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The Classic Longbow

Messages posted to thread:
flint kemper 18-May-17
bbishop 18-May-17
NormF 18-May-17
Dry Bones 18-May-17
Darkarcher 18-May-17
tcoulter 18-May-17
flint kemper 18-May-17
Darkarcher 18-May-17
Carolinabob 18-May-17
GLF 18-May-17
mgerard 18-May-17
Crossed Arrows 19-May-17
Sinner 19-May-17
Bowlim 19-May-17
robert carter 19-May-17
Brad Lehmann 19-May-17
Adam Howard 19-May-17
David Mitchell 19-May-17
firefighter 19-May-17
Bernie P. 19-May-17
jimwright 19-May-17
Ghost308 19-May-17
fdp 19-May-17
George D. Stout 19-May-17
flint kemper 19-May-17
Adam Howard 19-May-17
David Mitchell 19-May-17
Longcruise 19-May-17
Matt Ewing 19-May-17
Matt Ewing 19-May-17
Matt Wilson 19-May-17
BenMaher 19-May-17
longbowguy 20-May-17
MStyles 20-May-17
Darkarcher 20-May-17
Andy Man 21-May-17
Andy Man 21-May-17
olbuflo 21-May-17
Biathlonman 21-May-17
Riverwolf 21-May-17
1/2miledrag 21-May-17
Riverwolf 21-May-17
NORKALNIMROD 21-May-17
JimPic 21-May-17
JimPic 21-May-17
JimPic 21-May-17
Dogman 21-May-17
LEWIS 22-May-17
Ollie 22-May-17
boatbuilder 22-May-17
Sunset Hill 22-May-17
flint kemper 22-May-17
Kent Alan 22-May-17
From: flint kemper
Date: 18-May-17




Well I have been sitting out of traditional archery for a few years and have the urge to drift back in. As much as I love longbows and recurves I believe I want to settle on one last bow and I am choosing a classic longbow. I have shot a ton of bows over the years and know I will get several answers but for Bowyers building a classic bow these days either r/d or straight or backset profile with narrow limbs and small nocks with a straight or indexed grip who is building such bows these days that is at the top of their game? I am a stickler for perfection and know what to look for in a well built, properly aligned traditional bow. Thanks for opinions. Flint

From: bbishop
Date: 18-May-17




Howard Hill, Northern Mist, Two Tracks and 7 lakes all make a very nice bow.

From: NormF
Date: 18-May-17




Steve Turay at Northern Mist makes a great bow and is good to deal with. I have one of his Shelton string follow bows that is smooth and quiet. Craig at Howard Hill is very good as well.

From: Dry Bones
Date: 18-May-17




When the man is healed there is not a better longbow then Jeff Freeman makes. Handle here is BodymanBowyer. A few of us have one of his, and they all are as beautiful as they are sweet to shoot. Jeff is the real deal, do yourself a favor and at least look up some of his work.

-Bones

From: Darkarcher
Date: 18-May-17




How much poundage you looking to shoot? Steve at Northern Mist has some in stock, or so says his website.

From: tcoulter
Date: 18-May-17




Robertson Stykbow, Dan Toelke, Northern Mist and Great Northern Bows all offer classic longbows...can't go wrong with any of these...Tim

From: flint kemper
Date: 18-May-17




Darkarcher around 48-50 at 28".

From: Darkarcher
Date: 18-May-17




Well if i understand you to mean "classic" longbow as in ASL style then steve's got what u need in stock if you want a quick pull trigger. There is a 50lb classic with your name on it. Now if you are considering R/D bows or maybe even ILF rigs thats a whole nother story. If i could only have one longbow it would have to be my A&H acs. That being said i have ilfs and an ASL on the way cause i love all bows.

From: Carolinabob
Date: 18-May-17




If cost is no object, then a Frank San Marco bow

From: GLF
Date: 18-May-17




For one , with pics, scroll down to the thread that's open right now on JD Berry longbows. He makes backset, reverse handle, string follow, straight hill style and I don't know enough about him to know if theres any more.

