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Question by thunderdog512. Uploaded on May 13, 2011
I will assume this bow will be used for hunting. I consider a comfortable draw weight to be one where you can pull the bow back without much movement. In the woods if an animal spots your draw then it is game over. Being about to draw straight back with minimal movement will make you a better hunter.
Also, If you have never shot a bow before you will get stronger in a short time so if 50 lbs is comfortable now may 60 lbs will be comfortable a month from now.
My bow weight is 63 lbs and I put arrows all of the way through deer.
Go to an archery shop and ask for help in choosing. They'll let you try as many as you like, different weights and models. I shoot right at 63 also, my next bow will be a 50-60 pound bow. I can pull 70 all day, but why? pulling 55 on a rainy 35 degree winter day is much easier than pulling 63.
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70 pounds has been my weight since 18, perhaps I should go to 80 maybe but 70 works fantastic. The bottom line, you should be able ton hold it for a minute or two when that Big Buck is wondering what is that fat blob in that tree is! :)
you don't need 60-70lbs to take an animal. try 50. it will do the job. then focus on you arrows and broad heads. they are important as well.
If your friends have a bow that fits your draw one o them back, if not, go to the archery shop, but i wouldnt start with it on 70, i would start on 60, and just shoot that until its comfortable then you can move it how you want. mine
I have my compund at 50 right now started at 40 last year, but am raising it soon. Hoping to get a new recurve (Samick maybe?) at 45 pound draw.
Unless you intend on shooting really big bear or ranges over 75 yards there is no real need for 70# anymore. 60# will take anything in north america with todays bows. 60# @ 29" shooting a 425 grain arrow at 292fps is plenty of speed and energy even out to 70 yards. It's better to shoot 50# well, then to shoot 70# poorly. Sit in a chair and draw your bow to full draw 20 times non stop. if you can't do it and shoot,it's too much bow for you.
The flatter it shoots, the less you have to alow for deviation. I have 3 pins, 30, 40 and 50 yards. The 30 yard pin sits 3/4 of and inch above the 50 with the 40 dead in the middle. For 60 yards, I take the deferance between the 40 and 50 and hold that over and I'm dead on.
I love my HCA 4 RUNNER!
For the average John Q. Hunter your right, but not everyone is named John Q. Hunter
Crazy slow leak blog!
Better watch it Bro!
Someone is going to tell you, YOUR GOING TO HELL SHOOTING 75 YARDS! LOL!
I've seen more deer jump the string at 30 yards or less than at any other range combined!!
good point, clay.
If you can't sit down Indian style and draw the bow comfortably without struggling or moving all around, it's most definitely too heavy. You should be able to pull it straight back smoothly in this position. I love to go to the pro shops and watch the tough guys turn red while drawing, even in the standing position. Something tells me they are more into the gear than they are the deer.
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