Is 50 lb draw weight enough?

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  • November 30, 2012 at 3:20 am #497037 Back to Top REPORT

    AbnormalArcher

    Joined: 11/1/2012
    I got a question about draw weight. I already know how to find out how much draw weight I can shoot but I was looking at new bows and I thought about something. Is it really necessary for me to have a 70 lb draw bow? Sure I can pull it back just fine but is it necessary. A bow with a higher draw weight is louder than a bow with lighter draw weight, even with all the silencers and stabilizers, a heavier draw will still be louder. I heard Fred Eichler, a man who completed the Super Slam (took all 29 species of North American big game) with a recurve bow, say you can kill anything on this continent with a 45-60 lb stick bow. A compound bow is much more powerful than a stick bow, so is a high poundage bow necessary? I’m starting to think not, there’s nothing wrong with a 50 lb draw bow, its enough power to kill any deer on this continent, the effect of buck fever, fatigue or cold doesn’t have as much effect on you when you shoot a lighter draw bow. But I want to hear your opinions, its much appreciated.
    November 30, 2012 at 3:36 am #542384 Back to Top REPORT

    yotebuster1200

    Joined: 9/23/2009
    I agree with you that 50 lbs is enough to kill any dear on the continent. I have a friend who’s wife shot a buffalo last year with a 40 lb bow. He shot placement was perfect and it ran 300 yards and down. There are definitely pros and cons to a heavier draw weight. A couple of the pros in my mind would be forgiveness. If you miss judge your distance and are off a few yard a faster bow (flatter trajectory) will be an advantage. If your shot hits a little far forward the faster arrow will have a better chance of making it through the leg bones and maybe salvaging your shot. Just a couple thoughts.
    November 30, 2012 at 4:07 am #542385 Back to Top REPORT
    xxholleyxx
    XxHolleyxX

    Joined: 11/18/2008
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    50 is fine. Get a 50-60 and shoot what you feel comfortable with. I would stick with a quality, razor sharp, cut on contact broadhead. My son shot his first one with a 40 couple pound draw, gold tips, and a 2 blade Magnus Stinger. Buck ran exactly this far. Actually he kind of ran in a half circle and came back, but total distance traveled wasnt much more than 40 yards
    November 30, 2012 at 7:10 am #542386 Back to Top REPORT
    mikesmith
    MikeSmith

    Age: 64
    Joined: 1/5/2008
    Location: Republic of Texas
    That is a great picture Holley!

    I shoot a 62#, the last time I checked. (about a year and a half ago) I have no problems dropping deer within visual range, if I do my part.

    November 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm #542387 Back to Top REPORT
    xxholleyxx
    XxHolleyxX

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    That is a great picture Holley!

    I shoot a 62#, the last time I checked. (about a year and a half ago) I have no problems dropping deer within visual range, if I do my part.[/quote:10tisxdk]

    Thank ya sir :)

    He looks like hes saying hes number one, but actually i was video taping and I had just asked him how many times he had been bowhunting…it was his first bowhunt.

    your point about doing your part is important also. Good shots are more critical with low poundage. The hunt above…he barely slipped by the back of the front shoulder putting a tiny slice in the muscle. Another inch to the right and it could have ended in a long night. Top right pic you can see the fletching as the arrow makes contact. Looks a bit high, but we were 18′ up and the deer was a bit under 20 yds. Took out the top of the near lung and exited the far lung about 2/3 down. Broke an offside rib and did not exit though.

    November 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm #542388 Back to Top REPORT
    wisc-rattlesnake
    Wisc.Rattlesnake

    Joined: 4/18/2007
    No, it’s certainly not necessary to have a 70lb bow. My Dad hunted with a 50lb compound for years and killed plenty of deer with it. It’s up to you on what you feel comfy with in the stand and what you feel is the correct weight for you as long as it’s legal. [=}=]

    :thumbup

    November 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm #542389 Back to Top REPORT
    chopperpoe
    chopperpoe

    Joined: 11/26/2006
    I agree a 50# bow is enough. But the stament on a 50# bow being quieter than a 70# pound bow not really all that accurate. It would depend on alot of variables. If you had 2 indentical bows and both were set up to max potential with their arrows shooting the same fps. You wouldn’t know the difference in sound and your effective range would be less with the lighter draw .It’s more about the arrows use of the energy that is tranfered to it .Lighter draws lighter arrows heavier draws heavier arrows to acheive the same fps. But 50#’s are still enough.
    November 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm #542390 Back to Top REPORT

    wvarcher

    Joined: 11/8/2012
    I am getting complete pass throughs with my 50# Drenalin. I hunt with 480 grain arrows and Rage broadheads.
    November 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm #542391 Back to Top REPORT

    Jay Miller

    Joined: 2/6/2010
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    I am getting complete pass throughs with my 50# Drenalin. I hunt with 480 grain arrows and Rage broadheads.

