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Danny Rowan
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Two of the smoothest bows I ever owned were Brackenbury Quests. One had vertically laminated wenge cores and the other vertically laminated walnut cores. All of my Schafers are actionwood cores and are smooth as silk.

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Mike Mecredy
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I've found elm (red elm as well as American elm) is the best in performance and durability, followed closely by walnut. On one of the things about bamboo is the limbs have to be thicker than limbs with wood cores. It still makes for good limbs if you don't mind the extra thickness, most people don't.

The other ones you mentioned are pretty much equal.

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I'd follow Mikes advise...
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I was wondering when someone was going to suggest red elm!

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I really like bamboo. I also like Osage.

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I like most of the woods listed. Some I like better for short bows, some I like better for longer bows. I do think its more about design and build.
Danny, Its funny you mention the laminated hardwoods. I just carried a literal ton of wood into the shop, and I am trying to decide how I am going to use some of it. A vertical lamination panel was talked about. We'll see

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Red Elm. Had a Dan Quillian Canebrake that has a reputation of being fast and smooth. Search/Google it and those characteristics will be prevalent. Sure, it was the result of his design but he could have used any wood and chose Red Elm to complement the design.

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I have had two of the same identical bows. One was made with maple and the other with a bamboo core. The only difference, I thought the maple was quieter.
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One of the fastest bows that I ever owned was a Dan Quillian Canebrake.

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I'm in the 90+% mentioned by The Whittler!

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So much of it is dependent on bow design and how the cores are tapered.

I currently have bows with bamboo and red elm. All shoot sensationally and are from top level bowyers. My red elm core recurve is a screamer and very sweet to shoot.

I've always loved elm and walnut cores, they seem to be a great alternative to boo. Can't go wrong with yew either.

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There is so much variation in cell structure within the same species of wood it's almost impossible to give a definitive answer on this.I personally love Yew but have processed multiple sets of core lamination's in the same thickness from different boards and they will all weigh very different.
Having said that,on average raw bamboo(not actionboo) and yew seem to consistently weigh less than any other woods I've used,less mass equals a faster limb.
I doubt the difference in core woods will translate to more than a few ft/sec between them all with limb design being more of an influence on speed.
Foam gives you the most consistent results in my experience.

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I've been using quite a bit of quarter sawn walnut for cores lately and really like it. Looks good too.

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Red elm

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I'm a curious sort. I'm in the group that feels design trumps material.

What I am interested in is: material vs material at equal design.

I like hard facts to make decisions.

Are there any bowyer's or individuals who have chronographed SIMILAR design bows (same design, draw weight, same amo, same arrow etc), HAVING DIFFERENT LIMB MATERIAL ( ie bamboo vs elm vs maple vs "limb material of choice")?

Real chrono data requested. Anyone?

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