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Zaccai King
Dec 03, 2021
In Main Campsite
I suck at tuning wood arrows. But I came up with something that seems to help. Im sure someones done this before but it was new to me. My problem was finding a way to bare shaft wood without breaking any arrows that weren't perfect. I chopped the back of my fletchings off to create a mini fletching far forward on the shaft. This gave me a toned down version of the bare shaft results. So an arrow that was way weak or way stiff wasn't slapping sideways so hard that it would break. I am going to tune these to a new bow as the bow I had tuned for I just sold. I will be adding picture of the results. Hopefully they don't include any broken arrows. It worked well the first time so here goes. Also, this post was originally a 5 paragraph essay which also included my defense for tuning wood arrows for perfect flight, but my laptop backed out and erased it as I was going to post. Im too tired to remember everything I was saying anyway so its for the better lol! One is 45-50 and the other 50-55 I don't remember which is which anymore. I thought I wrote it on the shaft but it either was invisible ink or I forgot to.
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Zaccai King
Dec 03, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
This is my first ASL, it is 66" ntn #55@29" (yes it starts to stack at 27" I get #3 -#3.5 per inch at 28" and 29") The cores are maple, the veneers are cypress, the riser and tip wedges are wenge. I cannot for the life of me remember what my tapers or lam thicknesses are. I wrote it all down but then lost the notebook... not very helpful. So I started this bow a long time ago, 3 years ago actually. I had it pretty much finished, it just needed the grip finished and the limb tips shaped. But I moved into a friend's upstairs bedroom and didn't have anywhere to work on bows so I left it at my parent's place. We've been in a house now for almost a year and my parents were thrilled to cart all my staves and bow-making junk down and get their garage back lol. I just finally got around to finishing this bow up. This was my second ASL to glue up after reading Steve's book. The first was white and green glass with a green stabilized riser, I did the initial glue-up at too low of a temperature and had the bow unzip the first shot after stringing it. Anyway, I went right back to work. I ground the lams out on a mini drum sander I built and am overall pretty proud of this bow. I hate the riser tho, I miscalculated my stack thickness at the riser or marked something wrong and cut the riser block probably an inch short belly to back. I didn't notice till after I took it out of the form. I glued an overlay on for some more depth but it only helped a little bit, guess I could have built it out more... I dunno. I wrapped the grip in rawhide because I don't have any leather. The shelf build-out, (what is it called on ASLs?) is antler from a shed I found in WA at my grandparent's place 7 years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions for sealing the rawhide so it doesn't absorb moisture?
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Zaccai King
Dec 01, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
I hear people talk about core wood performance but I have never seen a body of work quantifying the differences between woods. Does such a work exist? Am I wrong in thinking that core woods simply acts as a spacer? That the glass is what is taking the work load. Since the foam is used in high-end limbs it makes me think that a light weight consistent spacer is what makes a good core wood. Also something with low internal friction (hysteresis?) Am I on the right track? Am I missing something?