From: mgerard Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 18-May-17




Bigfoot Bows or Eaglewing Archery

From: Crossed Arrows
Date: 19-May-17




Look at this mentioned above (my favorite among them is Howard Hill) but also look at Welchman Longbow and John Strunk for classic American selfbows.

From: Sinner
Date: 19-May-17




I'm surprised no one mentioned Wes Wallace. His longbow is awesome!

From: Bowlim
Date: 19-May-17




I have a Robertson Mystyk, which is a really nice bow, but I haven't seen a classic in their longbow lineup for a while. Maybe they added it back in with the surge that is going on now.

Obviously if you want an ASL, you might as well look at Howard Hill, David Miller, Sunset Hill (if you can get one), Jim Belcher. And the others mentioned.

If Howard were alive today, wouldn't you want one of his? OK then, next best thing is a Ferguson.

There is a lively trade going on in longbows, with guys buying and selling them every few weeks. Ideal opportunity to get one second hand that is better than new, or at least to get one second hand and then order that final bow. Partly because LBs are not normally that custom made, so long as you are in the pocket draw length to bow length ratio wise. Also check the tiller suits your style given that so many have switched to 3 under.

From: robert carter
Date: 19-May-17




Dave Johnson builds a fine bow.

From: Brad Lehmann Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 19-May-17




I just ran across a nearly new Ferguson for sale. A guy bought it and decided that he doesn't care for longbows.

From: Adam Howard
Date: 19-May-17




Northern Mist or Liberty, as good as it gets ......

From: David Mitchell Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-May-17




I have found Howard Hill Archery, Northern Mist, and Jim Belcher bows (American model or Union Jack) among the best I have shot.

From: firefighter Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-May-17




I have a 61# northern mist I will sell you if the weight is not too much for you.

From: Bernie P.
Date: 19-May-17




JD Berry.

From: jimwright
Date: 19-May-17




Dan Toelke Super D!

From: Ghost308
Date: 19-May-17




You guys list lots of bows but what about Big Jim's bows ? They are as sweet to shoot as they are on the eye and tons of wood combos with horn or antler gems buck tips and overlays and a great Beaver tail grip made the way you want it.

From: fdp
Date: 19-May-17




I think we are ASSUMING that this individual is talking about an ASL/Hill type bow. That may not be the case though. I know that in my mind that's not the description of the "classic longbow" at all

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-May-17




Do some searching besides here. Maybe you are doing that. But remember that nearly any longbow maker that has been in business for a couple decades must be doing something well. And you say you want "one last bow" so that is an important consideration as well. Which kind, and what about fit? I know....I say that enough to piss off a lot of people but it's that important. If'n I were you, I would do some longbow touchy-feely with as many brands as you possibly can.

Thinking back on the best longbows I ever had, I would list Robertson at or near the top, and Northern Mist a close second for the deflex/reflex. I'm talking enths of degrees of difference here also, so keep in mind my top picks are not heads-above some lesser picks other than personal experience with them.

You may want to take a day trip to 3Rivers and fondle....I mean handle some there. A last bow is worth time looking for it so don't go by someone else's choice alone. I will also tell you there is no better place to find one than ETAR at Denton Hill, in Pa., on the last weekend of July.

From: flint kemper
Date: 19-May-17




Lots of good choices everyone. By classic I mean a couple of things yes it could be an ASL or a slight Reflex/Deflex that looks like a D when strung up. Thanks

From: Adam Howard
Date: 19-May-17




The Toelke Super D also is really nice !!!!

From: David Mitchell Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-May-17




BigJim's bows are excellent but they are not "classic longbows".

From: Longcruise
Date: 19-May-17




For your "one last bow" it would be best to shoot as many as possible before you buy. Otherwise, it probably won't be your last. LOL

From: Matt Ewing
Date: 19-May-17




What bones said! He loves his and mine is better than that. Maybe yours will be better than mine? Thats a tall order but Jeff can do it. Hi bones lol

From: Matt Ewing
Date: 19-May-17




Ps there is a build along here. Type in 2017 build along. Its my bow hes building.

