I have a Samick Mongolian (SKB?) 50lb that I rarely shoot nowadays because I am trying to get good with the longbow. Another club member with a Kassai horsebow decided to glue a small arrow rest on his handle. I was impressed and did the same with mine. Because it's such a narrow handle it works very well. My Samick is the smoothest drawing bow I have ever shot, and far outranges any of my heavier longbows (65lb up). However because I would have to enter Barebow Recurve with it I do not bother because I would not be competitive. Hence my Longbow obsession. As a student of history and a lover of bows I am very interested in the concept of English Longbow v Mongolian horsebow. From my reading I see that the Mongols were shooting bows with draw weights in excess of 120lbs. I think that might just give them the edge over the English in distance, at least 50yds? However they were using much lighter arrows. Plus the Mongol horse archers did not wear the heavy armour that the French did. All moot because it never happened, but i do think the Mongols would probably have won, simply through sheer weight of numbers. When they went through Persia they fielded an army of over 300,000. Compare that to the English 6,000 at Agincourt. Last thought, I have bought from a Hungarian feller on Ebay, and would not recommend. cheersI 2nd the Samick as an awesome bow, i'm shooting mine at 45lbs and regulary over shoot at 100yrds!! I'd like to go higher with it (poundage) but wont buy a new one till this one breaks or noticably losses efficiancy.
So how would a 60lbs longbow compare to my 45lbs horsebow?
And, does anyone shop from the Hungarian feller on eBay? His GNAS regulation longbows are too expensive, but his cheaper "longbowish" bows obviously arent "regulation" (no horn nocks, arrow shelves etc). Anyone know if he could do something custom? Not too keen on ordering from abroad, but if he's got a good rep i'd use him.