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Zaccai King
Nov 30, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
Well, I met some fellas out muzzleloader hunting a couple of weeks ago they had got a buck down and needed some help dragging him up a steep creek bank. They offered to pay me if I'd stop and help and I actually laughed because to my mind that was ridiculous. I helped them get the deer drug out to the truck and loaded it up. They wanted to know about my longbow and we started talking, we exchanged numbers and I told them to let me know if they need any help in the future. I got a text that night and one of them wanted to know if I had built my longbow. I told him no, I hadn't built the one I was hunting with that night but I hunted with one I built the weekend prior. he asked if I would send him some pictures so I did. Then he wanted to know if I could make one for his seven-year-old for Christmas. I said sure! I don't know about anyone else but I have a much easier time making bows when I know they are going to someone else. Maybe it's because I already have more than I can shoot and I just like knowing they're being used. Anyway, I set record time making this bow and I got to try something new. I had a relative give me some rawhide last month and I did my first rawhide backing. I stretched it, washed it, and I glued it with tite-bond III. I think it came out pretty good. I used a spray-on finish that made the marker run but that was the only thing that went south. This was also my first left-handed bow which was much harder for me to make the grip. I realized I'd never held a left-handed bow before so getting it to feel comfortable was a bit tricky. The boy draws about 20" and is shooting #30 right now so I tillered it out to 26" which will allow it to grow with him for a while but hopefully not have it be too long or heavy in the limb tips be too inefficient. It's going to be suboptimal until he is drawing it 26" but my goal was to mitigate that a little. It draws #28 @ 20" and #40 @ 26" so #2 gain per inch. The way the stave was the bow is center shot, or rightabout, without a shelf so I made it to be shot off the hand. I'll just be sure to explain to his dad the importance of keeping the quills down on the fletching. It is 54" tip to tip and took 1.5" of string follow, most of which is near the recurves. I think I didn't let it normalize long enough after steaming it before I put a string back on it. because that part was not directly in the steam, it was just out of it but all the condensation was soaking into the wood there. measured from the limb tip its just 1" of string follow
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Zaccai King
Nov 28, 2021
In For Sale Longbows & Recurves
I am selling my three-piece pronghorn, $425 shipped. I love this bow and have taken 6 deer with it this year. My draw length is 29" and I just need a little bit longer bow only reason for selling. It is #42 @ 28" and is 60" ntn. It has been hunted with pretty hard. It has a few minor scratches and one ding near the top limb fade (I circled it in pink). I think it got hit with a field point by a previous owner, not really sure tho. I have two strings that come with it. One is a little worn but the other is in great shape. I am open to trades for ILF bows with similar specs but in a longer configuration.
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Zaccai King
Nov 12, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
Anybody ever try making a hollow limb bow? It seems like a lot of extra work. How much performance does it get you? I would think there are easier ways to make a bow more efficient. They sure do look cool tho.
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Zaccai King
Nov 04, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
Is there any advantage to sinew backing a bow that has already been shot in? I have a very short recurve I made out of Osage. I had to wrap a small splinter on the limb which stopped me from finishing reducing the weight. It's about #60 I was wondering if I could sinew back it and continue working the weight down. as well as being able to draw it a little further than I could otherwise.
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Zaccai King
Nov 04, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
Where do you get fiberglass? I'm sad to see that OMC is no longer in business as that is where I used to order my bow building supplies.
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Zaccai King
Nov 04, 2021
In Main Campsite
I had someone give me this bow when I graduated high school. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about it. It does still shoot but I lost the string for it. Honestly, it's not fun to shoot anyway. the limbs do not taper at all and it is so sluggish it is horrible. I thought someone just made it as a one-off project bow, but looking at the writing that signature looks pretty legit. anyway, here are the pics.
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Zaccai King
Nov 04, 2021
In Main Campsite
