Entry level recurve bow?

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Entry level recurve bow?

Post by KnifeStyle » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:12 am

I'm looking for a first recurve to mess around with as I learn. I'm told the Martin Jaguar is affordable but quality, and it being a takedown saves on storage space. Any other recommendations for a solid first bow at the lowest price possible?
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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by Wormjello » Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:16 pm

Samick Sage. I purchased mine after reading great reviews. I don't like the aluminum risers and the Sage also has a wide range of limbs available in different weights.
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Post by azoth » Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:25 pm

i second the samick sage. i got one with 35# limbs so that i could practice and then got 45# limbs once i conditioned myself. i would also recommend getting a good string with silencers.
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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by Paladin1 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:05 pm

I've shopped quite a bit and the Samick Sage is the most recommended entry level bow out there. If I ever pull the trigger (string?) it will be the one I get.
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Post by cusm » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:02 pm

I've got into archery with my son with JOAD and scouts in the last 2 years. The Sage is the absolute best way to start, it can be had for $110-130. I would recommend you get anywhere from 25-35lb pull, you can move up and you want something you can send 100 arrows down range without killing your arm. Go to a local shop that will help you set it up and get good arrows that are the correct size for you and the bow.

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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by ineffableone » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:04 pm

KnifeStyle wrote:I'm looking for a first recurve to mess around with as I learn. I'm told the Martin Jaguar is affordable but quality, and it being a takedown saves on storage space. Any other recommendations for a solid first bow at the lowest price possible?
Not sure if it is still a problem but the Martin Jaguar had several years of issues with the limbs of the Jaguar delaminating. It was so much of a problem Jaguar owners took to using Sammick Sage limbs instead of the replacement limbs Martin was sending them. BTW Martin bows usually are good quality, the Jaguar is the only one I have heard of this issue, and it seems it was due to the limbs being subcontracted out.

Personally I would suggest the Sammick Sage. It is the most recommended beginner bow out and has a stellar record. I can also speak from experience as I have a Sage, they live up to the hype. The Sage really is a great bow. While it might not have the $400 bow finish and looks, it actually shoots as well as most $400 bows.
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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by Ad'lan » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:56 pm

I started with a Ragin, I hear good things about Samik, but in general, for your first bow, it's more important to get started right than worry about brand names. Make sure you don't over bow yourself, get arrows of the right draw length and spine, a finger tab or shooting glove and a bracer (arm guard).

Are there any local clubs? You can get a lot of good advice and often lender bows so you can try some out.
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Post by Cadillac » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:31 am

I personally started with a Damon Howatt Hi Speed that is amazing and I picked it up for inexpensive. Don't be afraid to look at used recurves as you can often find some great deals out there.
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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by mattltm » Mon May 11, 2015 12:44 pm

I was looking for a Sage for the wife but it was near on imposable to get hold of one at the time.

Went for the Stingray as an alternative in the end.
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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by ineffableone » Mon May 11, 2015 3:24 pm

mattltm wrote:I was looking for a Sage for the wife but it was near on imposable to get hold of one at the time.

Went for the Stingray as an alternative in the end.
Yes the Sage can sell out quickly at times. That is one trouble with it being the most popular of beginner bows. There is a high demand for them that can't always be met by the supplies.
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Re: Entry level recurve bow?

Post by Mothball » Mon May 11, 2015 5:17 pm

Basspro always has a Sammik sage in Stock. Sammik also had QC issues with this bow. I have personally seen two that had the take down bolt inserts for the top limb pull out when they were strung and one with the riser delaminating. All three were sold from a shop I worked at, and all three were replaced.
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