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rutro
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I started shooting again with a 20# long bow. Felt like it was to light and moved up to a 30# recurve. Now I'm thinking about moving up again. Now what I need to ask is how much? When I went to the 30# bow it was tuff. I've got the bad back from a wreck of a neck to a blown lower unit. But I still get around and love to shoot. I'm up to shooting anywhere from 30 to 90 arrows a day in split sessions, and it feels good to be able to do it. I quit when I start getting arm weary and my shots start opening up. If I move up in 5# increments it would be easier, but also more expensive. I'm thinking about a cheap take down, until I see how far I can go. My goal of course is to get to a hunting draw weight, 50# here in TX. One of the buddies said get a cross bow, and I qualify for one, but I'd just as soon get the bolt gun out. So I need some adult supervision. Should I move up in draw weight now or keep with the 30# bow until I get my anchor down. I still have days where I'm plucking the string and shooting high. But when everything is working right I'm consistent at 20 yd. point on and can keep 3 arrows in a playing card. That's all thanks to this board. It's an inspiration....
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I don't think anybody here can give you medical advice; that would be between you and your doctor.

Leaving that aside, and just looking at it as a question of somebody getting back into archery after not shooting for a while who wants to eventually shoot 50 pounds, I would jump up to 40# at this point. If it seems hard to shoot at first, just don't shoot as much until you get used to it. 40# is a good weight to practice with if you want to hunt with 50#, and you can use it in 3D competitions if you have any interest in that. So I see a 40# bow as something you would keep and use in the future, rather than just shoot for a while until you grow out of it.

Again, any specific medical issues you might have might make my advice worthless.

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Sam McMichael
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I agree with McDave. 40# is a good stepping stone weight as you progress to your desired 50# hunting weight. Just be sure to take your time. Stay in touch with your doctor during this process. Good luck.

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rutro
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Hey thanks for the replies. I did't mean to imply anyone here should offer medical advice, I won't even ask my Dr. for medical advice. We usually talk fishing or what's happening at the Lake, Lake Fork in E.TX. When I told him I was shooting the bow again he said Cool. So I'm looking at bows again.
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I share a bit of your pain. After my 3rd shoulder surgery I sold all of my bows, arrow making supplies, etc., and got out of the game. But, I just don't enjoy hunting during rifle season, and won't use a crossbow. Doing lots of exercises now as I wait for my new bow to arrive.

No help in my anecdote, except to say that you're not alone, and best wishes.

Dave

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