Part I: Taking Measurements
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Building your Bighorn would be simple if we made only average bows, but we don't. For Bighorn, building a bow is a caring and complicated process because we build each bow, from beginning to end, for one particular bowhunter. Our way involves attention to detail, quality materials, and craftsmanship, and incorporated them into the dynamics of performance and the sheer beauty of the bow. Our way also involves you. Follow along with us in the bow building process while keeping in mind what you want from your next bow. Let's build your new custom Bighorn together.
Step 1: Draw Weight
If you shoot a compound bow now, and want to try a traditional bow, consider:
Step 2: Determining Your Correct Draw Length
Everyone typically draws a longer arrow with a compound bow than they will with a recurve or longbow. This is because of the break-over/let-off feature of the compound bow, which allows overdrawing, and because of the less rigid, more slouched body position when shooting traditional equipment. With the longbow, the heel-down hand position causes a length reduction.
Plan your draw length shortening by one to two inches with a recurve or longbow. If you have access to a lighter weight traditional bow, you can have someone help you check your draw length by drawing an arrow and marking it. Be aware, however, that a reduction in draw length will not always be apparent the first few times the bow is drawn. For many, the reductions slowly occurs over the first few days of actual shooting.
Step 3: Determining Bow Length
Bow length, along with draw length, will determine how comfortable your bow is for you, and, to an extent, how accurately you shoot the bow. in general, a shorter bow will be more convenient in the bush, and longer bows are more forgiving, smoother and more accurate to shoot. Consideration should also be given to the type of hunting you'll be doing (i.e., tree stand, pit blinds, stalking).
Bow length always relates to limb length, as well. Matching your draw to the bow will facilitate maximum efficiency from the limb. To explain: a longer 66 inch bow will be smoother, but if you only pull it 26 inches you will not flex the limb enough to get maximum performance from it...but, you might well prefer the smoothness of this limb-to-draw matchup over performance. Here are some suggestions for choosing a bow length.
The 60" and 62" are our most popular lengths. The versatile lengths combine performance and convenience. Our customers run the gamut of bow length and draw length combinations. Talk with us. We'll help you decide.
Longbows allow considerably more latitude in length selection than recurves do. Here are some tips to help you choose the right draw length for you. Keep in mind that with the longbow draw lengths are greatly reduced because of the hand position (which puts a natural bend in the elbow).
You are ordering a custom bow. Let's build it to fit you. The trick is to figure out your draw and try to figure exactly how much weight you are shooting by factoring draw length out.