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My first attempt at DIY Archery Equip…

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Well I just got into archery a month ago or so, and so far all I have is an old Ben Pearson No. 3350 fiberglass bow (30#). I haven’t bought much in the way of equipment yet, as I’m waiting to get a decent bow (planning on the Samick Sage). Anyways, I needed an armguard while I work on my form with the Pearson, so I used some leather, a piece of cardboard, and some paracord to make this:

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It’s obviously no work of art :embara: however it does the trick for now…

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Video: My son shooting a crossbow for thr first time!

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My son wants to go deer hunting for the first time this season!!! I had him shooting a recurve, mainly to build up his shooting muscles, then I was going to move him to a compound… BUT he shot the Scorpyd today… this was his first time shooting a crossbow… he really liked it and I think he wants to start with the Vent!


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W&W RCX17 First impressions

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I had posted this on the TradTalk forums initially, but thought I would also post it here as well in case anyone is interested in this bow and doesn’t visit the other forum.

Got home today to find a W&W box sitting at my doorstep. I was impressed with how light the box was, knowing there was a complete bow inside. Opening the box, I found a nice black/camo zippered case, much like that of the Hoyt Buffalo case except it had W&W logo on it. The white thing at the top corner is my little Maltese who was curiously sniffing the new object.

Unzipping the case, we see a couple limb sleeves, a padded riser sleeve, a string, and bow stringer. Not pictured is a white box containing the allen wrenches and a sizable piece of fuzzy velcro pad. Again, my little doggie manages to make his paws visible in the photo. Curious little guy!

Out of the cases come the limbs and riser. I must say, the riser is truly handsome and fit/finish is impeccable. The riser is all-carbon and feels as light as a feather, yet very strong and solid. There is a single Berger hole present for elevated off-the-rest shooting. The shelf appears to have a mild chamfer at the belly side, but otherwise, not much in way of radiusing for shooting off the shelf. The window is cut well past center and should accommodate pretty much any type of rest one would like to use. (time to dig out the old trusty NAP Centerest Flipper!)

The wood grip is very nice and comfortable at a mid-low wrist.

Nice touch with the W&W Black emblem set into the right side of the grip.

One thing I really like is the limb alignment system. It just oozes quality as you can see by the bold sticker in the pocket.

The limb bolt is of the same type commonly found on other W&W risers and has a locking set screw in the belly side. Would be nice if W&W used SAE sized hex wrenches, but at least they supply metric wrenches of proper sizes. Better keep that little baggie of wrenches handy!

The limbs are equally nice and also made of carbon fiber with wood cores. The top limb has the little shield logo with a "Made in Korea" in the little red banner across the bottom. The carbon fiber weave you see on the limbs is real and not just a cosmetic veneer. Both snap into the riser with an authoritative snap and feel nice and secure. My RCX 17 is 45# and 58" overall length. Stringing up the bow and taking a few initial draws, the limbs are surprisingly smooth for being "kit" limbs and exhibited not a hint of stacking at my 27" draw. I started to feel a little stacking once I pulled to about my ear which would be about 30" draw. Not bad for a 58" recurve. With the bow strung up at the factory settings for alignment, the limbs were nice and straight. Glad to know the QC sticker on the bow means something! At my draw length, the digital scale reads 43# at the middle limb bolt setting. Pretty much spot on if pulled an inch further. The complete bow weights in at 2.38# hanging from my digital scale.

I have not yet done any shooting with the bow as I got home form work late today and thought I’d post up some of my initial impressions after opening the box. So far, I am impressed with the bow. It feels solid, despite being under 2.5# and has a very smooth draw. I would have liked to see a second Berger hole positioned closer to a radiused shelf for off-the-shelf shooting, but nothing some furniture pads can’t fix. On bows with Berger holes, I like to shoot off a rug rest and use a plunger to set centershot. I would prefer to put the arrow as close to my hand as possible, but I’ll have to build up this shelf in order to utilize a plunger. Who knows? Perhaps this is just a first generation of traditional bows W&W is releasing and we will see further refinements in the upcoming years. I certainly hope so.

This concludes my initial impressions posting. I’ll try to post up some thoughts about shooting with it later on the week when I have more time.


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First out of state hunt…advice

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I will be flying to Wyoming at the end of August for an antelope hunt with Table Mountain Outfitters. This is my first hunt outside of my home state of West Virginia. Any advice would be appreciated. I will be flying to Wyoming. More than likely I will be hunting out of a ground blind. I have been practicing out of a blind and will continue to do so. Thanks in advance.


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First Videos of me and my wife shooting.

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So, I have had the bow for a while, but couldn’t get the time to make a target. Last weekend I managed to cop one together and now we’re off to the races. If you’all would be so kind as to comment on my form, I would appreciate it.
Thanks for all the advice, pre-purchase. It really helped when talking to the dealer.

Eugene
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http://youtu.be/uZRlGcQ-xQQ

Wife’s vid to come soon.;


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First attempt, PVC pipe quiver

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I used 2” PVC pipe with a rounded bottom cap and a 2” adapter at the opening. I plan on making a cap piece so i can close the arrows in for transport. I stuffed foam padding in the bottom to protect my target heads and lined the opening with a strip of foam to keep the arrows quiet. Im still working on ideas for attaching it to my tactical belt but i want to also make an adapter so i can wear it as a back quiver as well. Any Thoughts?

