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Margly
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Hi!
I know that this topic is a ever going discussion but here`s my question?

I've read a lot of the things written about minimum draw weight for div. animals.

Lets look at whats recommended about a water buffalo:

Minimum 70lb and 800+ gr Arrows
Solid 2 Blade

I've also read that if you can pull more weight that's`s highly recommendable.

This is for me perfectly clear, but what I`m wondering about is this:

What momentum is recommended?

Example: I shoot a longbow ca 80@drawlength
800 grain arrow 170 fps

The numbers would be:
800X170/225218 = 0,60 momentum

What if I shot the same bow with a lower draw length?

Ex:
800X160/225218 = 0,57 momentum

Is that enough for shooting a Buff at normal distances etc?

Is it OK inside the recommendable zone?

Or should I at least have 0,70 momentum for being OK for this hunting? [Confused]


Because if I cant pull 80# I might go for 70# and maybe the the calculation is starting to be pretty low??


Thoughts about this from the experienced parts of the TG family please. [coffee]

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That one was killed with a 63# @ 29" TOMAHAWK bow and a 750 gr arrow (450 gr up front, nanook BH). shot was done at 23 yards, heart-lung area. Died within 80 yards.
The hunter, a friend of mine, is a french professional hunter, working in tanzania. The buff is a free range, spot & stalked animal

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this is what dont understand , i thought 80lb was minimum for cape buff & yet heres one taken cleanly with 63lb . ive heard of a hunter ( cant remember who )but they took a cape buff with a 58lb acs bow & 850 grain arrow ? ? is there a minimum or not ? does it depend on where you go ? ( just had a look at the abowyer ad at the top of the page & think the guy with the acs is the one ?)
by the way hi ronnie

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Margly
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quote:
Originally posted by hybridbow hunter:
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That one was killed with a 63# @ 29" TOMAHAWK bow and a 750 gr arrow (450 gr up front, nanook BH). shot was done at 23 yards, heart-lung area. Died within 80 yards.
The hunter, a friend of mine, is a french professional hunter, working in tanzania. The buff is a free range, spot & stalked animal

This is exactly what I'm thinking about!
If you have a high effency bow with lower # you might get the same momentum out of it or pretty close!

But still I wonder about recommended momentum for buff an other tough critters!

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quote:
Originally posted by graybark uk:
this is what dont understand , i thought 80lb was minimum for cape buff & yet heres one taken cleanly with 63lb . ive heard of a hunter ( cant remember who )but they took a cape buff with a 58lb acs bow & 850 grain arrow ? ? is there a minimum or not ? does it depend on where you go ? ( just had a look at the abowyer ad at the top of the page & think the guy with the acs is the one ?)
by the way hi ronnie

Hi John [wavey]

I did some calculations with my own bows, and found big differences between the momentum calculated.

And that has made me convinced that measuring momentum (with good efoc) is way better then blindly follow recommended #'s

BTW Please say hello to all friends in UK [thumbsup]

Ronny

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I think you're right, blindly following a minimum # is not the best way of going about it. As evidenced above, buff are clearly able to be killed with lower # but highly efficient gear. One thing to consider though is what your outfitter requires, ultimately he is the one backing you up so he may have a minimum that is based on nothing other personal bias. You would be wise to discuss this with him well before sending a deposit.
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I've killed exactly one water buffalo, in 2004 in Australia, so I don't have a world of experience with them.....but that IS one more than most guys that will give you advice. For what its worth, here is my opinion.....

I poked around a bit on my buffalo carcass while we were caping it and from what I saw if you get REAL LUCKY and hit the ribcage just right you could get thru with a pretty light setup....you get REAL UNLUCKY and hit the rib just wrong and you won't get through with any bow/arrow combination - I DO believe there are angles of contact broadhead to rib on a big buffalo that would preclude penetration from a broadside shot no matter what. The reality is you will most likely be between these two extremes on your hit - not "perfect" alignment, and not "absolutely wrong" alignment. The heavier your bow/arrow combination the higher on the "imperfect alignment" curve you can go and still get through. You can't control the angle of your broadhead and exact placement on the rib...that is up to chance. It is an unpredictable world out there...as the saying goes "you pays your money and you takes your chance". If you don't feel that you can work up to pretty significant bow weight I would not suggest hunting buffalo. You owe it to yourself, the buffalo, and your professional hunter. It ain't worth getting someone hurt over.

