No, it doesn't confuse me at all. In fact, it helps a lot. Thanks! Being so far removed from any archery shops, I have been relying on this forum and additional reading online to answer the questions that I have and its all starting to make more sense to me now.
If what I'm understanding is correct, then it seems to me that if I get the 50# bow and practice until I am confident in my skills with it, then I have just as good of chance of making kill shots at any distance as I would with a heavier bow. If that is true, then that's all I really care about.
The other considerations, such as ease of shooting a long practice session are important as well, so I keep thinking that the lighter bow is certainly the way to go for me. I still haven't made a definite decision as I'm not going to order the bow for about 2 more weeks, but I will go with the 50# or the 55#. Any comments on time frame for waiting on a special order bow would be appreciated too.