I'd go with a Martin Savannah if I was just buying a new one. I shouldn't say that, I've seen some other bows out there that small shop bowyers are building that are awesome for around 500-550, I just can't seem to remember what they are.. I think one was called Banshee. I will tell you this I have bought 2 longbows and 1 recurve that were used. New they were around 550- 650 and I got them for 300- 350 and when I got them they didn't have a scratch on them( now they do). New is nice IMO if you are having it custom made or you just can't find the specific bow you really want. Some of these trad shooters are addicted to buying bows( 3 bow in 2 years,I'm on my way) then one day the wife says " get rid of some of those bows". Tradgang has pages of bows for sale, so does Leatherwall. Have fun shopping!!!- Steve
There are lot's of good ones for that price. There is the Savanna and the Bear Montanna. You could also probably get some nice customs for that price. Check mate makes some good ones as well as Mad Dog bows.
IMHO - If this is your first bow (6 posts) I would get a used inexpensive bow, you will change your mind later when you figure out what you want. Ebay and here in the classifieds. If you have been doing this for a while, go to a shoot and shoot some. You really need to get your hands on the bows and shoot them. Some,which I would have purchased without seeing them, once shot, I would not take it for free - (OK maybe for free)
you can make your own if you have time, they don't cost much & they're kinda fun to make....you can find a ton of support & advice on AT. have you checked out the build alongs? Kegan has quite a few posts on longbows & flatbows. a quick search on longbows will turn up volumes
If this is your first longbow, try and find a used Bear Montana, or an older Martin ML-14. Both are great bows for an intro to longbows. But don't get me wrong they are both very nice bows that will serve you for a while.
If you are an experienced shooter and like to have something a bit better there are actually some really nice bows out there for just a little bit more than 500. If you are willing to wait standard Howard Hill bows go for 500. If you really like that look, you cannot beat this bow. I have two of them and both are real solid performers. If you want a more of a hybrid longbow, take a look at Striker Bows and look at the Slap Stik. This bow goes for 555, and it is worth every penny. The Slap Stik is a short hybrid longbow, that draw super smooth, and flings and arrow whisper quiet. So if you really want a better bow wait a little bit and save a little more. But the best advice I can give you is take a look in the classified ads here and in Trad Gang. There are alot of great bows being sold at great prices. I picked up a Toelke T/D Recurve in absolute mint condition that retails for 850, I got it for 500, that was a great pickup. So shop around.
+1 on the Bear Montana - new or used. Very nice bow. Bought mine new @ $329 from BassPro. If you look on ebay or in the classifieds here on Archerytalk you may find a better deal on a used one.
If you're new to traditional-type archery, a word of advice. Get a lighter weight bow first. If you go with a bow that's too heavy for you, it will be more difficult to work on improving your form, and there's a greater risk of shoulder injury.
Go with the Bear Montana then use the rest of the money on FF strings and arrows
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