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I have had my eye on a blacktail recurve for some time. Wanted to order a Snakebit, but finances would not allow. I found a cocobolo footed with ebony elite vl at Stick and String Archery, a dealer for Blacktail bows.
I recieved the bow a couple of weeks ago and have been shooting it every day. At first I found the grip to be a bit of a problem,it was biting into my hand at the base of my thumb. I adjusted the way I grip the bow and the problem went away. These are beautiful bows to look at and they preform just as well as they look. I find that my 60# @28" likes 70/75 all the way to 80/85 spine arrows, they all fly straight and true. It loves a heavy hunting arrow and really pounds the target. I have some 75/80 Forgewoods made up with 145gr Simmons sharks and that gives me a total arrow weight of 765-785gr. Out to 25 yards they fly flat and true they drop some from 30 yards and out, but I will not be shooting at any game from that distance.
All and all I am very pleased with my new Blacktail Elite VL. A beautiful,powerful great shooting bow.
I highly recommed the bows and Stick and String Archery. If you want a Blacktail and do not want to wait for a year to get it, check out Stick and String they are one of the TG sponsers.
-------------------- "When shooting instinctivly,it matters not which eye is dominant"
Jay Kidwell and Glenn St. Charles
TGMM Family Of The Bow NRA Life/Patron member NAHC life member Retired CPO US Navy 1972-1993 Retired USCBP Supervisory Officer 1999-2017 Posts: 7916 | From: Guam | Registered: Jul 2003
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Danny, You are not alone. In my humble opinion Norm Johnson of Blacktail Bows is a master craftsman second to none. I have had one of his bows, I aquired from another fellow about a year and a half ago, and have enjoyed it so much I ordered another one from him. There is a long wait for one of his bows, so far 10 months, but hopefully sometime next month it will make it to my hot little hands. There are a number of excellent custom bow makers out there and Norm Johnson, in my opinion, is one of the ones that stands right at the top. You can't go wrong with a Blacktail!
-------------------- A man's true measure is not found in what he says, but in what he does. Posts: 969 | From: San Angelo, Texas | Registered: Oct 2003
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2 weeks ago the IFAA European Bowhunter Championship took place at Bagno di Romagna, central Italy
Both the winner and the second of BHR (bowhunter recurve) category shot ... Blacktail TD elite recurves, with ebony riser and bamboo limbs
Great shooters, great bows ...
BTW, I was 37th on 70 archers with my Jordan Stalker TD. I am glad with my shooting, it is only 1 year 3 months I shoot a bow at all
Posts: 3 | From: perugia, italy | Registered: Sep 2004
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