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    Default First Trad bow for Grandson?

    I am thinking of getting my 13 year old Grandson a traditional bow. He already has a Mathew's craze that he is fair with at 20 yards. My thinking though is to get him a trad bow that he can hang on a nail at home and just grab a couple arrows and blunts and go roving around the farm and shoot at stumps, little critters, whatever, and not worry about sights, etc. Just get him comfortable with a bow instinctively. He is the typical gangling farmboy, about 5'2 maybe, maybe 5'3. His current draw length is 25" or so. But he added 2" of draw in the last year, so he is growing fast. I have never shot trad, so I don't know the first thing about it. Just thought this was a good idea for a kid, since he only shoots his compound under supervision. I kinda want one that will last with him awhile.
    What do you all think? Good idea?
    Recommendations from the experts here would be appreciated.
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    I would suggest the Jaquar TD model with 30# limbs. Usually a person will draw a bit shorter with a recurve so let' assume he'll end up at about 23-24" draw. At this he'll end up shooting about 24#, give or take. You are correct that traditional makes a good stump shooter. They are just plain fun. The one thing I would highly recommend is replacing the stock string. These are Dacron and I have never seen one where the serving held up. And being as the limb tips are reinforced you can use any sort of fast flight material for a replacement.

    I got my Diablo TD last year with 30# limbs. Have since replaced them with 35# limbs, which is a plus with these bows. As a kid grows you just get heavier drawing limbs, which is a lot cheaper than a new bow every couple years. Anyway, replacing the stock string with one made of Trophy material by Hutch the bow gained 24 fps and was more quiet. I have about 10,000 shots on it now and don't know if I'll ever have to replace it. It shows little to no wear at this point.
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    That sounds like a plan Barry. I need to get on it, summer's half over. I will have to probably mail order it.
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    1981 Martin Cougar II MT-6, 60#, Whisker Biscuit, Fuse sight. Kwikee Kwiver
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    Barry, I was just checking around the sight for Jaguar info, and there was an old thread where guys were using whisker biscuits. I am curious how yours is set up.
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    1984 Browning Deluxe Nomad II XL, 50#, Browning Rack & Pinion sight, Flipper II rest. Kwikee Kwiver

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    For stump shootiong, you'll want to go as traditional as you can with the rest, the rest the bow comes with will do for now. It does adjust in and out and will help with spine issues. Another thing to concider is what type of finger protection will he use? Glove or tab? Lots of folks like gloves, and then there's guys like me who hate 'em. Once you get use to a tab, nothings better!
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