They can have sights. A peep sight would be hard to do since there's no let off. A whisker buiscuit? Maybe, but that puts the arrow further from your hand, and that's not real good for instinctive shooting, but if you have sights anyway, what's the difference? A release sounds like trouble to me. String silencers are normal for recurves, and I think they are a must. Vibration dampeners should work. Clamp-on quivers are made just for recurves and work nicely too.
Having said that, I don't like the idea of modernizing a recurve. They weren't meant for that. They are meant for instinctive shooting and simplicity. If you want things like sights and peeps and releases, I would suggest a compound. I don't see anything wrong with a compound or the things that go on them, but I think that the two should be separated, for me at least. If you don't think so, that' fine. I just like to use my recurve or long bow to get away from the modernization.
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Post by barreled action on May 2, 2005 22:11:23 GMT -5
I agree with Txbowhunter except don't know what letoff has to do with a peep sight. I'd have trouble with a peep since I cant my recurve and shoot it instinctive. My suggestion, if you're going to shoot recurve, longbow, keep it simple and enjoy the beauty of it. www.barreledaction.com
with all the "goodies" listed for a bow, just get a compound. Keep the recurve used for what it is meant to be..........simple.
Here's a neat trick..... when "hunting" try walking into the woods. its really neat. That way you can save gas and get some excercize!! Brag on how you got up to him within 100 yards... not how great a shot you are at 300.
I grew tired of picking the wrong pin at the moment of truth, and shooting over the deer's back, so I got rid of the sights off of my compound. Then I wanted more of a challenge, and went traditional. Now even if animals are trotting past my stand, I can shoot em'. If you have to pick a pin, then aim using that pin, the critter is gone.
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If you'd like to use all those modern features I'm sure it could be done. To me you are missing the point of traditional archery! I think that traditional gear whether it's a longbow or a recurve should be kept as simple as possible. When you start adding sights and other acessories you might as well be shooting a compound bow!!
as said before putting all those gadgets defeats the purpose, i could never use any of them for i cant the bow as well and when it is drawn back it is released at that point like a snap shot, if i even hold it for a split second i cant hit the broad sise of a barn! i cant even draw unless i have a clear shot period! i love my recurve and i was raised shooting one i picked u[p a friends compund once and shot it , i will never do it again
Why would you want all that? Takes away from the whole idea of being trad.. If you want all that, stick with a compound. No need to put all that stuff on a stick bow that you shot different than a compound.
OK, about the release. I tried it with my Bear Kodiak. It is a short limb, 54" I think. I thought I could use a release to relieve the pinch at thr noch. NOT! It completely destroyed the instinct part for me. And it wasn't pretty. I will continue to practice with my fingers. dirt.
Post by blkwidowbowman on May 13, 2008 19:49:05 GMT -5
I must respectfully disagree with a few of the statements. I am 52 years old, I was hunting with a bow back in the 60's and can assure you that many of those old timers were using recurves with sights, peeps, and were holding for the shot.
After all, what do you think an Olympic shooter is doing? In fact. about fifteen to twenty percent of the shooters during that time were shooting a sight of some type. While I perfer not to add any thing of the type to my recurves and longbows, it could be done, has been done, and is being done by some.
It just kinda takes the challenge out of it for me, and besides if you are going to do all of that, just keep shooting a compound.
Not to sound rude, but why would you want all that on a trad bow? You can put sights on them, but as mentioned, a peep is not all that good of an idea. You shoot a trad bow either by instinct or gap . And as far as a rest, keep it simple. Im a bowyer and on the bows I build, I put nothing more than buffalo hide on the strike plate and on the shelf. Ill be hunting with an osage, bamboo R/D longbow I bult this summer. It will have noting added except leather on the strike plate and shelf. I have build some warf bows for people who want to add stuff to their bows, but that ends up being nothing more than a compound riser with custom built take down limbs.
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