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    This is mostly for Beau but if there are any other archers out there feel free to chime in and help me get started!

    I have been wanting to purchase a recurve bow for quite a long time now, found some online that state for beginners, at a reasonable price too. Here's one of the ones I was thinking of:
    atünga take down long bows

    Problem is I can't get my hands on some bows here to find out what pound or draw length I need. Can I work it out without actually using a bow?

    Do you think the one above would be suitable, I'm not looking for a top of the line bow, just something basic to learn with.

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    Funny coincidence, i have a atunga take down bow! Got mine from ebay earlier in the year.
    Don't use it much sadly, lack of funds and proper area, but it's always there for when i go down to my other half's land and shoot trees. It's fun, wouldn't mind getting into it as a hobby, but for now, it's just a lil fun thing.

    I never had a problem in the short time i've had the bow, It's strong enough to be thrown around a bit in the back of a car.

    I personally never had a bow before, so i got the 36lbs, which is roughly 16.6kg, so if you feel you can pull that back and hold it back, go for it!
    All else fails, you can build up the muscle tone in the arms to pull it back :P
    Friend of mine did that, took about 2 months and he comfortably pulled and held back the 36lbs, and now he's onto the 48lbs


    Then again, I'm no expert, but this is just my 2cents and personal experience :3
    Who knows, it might be helpful

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    Thanks FeralPup, that's pretty much what I want one for, just to use when we go bush, not for hunting, just shooting targets.

    I'm a bit of a weakling, I was just going to go for it and buy the 26lb but then I read that kids use 26lb bows I think that's what I will need though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Thanks FeralPup, that's pretty much what I want one for, just to use when we go bush, not for hunting, just shooting targets.

    I'm a bit of a weakling, I was just going to go for it and buy the 26lb but then I read that kids use 26lb bows I think that's what I will need though.
    If you feel the 26lb bow will be better for you, then go for it.
    For bows, the atunga brand is pretty decently priced.
    As long as it fires the arrow, it's fine in my opinion!
    Only reason i got the 36lb is because i'm use to the heavy lifting.
    It's always good to start where you feel more comfortable, whether it's a 'kids weight' or not.
    Better safe than sorry anyday, eh?

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    Yep as long as it works!

    I might have to get back on the Wii Fit and start doing the weight games lol

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    50 pln for me and my bro prtty good for a girl haha

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    Wow 50! I wouldn't be able to move the string an inch at that!

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    Yep 50 it was my dads One never got a new one so we got use to it now it eaise for me to pull i go and shou in the hay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    This is mostly for Beau but if there are any other archers out there feel free to chime in and help me get started!

    I have been wanting to purchase a recurve bow for quite a long time now, found some online that state for beginners, at a reasonable price too. Here's one of the ones I was thinking of:
    atünga take down long bows

    Problem is I can't get my hands on some bows here to find out what pound or draw length I need. Can I work it out without actually using a bow?

    Do you think the one above would be suitable, I'm not looking for a top of the line bow, just something basic to learn with.
    That bow looks fine to me, when you are beginning and learning cheap is the way to go, also don't be afraid at looking at second hand bows, there are literally hundreds about that have had very little use, it can be a bit difficult to find draw weight without actually pulling a few strings of different draw poundages, but you are best to start light and move up as your muscles get strong.

    the good thing about takedowns is that you can replace or buy extra limbs that are either lighter or heavier depending on your needs or strength increase.

    A 30 is a good starting point for a beginner imo as it will build strength but not be to easy to start with.

    Remember also if you really start using the bow a lot it will get easier and easier with the poundage you have and if you go up and use that the don't use it again for a long time you would need to start at the lower poundage again.

    Saying that all poundage weights are measured at a 28" (inches) draw length, this is universal the world over, so say #30 ( when you see # that is meaning lbs) @ 28 means at a full draw of 28 inches the force required to hold the bowstring at this length will be 30 pounds.

    Now remove 3-5 pounds for every inch under 28" you can pull the string, and add 5-7 pounds for every inch over roughly.

    I dont know how tall you are to help determine draw length, you can do it yourself by measuring your arm span standing like a crucifix palms face forward just stand naturally, don't stretch, measure in inches then divide by 2.5, this should give you your draw length in inches.

    Now Right hand and left hand lol, this is actually to do with your eyes not if you are a righty or a lefty or which arm is stronger, its about which eye is dominant. Generally though, Righties, that is people who hold the bow riser in left hand and draw with the right hand are right eye dominant, this is the eye you sight the target with looking above the arrow. lefties the reverse of that.

    So figure out which eye is dominant.

    Umm yeah I dont know what else, just holla out other questions.
    Last edited by Beau; 10-22-2011 at 08:25 AM.
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    Excellent thankyou Beau that was very helpful!

    I'll get out the measuring tape and see what my draw length is later.

    I think I might be left eye dominant but I'm not sure. I have been taking notice over the past few weeks and when I try to 'measure' things up I always seem to close my right eye. So does that mean I hold the bow with my right hand and pull the string with my left?

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