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Old 07-01-2013, 07:48 AM
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Ancient recurve bow passed down from my granddad. I have no clue what its made from. I used to shoot this all the time as a kid, and got really good with it before graduating to a compound. I recently dug this one back out, I had long sold the compound, and my son wanted to learn to shoot. I was bummed to discover the bow has developed this awful twist in it! It was stored unstrung, but I think maybe the humidity in my basement got to it.
Could it be saved? Could I steam it back into shape maybe? Anyone got any cool tricks for taking a twist out of an old bow? Hopefully you can see in the pic......A little hard to make out.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:11 AM
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Maybe. Do a search on how to straighten bow limbs. There are several hits.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:35 AM
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I have researched and attempted to make a few homemade bows myself. So far, my second one came out fairly well. Slowly working on my second. I did use steam to put some curve in it. No expert, by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't see why you can't straighten out the twist, so long as there is no fiberglass, or glue backing. You will probably have to sand off any finish that it may have.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:00 PM
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Just curious......
How does it shoot, just the way it is ??
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:49 PM
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Guess I never updated this. Using a plastic xmas tree bag and a hot water humidifier I made a little disposable steamer. I steamed it a long time and then clamped it to my work bench overnight. The bow is better now. Not perfect but good enough I feel OK shooting it. It does seem pretty obvious that it has less power than before. Maybe I over steamed it. I really had no point of reference how long to do it. It does shoot fine now. Itll be good for my son as an intermediate bow someday
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:03 PM
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Guess I never updated this. Using a plastic xmas tree bag and a hot water humidifier I made a little disposable steamer. I steamed it a long time and then clamped it to my work bench overnight. The bow is better now. Not perfect but good enough I feel OK shooting it. It does seem pretty obvious that it has less power than before. Maybe I over steamed it. I really had no point of reference how long to do it. It does shoot fine now. Itll be good for my son as an intermediate bow someday
You might try twisting the string to shorten it, which will give it a little more power
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:45 PM
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That's great to see you've pretty much straightened out the limbs, just be careful and do a real close inspection of the limbs,handle and string for any hairline cracks that are not real noticable. You may even want to use a magnifying glass to check things over. I've been shooting archery since the early 70's and have seen a few bows break during the shot and it can be pretty dangerous if ya aren't real careful.
Have Fun ! archery is a really great sport and shooting is so much fun!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:21 PM
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Try shooting it and see how it shoots the way it is. other wise I would just save it as a wall hanger as grandpas old bow.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:15 PM
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have seen a few bows break during the shot and it can be pretty dangerous if ya aren't real careful.
I had one come apart on me at full draw and if I hadn't been wearing a hat, it probably would have scraped across my face

As it was, the brim of the hat managed to stay between my face and the
portion of the upper limb that broke
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ouch, that could have been a real problem.
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