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  • #16
    I started with a Bear Grizzly but now as I am 70+ I shoot my old Jennings Buckmaster - 55lb ?
    This week when I do a little scouting before gun opener I will carry the Jennings.

    Good friend I will be hunting with next week went to Africa and only took a bow. Got every animal he wanted to. Had to build an addition on his house for the mounts. Would go back in a heart beat.
    Last edited by jhjimbo; 11-26-2019, 04:33 PM.

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    • #17
      Started with a longbow. Went to a Darton "Trailmaster" set at 70#.
      From there, I had to crank her down to about 55#.
      Then back to a 45# recurve.
      At 68, a xray revealed no cartilage in my left elbow. No cartilage in my right shoulder.
      I had right shoulder replaced.
      1) any archery equipment will be a crossbow!
      2) don't care much for archery anyway!
      3) shoot one a year with a gun, I'm done!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
        I'll be 50 in a couple weeks and have been shooting a Mathews Switchback set at 70lbs since 2007. Left shoulder has been giving me issues for a year or two now, but I have less pain shooting the bow than I do taking a gallon of milk out of the fridge. Rather than backing this one off I'll buy a new one that peaks at 60lbs., maybe next year.
        Funny this came back up. I still have the same Switchback, due to trying to get the kid his first bow deer it never left the house this year. He can hunt on his own next year so I’ll probably get back at it, but my daughter will be looking to start. She’s been old enough the past two seasons but can’t handle the required draw weight yet. If the regs stay the same she can use a crossbow at the end of next season so we may go that route. Looks like it will be a couple more years before I replace the Switchback.

        On a positive note my rotator cuff seems to have healed itself after a few years. At least something hurts less these days, lol.

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        • #19
          My elbow is still ouchy. Will take recurve thansgiving morning. 54#. I should be good for one shot. Problem will be dragging a deer out. Did buy a sled LOL. And my bud will be hunting w me.

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          • #20
            66. 65 lbs tuned down to exsctly 58. Hoyt.

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            • #21
              Just shy of 23, still shooting a Bowtech Sniper from 2010. My poundage is at 70#. When I shoot my recurve (which I have yet to hunt with) I believe the weight is around 45# at 28”, and my draw is 29”.

              On my Bowtech I’d be comfortable going higher but the bow is maxed out. However I do feel like going higher would make it difficult to draw smoothly when it’s freezing and I haven’t moved in hours.

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              • #22
                Started shooting a longbow at age 12 in 1952, and graduated up to recurve around 1954 until I entered the military in 1958. After the service I made the mistake of following technology and shot compound for 8-10 years before returning to trad bows. Am now shooting a Brackenberry recurve, have dropped from 62# to 52# limbs due to age of 79 ! Have found traditional shooting to be a very exciting way to hunt !

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                  Started shooting a longbow at age 12 in 1952, and graduated up to recurve around 1954 until I entered the military in 1958. After the service I made the mistake of following technology and shot compound for 8-10 years before returning to trad bows. Am now shooting a Brackenberry recurve, have dropped from 62# to 52# limbs due to age of 79 ! Have found traditional shooting to be a very exciting way to hunt !
                  I used to be pretty sharp with a recurve, I just never cared about bow hunting.
                  When I did get into archery, compounds were all the rage. Therefore, I went with that and sights. I was just so-so.
                  When my shoulder began to play out, I went back to traditional and instinct shooting. Took a little while, but the instinct came back and I was pretty accurate.
                  But then the shoulder gave out.
                  Any archery will have to be cross bow now.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
                    I'm primarily using a crossbow theses days. However, at 58, I can still draw 70lbs on my PSE compound. Doing exercises with heavy weight at the gym was destroying my shoulder so I backed off and do more reps instead.
                    Same for me too

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                    • #25
                      Been reading up on Uukha limbs.
                      Think a 17" riser w shorts would get me a cool 58" hunting bow.
                      Some say go mediums, which would bring me to 60".

                      I don't want 60", and have not shot any Uukha limbs, so am blind on this setup.
                      Could go 15" riser and mediums.

                      But not found a 15" aluminum riser I like.
                      The Morrison is IIRC 400.
                      Limbs are 400 as well.
                      Bit much to plunk down without every having shot one.

                      Shorts in the mid level, and a Samick Discovery riser gets me around $600 total.
                      And 58"

                      It is a constant source of arse red, why nobody ever makes WTH I want.
                      Radius shelf, cut past center, interchangeable grip.

                      The only other recurve I'd be interested in, a 58" Blackwidow PSA3.

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                      • #26
                        I suppose I could get medium Uukha mid level and a 13" VPA riser.
                        Still not want I want, but 56" might be sweet in a treestand.
                        Thinking 45-50#@28"

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                        • #27
                          I am shooting a 62” Brackenberry recurve, sweet as butter on the draw, very smooth on the release. 56” might not be too smooth on the draw, might stack a little more, don’t really know, but the shortness aspect for tree stand sounds very interesting ! Would be interested in some first hand info......!

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                          • #28
                            I shot 58" for 3d and hunting and had zero probs. But i draw 28 and dont have fat fingers.

                            Plus five of my bows at 58" were Blackwidows

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                            • #29
                              Short risers get longer working limbs, so overall a short bow that shouldn't stack (to 28" at least).
                              Had a Hoyt Huntmaster 58" yrs ago. It flat out hit the wall at 29", maybe 28.5".
                              That bow later sold as PSE Blackhawk, at 60".

                              So short limbs for a short bow could indeed be problematic.

                              Looks like I should just get a Blackwidow PCH.
                              I know they work for me, have shot one.

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                              • #30
                                Age 29, shoot a Bear Divergent at 70# with 30 inch draw. Switching to heavier arrows this year , new set up will be about 525 grains. Might be excessive but my shots are rarely over 30yrds so trying something new.

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