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Had to lighten my self bow

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tradslinger 11-Aug-23
bugsy 49 12-Aug-23
Arvin 12-Aug-23
tradslinger 12-Aug-23
BowAholic 12-Aug-23
Stickbow Felty 13-Aug-23
wooddamon1 13-Aug-23
Arvin 19-Aug-23
Jon Stewart 19-Aug-23
the Black Spot 19-Aug-23
From: tradslinger
Date: 11-Aug-23

I had made a nice Osage 62" 48 1/2# bow @26". I had backed it with Timber Rattlesnake plus used Beaver tail for the grip. Really liked this bow even though I knew that it was on the heavy side for me.

I thought that I was doing ok but then my groups and shots began to get a little wild at times. I caught myself not coming to full draw and rushing my shots.

So I set it aside and went back to shooting my 42# and 41# bows. It took a little while but my shooting is getting back to looking better again. So, I took the sander and began slowly sanding the belly of the limbs until I ended up with 42#.

Right now, it likes my Trad Classic GT 600's the best with 145 grain points. It is now enjoyable to shoot and keep shooting. I guess that is the cool thing about making your bow yourself, you can make changes with in reason. I hope to go to the Arkansas Trad Shoot the 1st weekend in September and will take this bow.

When I first began making selfbows, I was just thrilled to make one that both held together and was shootable. Each one after that one was made with hopefully improvements on all of it. I love making Bendy Bows but this one is my best stiff handle bow yet and the one that I am most proud of and hope to take a buck with this year.

Hopefully you will see a pic of it, a nice buck and me, I will be the one with the big possum eating grin. The coolest thing about making your own selfbow is that you can make it to actually fit you. I wish that I would have known how to make one back when I was in my 20's. Might have saved me a lot of money LOL.

From: bugsy 49
Date: 12-Aug-23

I have been reducing weight on my self, and backed bows for the last 4 years. lately it has been my longer bows for target shooting. I need lower poundage bows to shoot target, and be more consistent. Currently I am shooting a 65 inch long sinew backed hickory bow that I shaved down to 32lbs. at my draw. I can still tune a 20-40 predator 600 shaft with it, and still having fun. Works for me.

From: Arvin
Date: 12-Aug-23


From: tradslinger
Date: 12-Aug-23

tradslinger's embedded Photo

Bow looks the same as it did, just lighter in weight now

From: BowAholic
Date: 12-Aug-23

nice bow Jerry...don't forget your wood arrows when you come to the shoot... :)

From: Stickbow Felty
Date: 13-Aug-23

Awesome job on the bow my friend.I hope you are able to take a nice buck with it this year.

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Aug-23

Nice looking bow, good luck on your hunts this season!

From: Arvin
Date: 19-Aug-23

Still looks great.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 19-Aug-23

Any tips on how to add maybe 5#s to my self bow?

From: the Black Spot
Date: 19-Aug-23

Outstanding Jerry!

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