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    I know literally nothing about archery, however my Nan has recently given me a bow my late grandad had in the back of a cupboard. I know that it's a recurve bow, think it's from the 70's. anyway, I'm looking for some advice on setting it up again, it will need new string, and some arrows - I would be grateful of some advise as to what sort and length I need! I will post some pics asap.

    What do the numbers on this mean?

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    Get that string off it quickly, it'll ruin it if not already ruined!

    I think the 30 at 26 means it's a 30lb draw weight at 26inchs. Not sure about the other numbers though.

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    Ah! the string is loose, it's not stretching the bow, I thought the string had just stretched a lot! The bow stays that shape without the string on it? Is it suppose to do that?

    Does the 26 inches refer to arrow length ?

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    That's ok then. I'm no expert, it's been a long time since I picked up a bow. I think 26" will be the length of draw back. So is sort of in relation to arrow length.

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    Yes, the bow should be that shape.

    It's a Marksman Forest Ranger, 63" length, 30 lb draw weight at 26" draw length.

    Marksman don't exist any more, but their designer/bowyer Keith Gascoigne now runs KG Archery, and might be able to give you more info.

    http://www.kgarchery.com/

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    Nice to see another one of those, I recently bought one from a local car boot sale exactly the same as that one, the only reason i bought it was because my grandad and uncle worked for marksmen archery, they used to design and manufacture them when the firm was owned by les howis - they were the pioneers of using composites in bow design, i used to work there during my summer holidays. This could even be one i made when i was there

     

    Originally based in cuckney, Creswell, then at the dukeries estate on the outskirts of Worksop.

     

    No longer around as the company broke up some years ago, my uncle is a master bowyer and still hand makes English longbows in the traditional way at his workshop in Creswell (Peter Bakewell).

     

    The 63 is the limb length and the other 2 figures are arrow length and draw weight, 7654 is the serial number, i seem to remember when i restrung mine the bowstring needs to be 4" shorter than limb length, please check all areas on the limbs just in case of delamination, these bows are now getting to be the best part of 40 years old.

     

    NEVER DRAW THE BOW AND FIRE WITHOUT AN ARROW AS IT WILL TEAR IT APART !!!!!

     

    Just looking at the pics again, it looks as though its a left handed one

     

    I can remember Keith Gascoigne when i used to work there.

     

    The string can be stored on the bow as it is, but to use it the string needs to be fitted correctly, at the moment it is back to front, there is a definite knack to doing this without a bow stringer, it would be worthwhile in investing in one so you can string and de string it safely.

    Edited by wingnut

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    I had one of those as a junior archer in the late 70s. Good bow of the time.

    If you know nothing about archery have a quick look at your local club.. you will find one close by on the Archery GB website.

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    I would love something like this to play with in the back garden. Any idea where to look and what I should pay?

     

    You can have this one for £150 plus postage.

    Complete set up with scabbard,arm and hand wear and spares.If you want more pics of box set up just PM.

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    Do any of you Archers know where in the Midlands I could buy some coaching for my secretary as an Xmas present ?

     

    She has won a few competitions and is quite good I believe but thought I'd try and get her some help to become even better. Might cost me a fortune if she makes the Olympics and we have to go support her though !

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    I would love something like this to play with in the back garden. Any idea where to look and what I should pay?

     

    Hope you have a big back garden - back stops are just as important in archery as in rifle shooting.

     

    A bow like this will reach a 100 yards easily, and as aiming accurately at that range is a real skill, especially barebow, the area at risk is really quite large.

     

    And honestly, if you have less than 15 yrds available + back stop I wouldn't bother...

     

    I would advise at the very least having someone show you how to shoot - chewing chunks out of your arm is a pretty real possibility with poor or inattentive arm position. Also, with a bow @30lbs if you haven't shot a bow before it will be a fairly unpleasant, achey and shaky experience after two or three arrows. There is a reason why those starting out are taught with 15lbs draw, allows development of a solid technique without over stressing any muscles.

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    I use merlin for all my archery stuff and they have always been good.

    It's great fun especially in the summer when we have a clay shoot and bbq followed by a bit of archery!

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    Used to shoot field archery, nearest you will get to live game in this country. Different classes for different bows and also the arrows you shoot. Hunting class was recurve bow with metal arrows, the same bow shooting wooden arrows was called hunting tackle. If I remember correctly. A lot of fun can be had if you start making your own arrows 👍🏼

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    as of most of this year I have had an increasing urge to get my hands on a CHEAP entry level bow to have play with and this thread has just increased it ten fold ...................wish my granddad had one of those lying round ...........or even better I wish my dad and granddad were still with us.

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    I had a Mongolian horse bow for a while - was cracking fun to muck around with. Only £100ish brand new.

     

    Still have my AFB and compound

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    as of most of this year I have had an increasing urge to get my hands on a CHEAP entry level bow to have play with and this thread has just increased it ten fold ...................wish my granddad had one of those lying round ...........or even better I wish my dad and granddad were still with us.

    Merlin Archery, I recently got a 30 or 35lb Samick Sage for £99!

     

    If anything I would have started with a lower one, maybe a 20lb bow. A few people said this but I thought I knew better lol, don't do the same!

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    Merlin Archery, I recently got a 30 or 35lb Samick Sage for £99!

    If anything I would have started with a lower one, maybe a 20lb bow. A few people said this but I thought I knew better lol, don't do the same!

    Deffinately agree. I'm a big lad and struggled to stay steady when trying to use a 40lb bow!

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    Sounds your holding the arrow at draw too long

    Just started with too high a poundage, before the muscle memory has developed enough to come steadily up to full draw. Shouldn't be at full draw more than a second or so.

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