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    Default Recurve poundage verses Compoud

    Some of you must shoot both. I shoot a 50-60 pound compound comfortably. What do you think I could shoot in a Traditional bow, I am starting to itch.

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    kAN't speel either. poundage, compound you know. Been reading Traditional Archery Magizine too much.

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    haha, I was interested in learning what pondage was. I haven't shot a compound in about a year but mine was set to 55 pounds. My longbows are 50 and 42 pounds. I don't have much difficulty with them, but I notice that I get lazy and my form declines much quicker with the 50 pounder. Also when I'm holding it at full draw while I wait for a moving target to get into position, my arm starts to cant to the left or right and it screws up my shot. I have no problem at all with the 42 pounder unless I want to shoot more than 35 yards.

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    Everyone is a little different so what works for you will not be the same as everyone else. With my compounds, I shot 47 lbs indoors, 67 lbs outdoors, and hunted with 57 lbs, all quite comfortably. When I made the switch to trad, I wanted a bow I could pull and shoot comfortably or I figured I would never stay with it.

    I bought a Jaguar with 40 lb limbs and a set of 55 lb limbs for hunting. I found I could shoot the 40's well, but could not handle the 55's and maintain good form. I traded the 55's for 50's and was able to work into them by my first trad hunting season. Last May I had shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff (not related to shooting trad) and was unable to get back up to the 50's for this past season. I hunted (successfully) with the 40's. Right now I'm shooting 45 lbs and will probably stay with that weight for next season. I could probably shoot 55 lbs now, but find I'm more accurate at 45 lbs.

    Your compound weight is a little less than I was shooting so you may find 30 or 35 lbs is a good start for you. Perhaps the best thing to do is try a few differnt weights by shooting someone else's bow and see how you feel. Remember, it doesn't matter how much weight you can pull if you can't hit what you're aiming at! Stay with what's confortable when it counts and work up to heavier weights if you feel it's necessary. My bow with 40 lb limbs worked just fine on midwest whitetails - one pass-through and complete penetration on the other.

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    If its been a while since you've last shot traditional gear, or you are just starting out, DRB gives good advice here. You will have a much easier time learning to shoot traditional with a 30-35lbs bow, and if you're new to it, the 30#er will be way easier on your body, especially your fingers! It's all prefence, but I like a tab, rather than a glove. You're best bet would be a inexpencive take-down, and when you are ready, buy the heavier limbs. Have fun, I love shooting my old Pearson!
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    Some really good advice from these guys. I know it's been almost 40 years since I shot traditional, but I'm moving back that way with a Diablo TD this year. I don't have the strength I once had so I'm ordering 30# limbs, knowing I can move up if and when need be. I doubt I will because it's not for hunting. I'll be able to make things simple when I shoot 3D with my 10 year old student I'm coaching. Shots will be no more than 25 yards for her so I figured why not just shoot with her.

    If I were you I'd take down some names here. If you'd ever need new limbs these guys might be willing to sell you some.
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