    Lies!! We all know that mechanical BH’s on whitetail fail… :^O :^O :^O

    Seriously though, I hunt with my bow set at 60# and have not had any issues either with fixed or mechanical BH’s. I started shooting deer with 35# and never had issues either. [=}=]

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    November 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm #542392 Back to Top REPORT

    wvarcher

    Joined: 11/8/2012
    I think when the mechanical BH first came out lack of penetration and poor flight was more of a problem than it is today. I really don’t think these things are something to be to all that concerned with nowadays.
    November 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm #542393 Back to Top REPORT

    Jay Miller

    Joined: 2/6/2010
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    I think when the mechanical BH first came out lack of penetration and poor flight was more of a problem than it is today. I really don’t think these things are something to be to all that concerned with nowadays.

    Agreed man, was just being a smart… ya. I shot a nice buck a few weeks ago with a reaper and a doe today with a rage chisel tip to test it out. Both performed great with no issues.

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    November 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm #542394 Back to Top REPORT

    AbnormalArcher

    Joined: 11/1/2012
    Thanks for all your replies, I’m going to have to take a trip to a pro shop and have them help me select a new bow because I’ve been just have had nothing but problems with my bow and I have had even more problems with my sights. I have not been able to find a bowsight I could get to work for me, at one point I gave up the sights and tried to learn to shoot barebow. I don’t deny that it works, shooting barebow, but even with 2,400 hours devoted to it, I can’t get very consistent. Maybe someday I will try it again when I have shot more animals and have more bowhunting experience but I’m mostly concerned with being successful as a hunter than attempt to possess a bad *** skill, I’m not legolas after all. I think I will try a single-pin sight because it seems they’re easier to set up and I hunt in thick brush most of the time anyway. When go to hunt mule deer, I’ll have to adjust but I’ve got to fix this problem first.
    December 1, 2012 at 12:33 am #542395 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    Thanks for all your replies, I’m going to have to take a trip to a pro shop and have them help me select a new bow because I’ve been just have had nothing but problems with my bow and I have had even more problems with my sights. I have not been able to find a bowsight I could get to work for me, at one point I gave up the sights and tried to learn to shoot barebow. I don’t deny that it works, shooting barebow, but even with 2,400 hours devoted to it, I can’t get very consistent. Maybe someday I will try it again when I have shot more animals and have more bowhunting experience but I’m mostly concerned with being successful as a hunter than attempt to possess a bad #$% skill, I’m not legolas after all. I think I will try a single-pin sight because it seems they’re easier to set up and I hunt in thick brush most of the time anyway. When go to hunt mule deer, I’ll have to adjust but I’ve got to fix this problem first.

    What problems are you having with your sights? The members on here can help you out. Pin size and color can affect how well you can see them. The people on here usually have good information and can keep you from buying something that may not work. They may be able to suggest something better quality for the price you are looking at. As far as looking at new bows don’t let the pro shop tell you what bow you want let the bow choose you. Shoot a bunch of them, one or two will stand out. When you check out the Mathews bow also check out the Mission line(also made by Mathews) they are great bows for the money.

    December 1, 2012 at 12:52 am #542396 Back to Top REPORT

    Jay Miller

    Joined: 2/6/2010
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    Thanks for all your replies, I’m going to have to take a trip to a pro shop and have them help me select a new bow because I’ve been just have had nothing but problems with my bow and I have had even more problems with my sights. I have not been able to find a bowsight I could get to work for me, at one point I gave up the sights and tried to learn to shoot barebow. I don’t deny that it works, shooting barebow, but even with 2,400 hours devoted to it, I can’t get very consistent. Maybe someday I will try it again when I have shot more animals and have more bowhunting experience but I’m mostly concerned with being successful as a hunter than attempt to possess a bad #$% skill, I’m not legolas after all. I think I will try a single-pin sight because it seems they’re easier to set up and I hunt in thick brush most of the time anyway. When go to hunt mule deer, I’ll have to adjust but I’ve got to fix this problem first.

    What problems are you having with your sights? The members on here can help you out. Pin size and color can affect how well you can see them. The people on here usually have good information and can keep you from buying something that may not work. They may be able to suggest something better quality for the price you are looking at. As far as looking at new bows don’t let the pro shop tell you what bow you want let the bow choose you. Shoot a bunch of them, one or two will stand out. When you check out the Mathews bow also check out the Mission line(also made by Mathews) they are great bows for the money.[/quote:19qcn20a]

    x2 Curious what the problems are myself. It sounds like you might want to look into a coach to address some form issues. Depending on where you live (state) there are many on here that might be able to point you in the right direction. If you live close to me I would volunteer to help you out, nothing more frustrating then trying to figure something out yourself and no support along the way.

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    December 1, 2012 at 2:36 am #542397 Back to Top REPORT
    y-buck
    y-buck

    Joined: 2/27/2005
    been shooting 50# bows for years now. Heavy arrows, and BP Gator mech. broadheads(used to be Rocky Mt. snypers) Also Magnus Buzzcuts.
    With my conservative shot selection (broadside/slightly quartering away) ive had excellent results. Most passthroughs.
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