Velocity Test: Recurve vs Longbow, both 45#

Boxerboxer

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So the longbow was in the low 160s and the recurve right around 180fps? Does the longbow have a similar grip or do you lose a little draw length compared to the recurve?
 

Rob5589

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I wouldn't expect anything other than that result. A one piece longbow vs an ILF isn't exactly an apples to apples comparison.
 

BWSmith

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Bought a custom,60" Bob Lee TD longbow a few years ago.... 47#'s
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A Handle Bear Kodiak TD,60" with exactly the same poundage on our scale.

Shot,side by side through our chrono. They were in effect the same speed.... +- a cpl FPS. The Bear had old(user) limbs with new micarta tips,running FF.
 

Boxerboxer

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That's a good point. I never really considered that, but the lower grip probably gives up a bit of DL.
I know I lose about a half inch going from my recurve (Southwest Spyder XL, mid/high wrist) to my longbow, an ASL with a straight grip. I'm guessing you're losing more like 1/4" or so with your longbow.
 
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