Just bought, need help.

Danno

6 pointer
Oct 20, 2020
124
In a van...down by the river
You need feathers, and your compound's arrows will most likely never work for the stickbow (way too stiff.)
What is the bow poundage and what is your draw length? I can get you pretty close to the right spine shaft with that info.
Place your nocking points with a bow square, usually ~ 3/8" or so above center.
It's alot to take in at first, but don't get overwhelmed and take it a step at a time. It'll all start to click. Tuning a stickbow sucks, but it's a necessary evil for something that's supposed to "simple" lol.
YouTube is your friend. Look up Clay Hayes.
Draw length..... Okay after doing some research i have a 30" length of pull. Measure tip of middle finger to other tip of middle finger (basically my wingspan) minus that number by 15, and divide that by 2 is how i reached my number.
 

Meatstick

12 pointer
Oct 25, 2013
5,086
Washington County
Draw length..... Okay after doing some research i have a 30" length of pull. Measure tip of middle finger to other tip of middle finger (basically my wingspan) minus that number by 15, and divide that by 2 is how i reached my number.
Full length 600 spine arrows with 125 up front will get you close enough for now. Worry about fine tuning after you really have your form nailed down. If you want/need more arrow weight a full length 500 with 200 grains up front will also be pretty close.
 

Danno

6 pointer
Oct 20, 2020
124
In a van...down by the river
Also the fellas you guys recommended on YouTube, i can say i believe the fella that put my nock point, installed it incorrectly
Full length 600 spine arrows with 125 up front will get you close enough for now. Worry about fine tuning after you really have your form nailed down. If you want/need more arrow weight a full length 500 with 200 grains up front will also be pretty close.
Also what is considered full length? I've seen 26" and also seen 28" are those considered full or would it be higher than 28"
 

Meatstick

12 pointer
Oct 25, 2013
5,086
Washington County
Also the fellas you guys recommended on YouTube, i can say i believe the fella that put my nock point, installed it incorrectly

Also what is considered full length? I've seen 26" and also seen 28" are those considered full or would it be higher than 28"
30" in those spines.
 

grinder

12 pointer
Oct 28, 2003
2,116
harrodsburg, ky, USA.
Draw length..... Okay after doing some research i have a 30" length of pull. Measure tip of middle finger to other tip of middle finger (basically my wingspan) minus that number by 15, and divide that by 2 is how i reached my number.
Im not saying you are not 30" draw, but its highly unlikely unless you are like 6'6", which, I know a fellow that is, and he does get that kind of draw length, but he is a rarity. only way to know for sure is to get someone to watch you draw a full length arrow, and mark it, (front of riser) then measure from the bottom of the nock to the mark. You can do it your self by clamping a cothespin on the shaft, then drawing it back, letting back of riser slide the clothespin back, then let down and measure. You have to be honest with your self, because many draw longer than they normally do when they know they are being measured. have a friend discreetly watch you as you shoot. Honestly most dont draw 28", I see many shooting 60# bows bragging about the weight they shoot, and do well to draw 24" which makes that 60# bow more like a 45# bow, with the performance of like a 40# bow. Most compound converts will lose about 2" draw length when switching to traditional. its just a different beast when you dont have the relaxing breakover that a compound gives. at full draw you are holding that weight, where a lot of compounds are 80% letoff , meaning a 100# compound, you are holding 20# at full draw, and a 40# trad bow you are holding 40#, twice that. This extra weight tends to bunch people up, they struggle, then sacrifice draw weight.
 

Danno

6 pointer
Oct 20, 2020
124
In a van...down by the river
Im not saying you are not 30" draw, but its highly unlikely unless you are like 6'6", which, I know a fellow that is, and he does get that kind of draw length, but he is a rarity. only way to know for sure is to get someone to watch you draw a full length arrow, and mark it, (front of riser) then measure from the bottom of the nock to the mark. You can do it your self by clamping a cothespin on the shaft, then drawing it back, letting back of riser slide the clothespin back, then let down and measure. You have to be honest with your self, because many draw longer than they normally do when they know they are being measured. have a friend discreetly watch you as you shoot. Honestly most dont draw 28", I see many shooting 60# bows bragging about the weight they shoot, and do well to draw 24" which makes that 60# bow more like a 45# bow, with the performance of like a 40# bow. Most compound converts will lose about 2" draw length when switching to traditional. its just a different beast when you dont have the relaxing breakover that a compound gives. at full draw you are holding that weight, where a lot of compounds are 80% letoff , meaning a 100# compound, you are holding 20# at full draw, and a 40# trad bow you are holding 40#, twice that. This extra weight tends to bunch people up, they struggle, then sacrifice draw weight.
Ha ha close to 6'6" good call more like 6'4" and arms like an ape, I'm about 2-3" from touching my own kneecaps when my arms are down by my side
 

ABLongbow

6 pointer
Aug 10, 2018
241
Morgan County
Since your draw length is so long I would try 500 spined arrows 30 or 31 in Long with 100 grain field points and that'll probably give you a good starting point for arrows
 

WaterDog88

12 pointer
Jul 28, 2008
2,011
Kentucky
I just started shooting a recurve last year and it's a blast. Lots of good info on YouTube and forums etc. Trad bows are nothing like a compound so don't get frustrated. Just keep shooting.
 

tonyr

Fawn
Sep 7, 2011
1
Where are you located I have everything you need to set up your bow I'm a half hour south of Moorhead
I’m in Montgomery county just started back into trad myself built a self bow and making cane arrows. I’ve never tuned a trad bow any help appreciated.
 


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