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#5951361 - 09/28/15 07:06 PM Is 70 lbs draw necessary???
Nick1 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 244
Loc: Central Tx
I went to visit a buddy of mine this weekend and he was showing me his new bow setup. Nice rig, couldn't tell you the brand. But he was saying that anything less than 70 is pointless for a grown man. I don't own a bow but would like to when $$ allow it. He's a big guy, wide not tall, so that may be right for him. Any thoughts on the 70 lbs theory to kill whitetail in Texas.
Sorry, meant 70...thanks tigger


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#5951367 - 09/28/15 07:09 PM Re: Is 170 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
TiggerV Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 142
Ummm....Unless I've lost something, he better have said 70 instead of 170. 70 is the max of most bows.....

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#5951397 - 09/28/15 07:26 PM Re: Is 170 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
rtp Offline
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 3519
Loc: texas
I bet far more deer are killed with bows set at less than 70lbs than those at 70lbs or greater. Before I had some shoulder issues, I was pulling 64lbs. Every deer I shot was a complete pass thru and the farthest trail was 80 yards. Most died in sight. After the shoulder issue I resumed hunting with 47 lbs and all four deer died in sight but the bucks were not complete pass thru. Once you get hooked on hunting with a bow there is no going back.
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#5951413 - 09/28/15 07:36 PM Re: Is 170 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
cmc Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 5713
Loc: Graham to Arlington
The main difference in 55 pounds and 70 pounds is how far in the dirt your arrow sticks when it passes through the deer. I draw about 58 and shot through two big Ohio whitetail last year and one Texas whitetail. I shot a 280 pound hog quartering and buried it to the fetching. I don't think 70 pounds would have passed through the hog honestly but once it hits the far shoulder the damage is done.

I used to draw 70 when I thought I needed to but I've learned there's no need and when it's 20 degrees and you've sat in a tree for three hours it's a hell of a lot easier to draw 58 than it is 70.
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#5951427 - 09/28/15 07:42 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Originally Posted By: Nick1
I went to visit a buddy of mine this weekend and he was showing me his new bow setup. Nice rig, couldn't tell you the brand. But he was saying that anything less than 70 is pointless for a grown man. I don't own a bow but would like to when $$ allow it. He's a big guy, wide not tall, so that may be right for him. Any thoughts on the 70 lbs theory to kill whitetail in Texas.
Sorry, meant 70...thanks tigger


20 years ago 70 lb bows shot as fast as today's 50lb bows. He is newer to bow hunting then he leds on.

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#5951438 - 09/28/15 07:48 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5840
Loc: Arlington
A lot of animals have fallen to a 45-pound recurve. At 70, he is getting some speed, and yaddda yadda blah.

Technology has advanced so much, why hurt yourself with 70 when 50 can get it done.
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#5951491 - 09/28/15 08:14 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
BDB Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 613
Loc: Mesquite
I shoot a 70 lb bow. But tell your bud he is shooting bigger to make up for something small he apparently has....................

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#5951545 - 09/28/15 08:40 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: BDB]
ChrisB Offline
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 1112
Loc: Prosper , TX
The 60 pound bow I am shooting this year shoots 35 fps faster than the 70 pound bow I was shooting last year. So no its not necessary at all. Not to mention I can draw 60 pounds so much smoother.

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#5951568 - 09/28/15 08:50 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
TiggerV Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 142
In theory, heavier pull = faster arrows. Faster arrows = flatter shots. Gives you some lee way in distances. My last bow was set at about 68 but had a 60% (?) let off. Current bow is "only" at 55 lbs but has ONLY a 30% let off and it is a bugger to hold for me.

I have no idea what all this means. wink If he's comfortable, so be it.

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#5951646 - 09/28/15 09:17 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 04/24/15
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Ted Nugents bow is set at 45 pound and look how much he has killed
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#5951775 - 09/28/15 10:46 PM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 22256
Loc: Texas
No need for 70lbs for whitetails, now if I were going after Moose I might up it to 70 but bet could get it done with 55. On another forum there is a picture of a very good bull elk taken this year with a 47lb longbow. An outfitter friend in Montana said he likes his elk hunters to shoot 60lbs but if they can shoot better with it at 55 they should still get their elk
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#5951832 - 09/29/15 12:37 AM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 08/23/11
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Sure, 40lb will kill a deer, but a heavier draw will allow for faster, flatter arrows, greater penetration, and more distance. It's the same as a 30-30 vs a 300WM. Both will kill deer, ESPECIALLY at the distances deer are typically shot. If you can shoot the heavy draw weight, why wouldn't you?
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#5951862 - 09/29/15 05:36 AM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
CamB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/15
Posts: 23
Yes 70 has an advantage in some ways, but that doesn't mean it's going to kill a deer any better than 50 both will put em down. But if you aren't pulling 70 (like me) it is not "pointless" some people just simply can't do it comfortably. It's just personal preference and physical ability. Hunt smarter NOT harder IMO

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#5951888 - 09/29/15 06:40 AM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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No
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#5951895 - 09/29/15 06:48 AM Re: Is 70 lbs draw necessary??? [Re: Nick1]
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No you don't need it. It is the same with a rifle or bow, shot placement.
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