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Feb 14th, 2006 at 3:56pm
 
i have a bow and no idea what the draw wieght is.  the weight is probley over 40 pounds.  what is the best way to measure the draw wieght

also when did the compound bow come around.  or was it just a modern hunters creation?
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Reply #1 - Feb 14th, 2006 at 4:15pm
 
Simia,
I can not give you the answers, but they are already in this forum.
If you have any question, use the search function.
in case of the compound bows, type the word compound in the bar, check the other weapons, (or uncheck the rest) and set the maximum days on something like 999 and hit the search button.
After you looked through the results, try again, with another word, different number for minimun days and so on.
Much fun as well as direct answers.

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Reply #2 - Feb 14th, 2006 at 6:57pm
 
much fun? i hate the serch button, i can never find what im looking for Smiley

but yes almost any thing you come up with has been talked about before Smiley
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Reply #3 - Feb 14th, 2006 at 8:19pm
 
You can test the draw weight using your typical bathroom scale (what you weigh yourself on)  Take a lenght of board(atleast 2"*4") put a notch in the top that will hold your bow at the handle.  Mark on the board the inches you would draw it back to.  Now may need to make a foot for the board to create even pressure. Place this on the scale, place your bow in the notch and pull the string to the mark that is your draw length.  The pressure that you are pulling down on the bow will transfer to the scale and this will be your poundage.  Confused?  Grin
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Reply #4 - Feb 14th, 2006 at 8:47pm
 
with the above method, be sure to factor in the weight of the bow/tillering stick

the best way is a bow weight measuring device  Wink

assuming that you dont have one of those, fish scales work very well. either draw with the fish scale while the bow is on the tillering stick or just draw it back with the scale.
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Reply #5 - Feb 14th, 2006 at 9:08pm
 
I just use a long stick with a small  "v" of branches at the end. I then put the handle of the bow in the v, put the stick on the scale, and pull down to 28", just read the number off the scale. Not precise but very close.

Compound bows were invented in the late 1960's by some guy named H. W. Allen, 1967 or so. I have a compound made in 1969 with wood limbs.
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Reply #6 - Feb 14th, 2006 at 10:14pm
 
thanks a lot for all the answers  i tested it and (hopefully did it right Undecided) got 70 pounds.
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Reply #7 - Feb 15th, 2006 at 6:34am
 
WOW! 70lbs!

Well I suppose your using a compound bow, but if your not, you must be a monster. With muscles to spare. I feel more comfortable with 45-50.. be Carefull you can damage your back with too much strain. Shoot safe.
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Reply #8 - Feb 15th, 2006 at 1:29pm
 
Sima is that yor firts bow?
Oh and by the way compound bow=
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I use a fish scale it's much easier and less prone to mistakes(I hope).
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Reply #9 - Feb 15th, 2006 at 1:39pm
 
Sounds like a decent war bow. 50# is what I'm most comfortable with, but I hope to move up, if just for the experience.

In one of the Traditional Bowmakers Bibles, they show a huge yew longbow that pulls 150lbs. The poor guy looks like he's about to snap in half when he draws it.
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Reply #10 - Feb 15th, 2006 at 4:51pm
 
your lucky you could even draw yours T_T mine would snap as soon as i drawn it, then i got the bowers bible! ugh oh well this spring i shall try again
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Reply #11 - Feb 15th, 2006 at 6:00pm
 
I want that book Smiley but im too cheap Undecided
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Reply #12 - Feb 15th, 2006 at 7:09pm
 
i was strove to speed by my friend when we had battels.  i cheeted though and made it out of  pvc pipe Embarrassed  but it works twice as good as my old wood bow.  and i dont have to call all around to find some type of good wood. Tongue but it only took me like an hour to make so im happy. 
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Reply #13 - Feb 16th, 2006 at 4:27am
 
I think 60 pounds is really the ideal draw weight.  I feel like a pansy with 40 - I know that I'm not, that 40 pounds is adequate to kill, well, most things, and that it is smoother and all that; but at 60, I can maintain accuracy whilst still feeling macho.  Which of course is the important thing.
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Side note on literature.

Check your local library for info on archery. I was able to borrow the Archers Bible from my library, along many other interesting books. It's pretty surprising what you can find at the library.
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