Currently I am shooting a Great Plains SR Blackhawk 44lbs at 26 inches. If you scroll down on the forum, I have a short story about hunting pigs here in Hawaii. I had a complete pass through on a pig. For me anyhows, I feel very comfortable shooting this poundage. As long as I do my part, the broadhead/arrow will do the rest.
Being green and still a virgin (as to killing game of any type) with this stick with a string on it. When I went to pick out my first long bow I didn't want to be over bowed so I opted for a 45#, figured it would be enough to get me through 2 or 3 seasons before the bug really bit. Didn't want to build in any bad habits by having more bow than I could handle. My reasoning proved to be true. After the first 6 wks of practise I could definitly tell I was using muscles that normally weren't being used. After the second year of practise,( along with a empty freezer) I realized that 50# would probably be max. for me.
-------------------- dagger dog Posts: 4 | From: Southern Indiana | Registered: Dec 2007
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I grew up shooting a 45# Pearson recurve. Had a 20 year affair with wheels and went back to stick and string but I jumped in at 67#. Being I shot 70's wheels, I could shoot 67# curve for hours (no joke, sometimes 6-7 hours straight) until I tore my rotor cuff...
My shoulder wasn't ready for that much weight for those prolonged shooting sessions. I couldn't pull a car door closed let alone shoot a bow once the damage was done. Took a long time to heal up from that bone head move and I was shell shocked to pull any "weight". Started shooting a 47# DH hunter and have ventured up to 55# but I have shot a lot of sub-50# bows and some of those bows can really smoke an arrow. I hunt deer so mid to hi 40's really work for me. I had a 50# Border Black Douglas TD that would shoot a 30" 35/55 at 211FPS, quietly I might add. Can't ask for much more then that.
-------------------- Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved... Posts: 2145 | From: Wandering somewhere up on Third Hill Mountain | Registered: Mar 2003
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