Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


One Piece Bows

Messages posted to thread:
Wudstix 13-Jan-22
JusPassin 13-Jan-22
Tim Finley 13-Jan-22
Wudstix 13-Jan-22
Nimrod 13-Jan-22
Live2Hunt 13-Jan-22
George D. Stout 13-Jan-22
Wudstix 13-Jan-22
Dartwick 13-Jan-22
Dartwick 13-Jan-22
BigB 13-Jan-22
kaw369 13-Jan-22
reb 13-Jan-22
ruffedges 13-Jan-22
Heat 13-Jan-22
Selden Slider 13-Jan-22
Juancho 13-Jan-22
grizz 13-Jan-22
SB 13-Jan-22
GudOlDaze 13-Jan-22
John Sullins 13-Jan-22
Nemophilist 13-Jan-22
Pdiddly2 14-Jan-22
Pdiddly2 14-Jan-22
782GearUSMC 14-Jan-22
David McLendon 14-Jan-22
Wudstix 14-Jan-22
Bootaka 14-Jan-22
Desperado 14-Jan-22
Bassmaster 14-Jan-22
Bob Rowlands 14-Jan-22
From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Jan-22




Just curious about folks take on the benefits, or detriments of one piece bows. Both from aesthetic and functional point of view. I seem to be drawn to 60-62" bows, though I do have a 58" Grizzly. Like Big River and MOAB, both of which are no longer being made. Have a 62" Kota "Badlands" longbow that I pulled of the TradGang St Jude's auction last year. I also like mid 60's to 70# range, so 58" is probably as short as feasible.

From: JusPassin
Date: 13-Jan-22




Very subjective. I don't have anything against the three piece take downs other than they're ugly, LOL, just my opinion though. If you travel with your bow there is that benefit. I like the two piece take downs that still maintain the lines of a one piece. If I were a bowyer I'd love them as there easier to put together.

From: Tim Finley Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jan-22




Some short 56" forward handle longbows will pull as smooth as a 62" longbow .

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Jan-22




Tim that 62" needs some time in the woods after hogs. May have to test drive a shorter LB.

From: Nimrod
Date: 13-Jan-22




I really don't see any downsides to a one piece bow unless you do a lot of traveling or have a very small vehicle to get around in. I only have 2 bows and they are both 60". But, I only hunt close to home and probably never will get to travel anywhere I need a take down bow. I also prefer the one piece for fowl weather. Just wipe it off after you get home and your done.

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 13-Jan-22




I have both. To me there is not much difference at all, my one piece bows are as quiet as my 3 piece bows and performance the same. What I really like about the 3 piece is I can have multiple bows with the same bow. My one bow I have 50# limbs and 65# limbs plus a set of 51# limbs for backup. I had a set break and the bowyer sent me a set to use that I just bought from him.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 13-Jan-22




You guys are sometimes funny. I don't see any downside to one piece, other than if it's broken...it's broken, and that actually is a rare occurrence. They are almost always lighter in mass than a takedown so you can add a bow quiver and not have an overly heavy bow. They shoot just as well, and there are no parts of any kind. And I do love some takedowns too, but I would never say one is better than the other.

As for bow length? That really has nothing to do with whether it's one piece or five pieces. I have recurves from 52" to 62" in one piece and shoot them all well. And, I've been known to have some takedowns as well....all vintage of course.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Jan-22




Thanks, guys. I can see the benefit of a takedown with two or three sets of limbs for that once in a lifetime hunt with travel and packing in a few days. I have been fortunate, so far to not have broken any of my one piece. None of which could be reproduced.

From: Dartwick
Date: 13-Jan-22




I think one piece bows end last longer than 2 piece bows.

I think they are prettier than 3 piece bows - but thats totally subjective.

From: Dartwick
Date: 13-Jan-22




I think one piece bows tend to last longer than 2 piece bows.

I think they are prettier than 3 piece bows - but thats totally subjective.

From: BigB
Date: 13-Jan-22




I like one piece bows better but thats just me, I would love to have a 2 piece but am to tight to spend the extra 150-200 to get one. To each his own.

From: kaw369
Date: 13-Jan-22




I don't have the need for a take down. I just don't travel that far for my hunts. Can certainly see the advantage of several different limbs though.

