Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


‘67 Thunderbird update...

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GF 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
Zepnut 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
George D. Stout 04-Nov-18
Jim 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
GF 04-Nov-18
Ben 04-Nov-18
Jim 05-Nov-18
Tree 05-Nov-18
Nrthernrebel05 05-Nov-18
GF 05-Nov-18
Silverback 06-Nov-18
GF 06-Nov-18
Silverback 06-Nov-18
Pdiddly 06-Nov-18
kginrick 08-Nov-18
GF 08-Nov-18
kginrick 08-Nov-18
GF 11-Nov-18
From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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So I found an old recurve on Craig’s and took a gamble... Finish looked pretty bad...

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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But the Leatherwallers rode to the rescue and told me how to clean it up...

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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Then I needed to know what length string to buy for it, and Danny just made me a couple. Turns out he and I like the same colors...

And the brace height came in right at 8”...

From: Zepnut Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Nov-18




Good job

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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Then I posted a question about elevated rests... I’m hoping to get a Flipper II on there, but the Bear will do for now.

So how does it shoot?

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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First group with the new rest... Some vertical stringing - maybe partially because I was eyeballing the nocking point. Interestingly enough, my first shot was the best.

The two 2016s hit left of the group; the rest are two Arrowdynamics Trad Lites cut to 27.75”, an Entrada 600 cut about 28”, a full-length Beeman Hunter 500 and a full-length 1914 1984 Atlanta Olympics commemorative edition.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Nov-18




I know how it shoots. It shoots great. Took my first buck with a 52" Wing Thunderbird.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Nov-18




GF what did you use to clean it?

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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Group above is from an honest 20.

And then I gave it a go from a little farther back and got 6 into 10; 5 of which stayed within that 8” brace height.

Don’t go blind looking - the 6th was right on line with the tape, but in the dirt a few feet short of the backstop.

I was holding a BIT higher than I need to with my pet #55@28” LB... but not very darn much. Maybe a foot.

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18

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Comes in a headlamp polishing kit. Spent a ridiculously small amount of time on it and of the 4 oz. bottle, I probably have 3.75 left... lifetime supply.

Unless I go and squander it on the car... ONLY used the one product, but they had extra stuff in the pkg, if you had a lot more to do...

From: GF
Date: 04-Nov-18




Next step will be raising the BH enough to get the Boi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oing out of it, and then proper tuning... which I learned to do from 2bears and some of the other guys here...

So I’m not done yet, but it’s all coming together....

From: Ben
Date: 04-Nov-18




I have 3 that are the 62" model. To me they are the best shooting bow that I have found. Very fast, accurate, quiet and dead in the hand once it is tuned.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Nov-18




Good info thank you GF.............Jim

From: Tree
Date: 05-Nov-18




They are great shooters

From: Nrthernrebel05
Date: 05-Nov-18




Nice job

From: GF
Date: 05-Nov-18




You know...

I guess I’d have to get it on a scale, but I’d just about swear that I can feel some sense of a let-off effect at full draw. Anybody else have a thought on that?

Maybe there’s something to these short bows after all....?

From: Silverback
Date: 06-Nov-18




I have three wind thunderbirds. One of the best shooting bows I have ever shot. Congratulations.

From: GF
Date: 06-Nov-18




Maybe there should be a Man Law about hoarding these babies?

I recall looking at the Bob Lee site and thinking the prices were kind of high for “production” bows, but if they all shoot like this.... I mean, there’s no way to account for the down-range accuracy but by the stability of that riser.... is there?

I shoot the RER so well that it’s my Go-To, but it’s not very often that I can print 5 shots into a strip 2” wide at 20 yards, and judging by the tightness of the group for those two 2016s, I’m not convinced that they’re just flyers...

From: Silverback
Date: 06-Nov-18




Three wing not wind. LOL

From: Pdiddly
Date: 06-Nov-18

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It's not just the stability of the riser...my Don Adams clone (on the right beside by my two 62" T-Birds) is just as stable and weighs much less.

From: kginrick
Date: 08-Nov-18




Tell me about that commerative arrow” 1984 Atlanta Olympics”.As I recall 1984 was Los Angeles and Atlanta was defiantly 1996 please clarify as I am a bit confused

From: GF
Date: 08-Nov-18




No, you’re not confused. I was WRONG! LOL

‘84, LA

From: kginrick
Date: 08-Nov-18




Ok thanks you had me scratching my head there

From: GF
Date: 11-Nov-18

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Took a few more shots in the dark this evening - raised the brace height a couple times and can’t quite get rid of the string noise, but she shoots on auto-pilot. Dark grey carbons about 40 min after sunset and just enough light to make out the shot-out white area...

There’s a line down the middle there, and somehow I found it 4/4....

Ol, tbe Top one was off the line by about 5/8”





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