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Ric O'Shay

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Short recurves. Yes, I've always been in favor of the longer bows, be they longbows or recurves. They offer balance in the hand, smoother feeling draw, quite and real stability. Then, I acquired an A handle Bear. I had a set of #1 Bear limbs, so in a moment of insanity (or senility), I installed them on the A handle resulting in a 56" recurve bow. On my first trip to the target bag my eyes were opened. The bow is well balanced, very smooth draw and surprisingly very stable. As in all Bear recurves, there was no feeling in the hand. Quiet? I'm still listening for the sound. Needless to say this opens up a new door to my hunting off the ground this fall. I can only ask myself, "Why have I been so closed minded all these years."  Rhetorical question folks, no answers are needed. [biggrin]
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I just acquired an A handle with #3 limbs in a trade. I started out just wanting to try it, and I was going to sell it but now I’m rethinking that. LOL. It draws silky smooth and shoots great!
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Well, I haven’t shot one of the Bear TD’s, but I was of the same mind about short bows for hunting until this year when I decided to try 58” versions of a couple well known 50’s style recurves for the first time. After shooting 3D’s with those lately, I see no real disadvantage for any type of bow hunting. Compared with the 66” TD recurve I hunted with previously, the short recurve can be a joy to carry, maneuver, smooth accurate shooters, and even quieter. I’ll be carrying one in the field some this fall.
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66" Belcher American, 52@28
66" HHA Wesley Special TD, 46@28
68" J. Hill Wildcat Deluxe, 53@27
67" JET Bison, 45@27 
58" Toelke Chinook, 51@28
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I spent years saying I'd never own a Bear T/D.  Well, never is a long time and my curiosity got the better of me.  Unlike the "cat" I was pleasantly surprised.  Frank
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Wish I could figure out why I have “high itis” shooting shorter bows. Please share your secrets.
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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

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A little time has past since I first started this thread. In that length of time I'm ready to double down on my first comment about short bows. I have truly enjoyed my time spent with the A riser and number 1 Bear limbs. It is a fast bow, very quiet and much more accurate than I am. If I do my part, it will place an arrow in the right spot. 
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That is one of the reasons I don't allow myself to test shoot recurves. Right now, I am absolutely positive that I don't get along well with recurves, but I am afraid to test shoot them in fear that one will fall into the "must have" category. After all, I learned archery by shooting recurves, and I just can't afford to find out that like Ric, my opinion is also invalid.
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