Longbow prices

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  1. Uncle Alvah

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    I have been considering buying a traditional style Longbow.
    I have a fair amount of experience with archery hunting, but it was all with compound bows, and it's been a few years besides.
    I have 0 experience with longbows.
    One of the things I'm finding most confusing is the wide range of prices. I see new bows on ebay for anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars.
    If a person is looking to buy an entry level general purpose bow for targets and perhaps some deer hunting, ROUGHLY how much coin does one need to scratch together to buy a serviceable bow and a few arrows?
     
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    Howdy Uncle....
    check into the Martin L-100 for a good bow at a great price. I own one and it's treated me well for a few years. I target shoot with it and although I haven't had the pleasure of taking a deer I did take this 222lb boar with it....

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    I have limited experience with archery, just getting back into it this past summer. I found that going over to 3 rivers archery, here on the web, I got a LOT of info on whats out there. I wanted something inexpensive, in the event I didnt take to it. And, something I could take apart to store over the winter. I got a Samick Sage (many, many folks here recommended it), in 45#, completely set up for ME, for under $200. For me, it was a perfect fit. If I need to go up higher in poundage, I can simply order more limbs. Its a recurve, which isnt exactly what you are looking for, but there is a LOT of archery knowledge on their site, and I would highly recommend checking them out.
     
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    As has been mentioned, 200-300 dollars is about right to start from scratch. You don't need to get a 1000 custom bow just starting out. If your set on a longbow I'd look at crows head for a more traditional wood bow and any of the big bow makers for a modern fiberglass bow. I will say though to avoid getting caught up on quivers, gloves/tabs, arm guards starting out. You will need these things sure, but don't blow your budget on a $200 custom tooled quiver that has no arrows in it. Save your money and get good (read quality, not expensive) carbon arrows to start with. You'll have better success in the earlier stages than with wood and you can play with different point weights without having to make whole new sets of arrows. Though once you get into it and discover the fun of making your own arrows that last excuse won't fly anymore.
     
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    I have recurves and long bows from the 200 to 900 dollar range. I find the Samick's to be very good bows for either target or deer hunting. I have a Samick Stingray 45# recurve that I have been using for deer hunting this year. I bought it on-line at Lancaster Archery for 220.00.
     
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    +1 for the L100, that was my first longbow (still have it). Check the classifieds at tradgang or stickbow, there are deals to be had...
     
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    My longbow was bought in 1994 as a highschool graduation present to myself for about 350.00. The same bow today from the same.custom bowyer is a little over 800.00... The bowyer's name is David Miller and has a website called Millerlongbows.com, he makes true Howard Hill style longbows and was trained by a man who was trained by Hill Himself. He is also close friends with Byron Ferguson and is from Lebanon IN. Great guy and the bows are worth their price.
     
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    I took a chance at a $100 70's era Bear Grizzly recurve off Ebay... it had a dent or cut in the handle... looked like it had been in a pile of stuff on someone's workbench and someone pulled a handsaw across it, or dropped something on it... turned out to be purely cosmetic, and I have a good bow. i think it was $77 and 20 shipping... something close to that. most of the ones in better shape were running around $125...

    My arrows ran about $10 apiece, with target points, nocked and fletched. they're carbon fiber with a woodgrain print. I got a dozen, but you only really need 5 to shoot/practice... more than that, they start getting hit by other arrows.

    Made my own armguard from a piece of latigo leather i got from the friend who made my first quiver (looks a lot like this one. http://www.selfbow.com/jackstraditionalarchery/sidestalkers.html )

    My shooting glove was about $12. A tab is cheaper (around half that, iirc) but i don't like it as much. It was 3 layers, and kinda fiddley... if i had one with just one layer, i might use that.

    My bow-mounted quiver was about $80... http://www.3riversarchery.com/quive...arrow+quiver_c14_s21_p351_i6819X_product.html I'm sure you could come up with something cheaper on your own.

    My target is one of those YellowJacket ones, but you can get 2 stacked bales of hay for $9 a bale, or $35 for a round bale, at least around here, and stick some paper plates on it with a stick.

    So, let's see... 100, 80, 50, 12, plus 18 for the hay... That's about $260.

    edit: wait. i forgot the string... it cost me about $20 for a new bowstring.
     
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    Look at the pse heritage series longbow they are great shooters or check out redmountainarchery.com great bows at great prices even have full kits
     
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    Sweet deal...
     
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    I'm getting back into bowhunting myself and decided to go the same route, I bought a longbow from GI Bows and recieved it today.
    I'll have to finish sanding,staining and putting the finish on it.
    It was on sale for $45 + $5 for an arrow rest then shipping which was about $8. The bow comes with a string and stringer.

    I have to say that I'm happy that I have spring and summer to practice, after stringing the bow tonight and drawing it back
    my chest hurts LOL muscles that have'nt pulled a bow in many years :D
     
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    I would go with a recurve if you plan on using it for hunting, a short recurve at that. Longbows tend to find a lot more branches and limbs out in the woods. When I first got into archery, I bought a Martin Hatfield takedown recurve and a Howard Hill longbow. I ended up not using the longbow much, it wasn't as practical or as fast/accurate. Longbows definitely look cool tho.

