If you have a few more bucks to spend, try the PSE Mustang recurve, it´s right on the $210.00 mark. This bow shoots well over its price tag and the overall finish is better than the Samick. I been using one for the past four years, whitetail, mule, 3d, competition, you name it the Mustang is far from letting me down and proudly made in the USA.
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Good advice here. Start at a lighter weight that is comfortable, and don't bother to compare to what you drew with the compund - apples and oranges here. Later, if you wish, you can move up in draw weight, but don't be in a hurry. Let your natural increase in skill and strength tell you if you want to move up, not a macho impulse. I think you will like the challenge of trad.
I agree with the advice to start low in poundage. You will enjoy it much more and will be most likely to stick with it if you are able to develop some accuracy quickly...the biggest barrier to this IMO is being 'overbowed'. 45#-50# is plenty and you can hunt with this without reservations. I'd also recommend trying a demo bow from companies that are willing, or buying a quality used bow from the classifieds here. If you buy a QUALITY used bow you can usually get your money back out of it if you decide to order one or try something else.
Posts: 220 | From: Minnesota | Registered: Jan 2004
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x2 Samick Sage... Buy a good string for it and it's not a bad bow for the $$$. Speaking of $$$, bows are like cars in the sence that as soon as you drive them off of the lot they just lost about 1/4 of there value in the used market. Don't get in a hurry for your 1st custom bow, choose wisely.
I would recommend starting on the lighter side, maybe 40#. IMO, until you get good form you'll never fall in love with traditional archery or be very good at it. Also, the longer AMO (length of the bow)the smoother the bow.
I'm fairly new to traditional archery (~3 years) and have been from 44#-62# and not in that order. My first trad bow was 60# and brother did I fight it. I never had any confidence until I got a lighter bow and learned good form.
Once you decide on your bow I would suggest getting familiar with OL Adcock's tuning site along with Stu's Calculator for tuning your arrows. A well tuned bow setup helps the learning curve leaps and bounds!!!
Good luck and most of all have fun! I wish that I would have found this site when I started a few years back, I've learned a lot here as I'm sure you will too.