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Old 06-06-2011, 06:51 PM
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Looking for a recurve for myself a total noob. Find this site, which is just what I needed. I was recommended to get an ILF riser on another site as to be able to change limbs as i got stronger and better on technique etc... One of the risers recommended was Hoyt Excel. What other risers are comparable or would be good for target/hunting. Trying to keep the price reasonable and gave up on looking for the bows I liked (which might have not even been right for me) gamemaster and dorado as it is just impossible to find em used in left hand! So guess I need to put one together. What else would I need besides the riser, limbs and string (arrows of course).

Also anyone shoot in south florida, mainly broward or dade county? Would love to meet up for some pointers, or if you are instructor maybe take a lesson or two.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:09 PM
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Welcome to the site!
Excel is a great start, lots of real experienced shooters buy them too.
Good stuff.
Trade blanket here on site often has LH warf risers for sale.
Warf risers are typically, not always, ILF.
I have a bunch of warf risers, all good stuff....if I had a LH one I'd loan it to you for the summer.
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I own and shoot a Hoyt Excel. For the bucks it is a terrific Riser. I have shot archery 47 plus years and have had all kinds on recurves but chose the Hoyt.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:45 PM
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What does "warf" mean?
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Are the hoyt dorado and gamemaster II good options for beginners?
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:10 PM
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Bob Gordon coined the name. His handle is "Warf". Essentially it is converting an old compound bow riser to accept recurve or long bow limbs. Most often this is done using ILF limbs. Check out the forum on this site called the "Warfin' Wall"

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Are the hoyt dorado and gamemaster II good
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IMO, both are good bows, however, they are not designed to allow for adjustment of limbs,which you might find useful, they are also more expensive than the Excel. You mentioned keeping the cost down. The Excel with a lighter set of entry level limbs would get you started nicely. Limb length and riser length will be determined by your draw length. Hope this helps.
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I would recomend that you travel to a large "Shoot" that has venders and try out some recurves before you buy. Go to a Traditional archery shop and try some out.
I think if I were to have only one recurve Bow? Wow! How could that happen? lol I would decide if I wanted a wood riser or metal. I would also look at the purpose you intend to use it for? Hunting and competition? or competition only?
It would be almost impossible for me make up my mind since our sponsors here on Tradtalk, in my opinion, offer up the very best Recurves that can be had!
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Are the hoyt dorado and gamemaster II good options for beginners?
The main thing is "weight" or draw weight! Choose a Bow that you can draw and hold for at least 10 seconds to start with. Form is the basis for good shooting! The pre-requisite to aiming.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:37 AM
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Unfortunately I have NO traditional shops near by (basspro is as good as it gets and I don't like their selection and no left handed bows anyways) Guess I might try my club and see what they are shooting, but rarely any traditional shooters when I am there. They are usually there on weekends and they have some crazy nice set ups. I plan to use it as a hunting/3D bow for chits and giggles. Hunting obviously way down the line. Gonna check in on that Warf thread and just found a thread you guys have sticky here that I am gonna read that seems to have alot of info for newbs.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:33 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Just about a month ago I was in your shoes. My local archery shop was just full of wheelies and I had no where to turn for trad help. Luckily I found this site and a very helpful gentlemen helped me get started.

I actually got my first rig set up on a gamemaster II riser and I love it. I was loaned some 38# limbs and then I bought my own set.

This site has been a blessing. Just keep your nose to the grindstone and read everything you can, that's what I did. I wont be earning and competition titles any time soon but I'm getting better.

If you have any questions shoot me a PM and I will help the best I can.

Good luck!
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The Fred Asbell videos are great training tools as well. I am a visual learner so just reading about something does me no good. The video allows me to mimick what I am being taught. I look kind of funny outside watching the video on my laptop with bow in hand and a target out in the yard. My neighbors probably think I am crazy
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fisherking73

Welcome to the Forum.

Another great video series is the Masters of the Barebow.
Lots of good information from some of the best archers around.

One of the first things to do is find a bow setup that is around 35 pounds to start.
It's amazing to see someone struggle because they know they can pull a 70 pound compound and 35 is just a wimp bow.

Start low and work yourself into what you are comfortable with. I too recommend an ILF setup as it will grow with you and in the end a lot cheaper than buying and expensive one piece bow.

The journey is fun and that is what it is all about.

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Haha, that comment about compounds is no joke. I pulled 72 on mine, got my first recurve at 47# thinking it would be cake. Nope.
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Thanks for the welcomes and advice. I am reading around here and catching on. Every little bit helps. I hope to take it with me on a hunt I have in January. If I get lucky and fill some tags early with my compound, maybe I can pull out the recurve and give it a go if I feel confident enough at 20yds and less. I just get mesmerized when the few people that do shoot traditional walk on the target line at our club. Even though I get better groups at 20 and 30 yds, some of them can shoot pretty close WITH OUT SIGHTS!! which is amazing to me. Gonna try and find a hoyt excel riser, what brand limbs would be good to start that won't break the bank but won't fell like cheapo ones? Would 40 lbs be too much to start with?
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