Hi everybody,

I have been reading carefully Steve Gardner article in TBB vol 4 again and again. I am not shure about my target mass ...

There are some things i don't understand :

This is my fourth osage 61" recurve, it is significantly lighter ( i don't tell the weight on purpose) than the previous ones probably because i managed to reduce outer limb mass.

(Despite this it has some hand shock with 9 gpp arrows.)

But handle width and thickness are not the same everytime and can easily make a one ounce weight difference...

I don't understand also : Draw length/ working limb length

Considering Draw length/ bow length standards for example :

Standard : 26"/62"

minus, 8"handle fades, minus 12" stiff tips equal 42"/2 = 21" working limb versus 26" draw length

I mean that draw length ALWAYS exceeds working limb length on stiff handle bows so correction must ALWAYS be added to the chart ??

I would like to know what would be the target mass on this bow :

Osage recurve bow 61" 47,5#@26"

Handle and fades : 8"

Here handle is : 4,92" long, 1,26" thick, 1" wide.

working limb 19 or 20" not shure about that ...

String follow : zero, right after unstringing.

limb width fades : 43 mm (1,7")

limb width mid : 31 (1,22")

See page 92 TBB vol 4 :

CHART :

61" 48#@26" = 17 Oz

A draw weight : -0,5oz

B handle fade : 0

C induced reflex : recurved (about 2inches) yes but now 0 reflex so ?

D Draw length/ working limb : 26/19 or 20 = + 3,5 Oz or 3 Oz

Something between 19,5 or 20 ?

Thanks for your help !