A FEW WORDS ON MY WEAPON OF CHOICE
“A custom made, traditional bow is like a fine musical instrument in the hand. And no, not all recurve’s are created equal. Targets or game, just ask any Fedora shooter”.
Not all hunting bows are created equal, and that can certainly be said of my 64″ 560 Hunter Takedown Recurve built to order by Mike Fedora more than 20 years ago.
A friend who is a martial artist and fellow archer was duly impressed when I handed it to him last week. He realized immediately that he was holding something special, but what he said was not what I expected. He called it a “bow of war”, which gave me pause since I had never looked at it that way. I tend to evaluate it along more artistic and romantic lines, but I suppose I can see what he means. There is no doubt that this bow means business, and it has the look and feel of a serious broadhead delivery device.
With a draw weight of 73# at 29 1/2″, it is in fact somewhat of a battle to get it back to anchor point. As you may know, recurve’s do not break over to a lesser hold weight as you complete your draw, as do most modern compound bows. What you’ve got is what you get, right to the end, and anything over 70# can really get your attention. I also tend to stay at full draw before releasing much longer than the average bowhunter, an ingrained habit left over from my target shooting days that really does not make shooting it any easier.
So, at the risk of stating the obvious, you might say that I am a bit over-bowed at this time in my archery life. It’s not the bow’s fault, however, because it draws smoothly and doesn’t stack. The real problem lies in the fact that it was built for a much younger, and stronger man – which I no longer am. Still, I can manage to get by if I work my way up to it by staying in shape and shooting some lighter bows during the year.
It’s particularly good at mid-range and longer yardages, and for me it is point on at a more than surprising 70 yards. It casts a heavy arrow too, and very few recurve’s are capable of delivering that kind of punch downrange.
It is a joy to carry in the wide open spaces and rugged terrain of the west, and to be frank, it has become an old and trusted friend. Most importantly, it also tends to hit where you are looking, more often than not.
It just may be the perfect recurve for a mountain goat hunt, or big bears, or moose, or whitetails too.
I can’t wait for my next bowhunting adventure. In the meantime, I think that I will order a second, lighter set of limbs – just in case…
I should also take this time to give credit where credit is due, with heartfelt thanks and some long overdue praise. Mike Fedora has been a master bowyer for more years than most in his stock-in-trade, and I won a lot of tournaments with his target bows in the 1970’s too. I simply can’t say enough about the man and his line of archery products.
If you are looking for a traditional bow of beauty and unparalleled quality that will stand the test of time, than look no further than Fedora Custom Bows. You will be so glad that you did.
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8 thoughts on “Fedora Bows – More Than A Match For Any Game”
Wow i never try that kind of heavy bow! But it look greats! Hope that some day i can use that, my friends will be jealous haha
Thanks Randy – I just like to watch the arrows fly! Continued Success. Mike
Read your comments about me. Still building bows, but not world wide. Am 79 now and build for old customers and special friends. Would like to talk to you sometime 717-933-8862
36 years ago it was recommended I buy your bow
I’m still using my two Fedora bows, a Take Down Backpacker model I bought used and a Stalker I purchased from you new in 2007.
Thank you for the past hunting and looking forward to my future hunting memories.
Mike , Would you be interested in building two 560 mod. One piece for me to give to my two sons. Pete
Very informative post thanks for share a helpful post for me.
It’s particularly good at mid-range and longer yardages. Thank you for what you are sharing very helpful!
I went out and met Mike in the 90’s Mike and I are bout the same stature and he made me a sweet hart of a bow made with all Pa hardwoods I need to get a couple new strings
If you want quality and a bow that is an extension of your self go see Mike!!