Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Who’s hunting with a 40 pound bow

Messages posted to thread:
Trad-freak 13-Sep-18
Scott Gray 13-Sep-18
Nrthernrebel05 13-Sep-18
Carpdaddy 13-Sep-18
Jon Stewart 13-Sep-18
Knuckleball 13-Sep-18
Bassman 13-Sep-18
finsky 13-Sep-18
Nordland 13-Sep-18
Nordland 13-Sep-18
Silverstreak Archer 13-Sep-18
Tom McCool 13-Sep-18
sammyg 13-Sep-18
col buca 13-Sep-18
JimPic 13-Sep-18
Will tell 13-Sep-18
Clydebow 13-Sep-18
Ken Williams 13-Sep-18
Grizz78 13-Sep-18
Therifleman 13-Sep-18
dean 13-Sep-18
Bassman 13-Sep-18
GF 13-Sep-18
Ken Williams 13-Sep-18
Bassman 13-Sep-18
MississippiBelle 13-Sep-18
badgerman 13-Sep-18
GF 13-Sep-18
TradInOregon 13-Sep-18
HedgeHunter 13-Sep-18
deerfly 13-Sep-18
Sam Dunham 13-Sep-18
HedgeHunter 13-Sep-18
ShadeHaven 13-Sep-18
Wojo14 13-Sep-18
Squirrelkiller 13-Sep-18
GF 13-Sep-18
dr22shooter 13-Sep-18
deerfly 13-Sep-18
jwcedarmi 13-Sep-18
deerhunt51 13-Sep-18
Hico 14-Sep-18
Clydebow 14-Sep-18
GF 14-Sep-18
Gofish 14-Sep-18
DerekMac 14-Sep-18
Trad-freak 14-Sep-18
GF 14-Sep-18
deerfly 14-Sep-18
Floxter 14-Sep-18
Floxter 14-Sep-18
Therifleman 14-Sep-18
KyStickbow 14-Sep-18
Ken Williams 14-Sep-18
kenn1320 16-Sep-18
Therifleman 16-Sep-18
nineworlds9 16-Sep-18
dean 16-Sep-18
GLF 16-Sep-18
GLF 16-Sep-18
Longbow58 17-Sep-18
Bentstick81 17-Sep-18
Tine Tickler 17-Sep-18
dean 17-Sep-18
George D. Stout 17-Sep-18
firekeeper 17-Sep-18
monkeyball 17-Sep-18
George D. Stout 17-Sep-18
monkeyball 17-Sep-18
60 Cowboy 18-Sep-18
60 Cowboy 18-Sep-18
HedgeHunter 18-Sep-18
Kelly 18-Sep-18
Kelly 18-Sep-18
monkeyball 18-Sep-18
Hico 19-Sep-18
barebow 19-Sep-18
Bowmania 20-Sep-18
Therifleman 20-Sep-18
Therifleman 20-Sep-18
smokey 20-Sep-18
Jim Casto Jr 20-Sep-18
Lowcountry 20-Sep-18
Tim Finley 21-Sep-18
GF 21-Sep-18
Babysaph 21-Sep-18
518oak 21-Sep-18
From: Trad-freak
Date: 13-Sep-18




Who hunts with a 40 pound bow and what spine arrows and broad head combinations are you guys running?

From: Scott Gray Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Sep-18




44 @28 Big Jim's Thunderchild,Beman 500 spine Centershot arrows and 200 grain Cutthroat broadheads.

From: Nrthernrebel05
Date: 13-Sep-18




42# at my draw length, Fedora 560 Hunter, 500 GT trads, 145 Bear Razorheads

From: Carpdaddy
Date: 13-Sep-18




40# longbow, 30” 500 spine, 200gr Grizzlies with glue in inserts =240gr. For 3D I use 600 spine with 175gr tips.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 13-Sep-18




I hunt with one of three 40# long bows. One is a Steve Turray Baraga and the other two are selfbows. The arrows are wood and spined for the bows with stone points.

