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Ari_Bonn
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So I have a few options, the design of the bow is already going to be quick so speed aside I am looking for opinions on what the smoothest drawing might be.

Choices that I am interested in are...
Yew
Red Elm
Bamboo
Action Boo
Maple
Black cherry
They all cost the same

Any input is appreciated [Smile]

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McDave
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My first choice would be --premium-- bamboo, which might be kind of hard to evaluate on your own. You just have to have confidence in the bowyer.

Second would be action boo, which I understand is usually problem free.

Third would be maple, which has been a successful lamination wood for generations.

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Trenton G.
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My longbow with yew laminations is the smoothest drawing bow I've ever shot. Bamboo is very good too.
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The Whittler
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I bet 90+% if blind folded would not be able to tell the difference drawing any of those woods in the limbs.

It's all about the bowyer and how the bow/limbs are made/tillered.

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Bel007
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My best bow, most pleasant to shoot, and still a performer, is yew cored. No lams needed. I also have several top end bows with boo. They are shooters for sure. My go to bow is my yew cored bow. Additionally I have the same bow, same specs, in osage. Never again.

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Sorry. Duplicate [banghead]

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jt85
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My smoothest bows are my Mohawks which have all Bamboo limbs.

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Agree with The Whittler

Bel007, What do you mean by "Yew Cored. No Lams needed"?

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TX FLY CASTER
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I have been using bamboo for the last few years. I recently pressed a new one with maple core and it just feels smooth to me. Probably just me .....lol
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monterey
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"smooth" is more afunction of design, IMO.

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Ari_Bonn
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Thanks guys I appreciate it.
Not to discredit anyone if Chuck agrees it won't matter all to much I trust him. That man can build a bow!

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Don't rule out foam core...very smooth and consistent draw because it's a consistent material

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Ari_Bonn
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Don't have the option for foam or carbon, glass and wood only.
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It's hard to beat maple. Look at how many bows from the mid-to-late 1950's, 1960's with maple limbs, that are being shot regularly.

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I vote for action bamboo cores. I had a pair of limbs made for my bear take down and those limbs out perform a set of carbon limbs I have @ the same weight and length.
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