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My dad gave me his old bow. Its a Shakespeare 52", 45lb bow. I put a new string and some beaver balls on it. I got the bow two weeks ago, ordered the new string and then we went on vacation.

The new string was here when I got here. Ignore my ugly nock, its the first time I tied one in on anything. I have put maybe 15-20 arrows through it and I am accurate to a 15" small square target at 17 yards. My block is sitting down at 80 and I haven't walked down there to bring it up.

Right now I am shooting some older Axis arrows that I used to shoot with my compound. I think they are around 535 grains but I would screw in a 150 grain head to get me close to 600. I could also build some specific arrows, I think these are cut just a tad short.

The target is a small bag target. The arrows barley stick in. Is this a set up I could hunt with? I don't really want to dive fully into traditional but I thought it would be cool to shoot something with an old bow my dad used to hunt with. I don't think he ever killed a deer with it. There are a lot of does to shoot here in Iowa. Thoughts?

 

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I would say go for it, I bounce the occasional arrow off my bag target w/ my 45 lb recurve. That same bow has had several pass throughs on deer with a 400 grain ish arrow. Youll have more then enough.

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Truth is that short of a bow and that draw weight is not good to learn proper form... it's a lot different having to hold the full weight without any letoff. Your old compound arrows are likely way too stiff for a 45# recurve, and probably why you are getting for penetration in the target. I suggest checking out the AT traditional forum.
 

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Having tuned arrows goes a long way with trad gear. Get a bareshaft flying well out of it and make half a dozen or so for that bow.
 

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When your groups shrink to the size of a tennis ball at 17 yds you will be ready. Can't give any advice on your arrows as I don't know what spine they are or what your draw length is on the recurve your shooting. No way in hell you are ready for hunting at 15-20 arrows. Maybe 15-20 thousand. It takes quite a while to get proficient with a traditional bow. Shoot for 6 months and see where you are at.
 

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I’ve bounced arrows off bags before with my 50lb Martin, and got pass throughs at 15 yards.

You might be able to get a 500 spine to work with weight up front, but yea head to the Trad forum.
 

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I've been shooting with mine for a couple years now and plan on taking it out this fall. It's 45lbs @ 28". My 20 yard groups are the size of a small paper plate. I've got 150gr Stingers on the end of a 375gr arrow. Should be a good time.
 
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