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I need some help with getting a bow. I dont know what too shoot, a recurve or a traditonal bow, What are the main differences in how they shoot. I als want to know how long of a bow should i get if i am drawing 28.5 inches on my compound? I am looking to have fun shooting it and then plan to eventually get a traditonal bow to take a deer with after I am confident enough. So basically right now i want a low draw weight cheap bow, any suggestions there? thanks
 

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If you want to learn how to shoot a trad bow, get a 30#-35# cheapy recurve and some 1716 aluminum arrows. Read some books on shooting. I would recommend ebay for a bow. Check out these (Hint...Ebay is crawling with plenty of these bows):

1. http://cgi.ebay.com/SHARP-WING-SWIF...3QQihZ016QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

2. http://cgi.ebay.com/1968-Bear-Tarta...7QQihZ013QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

3. http://cgi.ebay.com/BEN-PEARSON-ALL...7QQihZ002QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

4. http://cgi.ebay.com/Fred-Bear-Recur...0QQihZ013QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

5. http://cgi.ebay.com/Shakespeare-Won...4QQihZ007QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

6. http://cgi.ebay.com/BEAR-TIGERCAT-B...0QQihZ011QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

7. http://cgi.ebay.com/BEAR-POLAR-RECU...4QQihZ010QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

8. http://cgi.ebay.com/Damon-Howatt-x-...6QQihZ017QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

9. http://cgi.ebay.com/Fred-Bear-Gorge...1QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

10. http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1960s-W...0QQihZ015QQcategoryZ20839QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I really like number ten! Good luck finding a good bow. And make sure you replace the string with a quality Dacron string. Most of these bows will arrive with a crusty old endless loop style string. The older bows generally don't have layered/built up limb tips, so a string made from Fast-Flight is no good. Go with Dacron, aka B-50. I recommend Chad Weaver's Champion Bowstrings ( www.recurves.com ) or Rod Jenkin's Great Strings. I buy Rod's strings at http://www.sticksandfeathers.com/

You can get a set of 1716 aluminum with feather fletching from a ton of places, but I like www.eders.com/
 

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There is a decent 35# Red Wing in the classified here also.
 

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Thank you very much for the sites! any other info?
 

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Well, a recurve is 'traditional', so I assume the alternative is a longbow? Most folks lose some draw length switching from a wheel bow to a stick, but there's no definate amount for each individual [usually 1/2 to 1", sometimes more]. Were I you, I'd just find/borrow one and give it a try.
 

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Thanks Again I will deffinatley use some of those sites. I found one I can borrow. Its the right length and everything. Its one of my friends dad's old bows. I'm gonna shoot it for a while and see how I like it. I'm already addicted to shooting my Hoyt and Tuning it, so I hope this is as much fun if not more. Thanks hopefully i can give you guys a progress report on how I do with it.
 

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Martin X-200

A fellow you can trust has a 35# one up for $150 on Trad Gang. Good bow at a great starter weight.
 

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long bow vs recurve

Recurve Is Actualy Faster Off The Shelf Than A Long Bow All Though I Use A Long Bow My Wife Shoots A Recurve You Aim Or Shoot Them About The Same So Its All Personal Opinion On What You Want To Shoot We Had Our Bows Made By Jeffries Archery Here In Sc But Bear Makes Excelent Recurve And Long Bows And You Can Get Them At Bass Pro Shops For Under $300 If You Have Any Questions About Natural Archery Please Ask Ive Used Natural Archery For 5 Years Now And Have Studied And Learned Quite A Lot And Still Learning Every Time I Shoot Or Go Hunting
 
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