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    Quote Originally Posted by urbin View Post
    I'm currently watching an auction for a Mongolian horsebow (it's a little light in the details), which I may be tempted by if the price says low. I'm wondering about the poundage, though, given that I can't try before I buy. I've never shot a horsebow or a longbow but I'm curious enough to buy one if the price is right.

    The bow is apparently 45# at 29". I have a 24.5" DL, shoot a 49# compound and in the olden days shot a 35# recurve. Am I being a little optimistic?

    I shoot a 58lbs compound and a 35lbs longbow(35lbs at my draw length - 24") The longbow feels the same weight as a recurve of the same weight, so we'd be quite similar. I shoot my short 40lbs horsebow comfortably, and have had a go of a 50lbs one of the same height - it was a bit of a struggle but I managed to shoot a couple of arrows with it without killing myself. I'd say 45lbs should be fine, it may take a bit of getting used to but that shouldn't take long.
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    With a draw length of 24.5" on a bow rated at 45#@29" it would probably equate to holding about 36# on the fingers at draw. I am assuming the principle applied to horsebows is the same as recurves where a 1" change in draw length gives a 2# change in draw weight. The shorter draw length would reduce the pondage by about 9# thus the 36# above. I would imagine this will be very easy to hold and as the max distance in FITA Field is 50m the bow is quite adequate. With my 52# scythian bow I have shot a heavy arrow 150m without trying so FITA's should be achievable although accuracy is something to be pondered about. I might try a clout (165m) to see how things go but as regards the original question the bow seems to be O.k. but it depends on what it will be used for.

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    Thanks all for the helpful comments.

    The closer I look the more dubious I am about the bow as so far there's no details of the manufacturer or much about the materials. The shape also looks a little off to my untrained eye. Any comments on this?
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    At first glance that looked like it was strung backwards! Looking at the string grooves it turns out it isn't but it definitely doesn't look like any horsebow I've ever seen. Possibly a homemade attempt?

    There's plenty of reasonable quality ones going on ebay, I'd say those were a safer bet than that thing
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    Thanks. You've confirmed my suspicions

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    That looks like a PVC pipe bow to me. Just in case anyone is interested, I've got a 50# hungarian style bow for sale. It's advertised in the classifieds section of these forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudzi93 View Post
    That looks like a PVC pipe bow to me. Just in case anyone is interested, I've got a 50# hungarian style bow for sale. It's advertised in the classifieds section of these forums.
    It's a pity it's not a little lighter in draw weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbin View Post
    It's a pity it's not a little lighter in draw weight
    That's the reason I'm selling it. It's a little too heavy for me. I have been practicing drawing the bow and it has made me stronger, but I still struggle with it and don't think I'll get used to it any time soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbin View Post
    Thanks all for the helpful comments.

    The closer I look the more dubious I am about the bow as so far there's no details of the manufacturer or much about the materials. The shape also looks a little off to my untrained eye. Any comments on this?
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    That has DEFINITELY been strung backwards!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riceburner View Post


    That has DEFINITELY been strung backwards!
    It can't be strung backwards - look at the string grooves on the top an bottom of the bow, you'd have to carve your own to string it the other way. The only thing I can think of is that someone made it themselves and stuck the top and bottom wooden bits on backwards, or just did a crap job.
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    I don't think it's strung backwards. It looks like a home-made pvc pipe bow and it's got that weird shape because that's just the way it was made I guess.

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    No wonder he won't answer any questions about it


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