Bow Ranking Site

Me and a few friends that are long time traditional archery (exclusive recurve and long bow hunters for decades) decided to make the most comprehensive recurve ranking on the web. We’re new to building websites (Thanks to Dan for helping us out setting up the theme, much appreciated!), but we did our best to make the comparison, bow reviews and recommendations reliable. We’ve put a ton of effort into researching each bow on the market (as you will see by checking out the site), comparing pro’s and con’s, figuring out criteria for determining winners in each category, etc. Our rankings are currently available in four categories: best overall, best for budget-minded buyers, greatest value, and best for youth archers. We will continue updating the site as we try out different models and go out hunting more often. Most of our focus was on products made by Hoyt, Martin Archery, Bear, SAS, Samick Sports, and of course PSE – plus a few other lesser known bowyers.

The site is over at http://www.recurvebowrankings.com and it’s obviously a work in progress. We had very stringent ranking criteria; we examined accuracy, overall riser and grip comfort, prolonged (over years) reliability and susceptibility to damage and malfunction, durability of the laminate/wood finish/limbs and tips, smoothness of the drawing cycle and the presence of bumps during the draw, vibration and energy transfer on string release, arrow groupings at up to 35 yards (both with a stabilizer and sight, as well as without while shooting instinctively). The were used by us, and particularly by Zach and Dan (my two archery friends I mentioned earlier) in real life hunting situations. We’ve harvested rabbit, hog, deer, elk and cape buffalo. We know which bows are actual performers and which ones just look pretty and pretend to be useful, only to break down on you after one or two seasons of use.

Again, we invite you to visit the site and take a look at what we have got in store for you. We hope you’ll appreciate the immense amount of work that went  into creating these rankings and that they’ll help you out in your own research process, hopefully getting you as addicted to archery as we are. Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t like hunting – the bows on our site are mostly very well suited for backyard target practice (just make sure to get an extra foam backstop to avoid ruining your arrow tips too quickly) or an awesome 3D shooting course. Young or old, man or woman – traditional archery is a great hobby to be involved with.

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The longest bows in the world

There are as many theories about the English long-bow as there are gurus in the field of archery history. Historians apparently more or less agree that unless the archery bow is more than Four ft . in length, then it is not to be identified as an English long-bow. A lot of English long bows were in reality so long they exceeded the archer in height.

LongbowOne of the main reasons contributing towards the English longbows nationwide recognition in older days was just how convenient it is to create.. One other unique characteristic of the English long-bow was its simple construction, which meant it could be mastered by almost any one given proper amount of training.

Although we can’t say exactly how strong the average English longbow was, we do realise that at least in a few cases it was able to sink into a body as deep as 7 in ., producing an entry wound which had been 2,8 by 2,8 “. It is actually believed that 125 lbs was in fact the common drawing weight for the English long-bow, and it’s specifically this fact which caused it to be so dangerous in a battle. Middle age archers therefore had to be exceptionally strong if they desired to make use of the English long bow to its full potential. This also shows precisely how sturdy the long-bows must have been in order to stand up to this kind of force – consider what this kind of draw-weight probably does to the limbs, and you’ll see what I mean.

As for the effective shooting range of the longbow, it is estimated to have been inside the range of 180 – 215 meters.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe it is likely that we will ever get to examine a real long-bow ever again. In truth, just about all of them are pretty much gone by now.

History leaves us with only a couple of Renaissance longbows, and nothing more. These specific bows are just as long as what the common longbow was, and they’re all a one piece.

More about archery

For some reason writing that last post about archery and then re-reading it made me want to explore archery a little further again, making it one of the few times when I have actually went back to a hobby that I had abandoned in the past 🙂

I have decided to take my Martin recurve bow and go hunting next weekend. I’ll set up camp and start in the morning when the animals will be feeding. Should be really fun, and I’m actually just as excited as I was when I bought my bow a few years ago!

I’m also going to buy a sight for my recurve just to see what it’s like and how / if at all will it improve my aim. I’m going to be purchasing it at http://www.3riversarchery.com which I think is currently the most popular online archery store – they have everything from long bows to recurves to compound bows, arrows, sights, stabilizers, dampners, arrow rests and everything you could think of – all the accessories etc. And all at a pretty affordable price (no, I’m not affiliated with them and not marketing their products, they are just cool). they actually have a free catalogue that you can have shipped to you for free. Not that it matters since all of their products are listed on their site anyway, but I find there is something cool about the good old-fashioned paper catalogues that is just hard for me to resist.

Anyway, I’ll definitely need to get some new arrows as well, and will most likely be going for Carbon since they go well with my specific bow model, plus i like the feeling of them. i might take some pictures from my next hunting trip and if I do I will share them here. Providing I will be certain my camera sound won’t scare away the animals, of course 🙂

Archery – the best recurve bow experience

so archery is one of the hobbies I’ve been “experimenting” with lately, so to speak. I was inspired to do so by re-watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For some reason Legolas struck me as really cool and the way he handled his bow made me want to give it a shot myself (pun not intended, lol).

I did some quick research on the subject to find out what different types of bows there are. I found that there are basically three types:

  • The regular long bow. This is the most basic version of a bow, what you probably think of when imagining a medieval archer shooting an arrow.
  • The recurve bow: this is more advanced version of the traditional regular bow. The tips of that bow are curved, and this in turn gives the bow more power, meaning the arrows are fiercer and penetrate the target deeper. The best recurve bow I found is the one with the biggest curve possible.
  • The compound bow: these are the most advanced of all bows. This is where modern technology is combined with traditional archery.

