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Well, it took me a lot longer than expected, due to my eye injury, but ILFBows.com is online now. I have integrated the new website into Bowreports.com, so you can reach the tests of "modern recurve and longbows" either through the bowreports.com navigation or you can reach this section via ilfbows.com.

I had a lot of plans of what to test and measure and had countless conversations with different shooters (FITA, 3D etc.) and hunters of what they want to see. Some thing were feasible and some were not. So I had to make compromises about my testings and presentations, since there are so many possible adjustments that will influence the testing.

On the complete bows I will adjust the limb bolts to the medium setting and will adjust the brace height to the recommended height. Those bows will be tested with 9 gpp and with 6 gpp or the minimum recommended arrow weight.

Limbs will be tested on reference risers with the limb bolts adjusted to the medium setting. Those settings will stay the same for all limb tests with only minor adjustments for tiller if needed. Recurve limbs will be tested on a 25" and a 17" reference riser. Longbow limbs will be tested on a 15" and a 19" reference riser.

Test Risers will be measured with reference limbs that will be mounted with the ILF fitting perpendicular to the limb pocket, so you can see how the reference limbs are loading on that riser. All risers will be measured with a medium recurve limb and risers from 13" to 19" will additionally be measured with longbow limbs.

At least that's the plan for right now. There will also be special tests that will compare limbs of different materials, string tests etc. Adding videos is also in the planning stages. Time will tell.

I have the framework done and will constantly add new tests and presentations. Please check it out and tell me what you think (the good, the bad and the ugly) I'm also open for suggestions, since I guess after a while I developed some tunnel vision.

http://www.ilfbows.com or http://bowreports.com

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This looks good. What do you expect to include in your test data packages? What type of equipment do you have?

I am interested in seeing what you come up with.
 

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Do you have any idea when you will get all the test you have published like the Bear Super kodiak and the Bear TD online?
thanks / thumper-tx
 

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Looks very good. The carbon look is definately in vogue. I'm looking forward to more additions.
 

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thumper-tx you can find the Super K in the "Traditional Recurve and Longbows" Section of BowReports.com

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This looks good. What do you expect to include in your test data packages? What type of equipment do you have?

What do you mean by test data packages?

Blacky
By test data package I am referring to the data you will be collecting and what you will be calculating from the data?

This is all good stuff. I have been looking for test data to augment what I produce. I can only test what I can get my hands on with equipment that I have on hand. And, I do not want to do anything that would damage the equipment.
 

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Found your picture on your website. Looks like some cool equipment.
 

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Hank, I use a Hooter Shooter, a draw board, a digital scale, and two chronys in tandem, so it's nothing spectacular.
I do my f-d curves in ecxel and try to take nice pictures of the stuff I'm testing.

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You are doing a very good work.
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Hank, I use a Hooter Shooter, a draw board, a digital scale, and two chronys in tandem, so it's nothing spectacular.
I do my f-d curves in ecxel and try to take nice pictures of the stuff I'm testing.

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Blacky,

What type of scale do you use on your draw board? I had a lot of issues with electonic archery scales because they do not allow you to reverse (they measure peak weight) and they tended to shut off on me before I could finish. I finally went to a mechanical scale which has been working out pretty well, though all my scales do not calibrate out the same. I can measure to a 1/10 of a pound and get smooth trend lines with no deviations. I am not too worried about absolute values as long as the trends are good and I am consistent across tests. There were some other digital scales that I was considering if the mechanical scale did not work out. Some are quite pricey. I am still refining my equipment.

I wish I had a hooter shooter. That would allow me to improve my chrono data.

Where do you position your two chronos? Are you picking up at release and at target or are you averaging initital velocity? I imagine that with a Hooter Shooter you are less likely to accidently take out a down field chrono with a miss fire.

Thanks.
 
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