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Posted: 4/27/2012 3:31:07 PM EDT
I've searched the internet for a few months now, checking bow reviews, pricing, arrows, targets, and have decided on a recurve bow. I went to a pro shop and shot a few recurves, and had a few conversations with the shop owners, as well. There was something to be said about talking to them, and I feel like I could use another, less biased opinion.

I like that some recurve bows have the ability to be taken apart, or adjusted by interchanging the arms with other more/less flexible arms. It would be nice to take the bow with me in a little travel bag, and I would like not having to clean it or buy more bullets for it, like I have to do with my Spike's Tactical LE-15 mid-length gas system. My family even owns a stretch of land that is absolutely overrun with hogs, and after plenty of practice, I might want to do some hunting with it.

With that said, I plan to buy a right handed Samick Sage recurve, with 45# @ 28". My draw length is 27" which means I would only be pulling ~42#; I get tired after a few shots with a 50# recurves @ 28". Before I pull the trigger on one, is there anything I should know? Maybe a better bow at the same price or lower price? Arrow recommendations? Anything not covered in the archery sticky would be helpful. The pro shop suggested I run carbon arrows with feather fletching. Is it worth it to buy the materials, or tools and make my own when I know little about the sport?

Thanks in advance
Link Posted: 4/29/2012 7:21:23 PM EDT
Everything I've read about the Samick Sage has been positive. I've thought about getting one to add to my collection.

If you're planning to shoot the arrows off the shelf then feathers are better than vanes. My suggestion is to put some kind of arrow rest on the shelf, e.g., a Bear Hair rest, rather than shooting with your arrow resting directly on the riser.  I shoot wood and aluminum arrows but there's nothing wrong with carbons. You'll probably want to start with a set of pre-made arrows so you can get going, then look into getting setup to fletch your arrows. If you shoot enough some arrows will need refletching.
Link Posted: 5/2/2012 1:25:31 AM EDT
I plan to keep the bow a primitive as possible, meaning I will most likely use the shelf, and feather fletched arrows. However, I like the idea of using a rest and sight when I hunt.

With a draw length of 27-28", what would be the right length arrows to get?
Link Posted: 5/2/2012 9:35:11 AM EDT
I'd go with of minimum of 29" arrows so there's room for the broad head without hitting the riser at full draw.

That said, I've been shooting full-length (31") arrows in my horse bow and longbow, even though my draw length is about 26" - 27". The extra length give the arrow more weight, which will increase penetration. As long as the arrow is spined correctly the extra length isn't a problem.

If you poke around on 3riversarchery.com, they have an arrow selection chart.
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