I was planning to switch over to longbow, at 60lbs, spend the indoor season getting dialled into it then come out all guns blazing next summer.
But an oppertunity may come up to get my grubby little mits on a 100lbs bow, fairly cheaply (relatively speakin), and i'm very tempted!!!!
What would be the limitations of learning to shoot a bow like this? What special training or technique is required for higher poundages? Whats the legality of shooting something with such a high poundage-how does it affect insurance at the club etc?!
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There's nothing to stop you shooting from a traditional chin / cheek anchor with a 100lbs bow, but at that poundage you're really talking about trying to get closer to a warbow and all that (probably / possibly) comes with it? Draw to the ear, roving marks etc etc: Check out some of the various vids here or on YouTube for techniques of shooting in the bow etc at that sort of poundage. It'll take a while to get used to it as well. It shouldn't make any difference at all to how you shoot as whatever suits the archer is what's important, but at 100lbs you're looking at a bow that's primarily designed to shoot further than 100 yds; bear in mind that a good laminate bow at 50 - 70 lbs should be able to reach 100 yds on a target with the right arrows, and if the English / Welsh had had access to decent glues at Agincourt, they would probably would have been using lower poundage / more efficient laminate bows with a better cast! Essentially, it depends what you want a 100lbs bow for.
If you're only going to be using it at max. 100 yds at standard bosses / targets or for field etc, that shouldn't affect the club's insurance or anything else, as the poundage of the bow is largely irrelevant - a 55lbs compound is capable of sending an arrow far further! However, if you're looking to shoot at the marks, clout or flight, if your club doesn't currently do any of these, you need to look at the GNAS' (or equivalent as necessary) guidance on allowable / safe distances around and behind the target, as well as your club's specific insurance and the styles of shooting it covers / distances / requirements for safety etc. Also might be a good ides to check with the landlord (if appropriate) who owns the field where you're shooting and see if they have any requirements or recommendations.
Oh, and if you're going to take a bow like that indoors over the winter, make sure you've got at least two back-stop nets up! Otherwise it's expensive in terms of arrows, and its hard on the brickwork!!! Happy shooting!
I shoot a 110lb bow at target archery with no problems at all (and sometimes my 130lb one)
You are shooting much bigger/heavier arrows so it is not as big a deal as you might imagine - i.e. your arrows will go similar speed/distance to the lighter bows, just your arrows are much bigger
You are likely to find that you soon get tired and can't spend all afternoon shooting end after end, but there is no reason you can't shoot at a target club with a warbow (I do most Sundays)
I have done 2 day GNAS tournaments with my 120lb bow
btw - I agree about the draw weight - in my experience bows are very often nothing like the draw weight the owner believes
although this might not be a bad thing as 100lbs is pretty heavy for a first warbow
I have a 100lb bow which I use when indoors - I have to agree though that anything over this does start to get silly indoors
as long as you don't have bodkins on you arrow then you are never going to compete with the compounds for ability to damage the building, although you will be far more likely to miss the target ;-)
You are shooting much bigger/heavier arrows so it is not as big a deal as you might imagine - i.e. your arrows will go similar speed/distance to the lighter bows, just your arrows are much bigger;-)
Alan's quite right; it's definitely possible to shoot target at that weight, but at least initially think carefully about whether you could safely shoot 5/6 doz comfortably without hurting yourself. Also, if you're going to be using heavy arrows, possibly with bodkins, check a) with your club secretary, as they chew up straw bosses and wooden target stands like there's no tomorrow. Danage foam bosses don't fare well either! b) check with any other archers on your target before you shoot, esp indoors. Half-inch arrows rarely endear you to your neighbour who's shooting X-10's and beginning to look a little nervous....