From: Knuckleball
Date: 13-Sep-18




43# @ 29, Border Covert Hunter Hex 8, 30" 340 spine with standard inserts and 150 grain Magnus Stingers.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Sep-18




42# howatt bandido 400 beman ics hunters with 150gr. bodkin broadhead.450 gr arrow weight.Selfbow. my own built bow and arrows. What do you use Frank? Their must be a reason you asked.As you can see above it all varies for each of us. End results is what counts.

From: finsky
Date: 13-Sep-18




42# with Gold Tip 600 29" 50 grain insert and 145 grain Razorhead.Setup has a little more than 11 grains per pound and not the most impressive Kinetic energy rating of about 30 pounds.

From: Nordland
Date: 13-Sep-18




JavaMan Assyrian 42@28 GT Trad 500, 29", 60gn insert, 150gn German Kinetics CE Heritage 150, 29.5", 60gn insert, 150gn German Kinetics

Michael

From: Nordland
Date: 13-Sep-18

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From: Silverstreak Archer
Date: 13-Sep-18




40# ILF, Gold Tip Trad 500s 30.5", Grizzly heads on steel inserts for just over 200gr up front.

Quiet, comfortable, fun to shoot.

From: Tom McCool
Date: 13-Sep-18




41# GT 15-35 30" with 220 GT up front.

From: sammyg
Date: 13-Sep-18




While I haven't hunted with it yet this season, I've been shooting my Bear T/D 43 lbs. at my 30 inch draw. Shooting 2016 XX75's cut to 30.5 inches and using 150 grain broadheads.

From: col buca
Date: 13-Sep-18




40 # Bear '59 repro and a 41 # '74 Bear Grizzly , 1916 alum. w/ 125 STOS up front also 50 -55 POC w/ same head . No real need for more but I do enjoy shooting some heavier bows

From: JimPic
Date: 13-Sep-18

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Bear A-mag with #2 limbs, 44lbs at my draw. Easton Legacy 2018's with a 135gr Simmons Tigershark and 35 great adapter

From: Will tell
Date: 13-Sep-18




40 pound Savannah, 44 pound Great Plains longbow, 46 pound 1952 Bear Grizzly and a 38 pound Robertson longbow.

From: Clydebow
Date: 13-Sep-18




45lb 62 inch TimberHawk longbow. G.T. 15/35s 100grn brass inserts and 175 Ace broadheads.

From: Ken Williams
Date: 13-Sep-18




43 # @ my 29” draw length. 60” Samick takedown recurve, fastflight string, 30.5” XX75 Easton aluminum arrows, 3 - 5” shield fletcher, 125 grain 4 blade Hoyt broadhead, cut on contact

From: Grizz78
Date: 13-Sep-18




40# Bear Super "48"/ Wing Slimline Pro 40#, Gold Tip 700, 29", 4-4" shield, 200 gr. Snuffers

From: Therifleman
Date: 13-Sep-18




42# Toelke Whip 62". I draw 26.5". When I originally got this bow it required very weak arrows---I was shooting 700s. The longer I had it the stiffer the arrow that it needed---my form was developing and once I had achieved proper back tension and a dynamic release I ended up with 500 spine Black Eagle Vintage arrows with 150 grain grizzly single bevels up front for a total weight of around 500 grains. I like the 34" arrow as it allows me to use a very short crawl to get the point on that I want.

My other rig is a 40@29" PIKA and I have it very well tuned with the Black Eagle 600s and 125 stingers for a total of 480 grains.

I know these spines seem stiff for the these bows---BUT that 34" inch length makes quite a difference.

Good thread!

From: dean
Date: 13-Sep-18




My wife uses 27" bop 1816s with Grizzlies out of her 40 pound bow. Wood with zwickau out of her 38@26 bows.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Sep-18




42 lb 64 Kodiak with 2016 alu,and 160 gr. zwicky,s. Likes heavy arrows.40lb. blackhawk short bee 500 ics with 140gr. bear broadhead arrow uncut 30 inches, but i like to tinker.

From: GF
Date: 13-Sep-18




I’m jumping in just to say that I’m surprised at how many of the guys are shooting carbons at 500 or stiffer with these lighter draw weights; I’ve done quite a bit of bare-shafting with my Recurves and a longbow all rated #55@28” and with a high-performance LB rated #50@28”; and with my +/-27” draw, a full-length 500 is just too stiff, even with some added weight and 150 grains up front.

