Best low lb bow for "Plinking"?


February 21, 2013, 07:11 PM
Alright folks, I was at my local Sportsman's and me and the lady wanted to look at Compound Bows.

He handled some bows by a company by "Diamond Back". They were pretty low poundage and felt pretty good.

But if I'm gonna jump into archery I want good bow and arrows to start with. I'd rather not replace it down the line.

So, whats the best low poundage bow for "Plinking" Or is it "Plunking"? :D

Thanks THR!

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February 21, 2013, 09:08 PM
How low are we talking? 10 lbs? 20 lbs? Some archers I know think anything under 50 lbs is "low poundage" but for casual target shooting you rarely need anything higher than that.

I grew up using Bear compound bows. Unfortunately I forgot the model but there is an inexpensive one that is about 30 lbs but you can make some adjustments up or down by turning the screws in the limbs. Of course I won't go messing with it without someone at a bow shop helping.

February 21, 2013, 10:20 PM
I would look into the Genesis. I bought one for my wife and love it. It only draws around 20# but hits like a 35# bow. It has zero let off so it still feels like a recurve. It basically makes you work on your form like a traditional bow without tuckering you out.

I have a 50# recurve and a 65# compound as well. However, when I just grab a bow to shoot for a half hour to an hour, I generally just grab my wife's Bow. That Genesis is one fun bow and to me feels like the definition of a plinker.

February 21, 2013, 10:25 PM
I wanna say the Diamond Back I was looking at was #25. it definitely had a let off. Seemed perfect for driving out into the desert and knocking targets around.

February 22, 2013, 02:21 AM
I paid $150 for a Ragim Wildcat, takedown recurve. It's a neat plinking bow.

February 22, 2013, 11:35 AM
The ultimate low-poundage "plinker".... Go to this guy's YouTube channel:

And look up the directions for the 30-pound PVC "youth" bow. This is a short recurve bow that can be made for essentially nothing but the price of a piece of PVC tubing and free if you have some laying around.
I made one last Summer in about an hour with a heat gun and was pretty amazed at how well it shoots.
I bought a handful of cheap carbon arrows at Walmart.

February 22, 2013, 02:39 PM
While I may not hunt with this bow, it's gonna see alot of use. The panic ammo shortage has made me shift my money towards other hobbies like knives, and now, archery.

This bow is gonna see ALOT of use if everything goes right. So will the targets I research and buy, and the Arrows. So "Cheap" is probably the wrong word. I'm not looking for a "cheap" bow, but a bow that is very durable, very quality, for a fair price. I need the Glock/Sig of Compound bows! :D

February 22, 2013, 10:23 PM
I have a 42# Herters recurve that was my dads great for stump shooting easy on the arms and will still kill a deer.
I would look of a 40# or so recurve FWIW


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February 23, 2013, 10:59 AM
I'm a big fan of the PSE Rally. 12" of draw length adjustment; 50# of draw weight adjustment in a single bow (for the 70# bow - 20# up to 70#). It can take you from casual "plinking" to putting food on the table or taking out sentries :D. A complete package (less arrows, arm guard, release or fingers) can be gotten for less than $400. BTW, don't forget to get a decent Katana.

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February 28, 2013, 02:30 PM
Also keep in mind the world of crossbows... they are right much fun too...

February 28, 2013, 05:24 PM
I'm new to compounds, but from what I've learned you may be asking too much from a compound. They are complicated and require maintenance. Maybe a recurve or longbow might suit you better for casual shooting. Years ago I would target shoot with a recurve and cheap arrows. Fun and effective.

Now I have the PSE Bear Hunter (compound), which IMO, is close to what you are asking, but still needs to have the string maintained and replaced regularly. (mines still original). It can be adjusted down for casual shooting, or up for big game hunting. You have to take it into the store to adjust on a bow press. It came with all the basic needs (target and peep sights, quiver, etc) to shoot or hunt. I just added arrows, wrist guard, foam target, case and basic trigger. Although finger release option is available too.
Cabela's custom cut arrows with Carbon 5 broad heads for hunting, and Walmart carbon fiber arrows and tips for target shooting.

So far it's a target killer, but I hope to get a buck someday.

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