I killed my buff with a 75@29 1/2 inch Black Widow MAII, a 1080 grain arrow (double aluminum arrow 1716 inside a 2020), a 160 gr 2 blade STOS head on a 125 grain steel adaptor. This arrow chrony'd an average of 165 FPS over a bunch of shots. I did not feel that I was overbowed for buffalo at all. I got into the cresting, broadhead likely at the offside rib, on a good broadside hit at 15 yards. I would do it again, but not with any less bow. I too had the same questions - "how much do I need" - and found that the working up to the bow weight (from my typical low 60's hunting bow to 75 lb buff bow) wasn't that hard. It just took some work.

That's just my experience.

Now, if you are already at 80 lbs, why go DOWN in bow weight on probably the biggest animal you will ever shoot at? Trust me, the buffalo can't do math, and don't realize that a 23.1345% FOC and 0.578394 slug momentum is the point at which they HAVE to succumb to your arrow. They're pretty tough critters, and you'll be REAL thankful for all the bow/arrow combo you can get when you're getting ready to put an arrow in one. My "ah ha" moment (or "oh crap" moment) on that came when I was up a tree videoing a big bull at 20 feet giving me the stinkeye while my bow was leaning against the bottom of said tree. At that point I wouldn't have shot THAT buffalo with ANY arrow!

Ryan

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Traditional Archery is a martial art, just like any weapon used, you have to be physically trained to use it.Match your bow to the game hunted, if you need to go up in bow weight, start a physical training program to increase your strength.Training to use a heavier bow is part of the hunt, you owe it to your adversary to come ready to compete.

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Margly
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quote:
Originally posted by duncan idaho:
Traditional Archery is a martial art, just like any weapon used, you have to be physically trained to use it.Match your bow to the game hunted, if you need to go up in bow weight, start a physical training program to increase your strength.Training to use a heavier bow is part of the hunt, you owe it to your adversary to come ready to compete.

Well written!

But my thoughts is of course in first line shoot as much # as u can accurate.
Train properly for being in your best fit both in mind and body before you are off on a quest like a Buff hunt.

But my point is that momentum is by all means a better way to determine what you need for hunting any game and in particular the Buffs.

If I can pull a 95# bow with 1.0 in momentum accurately, then why not?

But if I pull 65# to the same momentum as mr. Rothaar had(0,79) and shoot the accurately then thats way better to go for than shooting crappy arrows of a 80#

But if I the did not know what the momentum needed or not knowing my momentum, I would rather stay away rather than putting the ph`s and myself in a disaster waiting to happen.

Margly

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quote:
Originally posted by Ryan Rothhaar:
I've killed exactly one water buffalo, in 2004 in Australia, so I don't have a world of experience with them.....but that IS one more than most guys that will give you advice. For what its worth, here is my opinion.....

I poked around a bit on my buffalo carcass while we were caping it and from what I saw if you get REAL LUCKY and hit the ribcage just right you could get thru with a pretty light setup....you get REAL UNLUCKY and hit the rib just wrong and you won't get through with any bow/arrow combination - I DO believe there are angles of contact broadhead to rib on a big buffalo that would preclude penetration from a broadside shot no matter what. The reality is you will most likely be between these two extremes on your hit - not "perfect" alignment, and not "absolutely wrong" alignment. The heavier your bow/arrow combination the higher on the "imperfect alignment" curve you can go and still get through. You can't control the angle of your broadhead and exact placement on the rib...that is up to chance. It is an unpredictable world out there...as the saying goes "you pays your money and you takes your chance". If you don't feel that you can work up to pretty significant bow weight I would not suggest hunting buffalo. You owe it to yourself, the buffalo, and your professional hunter. It ain't worth getting someone hurt over.

