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The Fred Bear® Montana Longbow is a quick, very smooth bow, sporting limbs faced and backed with black fiberglass overlays and reinforced at the tips for a strong draw every time. Crowned and cut on center, with a soft leather grip and powerful FastFlight string. Length: 64''.
Use this for everything from rabits to hogs
I bought this bow having never even shot a bow before. It took me a week to get good with it. I will go out in the woods and kill a few rabits. I like this bow because rifles will damage the hide. I have taken thre rabits, twenty five squirels, one possum, and a sow with this bow and i have got to say i was skeptical at first but i have cme to appreciate bows. Especially this one.
June 29, 2012
This is my first longbow and I can't put it down! Bear is an excellent brand and they did a great job with this great quality product. I recommend it to beginners and experts alike. Overall great bow!
October 23, 2011
fred Bear longbow
Great longbow, shoots perfect.
Got the 45#, definitely powerful enough to shoot very accurate over 50 yards.
Looks good, feels good.
Looking for a good traditional bow, the old fashioned way: buy this one.
Have not tried it hunting yet. Will do so soon.
April 5, 2011
THIS is a nice bow
I was going to say, "for the money, this is a nice bow" - but I've seen longbows that cost more but aren't noticeably better. It shoots sweet - no hand shock. And the draw is very smooth - no stacking. I had a 50 lb. recurve that required a lot of effort to draw and hold. I have the 45 lb. Montana, and the difference is amazing. It's only 5 lbs. lighter, but because the draw is so smooth, it feels alot easier. I can shoot all afternoon. A real pleasure to shoot. It's very close to center-shot, too - so it's been a much easier to tune than my recurve was. I'm VERY happy with the purchase.
February 5, 2009
From my understanding the weight of traditional bow is at 28". They don't make them with specified draw lengths like a compound bow. My draw length is 29" and I shoot a Super Grizzly with no problem. Basically if you don't pull back to 28" you won't hit the weight of the bow, likewise if you draw more than 28" then you will be pulling more weight. It's all about practicing and finding your groove with any traditional bow. The most important thing is to find an arrow shaft with that length and using that draw weight to have the correct spine stiffness. Pulling two inches more is not going to make that great of a difference in the weight anyway.
While I agree that the minimum responsible poundage when hunting with a longbow is 45-50 pounds, you need to keep this rule of thumb in mind. When going from a compound to traditional equipment, take the compound draw weight and subtract 20 lbs. The reasons for this are: 1. Most compound shooters shoot a bow that is too heavy anyway...just watch someone point the bow almost straight up while they draw to understand that. 2. The longbow has no let-off so you will be holding the full poundage at full draw. Most people new to traditional archery will pick a bow that is too heavy and get discouraged when their grouping is erratic and loose. Go lighter than you think you need to go. You will understand why after about 20 shots or so. Draw weight with traditional equipment is not about bragging rights or toughness. It is the absolute factor in getting consistant, ethical shots on target.
well Mike, that's hard to answer because with a compound you may draw 55 lbs at mid draw but a full draw it my be less than10lbs. With a recurve or longbow you'll be pulling 55lbs at full draw. The minimum poundage for big game hunting with a traditional bow will be 45-50lbs. I'd look into something along the lines of that.
Your going to lose about 3 pounds for every inch you lose on your draw length. so a 45 pound bow at 25 inches of draw length would make it about 36 pounds, less if your draw length is shorter. Hope that helps.
I have this bow. Easton recommends the Legacy model specifically for a longbow in a 2018 for the 30 inch at 50 lbs and a 2016 for 29 inch at 50 lbs. I use the 2018 because it is a heavier arrow which is great for hunting. They stabilize fast and I have been extremely happy with them. They are strong. I have this bow in a 50 lb. model and had a complete pass-thru on a wood fence. The shaft did not bend and the fletching did not mess up at all. Plus, the wood grain print really looks nice. So again, go with the Easton Legacy Arrows in 2018.
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