2 brief longbow reviews
- Note: I'm a newbie. I've only been shooting for about six months on a
A caveat on bows purchased on ebay was mentioned the other day, and it
reminded me that I wanted to share a couple of tid bits on a couple of
merchants that regularly sell their wares on ebay.
First, the Bitter Root Bow Company: My wife purchased an oak #55
longbow from these guys on ebay. They also have a webpage at
www.stickbowworld.com. From the reading I've done, oak is not
supposed to be one of the better white bow woods, but I couldn't be
happier with this one. The bow was only $65 (or less, I don't know
how much she paid), but it fires arrows down range with no small
amount of authority. I'd love to use a chronograph on this one day.
They are also very quick and polite in answering silly newbie
questions *ahem*. Be sure to get a "real" bowstring after a while.
The sinew bowstring they send it with is just fine for openers, but
you'll soon want more.
Second, woodbows.com: Well, what can be said? Into every life must
fall some rain, or in my case, some bad bows. I bought a 30lbs. red
oak, linen-backed bow through an online auction. Praise be that I
only paid about half what they asked for the same bow on their web
page. The bow is permantly set at a 45-degree angle (what is referred
to as "severe string-follow" I believe) even though it was fired by my
wife and myself only a few times (not overdrawn, mind you). It had
almost no cast even with school arrows. I checked their site just
before I posted this, but the site appears to be down.
Summary: Others may have had a better experience with woodbows.com,
but I advise the low-cost long bow purchasers among us to go with
Bitter Root. Remember, take my review with a grain of salt - I am by
my own admission new to traditional archery.
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