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    Default Re: Hunting with a light bow

    Zen. Pm me your email and I'll send some info that is to much to list here

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    Oh man. Reading all this makes me realise there’s a whole world of archery out there that I want to learn about.
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    If i may add a 1/2 cent....look at "brace length" as well. A short brace length (lets say 6 1/4") is less forgiving and more sensitive than a longer (lets say 7") brace length. Having a bow with a shorter brace length might actually force you to adopt a better shooting style but can be frustrating if you do not know what you are doing wrong. My whife hunted with a little 43 pound Razor Edge and took blesbuck quite comfortably.
    A nice starter bow is one that can set from 50 lb to 70 lb and has a nice range in draw length. I'm currently shooting a Bowtech but found the cam action on the older Hoyt really smooth.
    When drawing your bow you can try to lift your elbow so you load with your back and not your shoulder. For a start and lets say 55 lb bow a 350 gr to 400 gr arrow will do just fine. A drop-away rest is a bit harder to master than a "capture" type rest but in my opinion is a better option. The correct arrow spine is critical for consistency though.
    Shot placement rains supreme and don't take a shot that you are not sure of as chances are that you will not get away with it.
    Practice, practice, practice....every now and then try to "hold" on the target for 30 seconds bevore releasing and see if you can still make the shot.
    Hope this can help some

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    Quote Originally Posted by fkritzinger View Post
    there are various ways. I prefer to go for a heavier BH, hence I shoot 125gr 2 or 3 blades. If you need more, go with a heavier insert. There are also some BH that are heavier, but most common is 100 and 125gr. I have a set of 150gr Schmeiser Viking 2 blade BH that work well. However, be aware that large 2 blades has been known to affect flight, by acting like a wing almost, and steering the arrow.

    No, a tube does not make it longer. it is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the shaft. it is kept in place with your front insert, and the nock. I have also read that some use the silicone hose sold at pet shops for aquariums, if the shaft you choose is thick enough...

    What is your draw length? 26.5" arrow are short... At 30.5", my arrows are about 2" longer than my DL of 28.5". you can go even longer, but arrow length and draw weight and BH weight all affect what spine shafts you need.

    250 spine is quite stiff, and more suited to higher powered bows with long DL. there are various arrow spine calculator online. have a look here https://www.goldtip.com/Resources/Calculators.aspx

    But none of this is cast in stone, it is just a good starting point. and many people have found that go to a stiffer spine or a looser spine does improve their shooting.

    For a 50-60lb bow at 26.5" a 400-500 spine will work for most BH weights...
    Thanks Fkritzinger. My drawlength is 27inches. So I shouldn't go for an arrow shaft that is shorter. I was a bit worried about that. I'll look at getting 28 to 29 inch arrows. (That is total length - End of nock to tip of point?)
    I do have a lot to learn. This is going to be fun!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuku View Post
    Zen. Pm me your email and I'll send some info that is to much to list here
    Thanks Zuku.
    Pm sent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdpretorius View Post
    If i may add a 1/2 cent....look at "brace length" as well. A short brace length (lets say 6 1/4") is less forgiving and more sensitive than a longer (lets say 7") brace length. Having a bow with a shorter brace length might actually force you to adopt a better shooting style but can be frustrating if you do not know what you are doing wrong. My whife hunted with a little 43 pound Razor Edge and took blesbuck quite comfortably.
    A nice starter bow is one that can set from 50 lb to 70 lb and has a nice range in draw length. I'm currently shooting a Bowtech but found the cam action on the older Hoyt really smooth.
    When drawing your bow you can try to lift your elbow so you load with your back and not your shoulder. For a start and lets say 55 lb bow a 350 gr to 400 gr arrow will do just fine. A drop-away rest is a bit harder to master than a "capture" type rest but in my opinion is a better option. The correct arrow spine is critical for consistency though.
    Shot placement rains supreme and don't take a shot that you are not sure of as chances are that you will not get away with it.
    Practice, practice, practice....every now and then try to "hold" on the target for 30 seconds bevore releasing and see if you can still make the shot.
    Hope this can help some

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    Thanks JD.
    It helps a lot.


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    Thanks for that, Shooty. Looking into it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zen View Post
    Thanks Fkritzinger. My drawlength is 27inches. So I shouldn't go for an arrow shaft that is shorter. I was a bit worried about that. I'll look at getting 28 to 29 inch arrows. (That is total length - End of nock to tip of point?)
    No, that is shaft length only. your nock will add a few mm, and the braodhead will add a lot... One thing I learned quickly with a too short arrow, is that broadheads are sharp... and they will cut your fingers as easily as they will cut your prey animal... also, some bows risers are not recessed in too deep, so the hand and overhanging broadhead gets very close to each other. I have also found that some dropaway arrow rests and some bows is a bad combination. When you loose the arrow, and the arrow rest drops, the front of your arrow also drops a little, and that results in the broadhead touching the top of the hand grip part. For a normal field point, this would not happen, but because the blades of the BH is wide, it does. using 3 blade BH does help a little, but I still prefer the BH to stick out in front of the riser, and past my hand when I am at full draw.

    So for me, with 28.5" DL, and a 30.5" arrow, I have the nock pushing back about 10mm, and depending on my BH choice, anywhere fron about 50mm to 70mm further...

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