Which matters to the OP here only insofar as to say that it doesn’t matter what arrows other people are shooting, because each bow/shooter combo is something of a law unto itself. And improper spine is hell on penetration, which becmes more important as draw weight goes down, so you really do need to get it as close as you can.

So...

Sorry. What was the real question in the OP?

Are you asking A) “Will #40 work?”

Or maybe B) “What arrow should I choose for my #40 bow, because I’m thinking about hunting with it this year?” Or maybe C) Just chewing the fat around the fire...?

Answers, by the way, are A) Yes, as long as you don’t screw up B) Nobody can steer you right without more information, and C) OK, cool... what are YOU using/thinking about using/wildly successful with?

Personally, I’m going to be venturing into the +/-#45 range myself shortly (though no plans for hunting at that weight this year) because I recently acquired a 52” Wing Thunderbird, #47@28”. I generally shoot arrows at 27 3/4” or 28” and I like 125s up front, so I expect to settle on 1916s, but I have 1816s and 2016s from the other bows to experiment with. In carbons, I’m pretty sure that 600s will suit me just fine. I seem to be very fortunate in that Stu Miller’s calculator brings me out Dead Nuts, with no personal form factor required....

From: Ken Williams
Date: 13-Sep-18




Forgot to add 2016 in my arrow description

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Sep-18




You can tune the bow to the arrow to a certain extent also.Brace lower, brace higher,nock lower ,nock higher ,strike plate in, strike plate out.Then work with point weight , and arrow length.42 # bow shooting un cut 400 arrow with a 150gr head seems really stiff, but mine is tuned to shoot them like rockets, and bare shaft hits right with field point arrow.The FOC is still good enough.MOst of us would like to shoot the same arrow out of different bows, but some times it does not work out that way for what ever reason.I shoot 2040 predators out of a 35 lb Samick Sage for 3d, and 20 yd. indoor shoots with a 100 gr head ,and had to cut the arrow 28.5 inches, but got it close by tuning with Berger button and flipper and nock and brace.Just have to play with them.

From: MississippiBelle
Date: 13-Sep-18

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I shoot a 1969 Bear Super Mag 45lb@28” (my draw is 26”). 600 spine GT Trad and 125gr Magnus Stinger. This deer was 12 yds from my ladder stand angled down and out through heart. Awesome exit wound.....deer still went 40yds before going down. My daughter’s little deer finder took off when I walked back to get the 4 wheeler (150yds from the house)....when I got back out there to get the deer, she was sitting beside it.

Marsha

From: badgerman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Sep-18




40# Morrison with Max 5 super curve limbs. 29 1\2 Easton Legacy's 2016. A Magnus 2 blade 145 gr, head. My draw length is 28".

From: GF
Date: 13-Sep-18




“...deer still went 40yds before going down. ”

You must’ve spooked him ;)

If it makes you feel any better, I know a guy who has shot (by actual count) THOUSANDS of deer with a variety of cartridges (but mostly .270 Win 150s loaded at 2800 fps), and he fully expects an 80-yard dash from a solid double- lung and 100-120 on a heart-shot.

I centerpunched a doe with a 300-grain flying ashtray HP from my .45/70 and she went a good 40... in a circle, as it turned out, but she did stay on her feet for a bit.

Anyway, if the arrow put him down quicker than you should probably expect from a great shot with a .270, you done good.

From: TradInOregon
Date: 13-Sep-18

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Maddog Prairie Predator. 62", 40#@28". I pull 28.5". Using Black Eagle Vintage .500 shafts cut 29.5"b.o.p. with 135gr Zwickey Eskilites. I call her the "Goblin"

From: HedgeHunter
Date: 13-Sep-18




40-43 Warfs (4-5) Gt 500s 125 BH with 30grn addon weights. Many 40-45 Selfbows shoot 30” Cedar with 160-200grn BH’s

Glass bows: Have Wings, Cravotta’s , Staghorn’s, Bears, Pearsons, Stotlers all in 40-47lb range which will shoot 2212-2114’s, carbons 600-500’s or Cedars spined and matched with a good 2 blade.