From: reb
Date: 13-Jan-22




I have one, two and three piece bows. The only time I take the two or three piece apart is to check them out and to clean them, if I think they need it.

From: ruffedges
Date: 13-Jan-22




A take down is easier to ship when buying or selling. I guess that would be a plus.

From: Heat
Date: 13-Jan-22




Makes very little difference to me. If it breaks down into pieces, great but I don't put a premium on that personally.

From: Selden Slider
Date: 13-Jan-22




I have 3 bows 2 of which are one piece. I prefer one piece bows. I find them easier to shoot, lighter mass weight and easier on the eyes. Take downs are convenient for travel but I see no other benefit to them. As with all bows you should try them out prior to purchasing, especially true with T/D's. Frank

From: Juancho
Date: 13-Jan-22




One piece are nicer looking in general. Three piece could be better balanced and have less or almost no hand shock. I have both , and enjoy them both equally, however, a three piece is hard to beat for convenience to transport. I only ever shoot Black widow bows, so I cannot speak of other bows.

From: grizz
Date: 13-Jan-22




Use to like one piece and three pieces equally well. My bow shoulder got so bad I couldn’t manage my three piece bows anymore. Now I like one piece bows less than two pounds in mass weight. ;-)

From: SB
Date: 13-Jan-22




I only have 2 takedowns...and the only time they come apart is when changing to a different weight limb. Otherwise Shoot mainly 60-64" one piece bows for hunting,or 66-70" bows for target.

From: GudOlDaze
Date: 13-Jan-22




There is just something about a one-piece bow with graceful lines and balance that a 3 piece can't quite match. And longer bows are always easier to shoot accurately no matter what configuration.

From: John Sullins
Date: 13-Jan-22




George D. nailed it!

From: Nemophilist
Date: 13-Jan-22

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I like one piece and takedown bows. My takedown bows came in real handy when bowhunting Colorado seven times and New Brunswick Canada twice, and Tennessee and West Virginia a few times. I can pack two of my takedown bows (I always take a spare bow) in my SKB takedown bow case (pictured) when I bow hunt far from home just in case something happens to my main bow.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 14-Jan-22

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JusPassin...fully agree that most three piece bows are ugly...especially with antler bolt knobs!!

But not this Chek-Mate...the limbs look like they belong where they are ( because they do) and are not slapped on like an afterthought!

I love my one piece bows, but when I have to pack a bow and fly, this is the bow that gets a boarding pass!

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 14-Jan-22

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From: 782GearUSMC
Date: 14-Jan-22




From: David McLendon
Date: 14-Jan-22




I always had one-piece bows until I started flying to hunt then I went to take-downs. Now with the world in the mess that it is, and travel has become such a PITA, I find myself drawn back to the one- piece bows and hunting just down the road.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 14-Jan-22




I probably will never hunt farther away than I can drive. Probably will never replace the bows I have, that are no longer being made.

From: Bootaka
Date: 14-Jan-22




I have 1, 2, and 3 piece. I travel 9mi to and from the range on a skateboard down the bay boardwalk. Not that I mind the jousting... More piece of mind with a take down. I feel 3 pieces are convenient, but prefer 2 piece sleeves. Changing limbs is convenient, I don't need to. There's Less to manage, a 68" 2 piece is a similar length to my arrows, fits in my quiver, less weight if I don't want it, and since I like leather grips, looks like a 1 piece.

If I'm keeping the bow with me as I travel, I'll bring whatever I feel like shooting. If someone else is going to be involved, it'll most likely be a takedown in my peican.

Took one of my compounds by skateboard once, harbor patrol stopped me in the first .25mi after 6 years of taking that route daily with a recurve or longbow...

From: Desperado
Date: 14-Jan-22




I am partial t takedowns though I do have several 1 piece bows. The take downs are just easier to get on a plane when I fly to a hunt.

From: Bassmaster
Date: 14-Jan-22




I like the riser mass on three piece take down bows. I have three, but the majority of my bows are vintage one piece bows. Travel, and limb breakage,and being able to use different poundage limbs could be an advantage with the three piece bows for some.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 14-Jan-22




My grizzlys are one piece. I have no interest in 2-3 pieces. If I traveled by air with a bow I'd likely have a different perspective.





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