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F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby GuyWithBow » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:48 pm

I think my last thread was incomplete in it's description of intent. If I am going to "learn to shoot a longbow", I mean just that. That includes everything from popping aspirins in mid air to consistently anchoring good hits in the long distance field archery targets. I figure the hard part those two is the field archery, so that is where I am going to focus my equipment. What are folks (tall folks especially) shooting field archery longbow with?
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby Bender » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:19 pm

Doing very well with a Bob Lee Bicentennial Elite.
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby Hornseeker » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:10 pm

Once again...its up to you and what you want. That Bob lee that Bender mentions can do the trick... Myself and another couple guys do ok with a Sapphire Hawk, I've been beat by guys with Schafer Silvertips... and Toelke Traditionals... You name it...

If that is what you want to do though, look for a 62+ inch bow that draws in the upper 40's for your draw length. Maybe a takedown that you can get multiple sets of limbs for....

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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby BEN MAHER » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:56 pm

Aussie judges are harsh and enforce bow regulations with gusto ... as such for longbow i tend to use Hill's , Liberty English and Millers .... ifaa AND Fita judges are harsh man !!!!
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby Bender » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:12 pm

That's true. As near as I can figure the Lee and other R/D hybrids are FITA legal but not IFAA legal. So one might take that into consideration. And locally, say at the State level? No telling without checking your State's rules.
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby GuyWithBow » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:57 am

I ordered a Tomahawk SS take-down yesterday from 3 rivers. The bows isn't exactly what I thought I would need, but they have a great return policy, so it seemed worth it to try a "close enough". My draw is 30.5-31", depending on the bow, and wanted a longer bow, but light draw weight... hard to find those in stock and didn't want to wait to have one built. Had a 45# at 28" 62" bow on hand, so figured would try it. If is hinky, will send it back and have a longer one made. They only list up to 64" bows on the web site, but sales rep told me they could build longer but would cost a bit more, same production time though.

I didn't really want to start with a hybrid, but I hunt too. Seemed more important to get something super shootable and at my draw length, hybrid seemed like a better starting place than trying 13 "D" bows before I found one that suited me and ending up with a compound or recurve next year instead of being able to stick with the longbow.

Am I looking at this right?
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby Hornseeker » Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:51 pm

Yip...That T-Hawk will be alright.. Might be close on the draw length... if its 45 @ 28...it will likely be 10# heavier at 31...
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby GuyWithBow » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:55 pm

The bow is a little stacky for me. I can shoot it well close range, but have to fight it at full draw and have trouble getting a consitant, clean release. If I shoot it for a year, could probably work the bugs out, but have issues with paying $1000 for a bow I "Have to get used too". Am sending it back tomorrow and having a longer one made. Grart bow though, points better for me than anything I have ever shot.
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby trad_in_cali » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:43 am

You should check, last I recall T/D are not allowed...
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Re: F.I.T.A. Longbow.

Postby trad_in_cali » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:44 am

Oh, and I shoot a 21st Century, 70".
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