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Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

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Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

Postby whump » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:50 pm

Whump Sez: I made a self bow from a red oak board about 4 years ago , It probably has about 300 or so shots out of it.55@ 28, I tuned up a few arrows with broadheads today and to be as ugly as it is, I am getting about 12" of penetration in hard styrofoam with eskimo heads which is plenty for a pass thru or at least a stick out. This bow is the ugliest thing I have ever constructed, I mean it is double ugly. I also have an arrow I made from a huckleberry shoot that weighs 625gns , but it doesn't stay straight very well, you can put a bend in it pretty easy , it acts kinda sappy but it shoots well. It also took me about a week to straighten the damn thing. I have about 5 sitka spruce that shoot down the middle. It takes an arrow spined for about 38-40lbs to shoot off the side of this 55lb self bow, so not only is it a bitch to tune an arrow to ,it makes me feel sad for an Indian. I may give this bow a chance to take a deer this season, it would be my first self bow deer if it happens.
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Re: Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

Postby superkodiak38 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:26 am

I hate messin with wood arrows but, I have a 68" BBO thats 50@30 and I built it to try and kill a deer with it. I think i'm going to have to get off my but and try and find some 31" shafts. I have some carbons that will fly out of it but I think Staggy would dis own me if killed a deer with a carbon out of it :)
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Re: Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

Postby Stykshooter » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:48 am

Sounds like an outstanding way to spend a couple of days in the woods.
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Re: Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

Postby jeffhalfrack » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:34 am

Cool!!! ,,,,,,,Don't knock red oak,,,,,,Whump,,, wait till you try white oak ;) JeffW
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Re: Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

Postby whump » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:33 pm

Whump sez; I would like to try hickory or white oak for a self bow ,but the older I get ,the less patience I have and I don't have the get up and go to split a stave, dry it, and them shape a bow. A board is enough trouble. So if your doing all the splitting, drying, and shaping---hats off to ya.
That is one reason I started shooting carbon 3 years ago. It is getting harder to find decent wood shafting, the last couple of dozen hardwoods I received looked like something a witch puts a spell on something with. In this part of the country, with 80% humidity almost the entire year, if you get crooked shit , no matter how you dry out, compress, heat straighten and re-straighten, it will warp again. I sat in a tree stand one morning in a fog with a ramin wood shaft nocked and I watched that arrow warp setting on the rest. It was sealed with gasket laq. I kept looking at it, thinking --that looks like it's warping--and it was. I was sitting in a tree stand taking arrows out of a quiver , spinning them, trying to find one that was straight enough to shoot.
I tried several different finishes, tru oil , tung oil and several varnishes and warping she came a running. Tru oil was probably the most durable of the finishes and you could heat the shaft a little to re-straighten and it wouldn't catch on fire like with gasket laq. That shaft drier I made helped out quite a bit but I was about tired of messing with wood when I built it. I had very little trouble with the soft woods like cedar, but I have a weight fetish when it comes to arrow weight and I was never comfortable with the lighter soft woods. . I did have a few compressed cedars that were heavy & shot well. My bullshit shields are getting weaker as I get older---it's like Star-Trek---Scotty needs to blow some air in the roosters ass so he can fight again.
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Re: Self bow from red oak board,it may hunt

Postby whump » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:23 pm

Well I am def going in the woods Oct 15th with my board bow and a few wood arrows and try to kill a deer with this thing. I can shoot the bow accurate and the arrows are penetrating well so I am off on the great board bow hunt. I also have a few compressed cedar shafts from the 70,s with grizzly single bevel heads on them ,but it was a necessity instead of a want to. I had some griz that I had poured 50gns of lead in so they were weighing in at 210 grns and that was what it took on the pointy end to tune the arrow. If I shoot any of those I will let you know if they actually gut and skin a deer when I shoot one with it.
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