The problem with the last group (the compound bow), at least for me, is that they don’t feel natural. There are so many pieces of technology in a compound that it almost does all of the shooting for you, which takes away all of the fun, at least for me.

So I decided to settle on the recurve bow, being the perfect balance between traditionalism (what I was looking for) and power. You still need to do a ton of work to accurately fire an arrow from a recurve, and that was just fine by me. After all, I wouldn’t be getting into a hobby unless I felt there is some sort of challenge involved, otherwise I’d get bored even quicker than usual. The recurve bow provided me with exactly that.

my next step was finding a recurve bow that would be suitable for me. Back then I had no idea what to look for in a bow – all I knew was that there were different draw weights involved – draw weight is what indicates the amount of force you need to exert on the string in order to pull it. The higher the drawing weight of a recurve bow, the higher the piercing potential of an arrow (and the farther it can fly). This doesn’t come without its drawbacks though, as the bows with a really high drawing weight are very taxing on the muscles.

So I browsed online. I wanted to use my recurve both for target practice as well as hunting (after I had acquired some experience). After doing some research, it was my understanding that I had to choose a pretty long bow (over 60 inches), and one that had a draw weight of around 40 pounds – this was the perfect amount of poundage for a beginner male archer of my size, as well as the minimum required to properly hunt for game. In other words, if I were to choose a recurve that had less than 40 pounds of drawing weight, chances were I wouldn’t penetrate my prey deep enough to kill it – I would just injure it and have it suffer needlessly. Not what I was going for, not at all…

I finally purchased a bow made by Martin Archery, which is a really respected company in the department. The bow was the Jaguar recurve, and it fit the bill just right. I went on practicing in my backyard at first and was able to immediately hut targets as small as 5 inches in diameter from a distance of 10-15 yards – something I honestly didn’t expect as I thought this type of accuracy would take me at least a few weeks to develop. I was happy, and things only kept getting better, as after around 2 weeks I was able to do the same thing from a distance of 25 or so yards.

It’s a really great feeling, too. Everytime I would pull the string, I would get this “rush” – the kind you get right before something awesome is about to happen. The moment I released the string, I was able to feel the power being transfered from the bow limbs, to the string, and finally to the arrow – it is a feeling that is really hard to describe and I must imagine that our ancestors loved it as well whenever they went hunting in the woods 🙂

When the arrow was mid-flight, I would always hold my breath for a breaf moment in anticipation of the impact. Even though I wasn’t shooting form a big distance, I would always keep a set of binoculars next to me so that I could check exactly where my arrow landed. Looking back at it I really didn’t need to do that. But I guess it felt “cool” for me to do so, so I did it 🙂

I went on my first hunting trip once I had acquired around a month of experience with my recurve bow. I had really no idea what I was going to hunt for, I only knew that it was open season for a few animals and that’s what I was looking for. It took me around 10 trips before I finally got my first kill – a wild turkey. I must say, I felt kind of bad about the kill. Was expecting myself to feel thrilled and excited, but ultimately it left me feeling bad for the dead animal, which I never even took with me. That was the last time I hunted for game, and since then I have only been occassionally shooting my bow at my backyard.

 

My Name is Mark, And I’m a Serial Hobbyist

hi guys and gals! No clue if anyone will be reading it, so this blog is mostly for myself. If someone does get here by any chance then please leave a comment, it would mean a lot to me.

So I consider myself a serial hobbyist. This means that I don’t have one or two specific hobbies that I stick to for a long time. Instead, I tend to find one subject that I like, get obsessed with it for a few weeks or months (the latter is rare), and then abandon the whole subject and look for a new hobby.  The guys at http://www.hobbypeople.net/ might relate to this perhaps.

What this means is that i have had quite a few hobbies in my lifetime. Do I like this? At first I thought it might be a problem as I really wanted just ONE hobby that I could excel at. Later in life though (I’m 28 by the way) I realized that the concept of wanting to “excel” as something is pretty stupid in and by itself, at least when it comes to hobbies. The reason you have a hobby is so that you can enjoy it, NOT so you can become the best at it – leave the rat race for work-related stuff.

So yeah, I like it. In fact, I love it. Thanks to this approach I am a very well-educated person with deep knowledge on literally dozens of different subjects, ranging from archery to computer games to programming and webdesign, astronomy, instrument playing and many many more. This also makes it very easy for me to connect with new people as I can easily find a subject which is of interest to the both of us – rarely do I “not know what to talk about” with strangers.

Ok, so what’s the point of this blog? Basically I would like to keep some form of tabs on the things I’ve done and am still doing. I realized recently that I have had so many hobbies in my life that I’ve already forgotten what 70% of them was! That’s pretty sad, as I really enjoyed doing all of these things. So this blog will serve as a kind of “Dear Diery” where I can gather my thoughts on the different hobbies that I get involved in.

Don’t expect high quality writing here, it will be mostly a channel for me to express all of my thoughts, often in a hectic and unordered way. Hope that won’t be a big issue for anyone who ever happens to stop by here and read this blog.

that’s all for my first post. no clue how often I will be posting here, I won’t be trying to force myself to do it that’s for sure. So until next time.