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Trail Blazers trad bow quest.

trailblazer75

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I bought this Sammick sage/fleetwood monarch a few years ago at a pawn shop. For $20. I bought new limbs and have practice for a few years to get decent at shooting. This year I lost my compound for about a month of the season and really hit the recurve hard because of that. Got the compound back and killed a buck so I’ve decided to spend the rest of the year devoted to taking a deer with traditional archery tackle.

This is a 55# bow at 28” shooting a 490 grain arrow. I tested my system shooting at the scapulas from my buck and it seems to be enough to get good penetration and if I hit my mark, maybe even a pass through.

I’m focused on hunting low, in good cover. At reasonable distances.

What is your advice?



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trailblazer75

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Pick a spot, come to anchor and let her rip! :)

It sound sounds you got it figured out so just enjoy your time in the woods and shoot the first doe that walks by
That’s the plan. The pressure is off in my mind because I took a buck already. And I’m by no means in a meat crisis.


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That’s the plan. The pressure is off in my mind because I took a buck already. And I’m by no means in a meat crisis.


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Have fun, pick a spot and let that spot be the only thing on the planet at that point, smooth release and follow through then retrieve your deer and you got it from there!! And if that spike is a trophy for you with the trad bow then take him and enjoy it and don't let anyone tell you any different!! Trophy's change when people switch to the trad bow so if it makes you happy let her fly and enjoy!!!
 

trailblazer75

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It looks like you need to turn your bow around. Arrow is on the wrong side of riser!

Congrats on your buck!
Have fun and be safe.
Ha. I was lucky to find this bow, being a southpaw and all! I have a really nice Seminole Chief Brown Recluse by E. T. Williams. It’s 70#. Super fast and hits hard. But pulling 70# is tough. This one is just 55# and it’s thumping.


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Ha. I was lucky to find this bow, being a southpaw and all! I have a really nice Seminole Chief Brown Recluse by E. T. Williams. It’s 70#. Super fast and hits hard. But pulling 70# is tough. This one is just 55# and it’s thumping.


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My brother is a lefty too. He is able to find great deals on bows, golf clubs, etc.
You found a beauty! I’m glad to hear you are having fun with it. Enjoy your time in the tree and send picks if you get your doe!!
 

JSEXTON23

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You should have no concern getting a pass through with a 55# recurve if you are drawing 28” fully. At 490 grains you are at less than 10 gpp, so my personal opinion/advice would be to get a heavier arrow setup tuned in the future. At 55# @28” and a 550-650 grain arrow I would personally not hesitate to take nearly any shot at close range.
 

trailblazer75

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You should have no concern getting a pass through with a 55# recurve if you are drawing 28” fully. At 490 grains you are at less than 10 gpp, so my personal opinion/advice would be to get a heavier arrow setup tuned in the future. At 55# @28” and a 550-650 grain arrow I would personally not hesitate to take nearly any shot at close range.
I’m glad to hear this. I ordered some 100 grain brass inserts that I plan on installing and shooting soon. Which would bump me into the 535 range. I’ve also considered 200 grain broadheads but a just bought a dozen 150s. I guess I could use the 150s on my compound. This setup just tuned so well, but I’m not afraid to experiment at all.

I just went out to try to kill a doe with the stick bow. Bumped a few on the way in and thought I'd setup over their beds. Well, one came right back in. Almost got a shot off from the ground but she saw me. Didn't blow and bounded off slow so I might be in the game yet.


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So I took some time to tinker since I’m all tagged out (except doe tags). I’ve got this bow running super well. Tinkered with brace height, wound up buying and 4 fletching some 400 spine gold tips. They’re full length and 162 grains in the insert (fact weight system) and a 150 zwickey. Shooting darts out to about 30. TAW is 615 grains and I’m pretty confident that if I can get a shot opportunity a doe will fall to this bow this year.


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So I took some time to tinker since I’m all tagged out (except doe tags). I’ve got this bow running super well. Tinkered with brace height, wound up buying and 4 fletching some 400 spine gold tips. They’re full length and 162 grains in the insert (fact weight system) and a 150 zwickey. Shooting darts out to about 30. TAW is 615 grains and I’m pretty confident that if I can get a shot opportunity a doe will fall to this bow this year.
Any updates on your setup since NOV?

Just bought a left hand Sage and I need a confidence boost ;)
 

trailblazer75

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I went to 55 lb limbs. After I bought a bow with 70 lb draw and realized it wasn’t repeatable enough. Honestly, I haven’t killed with the bow but I have now doubt that I could 20 yards and in. I did some setup testing and was blowing through 2 stacked 1x2s like they weren’t even there. Shot through scapulas from a deer I killed with my compound like nothing. Even on the ridge.


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Ha. I was lucky to find this bow, being a southpaw and all! I have a really nice Seminole Chief Brown Recluse by E. T. Williams. It’s 70#. Super fast and hits hard. But pulling 70# is tough. This one is just 55# and it’s thumping.


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You will kill lots of critters with that bow. 55 is plenty. I used to shoot 70-80 pounds and wish I still could but it’s not necessary.
 

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If this is your first foray into single string shooting, be very careful you are not over bowed.
"It is easier to instill good habits than to try to brake bad habits"
Over bowed will lead to bad form if you are not careful.
Good form is probably one, if not thee most important part of shooting.
It would not hurt you to get some cheaper lower poundage ( 35#-40#) limbs to practice this winter, spring and early summer on your form.
Gradually increase your poudage so your form and release are still correct.
Deer are taken each year with 40# bows and heavy arrows 550 - 600 gr. with two bladed broad heads.
p.s. your arrow is on the correct side...........
p.s.s sell your compound, you don't need that crutch.........
 
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