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    Bow length - olympic recurve vs traditional recurve

    I was recently fitted out for a starter recurve bow at 66" (I am 26" draw length) which is consistent with olympic archery recommendation.

    I am thinking of making a switch to traditional archery (recurves) and noticed that all their bow are much shorter (54" up to 60" only). Is there a specific reason for this?






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    Yes.
    They use less material in a shorter bow.


    Essentially, more of your bow is bending as there isn't a 25 inch hunk of metal in the middle. So your limbs are technically longer and don't stack as quick.

    There are no set down in stone rules. Just design.

    It won't make a schmick of difference to how well you shoot.
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    For Field shooting, especially 3Ds that are set out in parts of a wood not on regular shooting lanes, some people find a 68 or 70" recurve a pain to drag through the shrubbery - even more so if it has a set of ham-radio aerials hanging off the front!

    'Hunter' recurves are often made in heavy draw weights (for Yanks to kill stuff with) but are much shorter than Target bows. Trad recurves, like the Mongol horsebows, are shorter still.

    Iíve a metal-handled recurve and a compound, but I've always admired the one-piece wooden recurves - the chap that taught me archery in the 70's had one. Gorgeous carpentry, sinuous curves and beautifully finished.


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    Quote Originally Posted by whiz View Post
    Yes.
    They use less material in a shorter bow.


    Essentially, more of your bow is bending as there isn't a 25 inch hunk of metal in the middle. So your limbs are technically longer and don't stack as quick.

    There are no set down in stone rules. Just design.

    It won't make a schmick of difference to how well you shoot.

    Makes sense. So if I am a shooting a 66" recurve, what would the equivalent traditional recurve says a Fred Bear or Black Widow length?

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    That's going to require someone with some experience to make that call. The end result will likely require you to go and try one out...
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    I assume now, after reading the thread, that you are talking about one piece recurves. If you'd choose a take-down bow, you could choose a 66". Just because it's traditional archery the bow doesn't have to be shorter. I have a wooden recurve (take-down), that is 68", that I wouldn't mind using for 3D (and have done it the one and only time, I have tried 3D... lol).

    With your short draw length (the same as mine), you could probably be fine with a shorter recurve, if you like. But it depends on how the bow feels to draw. One advantage of having a custom made bow, is that you can get it built so it suits your draw length.

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    If you look at DAS Risers then you will see that the bow lengths are not really related to limb lengths.
    For example, a Long ILF limb in a 17" DAS riser is used out to 31-32" yes they do stack quicker, but the main reason for shorter bows in field archery/traditional is down to the manoverability of the bow.
    62-66" would be a target field setup, and there hunting is concerned, then 58-62" is more the norm. Hunting requires even less room, and more nasty angles, due to tree stands and short hunting blinds. This restricts bow length.
    Field requires some of these traits, which is the reason for the shorter bow. Target is unrestricted flat shooting so stability is Key.

    Try shooting a 70" target bow kneeling. the bottom limb will give you issues as you shoot under a branch.

    for this reason we have 3 main limb lengths (5 for those that want something different) but we have 5 riser lengths to accomodate all styles of archery from 17" to 25". covering 58" - 70" as norm, and if you include special order then 56" to 72".

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    Thank you all for the feedback. Currently looking at a Martin Hunter 62" bow. Minimum draw weight is 40lbs (I shoot 32lbs @28in) as with most traditional bows I have seen. I wander if they are easier to draw than a regular takedown recurve.

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    Shorter bows will show you the quality of the limb design more as your asking more of it...
    Try these bows if you can and you will see the differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targets3D View Post
    I was recently fitted out for a starter recurve bow at 66" (I am 26" draw length) which is consistent with olympic archery recommendation.

    I am thinking of making a switch to traditional archery (recurves) and noticed that all their bow are much shorter (54" up to 60" only). Is there a specific reason for this?

    i have a 27in draw and shoot a border takedown 58", and a 58" 1 piece bow by border.


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