These are effective deer sized killers. When you jump to Elk, Boo, Moose, Bear like a faster setup with minimum of 47-48lbs at my 29.5 DL. As with any hunting knowing where your setup arrows start to really drop hard, that angle of penetration can not be highlighted enough. Thats where the higher % kill shots go the other way or negative return. With these modern bows in 40’s with 400-500grn arrow setup like to shoot 30 and under.

From: deerfly
Date: 13-Sep-18




not going to hunt with it but I have a dual shelf 59 kodiak I want to start learning to shoot lefty with.

I want to shoot carbon with it for the durability over POC, but not sure whether to go with .600 or .700. For POC i'd just get 5/16ths 40-45 cut to 28.5 bop and be done. With these pencil thin carbons I'm lost.

Bow pulls about 41lbs at my draw and I'd want the shafts cut 28.5" - 29". Would want to use 125gr field points or 135gr judo's.

Haven't used carbons anywhere near this light. Don't really want to get into the heavy point loading unless its necessary to get total arrow weight to or above 8gpp.

I'm thinking .600 should be OK, but maybe a bit too stiff cut to 28.5 or so?

Any thoughts appreciated...

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Sep-18




150 CE Heritage 28 1/2 long, 165 BH zwickeys, 40@28 bear warfs, Uuka limbs, 20 strand X strings.

From: HedgeHunter
Date: 13-Sep-18




Never hunted 150 Sam but i have a bunch. They have pins in back though.

From: ShadeHaven
Date: 13-Sep-18




60 @ 28 here. I'll shoot 40 when I'm old. As for now ill shoot heavy while I can

From: Wojo14
Date: 13-Sep-18




Both my set ups are 40.5# and 41# at my 29” draw. I am shooting CE Maxima Blue 150 (500 spine) with150 grain Magnus Stingers up front and a small footing. Length of arrow 30.5” Both bows shooting 180-186 FPS. This will be the first year I am hunting with such a light set up. I have no doubt it will get it done on deer,turkey,black bear and small game.

~Wojo

From: Squirrelkiller
Date: 13-Sep-18

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A Riser #3 2018 limbs. 47#

From: GF
Date: 13-Sep-18




@ Deerfly...

A 600 at about 28” could be pretty close, except for the dual shelf part - not many of those are cut very close to center ;)

Fortunately, Lancaster sells shafts in whatever quantity you need, so a test kit is an easy thing to assemble.

From: dr22shooter
Date: 13-Sep-18




bear super Kodiak 70 or 71 43 lbs 28 inch draw gold tip classic 500 32 inches 10.2 gr in 100 grain fild tips will try 100 g5 montec or 100 gr german jager two blade field tips group 2 to 3 inches reg at close range dr

From: deerfly
Date: 13-Sep-18




thanks GF, you're right, maybe a test kit is the quickest way around the mountain. :)

Its an Alaskan, not Kodial btw. Bow needs a face lift and new leather anyway, so I might could take a file to the sight window and bring it in maybe a 1/16th on each side and refinish the whole thing. Plenty of wood there in both width and back to belly for a 40lb bow.

From: jwcedarmi
Date: 13-Sep-18




42# acs 500gold tip trads with a 135 grain zwiky eskalite

From: deerhunt51
Date: 13-Sep-18




Every year.

From: Hico
Date: 14-Sep-18




60 @ 28 here. I'll shoot 40 when I'm old. As for now ill shoot heavy while I can Too true-shoot 60@ 28 while young and miss lots!!

From: Clydebow
Date: 14-Sep-18




I also have my 21 inch Dalaa with Winex long limbs for my back up bow. It's 40 to 42 and a 66 inch bow. G.T. 1535s with 175grn Ace broadheads.

From: GF
Date: 14-Sep-18




You always wonder what’s up when somebody asks a nebulous question and is never heard from again...

