great as well. I like buying used and trying them out. If you don't like it you can trade or pretty much get the same money back. Then if you truly find one that you like you could get a new one by the same bowyer. jmho
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    I like my Bob Lee Signature take down. I have two sets of limbs and, really like it. I know that its all a VERY personal preference. As said here it is VERY important that the bow fits you--the grip and, how it shoots---in other words that YOU are satisfied with the results of how the bow performs with you being the shooter. Try to shoot some different ones if you have a chance. ALL of the bows mentioned above are real nice shooters. I just like my Bob Lee. I will however not say one bad word about any bow. It comes down to what each person likes--how it shoots, how it looks--you must be satisfied with the bow. If you find one that trips your trigger and, it does best for you--thats what counts.

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    curver - go and shoot that camo metal riser - PSE recurve - and if you still will not say anything bad about anyones bow - i will have to admit - you are a far better man than me!

    I have to disagree with one thing said - I have never shot that checkmate - so i cannot comment on that = but i can comment on the looks - and in my humble opinion - the Black Widow's -especially the TF one piece is by far a nicer looking bow.

    Another real nice looking bow is the Robertson Stykbow - but i have never shot one of these either.

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    If you mean the PSE coyote model-

    I have one- Shoots just fine. What's your problem with it?

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    Sharp, which CM are you comparing the BW to? There are over a dozen different models of CM's, and variations in some models, plus umpteem different wood combo's. A Standard Falcon or King's Pawn isn't fancy, move it up to a Special or Deluxe it's dressed up quite a bit. Lots of folks mistake the Firebird for a BW. Even a Hunter II with standard woods looks really nice--but looks are subjective......

    Anyhow, just curious.

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    WE all like to "push" our personal choices in equipment, especially bows it seems, but in reality most opinions about bows are purely subjective. Truth is, no one bow suits everyone & just because someone else shoots & loves a particular make sure doesn't make it right for you or me. Definitely some great advice above about buying used and/or try before you buy.

    I know this post prolly wasn't much help, but I guess I didn't expect it to be. You see, IMO we're blessed w/some truley great choices in archery equipment these days...& I never met a bow I didn't like!

    VicW.

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    Bob Lee makes a great take down recurve as well as Great Plains. The Schafer Silvertips are top of the line as well.

    I would get the Great Plains or the Bob Lee if it was me.

    Here is a picture of the Bob Lee's, the hunter model is very nice & would make a greta hunting bow. I just wish they could use a string other than Dacron!



    Here is a picture of the Great Plains B model, I don't care too much for the looks of the Original Great Plains Take Down.



    Good Luck no matter what you choose!

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    check out the chekmate bows. i am looking at the falcon for an all around recurve but they have soem fantastic take down recurves and great wood to look at
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    Pittsley Predator, formerly Darton Preator, at www.huntersniche.com . Ron Pittsley has always been the bowyer for the past 20 odd years. It is my understanding that Blacky has conducted his testing regimine on a Pittsley Predator and gives it very high praise in the latest TBM, which has yet to hit my mailbox!!

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    Just got a Martin TD Hatfield, set it up today. Great bow for the money! I had shoot my Buddies BW some yrs. back{many yrs...maybe they have changed} and I didnt like it that much, It had alot of hand shock, looked nice though, also the BW is a $1000 +, almost twice the cost of a Martin.
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    Hmmm...I've never shot a BW bow w/any appreciable handshock....sticker shock maybe, but not handshock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpbroadhead
    curver - go and shoot that camo metal riser - PSE recurve - and if you still will not say anything bad about anyones bow - i will have to admit - you are a far better man than me!

    I have to disagree with one thing said - I have never shot that checkmate - so i cannot comment on that = but i can comment on the looks - and in my humble opinion - the Black Widow's -especially the TF one piece is by far a nicer looking bow.

    Another real nice looking bow is the Robertson Stykbow - but i have never shot one of these either.

    "nice looking" never killed squat. Neither did 1,000 bucks nor 100 bucks for that matter. Please, just shoot as many as you can and get the one that suits YOU best. The rest of this is just crap.

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    I like the Bear Super Kodiak, Black Widows, and the Bob Lee's

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    I would suggest that you try and shoot the bow before buying for sure, but if I had to recommend a bow sight unseen i would say you can't go wrong with the Quinn stallion as it is affordable and will shoot with about anybow out there. Besides the Quinn's are awesome folks derfinaly a quality curve at under 200 bucks!!!!!I love mine
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    All very good advice here. I have a few bows and have shot a few other bows. I think for the money and just to get used to recurve shooting a new shooter can't beat a Fred Bear bow. You can find a bizzillion of them on ebay for a real good price or buy a new one from most anywhere. They stand by their bows forever. example: I had a Super Kodiak for about 6 years. I had cut down the shelf to suit my shooting and generally shot the heck out of that bow. Well it developed a crack in the glass in the upper limb. I sent the bow back to Bear Archery. I had no receipt or anything to go with it. Bear Archery just sent me a whole new bow no questions asked.

    As far as a Take Down bow, the Bear Custom Take Down has the best system of all, no tools required. IMHO

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