I just bought a Samick Deer Master, and I'm happy with it so far. Just make sure you go to someone, who knows how to set up a recurve. What's nice with the take downs, you can start out with lighter limbs, and as you get better , you can work your way up to heavier limbs.
I know you are a little far from them but if at all possible, I would take a trip to Lancaster Archery. There you can test all the bows that you want.
When I bought my Deer master, I tried it and the Red Stag. One thing that I noticed immediately was that the Deer master had a much thinner grip than the red stag which felt much better when switching from a compound. However, my hands are not huge so that made a difference as well.
Also if you go to LA, they can get the bow all set up with arrows and points and you will come away with everything that you need to start shooting. Also, as THINBLUELINE, mentioned, you can buy new limbs for the samick bows so you can work up in weight without having to buy a brand new bow.
I am assuming that you shoot compounds at this point and want to make sure you know how to pick a proper weight. At this point, don't worry about hunting weight bows. There are people that shoot 80# compounds that can barely pull a 50# recurve. The reason for this is the let-off. You need to start low and work your way up. This will help you work on good form as well. At this point, I would start at either 40-45# but you will need to shoot them to be sure.
Lastly, I can't stress enough the need to actually shoot these bows before you make a decision. The trip to lancaster will definitely be worth it, especially when you may be spending 300-400 dollars or more to get started in this sport.
Thanks guys. I shot compound for many years, and recurve before that. I got to a point about 5 years ago I couldn't shoot more than 5 shots with my compound before my shoulder would "clunk" and hurt. I have shot as high as #75 compound.
Well I took a few years off and last year I shot my Brother in laws #35 long bow every Sunday. It felt good and I could shoot for hours with no pain. I picked up a #40 recurve this summer. Shot it every couple days, no pain, shooting hours at a time. It's finially starting to seperate on me. So I feel I'm ready for a hunting recurve. I'm thinking 45lbs should be good for 20 yard shots and enough power to hunt with.
I probably won't decide for a few months but I like the looks of the Samick line, and the reviews seem great for the price. I'd love to take a deer with a recurve. I'd like to get down to Lancaster and shoot one. Planned on ordering one from them anyways.
Lancaster archery is very good with customer service. I spent the better part of an afternoon there getting my bow set up. I had to make two trips though, because all their Samick bows were on back order. Good luck.
Yeah, can't go wrong with Lancaster archery. I bought my bow there and shot it for almost two years. Then one day, I noticed that the one limb was a little crooked on the limb pad. Took it back and we figured out that the alignment pin was not centered on the riser. Right there they handed me a brand new riser. The warranty being a year, my bow was no longer covered by law but they didn't think twice about fixing the problem for nothing. That speaks volumes for the company and their staff and they are top notch in my book.
Hint from a guy recovering from surgeries - don't shoot for hours at a time!! If your shoulder is already doing weird things, it's telling you something - stop it! Shoot till your shooting well, then quit for the day. If you don't get to shooting well for the day, bag it till tomorrow before you hurt something. Ok, the Daddy rant is over! LOL!!
Never shot a Samick, so I can't tell you there, but the guys at LA are good to work with. Welcome back to the ranks of the non-technologically-disadvantaged!
I can't speak for a TD recurve, but I purchased a red stag longbow two summers ago- it changed my life. I haven't shot my compound since, and am already on my "next" longbow. The red stag ran me under $200 and the folks at LAS were the ones who set me up. I was shooting a 60# compound and opted to get a 35# lb to start. I'm now shooting a 50# lb but wouldn't consider getting rid of the red stag since it works- two deer, a few groundhogs, and makes a great "buddy bow."
I think you have set a good goal at 45lbs. My bow is 48lbs @ 28". Since i only draw 27" that makes the actual weight about 45. This setup has no problem getting pass through penetration out to 30 yards.
i alway's build my own bows. but i bought a samick sage just out of curiosity...not a bad bow at all for the price..Really needs a FF string. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if i were you. I would however try to make a trip to lancaster archery and shoot the different models. I think your smart starting with 45#..It's plenty with a good sharp broadhead..Use a good FF string. It gives your bow a bit more speed..