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The only bow I've ever used is the longbow back in middle school during our Archery course.
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I like the Recurve types and Crossbows with a windlass. Hammer-head quarrels are a thing so I'm kind of want to test some and see if it can outperform other types against armor... perhaps striking with enough force to cause a concussion or worse?
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I have a recurve bow back from years ago but I prefer compound bows. Simplicity has its charms but compound bows seem both convenient and cool.
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Compound Bow
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Recurve bows for me. I've been really wanting to get into archery, and I've done it a bit using a friend's bow, but I currently just don't have the money.
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longbow
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I have used them all, but I learned on a long bow, and I have a soft spot for the long bow. Like the long bow I have only shot targets with a recurve bow and a crossbow. I have killed several deer with a compound bow, they are good weapons. They are virtually painless, if used right. They require constant tweaking and keeping a good zero for your various shooting positions and ranges requires good records keeping.

The bow I find most interesting is the traditional Japanese long bow, so long you hold it about 1/3 of the way up, not one half. It always looks strange to my occidental eye. I never held one. Apparently they are quite complicated to use, breathing, gripping, drawing all just a little different, using one as a weapon must be difficult, but not as bad as using one for the artistic purpose, the special clothes, the emphasis on form over accuracy, the strange little bow dojos [I know that is not what they are called, but I do not have the name of the place where you suit up, gear up, listen to instruction and shoot, on my tongue].
Posted 4/15/15
I've only use bows in video games. Haha!!

I always go for crossbows. I dual-wielded crossbows on my Demon hunter.

I would also like to learn to shoot a crossbow. That would be freakin' cool.
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I have an Inferno 62" take-down recurve bow, that I love shooting with. I can load it more quickly than both my compound and crossbow. My crossbow is a 150# draw, so I have to use a rope cocker, and it definitely builds strength, but can wear you out after a few shots. I also have to buy a stronger target for the crossbow, since it seems to just shoot the bolts through anything, including the trees behind the targets. My compound bow for the longest time was my favorite. It is very strong, but I can hold it for longer since the pulleys hold all the weight for you, but a friend of mine, told me he knew all about bows, I let him hold it, and behind my back he dry-fired it, which completely de-strung it, and in the process broke the vice at the base…Note to all of you, don't just trust anyone to hold your bow just because they say they've shot bows before…Chances are they only shot girl/boy scout plastic bows in elementary school, and know very little about the real deal..
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Roman Scorpio?
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I prefer firearms, but damn would I love to learn archery. Judging by your post, I should start with a recurve bow... isn't that what Lara uses in the beginning of the Tomb Raider reboot?
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Shellivc wrote:

I have an Inferno 62" take-down recurve bow, that I love shooting with. I can load it more quickly than both my compound and crossbow. My crossbow is a 150# draw, so I have to use a rope cocker, and it definitely builds strength, but can wear you out after a few shots. I also have to buy a stronger target for the crossbow, since it seems to just shoot the bolts through anything, including the trees behind the targets. My compound bow for the longest time was my favorite. It is very strong, but I can hold it for longer since the pulleys hold all the weight for you, but a friend of mine, told me he knew all about bows, I let him hold it, and behind my back he dry-fired it, which completely de-strung it, and in the process broke the vice at the base…Note to all of you, don't just trust anyone to hold your bow just because they say they've shot bows before…Chances are they only shot girl/boy scout plastic bows in elementary school, and know very little about the real deal..


Yeah, never dry fire a bow or a crossbow. I learned the hard way. I fired a compound bow calibrated to 75 pounds dry. The string slapped me a good one on the upper arm and I think that was what prevented it from breaking or getting damaged. I earned a very large and very dark bruise that felt more like a bad cut than a bruise.

I find bales of hay to be good targets. You can put paper targets over them. Even a crossbow with 150 pounds of draw weight usually can't fire a bolt through one even though a bow with that type of power can shatter bolts against bricks and embed metal tips into walls forever. I think the bale slows it down enough to catch it. With a crossbow, it's still probably a good idea to put something else behind the bale, like a board or another bale of hay.

I once got to play around with an insanely powerful recurve crossbow. It had 250 pounds of draw weight and the owner had this little winding lever thing that he used to reload it since there's no way I can pull 250 pounds. The bolts fired from that monster (it had a scope) were accurate even when shooting at things that were a good 300+ feet away. Its bolts were so long they might as well have been arrows. If the bolts had been outfitted with broadheads and I shot at a squirrel or a pigeon, the animal would probably vaporize lol


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I have used them all, but I learned on a long bow, and I have a soft spot for the long bow. Like the long bow I have only shot targets with a recurve bow and a crossbow. I have killed several deer with a compound bow, they are good weapons. They are virtually painless, if used right. They require constant tweaking and keeping a good zero for your various shooting positions and ranges requires good records keeping.

The bow I find most interesting is the traditional Japanese long bow, so long you hold it about 1/3 of the way up, not one half. It always looks strange to my occidental eye. I never held one. Apparently they are quite complicated to use, breathing, gripping, drawing all just a little different, using one as a weapon must be difficult, but not as bad as using one for the artistic purpose, the special clothes, the emphasis on form over accuracy, the strange little bow dojos [I know that is not what they are called, but I do not have the name of the place where you suit up, gear up, listen to instruction and shoot, on my tongue].

Yeah, I was very interested in kyudo for a while. I wanted to buy a fiberglass yumi but I can't find any. Apparently, even just mastering the hold takes years. As much as I like the appearance of the yumi, that sort of learning curve is too much for me. Perhaps one day I'll get one, but not any time soon.
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Long bow.
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Recurve Bow is very forgiving. A take down recurve is easy to take anywhere.
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I was in 5th grade when they stuck some 30lb recurve bows in our hands and said, "Don't shoot the gym teacher."
It was fun as kool-aid and vodka... The girls were a little better than us boys, I thought that was kind of funny. Being we were never more than 20 yards away from the targets it was kind of easy to be good.

A few years later I tried to go and kill Bambi with a 90lb recurve.... The bastard bolted when I drew back... Never got another chance.... I never bothered going bow hunting after that season.
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