I have a local guy who has one,,but I have no idea if this is a good bow or not. He wants $150 for it..its 60lbs @28" Here`s some pics
So, what weight do you think I should start with? Any particular bows I should try to find used?thats a decent price for a decent bow. BUT I'd advise you not to buy it. I looked back at your other posts and have the impression that you are fairly new to traditional archery.
60# is too much draw weight if it is your only bow. I'm not doubting that you can draw it at all, but you really need a lighter weight bow to practice with and learn the good habits and build the extremely critical skills that you need to become proficient in before you take to the woods.
It IS a good price and the bow is a good solid hunting bow, just not right to learn on.
Now if you were to take advantage of the price and buy it now and that the fortitude to put it away out of sight, pick up a lighter less expensive bow, and do your skill building, THEN use the Bushmaster for hunting it might work out well. but that takes a lot of determination and fortitude, doubt I could manage it. I'd have it out and be shooting it, figuring "a little won't hurt" and pretty soon be back to short drawing, not anchoring solidly and snap shooting with form and accuracy all shot to hell. obviously this is my opinion, but I hate to see a guy make the mistakes I'd made and suffered from.
well, I don`t know the advantages of a recurve as opposed to longbow or vice versa. The other one is Deflex Reflex or is it Reflex Deflex? Either way, this very good shooter I have become friendly with at the range says he feels they are the best of both worlds. Any thoughts?A lot depends on your interests and what you intend to do with the bow once you become proficient with it. I'd figure that out and then look for a decent quality used bow in the low to mid 40 pound range.
We have had some threads archived In the "TradTalk Classics" in the sticky at the top of this page, you should find so really useful information there, Its like a personalized encyclopedia of archery.
I personally like the Martin Bows but there are also others that are also good. I think that the Martin Savanna, used is a GREAT introductory bow for someone interested in longbows---in the right draw weight range. A fair number of guys go for the Bear Montana, the "Bear" name is Magic right??? my personal experience with several of them has been on the sad side of disappointing. I do not recommend them, but other opinions exist and WMMV
Right now the higher poundage bows are showing up a lot in the used market with higher prices for midweight bows. some of it is generational shift as older archers who grew up with heavy-bow-itus are parting with their bows and trading down for lighter ones as time and wearing shoulders take their toll.
a 60 pound Bushmaster for 150 sounds about right to me, as would a 60 pound Savannah for a hundred or a hundred and fifty more. Same bows in the 40-45 pound range might be half again as much. This is based on what I have seen at various show in the used bow booths.
If recurves are of more interest that opens up a whole different discussion