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Old 01-12-13, 09:18 AM
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I hope this is the right place to post this.
I used to shoot long/recurve bows many years ago but now I am older.
Assuming I can find a place to shoot one I would like to try one again. I don't think I want a compound bow as in reading the advantage seems to be arrow speed and hold.
I am not sure what strength I need for target practice, I will not hunt with it.
I cannot remember what I used to shoot when I was younger but I am thinking the last bow I had was a Ben Pearson and around 45#.
My only other requirement would be the ability to put a fishing line into trees at the 75' level so I can trail up a wire for my ham radio hobby when camping with the RV.
I see a lot of bows out there in the 50-70# range but I don't want to wear my shoulder out anymore than it already is. Have not tried one so I just don't know.
 
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Old 01-12-13, 09:45 AM
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I still have my wooden/fiberglas 45# bow from years gone by. With torn rotator cuffs like I have, you don't want to pull too hard, especially for what you want to do. I'd look for a lighter pull bow at a pawn shop or sporting goods store.
 
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Old 01-12-13, 10:11 AM
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Yes I had rotator cuff surgery on the pull side a few years back and it still gives me problems from tiem to time.
How light would you recommend?
The pawn shop is a good idea.
Wal Mart carries nothing here nor does Big 5.
I did not check Target but I suspect they would have much as their sporting goods is not much here.
 
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Old 01-12-13, 02:15 PM
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If all you are doing is sending fishing line over a tree limb occasionally (and please, ladies, don't say anything) you may want to consider a lighter woman's bow. The pull is lighter and may even be smaller. You obviously don't need a big honker to do what you want to do. Yeah, I'd check pawn shops around for one. Recurves should be fairly easy on the pocketbook.

I haven't had my surgery yet. Waiting on it to heal itself.....duh....I know, I know. Just a year out on two knee replacements, so I am waiting a while. As long as I can still point and tell my guys where and what to do, I'm OK.
 
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Old 01-12-13, 02:46 PM
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I called 4 pawn shops in the area and they had nothing.
So I guess I will just keep an eye on Craig's Listings here.
I looked at one but it was a 50# bow, had no string on it so I could no get a feel for it and he wanted $75 for it. It was a 60s bow too. I passed.
I saw some youth's bows at Big 5 here but they were like 14-20# and I would be afraid that by the time I make up a special tip weighing some 3 oz. to make sure it comes down while tailing a 15# test line behind it that it might be a little light to arc up and over a 65'+ pine.

So far it appears everyone around here uses the compounds but lots of hunting here too.

And get the surgery. I was so bad a few years back that I could hardly move my arm and I was in real pain. They gave me lots of Percocet and got me into surgery quickly. At least the drugs worked until that happened.
 
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Old 01-12-13, 03:14 PM
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Off topic, but what was your recovery time. That is until you could do normal things.
 
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Old 01-12-13, 04:24 PM
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All I had was a growth from the shoulder at the cuff, rather like something you would see in a cave. It was cutting the ligament as it tried to slide in and out as I raised and lowered my arm to the side.
Pretty easy operation they said just cutting it off.
I threw the sling away after two days and just took it easy and I was fine.
 
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I would hunt deer with a #45 pull on a long bow/recurve. My compound is about #55 and I shoot heavy arrrows accurately to 25 yards. When leaving the bow Im around 190 fps or so. Slow by compound standards but will pass thru a deer at 20 yards. A side benefit of my slow and heavy arrows is accuracy and confidence.

For what you want, keninaz, a #30 or so long bow/recurve will do fine. Keep looking for one. Compound bows can be a hassle maintenance wise.

While you could get a #45 bow and just not pull it all the way, bows are more efficient and accurate when pulled/stretched to their capacity. Hope this helps.
 
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Yes it does and it more or less verifies my thoughts on compounds VS. re curves.
Sometimes it's jus better to keep it simple.
 
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Old 01-13-13, 09:40 AM
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Off topic again

Ken was lucky. I'm guessing you didn't have an "open repair" (I think that's the term)? If you just have a couple of puncture wounds, and not a 2" long scar, then they did it arthroscopic. They've really made some improvements since I had mine done in 2000. I have a long scar on top and 2 punctures in front, 1 on back.

Mine was a total tear, so bad that sometimes my shoulder would dislocate and I'd have to lean hard against a wall to get it right. That's partially why my surgery, recovery and such was longer, the tendon had shrunk.

I was in surgery for about 3-4 hrs, spent the night, went home with a bottle of meds that would put me out for 6 hrs, arm strapped down in an immobilization sling. Wake up, eat something, pop another pill, repeat for 3-4 days. Slept in a recliner for at least 10 days. Do you know how hard it is to only have your weak hand available? (Think bathroom)

Didn't start the therapy for about 4 weeks which apparently I found out was a mistake. Should have been at it after about 7-10 days as soon as I was off the pain meds. Still have a slightly limited ROM because of scar tissue. I would say that I could use it for very light tasks after about 2 weeks but full recovery was closer to 4-6 months. Even now I can't throw a rock or a ball overhand.

Other shoulder also torn I found out but it's only about 10mm and doesn't really bother me since it's my left arm.

I have pics of the surgery if anyone wants to see...lol. They wouldn't make me a copy of the video.

If you think "worst case" while looking here Rotator cuff repair : MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia that was pretty much me.
 
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Old 01-13-13, 11:00 AM
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Have you looked online for a bow? I bet you could fund a bunch through Google.

Also, do a search for a local bow shop near you. There isn't a lot of them but they normally have some good new and used stuff. I see you have 2 in Prescott Vally and 2 others within 30 miles.
 
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Once is closed and out of business and the other had no recurves.
I will find a recurve eventually locally.
 
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Old 01-13-13, 11:15 AM
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Duh! Didn't even realize Ken was in AZ. I agree...there should be plenty of archery shops near you. Heck, I believe there are 2 near me, even up here in Podunk.

Another thought....if you have a shooting range or 2 nearby...they may have an online or physical bulletin board you could post on.
 
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Old 01-13-13, 11:22 AM
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The one range that is open to the public is not open until March (we are are 5000' and it was 9 this AM) and then it's limited.
This is what I found:
Granite Mountain Archery Range
Hours of Operation
Public Shooting

March 1 -- March 31

Sundays only, 1p.m. -- 6p.m.


April 1 -- August 31

Thursdays, 4p.m. -- dusk
Sundays, 1p.m. -- 6p.m.

Like I said, pretty limited.

There is also a club at the local aeronautical college and I have sent them an inquiry to see if membership is open to the public.
Other than that there is a short indoor range at the shop I was at but we are pretty much surrounded here by the National Forests I could shoot in if I wanted to drag some targets out to.
 
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Old 01-13-13, 11:31 AM
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Well....I was actually talking about a gun range...not just archery specific. Many people do both or know people who do.

Find someone that is big into bows in your area and get a connection to other folks. Bet someone probably has an old bow they would GIVE you.

That would be ideal I would think.
 
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Old 01-13-13, 11:55 AM
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I also think watching craigslist is a good option. You can subscribe to the RSS feed and you will get a hit any time anybody lists an item with your keyword like "bow"
 
 

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