From: Gofish
Date: 14-Sep-18




60" dalaa that's 40# at my draw length Carbon express arrow with 100 grain insert and a 125 grain muzzy phantom total weight 500 grains shoots right thru them

From: DerekMac
Date: 14-Sep-18

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Rich Emery Stikbow 45@30in. 500 Gold Tip blems with 125 MA2 and 125gr steel adapter. Fun little bow.

From: Trad-freak
Date: 14-Sep-18




Awesome information guys I’m surprised of all the guys shooting 500 spines out of 40 pound bows I’ll have to mess around when my new bow gets here!

From: GF
Date: 14-Sep-18




What's your bow?

What's your draw length and desired finished arrow length?

What's the actual poundage at your draw length?

What kind of string will it have?

How many GPP would you like to shoot (or what finished arrow weight are you looking for) and using what weight point?

Will you be shooting off the shelf, or using an elevated rest and perhaps a Berger button?

Answer those 6-8 questions and there will SOMEBODY around here who can tell you just about exactly what you need.

Why mess around when you can start off pretty near dead nuts?

From: deerfly
Date: 14-Sep-18




amen to that GF....

From: Floxter
Date: 14-Sep-18




42# @28" Bob Gordon warfed Rambo, 29" 600 spine ST Epics, 125gr Magnus broadheads, 351grs total arrow weight.

From: Floxter
Date: 14-Sep-18




42# @28" Bob Gordon warfed Rambo, 29" 600 spine ST Epics, 125gr Magnus broadheads, 351grs total arrow weight.

From: Therifleman
Date: 14-Sep-18




Austin, please note that 500s work for me in my 42#@28 Whip w my 26.5" draw because i am using 34" arrows. A 30" 600 tunes very well also out of this bow. I only moved up to 500s because i wanted a very long arrow. That being said, too many variables in equipment and shooter to accurately predict what will work for you. Like you said, youll just have to try some different combos to find what works. Good luck w your set up.

From: KyStickbow
Date: 14-Sep-18




I have hunted with a 40# Bear Montana for the last 5 years. First few years I shot 29” 1816 aluminums, with 125g Magnus Stinger on the front. But the last couple years I have been shooting full length 600 spine goldtips, with 100 grain brass insert and 125g Stingers.

Weight on the 1816’s is 440 grains, and 460 grains for the carbons.

Should also note that I only have a 27” draw length...so my bow is about 38#.

From: Ken Williams
Date: 14-Sep-18




From: kenn1320
Date: 16-Sep-18




40lbs border hex 7.5 with 400 spine and 200gr points.

From: Therifleman
Date: 16-Sep-18

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Mature doe 42# Whip, beman 600 mfx, 156 grain grizzly single bevel. Pass through.

From: nineworlds9
Date: 16-Sep-18




My main hunting bows are 50# but I also have a 40# Samick Sage and Toelke Super D that I wouldn't hesitate to use on whitetail for a second.

From: dean
Date: 16-Sep-18




One year when my lightest bow was a 64@26 Schulz, all of my other bows were near or over 90 pounds, I tore a tricep muscle doing my 24 a day palm out pull ups and military lifts. I shot a 160 pound deer with a 37 pound Hill longbow and got a pass through at 18 yards with a 5/16 Acme cedar pushing a dremel sharpened 140 grain Hill broadhead. I never hunted with a heavy bow again after that. I have lost count of how many deer that I helped drag out that have been shot with lighter bows. I used have feelings about people using lighter bows, I was wrong. We ain't hunting cape buffalo in Iowa.

From: GLF
Date: 16-Sep-18




Back in the 80s a guy in ohio who had just had cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes and had a radical mastectomy decided he would still bowhunt. He normally shot 80 lbs. He began with 20lbs and by deer season he bought a 40lb howatt hunter and had built into it. He killed a buck that scored 201 and weighed well over 200 lbs with that 40lb hunter. To this day his buck is tied with 1 other for the largest typical buck ever killed with a bow in ohio.

From: GLF
Date: 16-Sep-18




So yes 40 is plenty even for big bucks if you place your shot. Btw if you choose to look it up his name is Bill Contras.

