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There was a time that I would shoot everyday and on some of those days I would go out to shoot more than once .On some days I would spend the entire day shooting on and off. Even when I got off of work I would rush to the backyard or the local club. But over the past 2 years I've put my longbow aside to shoot my recurve, and I've found that I don't shoot as much as I did.

Yesterday, I took delivery of a new longbow and that feeling of not wanting to put the bow down immediately came back. I even went back outside to shoot the new longbow second time before it got dark outside. For some, it may just be the opposite, where they prefer a recurve to shoot, but for me, it always has been and always will be the LONGBOW.

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Same here Darren.  Last recurve I shot was in 1965 ðŸ˜Ž

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Darren, don't leave us in suspense.  Tell us about your new bow.  
For me the difference in shooting a longbow is that I do shoot it "instinctively", meaning that I really don't put any effort into my form, or my aim.  I never really feel that confident shooting a ASL type longbow consistently, but some days I can't seem to miss my target.  pure enjoyment!  I tend to aim and hold my anchor longer when shooting a recurve, and I would probably grab a recurve or one of my r/d shorter longbows for hunting.  still enjoyable, but yes, different.  My new used bow is in the mail right now.  I'm excited about it, but it will be a hunting bow I'm sure, and not used much for 3D.  

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Me two... started with the recurve, Mr Berry got me hooked on Long bows... never looked back.  I have one recurve in the basement that gathering dust... an old green glass DH Coronado.    Not really that good at it, but I really love shooting the longbow.
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I like shooting both. I do shoot my old B Mag riser bow the best. Hopefully it won’t come apart on me. I can still shoot my 55# Wes Wallace as much as I want but looking down the road I really like that Impala Express. 
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I love shooting bows period and have shot a lot of different kinds. I have a couple recurves that I love to shoot and shoot them pretty well but the longbow is bow that keeps calling me back. I love the longbows so much that I wrote a book with them being one of the main focus points. I never got it published, still have it just sitting there waiting to be. 
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Definately the longbow

Have some recurves but  only shoot once in a while 
 and don't take long to get my fill of them

ASL I never get tired of shooting
mild R/D  about the same
been messing with a BW hybred lately shoots good but not sure I like it near as much

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I like to shoot both. Shooting the longbow and wood is more intuitive than  shooting the recurve and skinnies  and I am not talking just about aiming. 
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Silverarrow,

I'll have to post pictures this weekend when I'm not working on the website. LOL 🙃🙄😩😨😄

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Darren
Now I know why you like all the new emoji options  lol...😎👍


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Not long after to committing to the ASL, it quickly became apparent there was just no going back. More so when combined with a back quiver, the entire “system” becomes intuitive and natural. Now I’m not sure if it’s wholly a matter of the longbow or if age/experience is just setting in, but each year I find myself becoming increasingly persnickety on which longbows bows I like most, and why. 
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I have said this before, at risk of sounding stupid,  something in which i excel,  i simply feel right, or  good, or whole, or...something,  when i walk the woods with a longbow in hand.  An ASL or closely  similar bow.  I sure like ( and own) others but they don't elicit the same feeling.



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Like many, I started with a recurve, but when I tried a longbow, I was hooked. I don't know what convinced me that I could be good with this tool (or archery in general), yet I am totally fascinated by it. I now shoot it reasonably well and have no plans to go back to the recurve to any large degree. Don't ask me why I am so enamored with it - it just speaks to me, that's all. Plus, I am fairly heavily invested in longbows. I have 7 Hill style bows and 5 R/D bows. I just like them.
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I love to shoot my ASL bows!  My recurves have been setting on the rack gathering dust for over 4 years now. ASLs are so pure and simple and elegant and classy and ..........
It seems so much easier to become one with a long bow than a frills covered recurve. 

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It is finally coming around in my head. It is the entire package that makes it all work.  It is not just the bow, arrows or accessories, once everything is balanced and correct, it is me.  I am the only reason it works or does not work.  The more high performance and complicated the equipment, and the method, the more variables there are to calculate.  Watch anyone that shoots like John Schulz, fluid simplicity.
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Although I still own and shoot recurves, I really get more joy out of spending a day with a longbow. 
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Longbows are a joy all the way around. It begins the moment you pick one up. They're feather light and carry like a dream.
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I got my first long bow in Sept.  The recurve hasn’t been touched since.  
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Lately I've been playing with a frankenbow and just can't get the consistency that I'd like.   Not that I'm a tiny group shooter with any bow but it would be nice if the arrows in the groups showed at least some sort of relationship to each other and even indicated that there was a common POA.  ðŸ˜œ  today I  picked up a long bow that I seldom shoot and all of a sudden the groups were related and while nothing to brag about the intended POI was apparent. 
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Longcruise;  reading this thread and another on another site
 I expirmented  last coupple of weeks  taking a recurve one day , hybred another ,and ASL or mild reflex deflex
  over and over shooting the same stump shooting path

 no question 
 The ASL and mild reflex deflex  are better accuracy wise for me and more enjoyable to shoot-my hand eye just functions better with them espically at unknown distances 

Note ( have spent much more years with an ASL   so maybe an old shoe thing)

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I greatly prefer the ASL shooting experience.

I currently only have two recurves among my 13 bows. I use my waterproof all fiberglass Ben Pearson recurve for bowfishing. It is not too bad because it has a straight low-wrist grip very similar to a longbow.
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My Bear Super Kodak has many shooting and portability virtues, but the sculptured grip just does not suit me well.




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I have to say that after years of shooting recurve bows, a number of years ago I decided to try a BW long bow.  My mind went through a tizzy.  This bow was light and just felt right in my hand.  Fast forward....  I now own three with a possible 4th in the near future (or it may be a PSR).  

I have tried on many occasions to shoot Hill style bows but it has just never worked for me.  I just can not get the feel from them.  So, I am sticking to my PL's.

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