Who are you mentoring? Who do you invest in? Who are you helping to become a better archer, hunter, or person? I just got back from a trip to IA to visit my family. I got to take my wife and two brothers to go meet my friend Greg (soapcreek). Gregs helped me a lot with my archery journey and my bowhunting. He helped me make my back quiver, he got me started bow fishing, and he gave me the stand and steps I used tonight. This last month my wife has started shooting. She's a mad woman, I have to stop shooting before her. I never pressured her, I just told her that I would be happy to teach her if she was interested but she had to ask. Well now she wants to shoot all the time. In the last few years, I've passed all my extra archery gear on to my two brothers. They only shot when I came to visit and the bows on the rack would be thick with dust when I arrived. This time was different tho. They both wanted to shoot and wanted to learn. They asked questions and listened to my advice. I measured their draw lengths and taught them how to bare shaft tune. Taught them the difference between gap nd instinctive and told them to try both and see what works best for them. We had lots of fun, we even rolled pumpkins down the pond dam and shot at them. Before I left both my brothers ordered samick sages. One in #40 and one in #35. Geting either of them to spend money on anything is like pulling teeth so I'm hopeful they are invested now and will get to enjoy the sport. look at that solid form on the last pic, I asked him how he learned to shoot like that and he said from watching me, which is sweet but a total lie, my form looks so much worse, no way he learned that from me! My 4 month old daughter is not yet shooting a bow but will be soon! She stayed with grandma and grandpa because it was cold out. I wanted to say thank you too the members of this community who have been so genourous with their time, materials, and wisdom. I am happy to say I am able to pass it on to others who will hopefully one day do the same. If you arent investing in someone ask yourself why not. from left to right Tim (14) shooting a #25 fire fox, my first real bow and a Howardhill glove from Clovis6. Me (22) shooting a #42 pronghorn I got from Kelly. Wes (16) shooting an ebay special #32 and a black widow tab from someone on this forum, I think Clovis6 but its been a few years. My wife lauren (21) also shooting an ebay special #30
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Zaccai King
Aug 17, 2021
In For Sale Longbows & Recurves
I have a NM Baraga that I bought from Clovis6 on here a while back. I can no longer shoot #50 as my shoulder won't take it. It's been hanging on the bow rack for over a year in hopes that I'd be able to shoot it again, however, it's too sweet of a bow to live on a bow rack. The bow is clear glass with red elm, I am not positive what the core wood is. The handle and overlay are cocobolo or bocote but I can't remember which one, pretty sure it's bocote tho. The tip overlays are antler. The string is fast-flight. There are a few minor scratches and some wear. There is a spot about the last third of the bottom limb where the fiberglass is white, I hit the rail shooting off the balcony a couple of years ago. It has been shot a lot since then and hasn't changed at all. Asking $350 shipped TYD Contig US only, please. I accept Pay Pal, Venmo, or Apple Pay.
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Zaccai King
May 04, 2021
In Main Campsite
Well, I'm sorry to say I did not take a single picture. I actually only took my phone out of my pocket twice the whole day, and that's because my very pregnant wife was calling. The course was great, the first half was definitely better than the second tho. Two couples were nice enough to let me shoot with them, I wasn't keeping score but I'm pretty sure their kids whooped me. It was great to see little kids running around at the shoot, there wasn't a ton, but some is better than none. I got to catch up with the "ye olde farts" gang from Crossville TN which was great, I can't believe it's been almost a year since the last time I was at one of their shoots. I packed my rain boots and rain gear because it looked like it had been rainy without fail for the last several years. You couldn't have asked for better weather! It was wonderful. the ticks were pretty relentless but that's why I use permethrin. Also, I learned that big targets look a lot closer than they really are 😂 Did any of the TAS gang make it out to Twin Oaks this year?
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Zaccai King
Apr 08, 2021
In Main Campsite
I ordered a Selway bow quiver the other week and I mounted it on my bow and started trying to shoot it. I expected it to change the tune some as people have often mentioned it. I had my arrows tuned before the quiver but after the quiver, I needed to increase my point weight by 90-100 grains to regain my tune. since I'm already shooting a total of 198gr upfront on my 500s I ordered a set of 600s and will see how those work. the added weight on the 500s made for a very curved trajectory and the nock wanted to stay high no matter where I put the nocking point. I'm shooting a 3 piece pronghorn off the shelf, it is #42@28" and I'm drawing 27.5" my arrows that tune well WITHOUT the bow quiver are Beeman ICS 500s cut 29.25" with a 23gr insert and a 175gr point. Does this amount of spine change sound normal or is something else up? should I have to drop spine or add 100gr? It's a six arrow quiver and I did all the tuning with 5 arrows in it to mimic the first shot. For reference, I paper-tuned it with fletched and unfletched shafts as well as shot bare shafts into a block target and shot bare shafts and fletched shafts out to 20 yards.
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Zaccai King
Mar 17, 2021
In Main Campsite
My wife would like to take a trip to a southeastern state this spring, she wants to go to the beach specifically. South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are the top options. She is not very fond of Alabama but says gulf shores is acceptable. I would like to chase some hogs. Is there a particular state or region in a state that we could both enjoy our ideas of a vacation? Are there any members in any of those states who would be willing to give me some pointer are maybe even go hunting together? I have never hunted hogs before, tracking some in the Cumberland plateau is the most I've ever done. Thanks!
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