From: Longbow58
Date: 17-Sep-18




All I ever hunted with is bows in the 40's. Shoot 600's out of some 500's out of others. Plenty of bow there. Good luck. John

From: Bentstick81
Date: 17-Sep-18




I used 40# recurves. Now i have to shoot a c-pound. It's set at 40#. I shoot it instinctive. Had to switch because the arthritis in my pulling hand fingers. BOY, DO I MISS TRADITIONAL ARCHERY. 8^( I wish this on no one.

From: Tine Tickler
Date: 17-Sep-18




40 lb @ 29in black widow MA Goldtip 600 30in with Zwickey Deltas, complete passthru on 4x4 buck!

From: dean
Date: 17-Sep-18




I have issues with release finger injuries. I can shoot right handed again, but I limit the shooting frequency and the poundage to under 60 pounds. for long shooting sessions four five years, I only shot left handed. When I do long shooting session now, I change back and forth with duo shooter bows. Switching hands is not as difficult as some would have anyone believe, but I would suggest a light bow for shooting and hunting, 40 pounds will get it done. Using a bit of secondary aiming along with cheap sunglasses with my right eye covered and the plastic lens removed from the left eye, I was able to groove in the aiming very quickly. My first left hand bow was a 44 pound recurve drawn to my 27" recurve draw. I gave that bow to another trad hunter that got his right hand crushed, he did well with it on does.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 17-Sep-18




The 'numbers' thing is not a good way to decide what works and what don't. Some of us have experience with sub 50# bows, others don't. If you don't, then you can't speak intelligently to their effectiveness. Numbers written on a bow are just numbers.

I have a 45# bow that I pull to 27" and get about 43# at my draw. My arrows are approximately 500 grains, and it will easily shoot through a whitetail deer. My last several kills were with that weight and two of the four were pass through shots. Perfect arrow flight is key for me, and being able to hit what you're shooting at.

From: firekeeper
Date: 17-Sep-18




My bow's 40# at my 27" draw. I shoot woodies, 45/50 spine, and 125 grain 2 blades. I set up the arrows to be right about 46# dynamic spine, and like arrow weight around 10.5 GPP. Like George said, numbers alone don't tell the whole story. The bow I shot before this was 3 lbs. more draw, and liked a spine 3 lbs. less than my current one.

From: monkeyball
Date: 17-Sep-18




"Who hunts with a 40 pound bow and what spine arrows and broad head combinations are you guys running?"

I believe this was the original post, so in answer to that I would say I do.

40# Leon Stewart, 43# Pika, 37# Quinn

The Quinn is deadly with 1816's and the Pika and Stewart will bare shaft 2114's and put a smile on your face.

When I go to carbons it is a .600 for the Quinn and .500 for the Stewart and Pika

145 gr heads on the Quinn and 175 for the Stewart and Pika.

And numbers are a very good place to start (you have to start somewhere) in bow specs and arrow specs. You tweak it from there.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 17-Sep-18




Spine for your setup comes from tuning, regardless of what we shoot. My Carrolls shoots 29" 2016 with 145 tips, or #8 Microflite with the same weight tips at 28". Many things go into "what arrow" when it comes to dynamics. What I use is pretty much irrelevant. But there...I told you anyway. ;) By the way, I can also shoot 50# spine wood arrows from that same bow at 29" and 125 heads. My bow is inside center by about 1/8th inch so it's rather generous with spine use.

From: monkeyball
Date: 17-Sep-18




Yes sir George, and that is why someone invested a pile of time and money in making all those nice charts that a lot of us refer to for a starting point. That really helps for most, especially the beginning archer, as to where you begin.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 18-Sep-18

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Modified Jerbowdan Whip 62" 42@28. I pull it back to 30.5 so she's 49#. I use Wapiti tapered POC,31" with old Simmons Interceptors total weight is at 548-552 grn. This has been my elk/all-around set up for 2 years now and work's great.

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 18-Sep-18




Sorry the shafts are spined at 50-55#

From: HedgeHunter
Date: 18-Sep-18




Those Wapiti’s are very nice shafts and the come in 33” ! That rig sounds solid.