I killed my buff with a 75@29 1/2 inch Black Widow MAII, a 1080 grain arrow (double aluminum arrow 1716 inside a 2020), a 160 gr 2 blade STOS head on a 125 grain steel adaptor. This arrow chrony'd an average of 165 FPS over a bunch of shots. I did not feel that I was overbowed for buffalo at all. I got into the cresting, broadhead likely at the offside rib, on a good broadside hit at 15 yards. I would do it again, but not with any less bow. I too had the same questions - "how much do I need" - and found that the working up to the bow weight (from my typical low 60's hunting bow to 75 lb buff bow) wasn't that hard. It just took some work.

That's just my experience.

Now, if you are already at 80 lbs, why go DOWN in bow weight on probably the biggest animal you will ever shoot at? Trust me, the buffalo can't do math, and don't realize that a 23.1345% FOC and 0.578394 slug momentum is the point at which they HAVE to succumb to your arrow. They're pretty tough critters, and you'll be REAL thankful for all the bow/arrow combo you can get when you're getting ready to put an arrow in one. My "ah ha" moment (or "oh crap" moment) on that came when I was up a tree videoing a big bull at 20 feet giving me the stinkeye while my bow was leaning against the bottom of said tree. At that point I wouldn't have shot THAT buffalo with ANY arrow!

Ryan

Thanks for very good information :)

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Geez, 165 fps for 14,4 grain per pound, even close to 30", that's a BW prepared by Ferrari [goldtooth]

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Margly "pounds of bow" doesn't mean anything by the way.
Most of bows are less performing when built for very heavy weight, because of heavier, thicker limb mass. Regarding to bow design some bows even from famous brand will give you 140 fps for 14 gpp while other design will be (little) over 155 fps. That means you will get the same balistic with that bow 12-15# lighter than with the first.
In your comment you said a hunter killed a buff with an 58# ACS and 850 gr arrow: that bow/arrow set up is outperforming the set up of my friend regarding to momentum and KE are almost identical:
His was 750 gr (so 12 gpp) was little less 165 fps with his bow.
In the example you mentioned, assuming 28" draw length , 850 gr/58# ACS is 14,6 gpp and arrow will be close around 155+ fps
Any set up giving truly 165 fps+ with 800+ gr arrow with thin shaft and EFOC and well designed 2 blade is secure enough. A clever guy can kill the same buff than a BIG one [biglaugh]

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Hybrid - Nope, by the guys in Missouri, not Italy. I dunno - maybe my chrony's not right - I just used it as it came from the manufacturer. All I know is I bought a chronograph, set it up as per instructions, and shot thru it 20 times or so and took the average. Don't call me a liar (or insinuate such) that is the number I got. Right or wrong? Heck, I don't know. I'm not making it up, though.

I knew there was a reason I don't post much anymore.

Good luck Margly, on whatever you decide.

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Ryan, i don't insinuate you are a liar. As you said most probably chrony wasn't accurate because those numbers are really very high for that bow @ this arrow weight and if someone, with standard draw length takes it as reference for "minimal" he will need A LOT of bow to get the same numbers, in the 90# range. As you said shooting a bow in the 70# range is possible for most of guys with training, at least for a while, but close to 90# is another story.
No offense in my words.

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My buddy made the mistake of thinking his 56# BW MA with 540gr carbons and Zwickey 2bl would be sufficient for waterbuff. He shot through everything in NA and reasoned it would work on these beasts- not!

We've all seen the ribcage on these but your jaw drops when seeing one skinned out. Not only do they have an incredibly thick hide [as I recall about 2"] but then there is another 6"-8" of meat you have to shoot through just to get to the rib cage.

I shot my buddies above setup multiple times into dead buff at 6 yards with 12" being the max penetration.

We had no problem shooting through these buff with 80# compounds and 840gr arrows @234 fps and them dropping in under 50 yards. If I ever have the desire to shoot another one using trad gear it will be with a 900-1,000 gr arrow and at least 68-70# fast bow.

The only shots I would consider are very hard qtr away if I can sneak it in behind the rib cage or broadside. I've killed a few elk with that frontal brisket shot but wouldn't even consider it on these buff. Slight qtr shot on that rib cage is asking for a deflection IMO.

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