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25-05-2015, 17:59   #1
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how to buy a bow.

i want to take up archery and i want to buy the martin jaguar recurve takedowm bow. i have looked it up on loads of sites and it cheapest of ebay and amazon but neither deliver to ireland. does anyone know where is the best and cheapest place to buy and how to get it into the country.
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25-05-2015, 21:39   #2
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Funny, I also did a search for "Best recurve bow" and had the same idea

Its a great hunting bow but a crap takedown bow and even the ILS version is a pain to takedown as its not a proper ILS limb..


FWIW you can buy them on amazon and ebay where some sellers will ship to ireland. Cn amazon click the link below where it says it doesn't ship to ireland and look for ones that do international shipping:

Example: on this page where is says 22 new from :

http://www.amazon.com/Martin-Jaguar-...=martin+jaguar


brings you here

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new


I didnt buy one because, after doing a beginners course, I found a bow I really liked and bought that.

Seriously, do a beginners course, Try other peoples bows, See that everyone who bought bows with screw in limbs sell theirs in a matter of weeks and get something you like. If you aren't used to drawing a bow 35 pounds and up will be to much for you to shoot well. The videos and stuff on youtube for this advocate 50 pound versions for a grown man, you CANNOT shoot that safely.

where are you located?

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25-05-2015, 21:45   #3
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im from waterford, i cant find any seller on ebay or amazon thats post to ireland...i found one in the uk but he added on 50 pounds to the actual price which is almost half the total cost of the bow
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You're more than welcome to try out my Martin Hunter to see if it's the type of bow you would be interested in. I'm in Waterford too. But, I would advise doing a beginners course before you buy anything. We have beginners courses in our woods in Kilmeaden.
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im from waterford, i cant find any seller on ebay or amazon thats post to ireland...i found one in the uk but he added on 50 pounds to the actual price which is almost half the total cost of the bow

Seriously, Theres a dozen on the link I just posted.....

This ebay seller , the very first one when you type "martin jaguar bow" into ebay.ie ships to ireland for free.
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/New-2014-Mart...item43d5507fa5


If you want the 2015 model (not a significant upgrade on the 2014 unlike their compounds)yea, its 50 quid postage which is actually extremely reasonable for shipping from the states..


http://www.ebay.ie/sch/i.html?_odkw=...+2015&_sacat=0
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25-05-2015, 23:19   #6
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thanks wabbit, sorry i was on my phone and it didnt bring it all up
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im just done t.y and was hoping just to spend 200 on it to have something fun i could take up for the summer, im planning on studying all lot for 5th year so since i wouldnt be using it a lot after september im trying to keep the whole cost below 200 but thanks.....quick question, why is the 2014 bow more expensive than the 2015?
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25-05-2015, 23:53   #8
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Darragh, I'd suggest to take up Lardy's idea of doing a beginner's course. Archery is one of those things that's not as easy as it looks but it can be a sport for life. For example, are you right or left eye dominant? Do you think 35# is the right poundage for a beginner? Does a deflex riser like that one make a good bow to start with? Will you be able to choose the correct spine of arrows to shoot with it so they will fly straight? Archery can be frustrating when things are going wrong and you don't know how to fix them. Being in a club helps with that. I suggest you put your money into a beginners course and take it from there. You may even be able to pick up some suitable second-hand equipment.

With a little help you would soon be able to take on targets like this one..

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Much better beginner kit and cheaper too

http://www.merlinarchery.co.uk/sf-ax...w-package.html
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25-05-2015, 23:59   #10
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Much better beginner kit and cheaper too

http://www.merlinarchery.co.uk/sf-ax...w-package.html

Absolutely.

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ok so it turns out theres a lot more thought needed on this, good thing i posted this, thanks for all the help its been a huge help i wont make any rash decisions thanks again to all of ye
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is it illegal to import a bow from america?
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28-05-2015, 22:45   #13
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is it illegal to import a bow from america?
No it's not. I've a couple of bows I bought in Estonia. Another from Hungary, and one from Germany.
Buy away. Postage can be costly though!


Edited to add: You'd be a fool not to take up Lardy's generous offer above. You'd learn more in a couple of hours with him than any internet thrawling!
Best of luck with it.

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quick question, why is the 2014 bow more expensive than the 2015?
There is no logical reason, I picked one up for $120 from an Ebay seller a few months back, but prices recently seem to have inflated for no reason.

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If you want the 2015 model (not a significant upgrade on the 2014)
I have to disagree, the 2015 IS definitely a significant upgrade, no so much on the Limbs, but the riser was designed AS a takedown recurve with a proper shelf for Trad shooting and ILF dovetail fittings, unlike the old version which was basically a warf bow, a mish-mash of an old Jaguar compound cut-past-center riser with limbs made to fit it - the grip is uncomfortable and you are very restricted to what arrow rests will fit unless you DIY a new shelf and sideplate.

Its a fine bow for $120-130 However for $200 there are MUCH better bows for the same, or slightly more money.

The SF bow mentioned is a fine bow for someone getting into olympic archery but is going to be completely wrong for getting into instinctive or trad being both heavy, long and not a shelf shooter.

First thing you gotta do is do some kind of introductory course or just have a talk with an instructor and find out:
  • What kind of archery you want to do ? Olympic or Traditional ?
  • What weight bow do you need ?

Only armed with that important information will you be able to decide what kind of bow you need.
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Much better beginner kit and cheaper too

http://www.merlinarchery.co.uk/sf-ax...w-package.html
I so want this!
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