SHORT OR LONG?

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SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Curve1 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:57 pm

Out of curiosity, what length recurves do you prefer? I've always heard longer bows are more accurate...but, it's been so long since I shot a short bow I dont have anything to compare to. I know a lot of this is personal preference....but I'm just curious. I usually like 62 to 64 inch recurves , I draw 28 inches.
But, my curiosity is tempting me to second geuss my opinion. By short recurve I mean anything under 58 inches.

This is purely for fun and not to start an argument thanks. God bless.

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by hairy beaver » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:47 am

I always prefered the longer recurves myself ,, just felt a little more comfortable ,, that is till i picked up a browning cobra , it belonged to a friend of mine ,, i'm not really sold on the browning brand but that little 50 inch bow had my number , seriously smooth and quick on the draw , would have made a very nice bird bow ,, unfortunatly my friend wouldn't part with it , from then on i've kept an open mind about bow length.
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by eddie c » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:24 am

I usually hunt in swampy areas and brushy areas with some open hardwoods. I prefer the short bows. I try to pick trees with branches to help break up my outline and short bows work better in those cases. and like yesterday evening, I may hunt on the ground and back up into a ticket. the longbow helps push brush out of the way but the recurve manuvers better.

I only have 2 bows, longbow 66" and a recurve 56". I shoot the recurve better.
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by trapperDave » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:36 am

I currently have 9 bows on the wall, only 1 is over 54". actually only 2 are over 52
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Sparta-T » Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:45 pm

I'm 6'1" tall, so I need a pretty fair amount of headroom in a treestand or ground blind to begin with. Since I draw 29", the last bow I shot under my favored 62" length had noticable finger pinch and was not enticing in the least. If you figure that a 54' recurve is 10" shorter than my 62" stickbow, it sounds like a lot. But that is only 5" on the top limb where a bowhunter primarily is concerned about length. Rarely do I find that a branch above my head too difficult for my folding saw to take down or even a pop up blind too restrictive. Possibly if you prefer a sitting down hunting shot, a shorter bow would be a benefit in a treestand. If I am genuinely limited, I must be too used to a longer bow to recognize the limitations...... :?

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Night Wing » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:56 am

I have a 30" draw length so finger pinch is my main concern. My first custom bow was a Bob Lee Signature Hunter TD recurve in 64" length. After 30 minutes of target shooting, I noticed a solid case of finger pinch. :shock: It made my right index finger sore. :evil: I learned my lesson. :roll: Sold the Bob Lee and the next bow I ordered was a 66" Blacktail TD recurve bow and no finger pinch even after an hour of constant target shooting. :D

To sum up, I now have three custom bows. A one piece 68" Belcher Longhorn hybrid longbow and the other two are Blacktail TD recurves, both in 66" length. 8-)
Blacktail TD Recurve: 66", 42# @ 30". Arrow: 32", 2212. PW: 75 Grains. AW: 421 Grains. SPD: 185 fps. GPP: 10.02
Blacktail TD Recurve: 66", 37# @ 30". Arrow: 32", 2212. PW: 75 Grains. AW: 421 Grains. SPD: 174 fps. GPP: 11.37

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Curve1 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:25 pm

I have come to the conclusion [my opinion] that a lot of the short bows designed today are specificly designed for stability ...in a shorter bow. For a long time I've shot longer bows...60,62,64 inches. I've read a lot of good stuff about a lot of short bows, from folks that normally prefer longer bows. I think the biggest factor is personal preference.
One of my brothers shoots a 58 inch Montgomery Ward [ think it's made by Pearson], he draws 30 inches. That is the only bow he's shot in a year because of shoulder problems...and I can say that he shoots that bow as good as his longer bows. Everyone is different, but, the other day I was shooting one of my neices 50 inch recurves , and I was amazed at how accurate I could be with it. Most folks will probably do better with a longer bow starting out , but with the right design, some of the short bows of today can be accurate.
Example : There are a lot of folks that I've read of on different trad sites that are shooting Dave Beeler's bows....and love them. So, there must be something to it. It's been so long since I've spent any real time with a short bow to get a real good comparison. I do believe shooting longer distances at targets the longer bows will work better though. But at hunting distances the shorter bows will work.....my opinion is mostly based the folks shooting shorter bows, and their testimonies.

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by JMartin » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:32 am

I love the shorter recurves, I just don't shoot them as well as my longer ones.

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Rick P » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:41 pm

Derpends.......right tool for the job. In a blind or duck hunting from a canoe, anywhere you know your space to shoot in will be limited a short bow is the ticket. Out on the tundra where long shots are a must I want the added accuracy and stability of longer limbs and a heavy riser.
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Curve1 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:29 pm

Hey Rick, I felt like I was on the Tundra this morning. Man! 20 degrees this morning....I aint use to that kinda cold down here.
I dont know if I coulda got a shot off this morning with ANY length bow. :)

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Rick P » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:47 pm

Ha ha, thats shirt sleve weather brother. Tracy and I got married in our back yard on january 26th. 30 below at the end of the cerimony -38 when the last guest left.
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Curve1 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:26 am

I cant imagine being in 30 below weather. Well, you didn't have to worry about any of your guest falling asleep. :)
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Rick P » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:18 pm

Coldest measured temp at the house so far was -48 coldest I've been out side in was -62 up by Purdue bay. Materials start to do weird stuff around -30, coffee turns to snow if you through it in the air, oil sets up. Around -45 you see how good a quality steel your hand tools are made of, the cheap stuff chips like glass.
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by jaxtix » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:32 pm

The longbows I build are @ 69". makes for a very smooth shooter but not fun to get through the brush and 'gotta make sure a guest is in the vaulted ceiling living room to avoid the ceiling fans. Hope to make one this year @ 62" more or less. But the takedown recurve project is next and I like 'em around 54" to 58". jaxtix
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Bowman » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:45 am

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Love my short bows this one will be with me in the turkey blind this year
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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Curve1 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:59 pm

That is one fine lookin bow...for sure. Hope you enjoy it.

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Re: SHORT OR LONG?

Post by Jesse Minish » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:44 pm

I love my 52" Cascade Nighthawk. It is 70#@28" and my draw is a little over 29". I have no prob with finger pinch either.

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