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Old 02-14-2012, 01:19 AM
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Takedown Recurve Bow

Do you have experience with commercially available takedown recurve bows? If so, please share what you've used, how you've used it, and how it performed.

As an example, the PSE Coyote is a popular option.

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Old 02-14-2012, 11:21 AM
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i haven't messed TOO much with the modern ones(dedicated wood shooter).

i know that on the takedown bows the draw-weights are limited by the strength of the joints, and so they're often a touch on the light side for any serious hunting(for me at least. i'm a little bit of a caveman about this but i prefer to be in the #60-#70 range at a minimum), but you could certainly bag small game no problem. with fantastic shot placement(mixed with an arrowhead built for bleeding) even light medium game is a viable option. above blacktail/young whitetail it's getting marginal. you might be in for a chase.

recurves are often very smooth shooters with a nice draw and fairly snappy flight.

i'm not a fan of what i would call a short draw(on me that's anchoring half out in air in front of my face) but on the type of bow we're talking about it's not so bad. recurves typically have a fairly compact tip-tip profile which is fantastic for in-brush hunting and hide/stand hunting. speaking from experience a full-size longbow for a fellow with a long draw(31.5") is NOT easy to maneuver in heavy cover and it's a huge flag to boot.

for a remote-country hunt or a hike-in/fly-in a compact recurve is a pretty viable option if you want an option outside of the space-bows.

i would be concerned with the take-down mechanism itself. loose parts/tools and all could be wicked easy to lose. it's probably, cast weight aside, the single big argument against the takedown type.

that said, it's not a lot against them.

if your draw is ideal for the bow, you want something easier to pack along than a compound, and you can keep a handle on the parts, i'd say they're a great option for packing.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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Thanks for the input, dsuursoo.

The takedown recurves (and lesser) are good for SHTF scenarios that involve small game procurement.

Recurves handle improvised (bushcraft) wooden arrows quite well.

I'm very interested in reading what others have used, how it was used, and how it performed.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:23 PM
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I use a 1970's era Bear Minuteman recurve bow. Arrow length 28.5" which is based on my draw length.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:19 PM
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i would be concerned with the take-down mechanism itself. loose parts/tools and all could be wicked easy to lose.
A good tip for those it may interest/apply to: hex screws can be replaced with thumb screws thereby eliminating the need for the tool. Extras thumb screws can be carried, if desired.

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