View Full Version : New to traditional archery.

12-03-2011, 11:54 AM
Hello fellow archers. I am trying to learn all I can about traditiinal archery. I have been shooting compound bows for over 22 years (Martin bows). Now I'm going to began shooting the Jaguar take down, my question is how do you raise or lower the poundage, is it done with the string lenght.?

12-03-2011, 02:22 PM
wecome to the wonderful world of " basic archery" lol

1st of string length changes are for tuning brace height as well the bow it self.
Poundage is set on a recurve buy a set draw weight of bow @ 28" Mine is 48 Now I draw that to 31+ so in fact i am shooting a 55lb bow because for every 1" you pull that bow past its set 28" it gains weight, this is called stacking... Length of bow is also considerd in this , My bow is 60" amo If it were shorter amo I would not beable to shoot it.. Because a 58" bow 45@28 will hit a solid wall at 29 - 30" shorter bows stack faster and become alomost solid when over drawn... now they do make some draw weight specific bow say 48 pounds @ 30.
One more tid bit of info you will not want to shoot a 65lb recurve just because your compounds are ... you will hold ALL of that bow weight

What is the weight an amo length of your bow?...have it already ? or still looking into one?
I will tell you I m not sure about a takedown One would think limbs need to be bottomed out.. but I may be shocked here

12-03-2011, 05:26 PM
Thank you Elkslayer for your input, I didn't realize the string had that much to do with the poundage and draw. Any information will be greatly apprciated , thank you again. I don't have the Jaguar yet, hopeing to get one soon. Do you recommend something different? As long as it is a Martin bow, I will try it.

12-04-2011, 07:25 AM
On the Jaguar, since it is a take down, it seems as if the limb bolts were'nt all the way down, you would get some draw weight varience. I really prefer a one piece recurve. but be prepared to spend more.

12-04-2011, 07:29 AM
well not to dip into your pocket book... but you asked..lol
The martin hunter is a great bow been making it for over 50 years now and is a very nice looking stick... then of corse they have made the Gail Maritn sig.. Now it is all Us recurve guys are looking at...lol

To your point It is a wide range of bows out there and for a new guy I think you would be ok starting out on the low end of the market.. Just try a few out 1st trust me, you may shoot a 65 lbs compound but will struggle with a 50lb recurve....whats your DL ?This is also going to Grow with a recurve..

http://www.martinarchery.com/2012/index.php take a look here you will see some very nice sicks listed but trust in the fact they are way more then the Jag

12-04-2011, 08:18 AM
checking Your DL 1st off you shoot with bow arm locked ..bone ta bone from web on hand to sholder... draw with 2 or 3 fingers (bow weight an amo will set this) draw to face, finger @ mouth corner, rest on a recurve lines up with throat of bow handle.. so you can get prety close by pretending to draw an arrow that is long enough to set in web of the hand and reach your face..
This is going to affect your purchase in the manner of AMO length.
if you are under 29" you can shoot a shorter AMO length like 58" longer the draw the longer the AMO needs to be I shoot a 60" and thats the minimum length I can .. looking for a 62" for 4x5 ( my father)

So check your DL and let us know..be glad to help you down this path.. because it is not as simple as most think....LOL:cool:

12-04-2011, 12:58 PM
The DL seems to be right at 29"

12-04-2011, 05:18 PM
If thats the case then you will be just over the weight on the bow, Also opens the market up to the shorter Amo lengths..