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Noob Trad Archer Journey – Entry 1 – First Shoot Ever

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Hey all,

Not even sure how I buried my first thread in the subforum where nobody looks much, but it’s all good, I got excellent advice nonetheless.

I’m a new archer with no coaching and very little experience (shot compound bows two or three times over 15 years, also with no coaching besides 5-minute breakdown of range rules/tips). I did a ton of research online, including this forum, before jumping in, and I went to every local shop within 40km of my house. I also bought Anthony Camera’s "Shooting the Stickbow" and it’s been my nighttime reading for a few weeks. But reading and fantasizing just wasn’t enough. I knew diving into the sport without coaching wasn’t a great idea, but coached archery classes are booked up to September/October where I live, and I wanted archery RIGHT NOW (complete with toddler tantrums).

72 hours after I placed my order, a wonderful package arrived in the mail. I then did NOT proceed to take any pictures, because I was too excited. Then it rained, and I got called into work whenever it did not rain, or I did not have transportation out into rural areas, and days turned into weeks while my little Samick Sage sat in a corner, begging to be used. I could go on at length with this, but forget that, let’s just skip ahead to the good stuff. Eventually the weather cleared up and schedules lined up and I had a brief opportunity to go shooting.

I double checked all my gear, made sure I had the essentials, riser, limbs, bowstring, and then we were there. Then DISASTER struck! I lost my bowstring. I’m still kicking myself about it. I did not get to shoot my bow. :(

My friend accompanying me bought the exact same bow, however, only right-handed (I shoot left, or rather I’d like to). I’m glad I went with a lower poundage bow, and I’m glad there’s nothing terribly wrong with my right arm, shoulders, and back muscles, because it turns out using the right-handed bow wasn’t so bad. Okay, I’m fibbing, it felt very awkward to me, but I managed.


Oh hi, this is me by the way. Let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Critique me!

My thoughts: I think my lower body twisted a bit somehow. Woops. I’ve drawn my bow a few times without the glove, and this was my first time with the glove on, so finding an anchor was difficult. Also, I’m not even sure this picture was taken right before the shot, I forgot to ask my friend, but it was the closest to.

Other excuses: On the drive down I found out my father had been hospitalized, and I had injured my right knee in a jog the day before, and the place was swarming with hungry mosquitoes (and guess what kind of spray we forgot). I’m just terrible at this. But really, I wound up in a pretty bad mental place, held just barely at bay by the fact that I was finally (almost, kinda) shooting my recurve bow (but you know, reversed).

Well, that’s the best I managed, out of 24 total shots (6 per round). We had to get out of there because the bugs got too bad.

I’m regretting not making a vague X target out of some duct tape, because now that I think of it, I had nothing to aim for. My goal was "don’t get arrows lost in those woods back there." Mission accomplished, I suppose.

The one neat thing I noticed was that, the far left deviant arrow in the last photo was the one shot where I had my arm is bad position and the bowstring gave it a good burn.

I don’t feel that bad though, because I burned myself a dozen times or more with my compound shooting experiences. Maybe the late night reading IS slowly sinking in.

Looking forward to Entry 2, and hopefully sharing it with you fine folks so I can become a real archer (right now I’m still a fake one).

P.S. For a 62" Samick Sage at 30lb, what replacement bowstrings should I go with? Ideally I would like to order off Amazon.ca, which means this directory of bowstrings.


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New To Archery – Choosing My First Bow(Have Few Questions)

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Hi!

Yesterday I went to an archery place and tried some shooting – was really fun and decided to buy a bow and learn some shooting. I’m 25 years old 6"3 – 220~ pounds.

I’m looking to buy an affordable bow to start shooting. I’m not looking to hunt, just to shoot at targets and have fun with it.

I did some research and found out that i need 29"~ Draw Lenght(is my research accurate?) and 55lb draw weight. I’m not sure about the weight yet, seems to high for non trained arm, I probably need something like 30-40 and then increase it as i get stronger(does that make sense?).

So I’m looking for a bow, went to few pawn shops and checked out the craigslist. My budget is 100-150~ might go to 200 if that’s what it takes.

Here’s what i found so far:

1. http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/spo/3845114432.html
I really like this one, seems affordable and comes with arrows.
2. http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/spo/3828622703.html
This one is nice too, comes with all bells and visles.
3. http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/spo/3836549330.html
4. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/spo/3816223069.html
5. http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/spo/3832815818.html
6. http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/spo/3831148067.html

These are the ones I found, all others were $ 500+ and I’m not going to pay for a bow that much(at least right now.

Few questions i have regards to these bows(and in general):

1. bow #1 and bow #5 is quite different. I mean the first one looks older? or it’s just a different model? the #5 looks like it has more stuff on it and the model/shape is different. What’s the difference between those? Which I’m better off?

2. What should I be aware of when buying a bow from people? should i check for some damage? or something might not be working properly?

3. I know most of bow draw weight and length and be adjusted, but how hard is it to do that? what should it cost if i wanted to adjust it?(rough guesstimate is fine)

4. Any bows you would recommend? Anything else you could advise?

Looking forward to my first bow!

Thanks in advance.


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