Re: Question about bow pull weight
- Well, count on shooting at least 144 arrows in a day. Very few days
will see you shooting this many, but a few 'War Scenarios' for the
target range, may be one. I would honestly consider a draw weight of
38 to 42 pounds, with 38 to 40 being optimum, if you can handle the
quantity of arrows you anticipate. The actual draw weight needed will
be affected by your draw length, arrow length/weight, anchor point,
release type, and, bow length and type.
I have a 26.75in draw length, and use primarily a 40lb recurve or
composite longbow, 66in and 62inch. My arrows are 11/32in, and rather
tip heavy with a 145 to 160 grain point. The arrows are also somewhat
longer than the 'established' norm. I anchor at the corner of my
mouth, and use the 'three finger under' method for release. What this
grants me is an aim point on the target at 40 yards.
After using a 50lb recurve for two years, I was still having some
trouble with a reliable 'set' point. Meaning, I would occasionaly fail
to get a perfect position in my shoulders or some such. However, while
the lighter bows of less than 38lb are easier to 'set', the heavier
bows were easier to get a consistant release. (less likely to pluck
the string) So I settled with a 40lb draw weight. The above is my
example. It varies for everyone.
It all boils down to this: What draw weight and bow type are you
comfortable with? You can go to a heavier bow later down the road, but
if you start with one too heavy for you, you will have to acquire a
lighter one right away. Also, it is easier to acquire good shooting
practices with a bow you are comfortable with. If you are familiar
with recurves, I suggest starting there.
Cain, Atenveldt, Bowmaster Elite
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "rebeccaatthewell_2000"
> I just recently joined the SCA and have put together a complete archer
> outfit and only need to get a bow and some arrows. I have done
> archery in college, but it has been awhile and I was wondering if
> someone could just give me an idea on what bow weight to start with. I
> can pull, hold, and shoot a 35# bow all day long, a 50# bow I can pull
> and shoot but can't hold to aim. I am thinking about 45#. Does anyone
> have an opnion and what I should look for in my search for a bow (type
> of wood, build, etc...)
> Thanks for any help and advice.
- On Thursday, May 4, 2006, at 11:14 AM, J. Hughes wrote:
> Of course there were the vogelschutzen. But, a lot of the woodblockI have seen some nice examples of those in Braun's "Historical Targets".
> prints from Germany show circular targets. By the end of period the
> target faces were painted works of art, usually circular. One of the
> prizes at a schutzenfest was both the shot-up target and an unshot-at
>Could you tell me where to find that information. Does the picture of
> There is information on the targets used for competition in both
> Ottoman Turkey and Mamluke Egypt. I even just recently came across a
> picture of crossbowman shooting at a target in medieval Egypt...
he crossbowman show the target in any detail?
> Charles O'Connor