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Has anyone ever shortened the length of a longbow?  If so how'd it work out for you and is it really that difficult to do?  Info. is appreciated thanks.
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I just cut down a 7 Lakes bow it went great, I did t find it difficult. Be ready for weight to increase about 3 lbs per inch removed.
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Little how I did it under making longbows and recurves, repurposing I think.

Go to 7 Lakes web page, Mike has good info on finishing one of his blanks that is extremely informative.

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It's easy.... leave it sticking out truck door. Slam door....done !
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It's as easy as using a saw. But...I am gonna guess you just might change the physical draw features it had and you may need to retiller a fair amount. Just a guess.
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Chuck, sounds like you might have experience with that door slamming method. :-)
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Wellllllll....
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I've used Chuck's method on more than one fly rod...turns a two weight into a small stream four weight in just a second or two!
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Well decided not to do it.  Took it out stump shooting yesterday with my son to Lake Ontario.  There is a bout a 10 acre strip of land that is like a buffer between the marina campground and an orchard and what we all call the new houses.  These are big arse houses on the lake.  Anyways the Wild Fork shoots so darn good I can't see trying to improve upon it.  The only thing I might do is take off the strike plate and put a shallow arrow groove in the shelf.  That is pretty much what I do to most of my longbows.  I just can't say enough about all natural string follow bows that are well made and the shooting qualities they seem to posses.  Just very well behaved shooting characteristics.  Here is a pic or two of me shooting it yesterday.  thanks

the last pic is a view of the lake from the woods and the very end of the campground and a couple of trailers.  Most of the other trailers are 5th wheel types with big decks but there only 30 in the campground.  Just behind and down from the shed towards the lake are 2 very secluded cottages that are pretty nice too.  We also have a cottage about .5 mile to the east in Holland Cove.  The cove was shelled during the war of 1812.  I just love it out there.  Not another place like it on Lake Ontario with direct access to the lake.  
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I have reduced a couple of longbows that I “ thought “ needed a length reduction. These are Howard Hill design that gained about 5# per inch of limb reduction. If the extra weight doesn’t bother you just refile the string nocks and retiller the limb ends to match the nock profile and your done. After I finished and with a lot of shooting I came to think that it might have been a mistake. Not because of the way they shot but a longer bow is physically more efficient in throwing a arrow. Just a thought.
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  You can actually pretty well figure exactly how much the weight will increase by figuring the amount of weight per inch of the bow. Then you know exactly how much to cut off. We do it with self bows all the time. And, if you do it evenly on both ends, you should never have to retiller it. Now, that said, if you decide to cut the bow down, and you want to move the placement of the grip/arrow shelf in relation to the overall center of the bow (in other words if for instance you want the lower limb considerably shorter than the upper) you will have to retiller it.
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