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    Poundage progression?

    Hi people,

    I was wondering what sort of timescales people have taken to progress to a reasonable poundage to shoot 90m/100yds?

    I've been shooting for about 18 months, and am currently at just over #30 on the fingers (I'm a little dude with a short draw), and I feel I'm shooting pretty well for distances up to 70m (my last 2 rounds handicap came out at 38/39). Am I a little impatient to get to 90m considering the shortish time I've been shooting? I'd really like to try and get enough poundage to make gents rounds a viable option maybe next year and try and get up to bowman, but I dont want to sacrifice form to do so.

    just curious.
    -Si






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    I would say that much depends on how often you shoot and for how long at each session.The other aspect, has to be how comfortable you are with the weight you are currently using. If you are just comfortable and find longer rounds(more arrows) a bit of a struggle......leave things alone.

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    I'm hoping to up it to a couple of times a week soon (work permitting).
    Hopefully shooting more will help me out (and the usual reversals etc at home). I keep eyeing up those compounds though.. must beware of the dark side!

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    Increasing poundage is logical if all other things are in place. If there is a posture/alignment issue( I'm not saying there is...) then extra draw weight can make things worse.

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    Poundage and ACE depending on face shape. Small distance between eye and anchor point might mean that poundage alone won't help. I have about 39.5 on the fingers and needed ACEs just to make 90/100.
    Darryl Ports 582, FITA18 563, FITA70 623

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    yeah, I've sort of got in my mind to consider ACE's for next year. I might even try and push the boat out and upgrade my TXB's for some HEX5/6's, but I need to be pretty sure of my weight when I do! Mmmm... shiney..

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    I shot 90m competitively with 32lb on my fingers, but some need more (dependant on body dimensions, equipment and technique). The key for archery is control - you should shoot up to the limit you can control, the more time you spend shooting (hours per week), the more likely it is that you will be able to cope with more increases through the season.

    There's too many variables for me to give you a more direct answer than that. There's a lot of people (mainly young males) who overbow quickly, and whos scores suck just as quickly, then they drop out altogether (with or without injury) or go to compound... and often suck at that too.

    So - increase slowly, up until the point where you're stretching your strength/stamina at the end of 150-200 arrows, but not losing control. How slowly is entirely dependant on how you feel.
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    I started shooting 18 months ago.
    Started with 18-20 lbs.
    Quickly got my own bow at 32 lbs.
    If I cranked the limbs up to 34 lbs, I could reach 90 m with the sight moved in.
    A year ago I got some 38 limbs. They are now at 40 lbs on the fingers.
    I shoot 2-300 arrows per week.
    Progression is very individual. Try increasing one pund at a time. Do not rush!
    Lighter arrows (like ACEs) help a lot if you want to reach 90 m.

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    What arrows are you shooting now?

    I shoot a set of 30# TXBs getting around 33# on the fingers at my 29" draw, I shoot barebow though so no help with sightmarks. You can try minimizing string weight and turning the limbs in. With them turned-in you may be able to tune a lower brace height which will increase speed as well.

    Are you shooting a shelf on your tab? What anchor are you using?

    -Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grantmac
    What arrows are you shooting now?

    I shoot a set of 30# TXBs getting around 33# on the fingers at my 29" draw, I shoot barebow though so no help with sightmarks. You can try minimizing string weight and turning the limbs in. With them turned-in you may be able to tune a lower brace height which will increase speed as well.

    Are you shooting a shelf on your tab? What anchor are you using?

    -Grant
    Im using 2-04 ACCs, 14st 8125 and BH is a couple of mil lower than 8.5". Cav tab with shelf.

    Im going to try winding the limbs up a bit and see how they go tomorrow.

    - Si

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    As you wind them in you may find that you can drop the brace height a little bit which can give you some more speed.

    You could always try a 10-12st 8125 string with minimal serving if you want to gain a few extra FPS as well.

    -Grant

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    I have been shooting for just about a year now, started with a club bow that was about 20lb then about 2 months after my BC I got a bow and shot with some 26lb limbs which felt almost too easy to draw and then in December I got a set of 34lb limbs. It took me about six weeks to get comfortable with the 34lb limbs but I had no problem going from 20 to 26. I am now shooting at 80 yards quite happily with 38lbs on the fingers using Sky Art sapphires with 80g piles. To go any further something is going to have to change as I am at the bottom of my sight with it all the way back, but that can wait until I get my first class classification.

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    I am shooting 34 lbs on the fingers. Beman energy arrows. (borrowed). And shot my first and second FITA rounds,
    the last two weekends. They were both FITA stars. And I was the only one with the sight turned backwards.... HeHe.
    But I could hold dead on at 90m. And had a place on the shooting line. Talk about hooked!!!!! Good Luck.

    Rob B.

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    I'd been shooting 8 months when I got my own gear (30# on the fingers, X7's). That just only got me to 70m with the sight on backwards. 6 months after that I went to 34# limbs and a little after that got ACC's which get me very comfortably to 70m and I have good sight marks on my new Angel sight.

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    Hi people,
    Just a quick update - wound up the limbs so i have about 32# on my fingers now and the bow shoots even better which was a bonus.
    Had no problems shooting 80yds with room left on my sights and a few notches left too - even managed a hereford at the new poundage (my 1st ever 12 doz round).
    I feel with some ACEs and just a few more pounds for next year i wont be far off getting to where i want to be.

    - Si


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