Looking for longbow suggestions

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  1. Ken Fisher

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    I’m wanting to buy my first bow, I’d like to start with a traditional longbow. It’ll be only for target practice and for getting my form correct.

    If possible I’d like to keep cost under $200.

    Any thoughts or suggestions on brands or makers I should be looking at?

    Thanks,
    Ken
     
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    Maddog makes a nice inexpensive bow, a little more that you stated but won’t break the bank, or used, or 3RivesArchery, Lancaster Archery for intro bows to get you started
     
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    Try and find a traditional shoot in your area and try a few out. Don't rush into your choice. 3 Rivers postage will dent your wallet. I quit buying from them long ago.
     
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    You might want to take a look at an imported bow called the Black Hunter. Lancaster Archery Supply sells them as the Galaxy Ember which is the version I have. I liked it so much I bought one for a friend. I bought his direct from China through this link. It is the exact same bow.
    The riser is laminated actionwood with an absolutely fantastic grip. The shelf is well radiused. You can get limbs between 30# and 60# . The limbs used bamboo cores with a black glass backing. The limb tips are very well done and are fastflight compatible.
    I have quite a few bows. Several of which are very expensive customs. This bow holds it's own! The grip is one of the best on any of my bows. The limbs draw smooth out to my 29" draw length and it is just a joy to shoot. You can get recurve limbs for it as well. This little bow is an amazing bargain, and with the interchangeable limbs, isn't something you are going to grow out of.
    https://www.mandarinduck.net/product-category/long-bow/
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, looks like a nice bow, I’ll be keeping it in mind.
     
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    I second the recommendation of the Black Hunter long bow. I bought one off of amazon and have been shooting it every day for the past month. Great shooting bow for a shade over $100. I have a couple of Black Widow longbows, as well as other custom ones, but this Black Hunter will be going into the woods with me this coming deer season
     
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    I don't know how they make a bow this good and sell it for this price. I was just talking about this with a friend yesterday. He was shooting his Black Hunter next to two of his high dollar customs and wondering what, besides looks, was the advantage of the customs.
     
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    Advantage of custom?? Building a relationship with the builder. Choosing the exact wood/material combinations you want. Grip made to your specs. Draw weight exact to your needs and length. Off the shelf bows for adults are generally measured at 28 inches, I know more that few folks that draw 31 and 32 inches and many that draw less than 28inches. Support workers in your country of origin. Pay workers a living wage. I'm sure there are more.

    It's great to be able to have choices that fits ones needs, desires, and budget and allows people to participate in archery and traditional bowhunting.
     
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    Yeah, you’ll get no argument from me. I’ve got customs from Leon Stewart and Border and have had a lot of others over the years. You just start to hit that point of diminishing returns.
     
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    The OP wrote that he would like to keep this first purchase under $200. He could buy 6 Black hunters for the cost of my custom Northern Mist so custom is not what he is looking for. I have never owned or shot a Black Hunter but the bow looks nice and falls well below your starting price which leaves you funds for some good arrows to match your new bow. I had thoughts of buying a Black hunter my self to give it a try. Keep us posted on what you buy and how you like your new purchase.
     
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    Thank you all for the advice and suggestions, after a lot of looking I settled on a friends gently used Fleetwood Frontier. 68”, 40 lbs at 28”, it’s been a blast learning to shoot!

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    That looks exactly like my SAS. Pioneer, leather wrap too. Probably made in the same China factory.
    Mine is 45lb. Shoots pretty good but has noticeable shock, my back gets sore between my shoulder blades when I shoot it. But it's pretty accurate and quick.
     
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    Good to see you found a bow and that your out enjoying it! Try to find some 3D shoots in your area. They can be lot fun!
     
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    good job. Now go lout and have fun.
     
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    this. I bought my first long bow form them for $180. One thing to look at, is to see if it has an arrow shelf or are you shooting off your hand? Off your hand it's not as consistent, IMHO, for obvious reasons
     
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    Another place to look is rmsg.com. they probably have the largest inventory of used bows in the country. Talk to Tom, Tommy or Danny when you have questions. They are good people who know what they are talking about.
     
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    I’ve never shot one, but am curious about the black hunter myself. The people I know who do own one rave about them.
     
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    I have a Black Hunter longbow. Its a great shooter. I've owned more expensive ones, but the BH will shoot with any of them.
     
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