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lingbane

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anyone have experience with a Kota badlands. I just discovered this site last night a lot of good info here. I’ve always liked mild r/d bows. 
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Welcome to TAS Laurance.  I am not familiar with that bow ( heard of it, never touched one), but someone on here likely has.
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I shot one of their very first bows at an area shoot, years ago. It lacked what i liked about my Schulz bows. A big however, they have added models and have gotten very precise and fancy in their construction.  The last one that I got to put a few shots through was more of a hybrid design, it felt more like the best recurve that I ever shot.  
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I had one for a while. 62" 52#@28"

I found it to be a VERY easy bow to shoot, and quiet. I liked the very basic narrow locator grip. No shock, and just a real smooth bow. Not the fastest mild R/D I've shot, but certainly adequate. Well built bows. I'd own another, I only sold mine when the Hill style ASL bow bug bit me. 
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Thumper, that asl bug sure does get around almost infectious. It was my day off today and my wife suggested we go for a drive, something romantic: lunch and fancy coffee (we’re coffee snobs). I don’t know how but 3 hours later I was  at Raptor Archery and came home with a Pacific Yew longbow. Grrrr.... those darn asl bugs I hope there isn’t a cure
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This past weekend I gave my two right hand yew lam bows to those that i hope will get use out of them, my three lam yew with clear glass and probably the best shooting asl that I ever shot my yew/bamboo. I need to limit how much I shoot right hand with heavier bows and as good as these shoot, they gathered dust until the worthy recipients came along.  Both were my own tiller from special order glue-ups from Craig.  I am down to three active asl bows, these are my keepers.  A duo shooter yew self bow is always tempting me, I have a chunk of fairly good yew. 
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Lingbane,

Welcome to TAS.  I don't know about the Badlands longbow but I've been shooting the Kota Kill-um for years.  Tim makes excellent bows that are reasonably priced.  You can't go wrong with a Kota.  

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If I remember right they were a very sweet slim kind of bow with pretty woods.
I had two and one was the Arch Royal option and they both shot very well.
They got sold/ traded off in the endless number of bows I cycled through.
Not sure that model is listed on Tim's site any longer but can always ask.
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He has a Ted Fry bow to wear out now. A horse of a different feather, but probably addictive to shoot.
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Larry, it certainly is and I’m loving it. I did a big no-no and shot through a chrono. At 10 gpp I was getting somewhere in the mid 170’s. Putting a new string on it should make it a little snappier. I think I found the right arrow for it. I’m very happy with it. It’s light in hand should be fun on my elk hunt in Wallowas
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Mid 170s is a really good speed for that bow. You must not be losing any cast in your release.  I have looked at Ted's bows and drooled a little, but I fear that as much as I shoot that I would wear it out.  However, the nicest shooting bow that I ever shot, the cast seemed good enough, but don't have any numbers on it, was a third generation billet stave yew with the most perfect yew that I have ever seen. No amount of money or even the offer of my Schulz longbow, would sway them into selling it.
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Larry, not meaning to do it i hijacked my own thread. You r/d shooters please accept my apology. The bow I got from Ted was a 30 year old used bow that was not beat up. Made by Jay St, Charles, it’s yew including the riser with brown fiberglass. 68” ntn 50# @27” my draw. I don’t know what secret sauce Jay put in that bow but my friend and myself was surprised at the zip it had shooting against some r/d bows. I don’t fully trust chrono’s the bow could be going slower but we were using it as a reference compared the other bows. And it’s a take down to boot. 😁 I figure 115 fps plus bow weight 50#= 165 fps. So actually I’m in the ballpark.     
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