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Old 04-07-2011, 11:42 AM
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I have a 66", 65# bamboo bow, made in the 70,s. Is there a way to reduce the bow weight ? ,can I shave the limbs down ? thank,s very much for any help !!
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:40 AM
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Default Re: reducing bow weight

I'm curious about this myself. I have a Bear Montana 60 pound weight, and while I can shoot it, I would like to get it down to 55 or so-I'm not as young as I used to be. I'm just starting my search for someone who can do this for me. I used to see an ad in the trad bow magazines for this service, however I no longer have the magazines. I could attempt this myself,but I'd just as soon sell my bow and buy a new one and eliminate the chance that I'd blow the job. If anyone knows of a bowyer who offers this service I'd sure like the info. Thanks, Terry.
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:23 AM
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Default Re: reducing bow weight

Most of your bowyers will reduce the weight for you, cost is minimal. Contact several to see if they will do the job. I have had several reduced over the years, and the results were great.
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:20 PM
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Default fixing my tips ? help!

I have an Howatt recurve and the wood on the back of the tips have problems. one has delaminated, and I was thinking that I can just glue it back. The other end is more of a problem. The wood on the back has delaminated, but also the wood from were the string goes around to the" tip is missing".This is just the little piece of wood on the back. What can I do to fix this ? Also does this piece of wood affect the strength of the bow ? I can see it must help with string location ,but ? Anyway I could use some ideas, please
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Default Re: reducing bow weight

You can reduce the thickness or width to decrease the draw weight.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:41 PM
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Default Re: reducing bow weight

I have reduced limb weight on a couple bows by sanding the belly side of the limb with a palm sander start with about 80 grit paper and work you way down to 220 grit it's not that hard to take off 5 or 6lbs
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Default Re: reducing bow weight

A while back, I found a post on LW with specific instructions for determining how much to take off and marking limbs to take down the sides. I did it on an over 60# Hatfield. Got it to the mid 50's. I found it under "Strategies for Draw Weight Reduction". Used painters tape to mark the lines and did the intial material removal with an angle grinder (my go to tool) finished with a rasp and palm sander. Basically, you determine how what percentage weight reduction you are looking for and then the formula gives guidelines for marking the finished width from fades to near the tips. It was surprisingly easy but, the limbs need to be fairly wide as the gentleman who posted the directions states that you should not go below 1.25" at the fades when finished.
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