From: Kelly
Date: 18-Sep-18




I’ll be hunting with one of the following or maybe all of them at some point. 34# Wing Red Wing Hunter, 35# Browning Medallion, 37# Bear takedown, 40# Abbott Pacific Yew longbow or 40# Pronghorn takedown longbow.

They all use the same wood arrows, 45-51# spine and 500-520 grains. I draw 27- 27 1/2”.

From: Kelly
Date: 18-Sep-18




Oh forgot my heavyweight bow, a 45# Sunset Hill longbow. All weights listed are at 28”.

From: monkeyball
Date: 18-Sep-18

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The 45 below club.............

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Hico
Date: 19-Sep-18




Shoot 40# Uukhas-100 grain fields tips and broad heads with 400 spine Gold Tip Ultralites. Yes of course I know this impossible,but not for me.

From: barebow
Date: 19-Sep-18

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This...41#@30. I can hold it as long as some confound shooters.

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 20-Sep-18




I've been out hunting and pretty late on this thread and haven't read the whole thing. I went straight to George to see what he said. THe numbers are bogus way of judging.

Case in point, I use to shoot a 50 at 29 inch longbow. Due to spine/shoulder issues I dropped down to a bow that drew 39 pounds. The arrow I tuned it with gave me 6 foot/pounds MORE energy than the 50 pound bow.

Bowmania

From: Therifleman
Date: 20-Sep-18




Use the right numbers and they're not bogus---draw weight is just that-- the amount of physical effort it takes to draw the bow. More worthwhile comparisons would come from arrow weight and speed. ie-- how many are hunting w arrows 400 grains going less than 160 fps. Although i realize not everyone has ready access to a reliable chronograph. An efficient 40# bow may very well push an arrow of the same weight much faster than a poorly designed 50# bow.

From: Therifleman
Date: 20-Sep-18




I still enjoy these threads as i enjoy hearing what others are being successful with.

From: smokey
Date: 20-Sep-18




Ok I know this thread was for 40 # bow but I have been shooting my 46# Whippen Stick longbow with CE150, 145 field tips. At a local bow shoot they had a chronograph. It indicated steerage 180 fps. I was surprised. My other longbow chronograph at 186 fps with a GT400. The Whippen Stick is a lot easier to shoot. I think I will use the Whippen Stick this season. Just my 2 cents.

From: Jim Casto Jr
Date: 20-Sep-18

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These critters taken with 41# and 44#'s. Full length 500.s with 145 Grizzly's in the 41# and full length 400's with 175 grain Grizzly's in the 44#.

You didn't ask, but a 20 fixed crawl too. :^)

From: Lowcountry
Date: 20-Sep-18




Depending on the bow (40-45lbs) I use .600 or .500 spine arrows with 170 grains up front. Arrow weight is in the 9-10 gpp range.

From: Tim Finley Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 21-Sep-18




My wife shot a nice sized bear with a 40 # longbow and got a complete pass through . In the early 80s my son had one of those cheap Korean recurves at about 40#s at his draw, I watched him lean over in his tree stand and shoot a doe right behind the front shoulder, he used a 2 blade Zwickey for a head and the arrow just fell out, he hit a rib no penetration at all, not enough horse power. We got rid of that piece of junk and ordered him a custom bow . Different bows can make a difference some are faster than others at 40 #ish weight some way faster with the same arrows .

From: GF
Date: 21-Sep-18




FWIW, Larry has killed a few hundred bears and who knows what-all else with a #35 "kids' bow" w/ no issues. Probably wasn't a fluke.

Reasonably, the lighter the rig, the more critical your tune and broadhead selection become. If you're concerned, you can go high FOC with a light, stiff shaft and enough head-weight to make it bend properly.

But if you don't really understand tuning, I'd go with a standard spine chart recommendation for a reasonably heavy arrow (like an 1816, probably) and a 125 grain head with 4 1/2" offset or helical fletchings...

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 21-Sep-18




Some very nice animals Jimmy

From: 518oak Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 21-Sep-18




Last few years 40 lb. Palmer bow, 600 spine carbon arrows and Palmer 180 blades. I shoot this weight because of health issues.The good thing I am having luck. Dan





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