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Hey guys,

Im pretty new to the sport of archery, but im really excited about it. Im looking towards buying my first bow and i think that ive decided on a recurve. However, im not really sure what the difference is betweent a traditional recurve and and olympic recurve. Was hoping that someone could inform me a little bit on what those are? I want to do target and hunting and ive heard u can basically do both with these bows (or at least the olympic horizon and the traditional bows).

Im lookin at getting a Hoyt Horizon Recurve with the Hoyt Grand Prix Excel Recurve Limbs. Ive read that this is a pretty good set up for a beginner to an intermediate archer. I was also lookin at the Dorado traditional bow. It looks like a great bow but idk if its for a beginner. But i felt that by the time i spend the money on the horizon riser and excel limbs and a string and case ill be spendin the same amount as the dorado (i believe it vomes with a riser, limbs, string and case already). Could someone kind of describe the difference in detail about the two bows?

Also i want the bow to last a while. Im plannin on shooting alot because i know recurves take time to get good at. Thats part of the reason i want to get a recurve as opposed to a compound. But how durable are the limbs and risers? Will the horizon riser last a while? The dorado? I know that Hoyt has the lifetime warrante on product errors but just curious how breakable they are?
 

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I have a 21" Hoyt Excel. I like it fine, and comes in 23" as well. Horizon comes in 25". These bows are ILF (international limb fitting) which the dorado doesn't use. There are a few things to consider when buying your first bow, I would buy light limbs, shoot a hoyt super rest and plunger and also start with a sight... but that's just me.

I am sure lots of people will give you great advice soon.

Have a great day,
Kasey
 

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I have a 21" Hoyt Excel. I like it fine, and comes in 23" as well. Horizon comes in 25". These bows are ILF (international limb fitting) which the dorado doesn't use. There are a few things to consider when buying your first bow, I would buy light limbs, shoot a hoyt super rest and plunger and also start with a sight... but that's just me.

I am sure lots of people will give you great advice soon.

Have a great day,
Kasey
Thank you very much =] ive heard the excel and horizon are pretty similar, but u like it alot? =] how durable is it? What does the size difference in the riser change?
 

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If I was new I Would call up and talk to someone in lancaster archerys traditional department. The will give you good advice and have anything that a beginner needs.
 

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I have both the Excel 21" and the Horizon. The Excel is my favorite. It is light and shoots well. The Horizon is great and with the plunger and wire rest setup is perhaps a bit more accurate. The Horizon is heavier and I can get a tired shoulder shooting it from the extra weight. That extra weight does slow down bow arm movement.

If you plan to hunt, the 21" Excel is probably a better pick. Some $80 Axiom+ limbs in 26 - 30 #s may just be perfect for starting out. Can always upgrade later.

Again, the Excel is probably my all around favorite.

My notes for my 21" Hoyt Excel with long limbs for a 66" bow. I pull 30".
A Feather River bow scale was used.

EX24: 29-30# @ 30" W&W/SF Axiom Plus limbs 24#
EE28: 32-33? @ 30" W&W Sebastian Flute Elite Carbon Recurve Limbs 28#
EX30: 33-34# @ 30" W&W/SF Axiom Plus limbs 30#
EE34: 39-40? @ 30" W&W Sebastian Flute Elite+ Carbon Recurve Limbs 34#
EC34: 40-41# @ 30" W&W Sebastian Flute Premium Carbon Recurve Limbs 34#
EX36: 44# @ 30" W&W/SF Axiom Plus limbs 36#
EX40: 43# @ 30" TradTech BlackMax 40#

Here is some info on a first bow:
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1588147

Here is some vid on form and exercises:
http://www.archerygb.org/support/operations/coaches/coaching_videos.php


Here is some info on tuning:
http://veraxservice.net/arch/tune.html

Good Luck!
 

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I have both the Excel 21" and the Horizon. The Excel is my favorite. It is light and shoots well. The Horizon is great and with the plunger and wire rest setup is perhaps a bit more accurate. The Horizon is heavier and I can get a tired shoulder shooting it from the extra weight. That extra weight does slow down bow arm movement.

If you plan to hunt, the 21" Excel is probably a better pick. Some $80 Axiom+ limbs in 26 - 30 #s may just be perfect for starting out. Can always upgrade later.

Again, the Excel is probably my all around favorite.

My notes for my 21" Hoyt Excel with long limbs for a 66" bow. I pull 30".
A Feather River bow scale was used.

EX24: 29-30# @ 30" W&W/SF Axiom Plus limbs 24#
EE28: 32-33? @ 30" W&W Sebastian Flute Elite Carbon Recurve Limbs 28#
EX30: 33-34# @ 30" W&W/SF Axiom Plus limbs 30#
EE34: 39-40? @ 30" W&W Sebastian Flute Elite+ Carbon Recurve Limbs 34#
EC34: 40-41# @ 30" W&W Sebastian Flute Premium Carbon Recurve Limbs 34#
EX36: 44# @ 30" W&W/SF Axiom Plus limbs 36#
EX40: 43# @ 30" TradTech BlackMax 40#

Here is some info on a first bow:
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1588147

Here is some vid on form and exercises:
http://www.archerygb.org/support/operations/coaches/coaching_videos.php


Here is some info on tuning:
http://veraxservice.net/arch/tune.html

Good Luck!
Thank you soo muchh that was very informative!! Ill check these out!!
 
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