    Martin, Bear, and PSE all make affordable recurves and longbows. Black Widow makes some really nice bows if you can afford them.

    One note about used bows--old laminated bows will sometimes have bad laminate seperation, and even if they don't, if they haven't been stored properly and/or shot in a long time, the fiberglass could start cracking on you with your very first shot and the layers would then start seperating. This can happen with even the best of bows.

    Just my advice, but don't buy a used bow from someone that lives in a really cold area. The bow has probably been subject to too many temperature/humidity extremes. That's what happened to my Hill longbow.
     
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    I can't add much to what is said about the bows mentioned and the costs.

    However you might look into making your own bow. There is a lot of information about it on the web and on you tube. There is even information about making them out of PVC pipe.
     
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    They discontinued this bow. :( I loved it, and wanted to buy one for my first one as well... I was very disappointed until I bought my custom. ;)
     
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    I would seriously consider a Hunter model longbow, from www.bamabows.com ... I got my first one from there, it was this last summer. They are the cheapest custom makers I could find, and their work is outstanding. Mine ran me about $400 - for a 100% custom bow at this price, I could not be happier. I got mine in 55#, 62"... I would recommend 55# for deer, elk,, antelope... anything worth shooting. Its not too lite, and it has all the power you need. Also, if you are worried about the draw being too heavy, I am 16, and 55# is no sweat. The day I got it, I shot about 70 arrows through it... I had 12 arrows to start, and ended with ten lol; as it was my first time ever, and I stunk, but the thing is, I was able to do so without getting too tired out. Although, I would recommend an armguard right off the bat; I did not then, and I still don't, but after hitting my arm 7 or 8 times, I wanted one (I am getting better with it now though lol ;)).

    Hope this helps. I would give Nate a call from Bamabows... he is a great guy, and was very helpful with me first starting out. :)
     
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    I am glad someone else knows about these folks. I was going to recommend them too.

    KP Archery has some very good shooting very low cost longbows. These are a great choice to test out the waters and see how well you like the long bow field without investing too much into the bow up front. You will end up spending more on your arrows than your bow going the KP route, but the bows are still very good quality and will give you a good chance to form an opinion on weither you want to keep down the long bow path. Since the OP is used to compounds, and has no longbow experience, this inexpensive but still good quality bows is a great way to gain experience.

    Long bows are definitely different from compounds, so there will be quite a bit of unfamiliarity and discomfort at first. You also might need to get some different gear associated with longbows.

    You might want to look at getting a Sherwood Archery Bracer from Ravenswood
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    Which is designed to protect your knuckles while shooting off the knuckle with longbows. Which is something you will need, as the fletching can cut your knuckles up pretty bad if you don't have a glove. You can of course just wear a decent leather glove while shooting and not get the special glove. But I figured showing you this was a good idea to get the idea started for you.

    Another great option for wood arrows which you will likely want to use with your longbow is Merril Marketing Archery. They sell a dozen 3 fletched arrows for $65 with nocks and field points cut to size and a choice of shaft stains and fletching colors. This is the cheapest custom wood arrow seller I have seen, and yet still produces decent quality arrows. Most custom wood arrows will cost $65 for half a dozen so you can see how major a deal this is.

    I would suggest if you pick up a KP Archery bow and find you like longbows, to then start looking at the 3Rivers Archery longbows. I discovered 3Rivers years and years ago after seeing their :32: Tomahawk Bows® SS Longbow - Takedown Diamond Series but at $980, too much money for my more casual archery interest, but I did end up getting the Samick Sage through 3Rivers and have to say I do really like them. 3Rivers has a great selection for the traditional archer and specializes in traditional archery.

    Whatever you end up for a longbow, I hope you enjoy it. Traditional archery is very fun and challenging and quite addictive. Always nice hearing someone is getting interested in it and trying to find what they need to get started in it.
     
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    I have never had these problems... the only accessory I use is a finger tab, but even at that, I prefer to shoot with just my fingers. :confused:
     
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    That Red Mountain is a nice site, good looking bows too, but it says he is not accepting orders at the moment.
     
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    Does it have to be a longbow ? How about a recurve ? I bought a #50 Ben Pearson Cougar for $35 in a second hand shop over 35 years ago and its still serving me well. Check pawn shops, the ones around here have them from time to time at decent prices.
     
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    I also picked up a Bear Recurve, a Bruin with Montgomery Wards marking, for about $70.00. A great shooter it is on loan to a friend of mine starting out in archery. Most bow folks are decent people.
     
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    Falco Legend Flatbow is by Falco in Estonia and won the European IFAA Gold for men in 1999,it costs around €190 and if i was to buy another bow it would be this one. it has a good action goes to prove you dont have to spend a small fortune to get a good bow.
     

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