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Online silent sniper

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Question about uneven set between limbs
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:09:26 am »
Hey guys I am a bit puzzled on this bamboo/osage ASL longbow I am working on. This bow was glued up with symmetrical limbs and a flat profile. The bow has been tillered for split finger and has a  3/16" positive tiller at brace height. the draw cycle of the bow is very smooth and the bow does not rock or pull in the hand as I reach full draw.


My question is in regards to the difference in set between the limbs. The bottom limb has only taken 1/2" of set while the top limb is twice that at 1" of set. After shooting the bottom limb is just under 3/4" set while the top limb is 1-1/4" of set.

  I have never had a (what I believe to be) well-tillered bow that had such differences in set between the limbs. My bows typically have only up to 1/4" difference in set between both limbs.

 This bow feels well balanced, but the difference in set between the limbs leads me to believe otherwise.   Any thoughts?  Is this difference in set going to affect the longevity of the bow?
Thanks,
Taylor
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Online Pat B

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 06:43:01 am »
Will you post an unbraced and braced profile shot. The full draw looks very good.
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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 07:09:24 am »
Bottom line? If is shoots well, don't give set another thought.
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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 07:44:55 am »
Pat, I am out of town this week so the braced/unbraced will have to wait until this weekend. The bow profile is a string follow American semi longbow.

Jim, I felt the same way, it just puzzles me why this one is different than my other builds.
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Offline Deerhunter21

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2019, 08:26:34 am »
this is happening to me too!
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Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2019, 09:04:27 am »
wood is an organic material and sometimes unpredictable to a point,,Like Jawge says, sometimes set happens,,  (-S

Offline Woodely

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2019, 11:46:36 am »
Bottom line? If is shoots well, don't give set another thought.
+2    I get that on a few of my bows,  and rather than keep removing material and risking a hinge or coming in under weight,  I leave it alone.
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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 12:09:47 pm »
0.5 inch difference isn't bad.  I have it happen a lot; I'd let it be, as bow wood is a plant material.  Nice bows you're making, btw.
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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2019, 02:31:38 am »
If it shoots without handshock and the set does not get any worse I would leave it. If I look at the full draw pic the bottom limb does look a tiny bit stiff so you can give that a few scrapes.

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2019, 02:43:16 am »
The tiller looks really good to me, I would shoot it and forget about the string follow as it is discussed often and is of little importance unless it is over 3" or so.

Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2019, 04:07:51 am »
The bow made not be totally settled in yet as well,,.

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2019, 04:29:43 am »
Another great lookin bow ,but as said wood will be wood.

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2019, 04:57:10 pm »
1/2"  difference in set I would not even give a second thought to

Offline backtowood B2W

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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2019, 08:45:24 pm »
I made a 3 piece T/D from ash. The upper limb was the belly split of the lower and had just 2 growthrings. The lower limb has 5. Tillering wasn't easy. The 2 ring limb needed a lot more exercise to settle down and didn't take as much set as the other...
Don't know if this helps...
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Re: Question about uneven set between limbs
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2019, 09:24:50 am »
 Thanks for all the advice guys, I really appreciate it. It is good to see this is more common than I thought. I wont worry as much about it going forward. Thanks again,
Taylor