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Need some help buying a longbow
Hi. New to this forum, and to be honest too lazy to read through everything so thought i'd just go ahead and make my own thread.
Basically i'm looking to buy a longbow. I don't really want to spend in excess of £200 as i'm looking for a set of equipment to learn with. I have some experience with archery: using low poundage recurve bows in a few clubs, and a limited use of longbows in reenactment years ago; but i'm more or less a knowledgeable beginner. And yes i know how arrogant that sounds!
I've found a few sites and a few bows i like the look of, my only issue is bow size and draw length. I'm going to go for around 30lbs draw weight, mostly because it gives me a decent weight to work towards fully mastering and my brother has a 15lb cheap recurve which i can fully draw with ease. My issue is i'm 6 foot 5, with a total arm span of 79". After a bit of googling i divided this by 2.5 to find out my ideal draw length is 31.6". So in theory with a bit of rounding i need a bow of around 30lbs weight at 31.5" draw length.
My issue is all the bows i've found (except expensive war bows) generally top out at 30" max draw length and maximum poundage at around 28". I know it's close to my ideal draw length but wasn't sure if that inch and a half would make a difference (like my girlfriend insists!). Obviously i'd not want to spend over £100 on a bow for it to be too short. Speaking of lengths, should i be concerned with the bow's overall length? I'd assume it'd increase in ratio with the draw length, but i'd rather not guess when spending this much money.
Once i'm sure about the draw length, how much longer should my arrows be than my draw length? I'd assume no more than a couple of inches, but i'd also assume there's a formula or guideline to work this out. On the topic of arrows what would be best for target archery with my desired longbow? I'd assume wooden ones, but really have no clue.
Aaaaaand finally, any recommendations for bows, bow websites, or specific shops (preferably in the west midlands area)?
Any and all help is massively appreciated! Thanks again.
29th Dec 2017 22:12