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Sierra Rat

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've ordered a Whisper bow from Steve.  It will be around July before I get the bow and was wondering if any of you have or have shot this type of bow before and have any tips, tricks, or quirks for me.  I currently have 3 longs that are all different.  A Border Harrier Royale, which is a hybrid, A Fox Archery Traditional longbow which is a deflex/reflex and an ASL Hill Redman.

With these 3 bows, it varies as to which I can shot more accurately.  This winter has been mild, so I have been able to start shooting again a little early (I live at the north end of the Sierra Nevadas).  This week I did OK with the Fox at 20yds, but when I shot with the Border, the groups could not have been better. The Border and Fox are 45# @ 30" and the Redman is 53# @ 30" and it will take me a little more time the get back up the 53# draw.


64"  45# 55#  Samick Journey
66"  41# 52#  Wes Wallace Mentor
68"  45#  Fox Archery Traditional Longbow
70"  45#  Border Harrier Royale
70"  53#  Howard Hill Redman

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I’ve had a North Star from JD Berry and have a reverse handle Howard Hill. I like them very much and find them easy and forgiving to shoot.  I think you will enjoy shooting it.
Soap Creek

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I had a Whisper. Very fine bow. No secret to shooting it that I no of. I shot mine just like any other ASL. Mine was a straight grip. I liked it just fine.

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I just had my new to me Whisper out stump shooting yesterday.  The strait grip is very comfortable and the bow shoots great.  Enjoy!

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Generally, because the riser is on the back side of the limbs rather than the belly side, it's a good idea to brace the reverse handle bows a little higher.  If you lay a strung reverse handle bow on top of a strung standard riser ASL of the same length, to get the same curvature in the limbs, you'll need to brace the reverse grip riser about an inch higher.  I brace my standard riser ASLs at about 6 to 6 1/4; my Whisper and other reverse riser ASLs, I brace at about 7 inches.  

Don't have to do that, but I think it gets a little more performance out of the bow and makes it a little easier to tune.  Yes, I know, a lower brace height generally imparts more energy to the arrow because it is on the string longer, but if the bow is strung too low, there's not enough initial tension to add much oomph.  

James Calamaris

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I have a Whisper, a Classic and an American and they are all braced at 6 1/8”. They all shoot the same for me. I tried the Whisper at 7 to 7 1/2” and it felt and shot terrible for me. Needless to say, I lowered the brace back down to 6 1/8” and sweet shooting was back. But what works for me may not be right for you.
Jim Calamaris 

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