From: Matt Wilson Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-May-17




I have a 7 Lakes and am mighty pleased. It's like comfort food! Matthew

From: BenMaher
Date: 19-May-17




Mild R/D - Liberty Contender

Straight- Belcher Union Jack or Howard Hill Redman or Wesley Special or a David Miller Ol' Tom.

'curly' Longbows - Widow, Toelke Whip or Big Jim

Let us know what you pick !

From: longbowguy
Date: 20-May-17




My last classic longbow is a Howard Hill Archery Redman. But I suggest you go to Libertybows.net and look at the Contender. Mild reflex deflex which braces and draws to the classic D profile, legal for all competition rules. Either a straight grip or a nice full locator grip. The material choices and workmanship are second to none.

We will be interested in pix of your choice. - lbg

From: MStyles
Date: 20-May-17




Check out RMS Gear. Many nice previously owned longbows, unless used is out of the question. http://www.rmsgear.com/bows/

From: Darkarcher
Date: 20-May-17




Ok if the new criteria is a true D shape when strung then i suggest tolkie super D or fox traditional longbow. If you think you may enjoy some target shooting, 3d, indoor, nfaa, ibo longbow class and hunting combined I suggest fox triple crown.

If you are going howard hill then northern mist or JD Berry was the top from my research. Havent shot them yet though

From: Andy Man
Date: 21-May-17

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Northern Mist "Classic"

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Date: 21-May-17

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From: olbuflo
Date: 21-May-17




Can't say enough about Dave Miller's "All Bamboo" longbow. Nothing but bamboo goes into it.

From: Biathlonman
Date: 21-May-17




You described a Toelke Super D perfectly in your description.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 21-May-17

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Lots of mighty fine weapons listed above....Don't bypass a Bear Montana before you settle ;)

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 21-May-17




Depending on budget, I would second the Montana. I shoot mine as well as my custom longbow that cost over twice as much. Also, since you're looking for your last bow, you could purchase two Montana's, say a 50# and a 40-45# for the price of one and have "two last bows."

From: Riverwolf
Date: 21-May-17




I like your way of thinking Dan ;)

From: NORKALNIMROD
Date: 21-May-17




I had a Mahaska built for me about 20 years ago. It has had countless thousands of arrows loosed from it and gets shot on a very regular basis to this day. She is smooth at my 31" draw and very quiet. One of the quietest bows I have ever shot or owned. She does have a little "thump" when the string goes home but not bad. I have read many mixed reviews in regard to Kent's bows but I am very happy with mine and would not have to think twice about ordering another one. In fact I have been contemplating having him build me a recurve.

From: JimPic
Date: 21-May-17

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Howard Hill

From: JimPic
Date: 21-May-17

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From: JimPic
Date: 21-May-17

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From: Dogman
Date: 21-May-17




7 Lakes Archery's "Silent Night" is what you are looking for. It won't break the bank and shoots as well or better than any other I've tried.

From: LEWIS
Date: 22-May-17




Mohawk

From: Ollie Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-May-17




What do you mean by "classic longbow?" Most of the popular longbows have a fair amount of reflex/deflex in the limbs and many have dished-in locator groups. That would disqualify many depending on how you define "classic longbow."

From: boatbuilder
Date: 22-May-17




You will get everybody telling you there bows are the best, so if you can come to the Compton's Rendezvous in Berrien Springs MI. in June and shoot a bunch. Big Jim, Northern Mist are always there plus a bunch more of top notch bow builders that how I found out my Northern Mist Longbows are the ones I like the best.

From: Sunset Hill
Date: 22-May-17




Flint, no disrespect but I remember in the past you basically posted many times how you thought David Miller was the only guy that could time, tiller, and align a bow properly and had the quality you wanted. So why aren't you just getting another Miller longbow? He builds great bows.

From: flint kemper
Date: 22-May-17




None taken Nate and I stand by my past comments. I have been out of the archery game for about 4 years now and want to purchase one last bow. Not sure exactly what I want but for sure David's name is already on the list. Flint

From: Kent Alan
Date: 22-May-17




Sentman





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