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Just watched a video of a hunter taking a cape buffalo with an compound bow - perfect lung shot with a one arrow kill.  The compound was rated at 72# - of course, that is the draw wt. it requires to "break."  I wonder what draw wt. from a recurve or longbow would be sufficient to do the same.  I am thinking 65#???

PS - the hunter was "equipped" with all the techy crap money could buy.
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Just wanted to add in that the shot was taken at only 25 yds.   Any traditional archer should be able to make that shot all day long, or should not be hunting with a bow.
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I was in the hunt with Tim when he killed his Cape buffalo with his Black Widow recurve. It was 72# or 74#, can’t remember. One arrow kill, and it only went about 125yds!!!   


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Primal Tech longbow 50#@29”
Primal Tech recurve 50#@29”
Sarrels Blueridge longbow 50#@29”
Sarrels Bobcatt TD recurve 50#@29.5"
Rob Green selfbow 47#@29”
Lonnie Dye composite 48#@29”

I hail from about 4hrs southwest of Tim King! [biggrin]
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"Or he should not be....".   What if i only ever shoot ten yards at deer ?

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I did too !

Madison, Wisconsin.   Public land hunter
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Cello, I tend to agree with chuckc. A lot of us only shoot close up. Maybe longer range hunting is needed for ole Mbogo and other dangerous stuff, but not for whitetail deer. True, I am not proficient beyond 20 yards or so, and I've only killed a small handful of deer with a bow. However, I have never hit one that I didn't recover, and I never needed more than one arrow to do the job.
Sam McMichael

Gray, GA

"The spirit of the bow dwells in the heart of all young men" - Geronimo

Hill Wesley Special (2, both 65#)
Hill Cheetah (2, one 55# and one 40#)
Hill Big 5 (50#)
NM Shelton (2, both 53#)
Deathwish Longbow (59#)
Archery Traditions Bamboo Longhunter (3, one 56#, one 60# and one 78#)

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I would assume that CelloMan meant based on the size of the vitals on that size target...which I kinda agree with...if a hunter does not feel very confident he can hit the vitals of his query, say 9 out of 10 shots, he has no business pulling the string.
Of course we also know, that a lot of crap happens between that thought process and reality.

I also know that there is an ENORMOUS amount of difference of feeling confident on a foam target versus writing a check for a bad hit on a very expensive animal

Dallas, Texas
62" #55 Fox High Sierra 
62" #58 Black Widow MA
64" #56 A&H ACS 
Widowmaker 350 Carbon shafts
200 gr. Iron Will 4 blade

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Practice - practice - practice!  Also, on doing some further research on the topic, it appears that anyone wishing to pursue "dugga boy" should be become proficient with a 70# or heavier bow, for both lethal and legal reasons (country by country restrictions).  I received feed back on another site from an individual who claims to shoot with a 95# recurve and 105# longbow - a tad heavier than most to say the least!
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timking wrote:
I also know that there is an ENORMOUS amount of difference of feeling confident on a foam target versus writing a check for a bad hit on a very expensive animal

Thank you Tim for this! 

"Practice not until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong." - Unknown
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