My Review of Samick Sage Takedown
Samick is a byword among archers and bowhunters. I’ve been using their products for the better part of the last four years running, ever since I first moved to Maine and got into hunting deer with a bow, and they’ve never let me down… even in that one ill-fated situation when I thought it’d be a great idea to try and take down the most beautiful buck I’d ever seen with a single arrow; it was my fault for being distracted, but suffice to say that’s the only time I ever started out a hunt on the ground and ended it up a tree. Critters can get awfully angry, sometimes…can’t really blame them, though.
The Sage Takedown recurve bow from Samick is a quality product.
It’s backed by black fiberglass, but the limbs are solid maple; I’ve always liked maple in my bows. It’s got a good draw to it, it’s flexible, yet strong, and it seems to last longer than some of the alternatives out there. Other options might be cheaper, but if my maple bows serve me well and last longer then that’s the way I’m going to go… this is one of those areas of my life where I’m always going to demand quality first.
Though, seriously, $140 is not bad at all to begin with; at that level of investment, this is also a great bow for a beginner to start learning the finer points of the ins and outs of archery.
Another great recurve bow for beginners, well worth looking into, is Martin Jaguar Takedown.
The point is, regardless: if you want a successful hunting trip, you could do a lot worse than to go with this fine, durable, quality recurve bow from Samick, whatever your level of experience may be. Just make sure you’re not distracted while you’re aiming at something which could conceivably do a lot of damage if you make it angry; mistakes can happen, even to the best of us!
What draw weight should I go for?
I’ve discussed this a bit in my article on recurve bows here. If you’re going to hunt with a recurve bow, I’d go for at least 40/45 pounds. Though a higher draw weight means that it will be heavier to pull the string back, and thus make frequent target practice hard on your muscles, it also means that you will get more force. Many people like to have two or more bows, to get the best for target practice and hunting — but you can always expand your collection once you get hooked on archery.
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