[English Longbow] What to look for when buying a longbow

wingate_52

New member
Advice wanted.I have been shooting recurve for 2 seasons, this is my third, I have attained first class outdoors and a C indoors each year. I now want to shoot longbow, what do I look for in a bow. I draw 27" at 45# recurve, and want to shoot targets, both indoors and out.Bamboo backing seems a good idea, laminates, what timbers for a fast reliable bow. can I use a FastFlight string?Poundage, I am 5'8" small, so what length bow with horn nocks.
 


Kae

The American
American Shoot
Bamboo backing is fantastic, I wouldn't buy a bow without it (unless I was going warbow).
The majority of of woods used in bows when used in laminate format will be reliable. A favourite of mine is bamboo back with osage orange belly. Stable and very fast.
You should be able to shoot 10-15# more on a longbow than you can on a recurve, due to the difference in shooting style.
I'd take the bowyers advice on using a FF string. The majority of bowyers can either be contacted or provide such information with the bow.


Kae.
 


dtalbot

New member
Hickory is another good backing, and the name Pip Bickerstaffe on the bow an indication of good quality!
 


Mark L

New member
Advice wanted.I have been shooting recurve for 2 seasons, this is my third, I have attained first class outdoors and a C indoors each year. I now want to shoot longbow, what do I look for in a bow. I draw 27" at 45# recurve, and want to shoot targets, both indoors and out.Bamboo backing seems a good idea, laminates, what timbers for a fast reliable bow. can I use a FastFlight string?Poundage, I am 5'8" small, so what length bow with horn nocks.
What sort of money are you looking to spend?
 


wingate_52

New member
I am not willing to buy a bow unseen on ebay just because it is a bargain. I have the tools and facilities to make my own, but not the specialist experience or knowledge. A member of my club has built more than a dozen, and shoots them. He is high on the national rankings and shoots for the county.He may be willing to make one for/with me. Then the arrows.With a number of longbow archers I could possibly determine spine by shooting their arrows.I have ash purpleheart,cherry, wenge, bubinga and other timbers suitable for the laminates. I do not want Yew as it softens in the heat of the Cheshire Plains here in Timperley.A 3 laminate bow would suit me.
 


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