I'm getting to the point where I think it is just guess work!

I'm in the situation where I don't want to buy new limbs and the nearest archery store is that bit too far away to make it worth while going and trying kit out.

Basically my daughter currently shoots recurve. She has a Hoyt Excel 21" Riser and some 14# limbs. The tiller bolts are currently wound in all the way and it gives 11# at the fingers. I think draw length is only around 20" - will check next time her bow is strung up.

She is finding 11# OTF far too easy and can hold it on full draw for an age. It has been useful for her to work on her form but I think it is time for her to increase. I would like to try and get some that would be around 15# OTF for now.

I've actually ordered some that seemed a good buy, with the thought that if they are too heavy I can save them for a year or two, or just sell them on.

The ones I've bought are 22# limbs. To be honest I'm guessing they will be too high at 8# heavier but I can wind the tiller bolts out the full 6 turns.

I just have no idea what it will end up on! I have a hoyt horizon as my riser. I know that my limbs give 38# OTF, with the tiller roughly in the middle. The range on mine goes from 36# all the way out to approx 40# all the way in. So I have a 4# range. Will this be similar on my daughters? Or is the range a percentage or the actual draw weight?

If I start with hers being 14# limbs (measure at 66") - these become 18# limbs at 62", but then if I take 2# off for each inch less than 28". Then I end up with them being 2# limbs! So obviously that doesn't work out!

With the new ones being 22#, this would become 26# at 62", but then take of 16# again - makes it 10# at a 20" draw.

Or looking at it the other way if the current ones are 11# and we do get a range of 4#, then they could be 7# wound all the way out.

If the new ones are literally just 8# more then this would give 15# to 19#.

Wow - I feel even more confused! I guess the problem is that junior stuff really takes the calculations to the extreme limits which nobody normally worries about. I presume the guesstimate rules become further and further out the further you deviate from the norm.

This is partly the reason that I thought, what the hell, and ordered the 22# ones. At least then I can make a comparison and given the good price, I can easily sell them on if required.

It seems to me that with kids growing and changing draw length on a regular basis (which will then quickly put the poundage up), that ideally I could do with a selection of all the different weight limbs to keep changing between to keep the poundage at the right sort of level!

What do you reckon?! Make your guesses! What do you reckon 22# limbs will be OTF at a 20" draw on a 62" bow, with the tiller bolts wound out 6 turns!?

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