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I am going to get a new bow this spring and I have the problem that proshops have nothing for me to shoot.

I am left handed and I have a 32" draw length. Most models don't go to that DL, or if a model does have that DL then the store doesnt have that model in stock (or in stock left handed).

I am right eye dominant, it almost worth changing over and shooting right handed.

It seems like I am expected to drop a gazillion dollars for them to order a bow that I have never even seen or shot before....Any suggestions or ideas here. BPS has some Parker Hunter Mags in stock that I could shoot, but right now thats my only option.

I went to Gateway Outfitters (old Dunn's) and there were still waiting on the arrival on the 06 Hoyts and Bowtechs but the only Hoyt that will work are the Trykon and Pro-Elit both are $700 ish there barebow....

Still need to hit Mike's Bait and Tackle but he mostly deals Matthews so I know that wont be anything under $650 or so and he will not likely have anything in stock that I can shoot.

This is turning into a major pain in the :***: Any other good archery shops in Stl County that someone could recommend?
 

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Fortunately for me I can't relate to your pain on this one. That would really suck. I'm not sure what advice to give you, I don't think I've seen many shops either that have that kind of bow in stock. Hope something works out for you though.
Just an idea, but if I were you I would email the manufacturers of the bows you would like to be able to try and let them know the situation. You may be surprised in their willingness to help you out.
 

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Yeah HS you might be right, I might be able to try that and see what happens.

I currently shoot a Martin and would like to check out their newer models, but good luck finding one around here.
 

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Hope ya can find one in a LH, I know that can be tough to do. You may just have to opt out and at least shoot a right handed just to see how it shoots. You mentioned your shooting Martin now, take a look at the Razor X, little longer A to A, but has a generous brace height of over 8". With the Nitrous Cams you can get draw length out to 35":eek: and almost 300fps. Good Luck



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I agree with MoBow. I think that I would try out the right handed models and shoot them, not to buy, but the get the feel of the draw, grip and release. I think that I could make a decision off of that. I would not buy a bow without holding and shooting the model first.

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I have a buddy that is left handed and he has the same problem. He is 6'6" and has a 31" draw and no one ever has a bow in stock for him to shoot. He has learned to accept it and try a bow in a right handed version, usually with a shorter draw. He found out he could shoot very well right handed. Heck he even thought about switching, but he is left eye dominant. Do you close your right eye when shooting?

On the draw length issue, how big an ole' boy are ya? I have found over the years that I shoot a shorter draw bow better than a longer one. Most people want to shoot as long of a draw as possible for speed. With todays bows and the speed that all of them generate, I think a person is better off shooting a little short of their draw length. I know a lot of people would shoot better if they were fit properly. I don't know how many 5'8" or 5'9" people I have seen at 3-d shoots that have the end of the string back by their ear, when it should be in front of their nose. I'll ask them what draw they are shooting and it will be longer than mine (I'm 6'2"). There score generally reflects there bow fitting but I don't say a thing. I am not saying you are one of these people because I don't know you, but you might try a little shorter draw just to see if you shoot better. I measure at a 30 1/2" draw but shoot a 29" the best.

Good luck!
 

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Yes I close my right eye when I shoot with my bow. I am 6' 6", but have arms like a $3 ape...I am a definite 32".

I am not sure how well I could judge a bow from shooting it right handed...but it may be worth a shot.

I have a long ata now, like 42" so i would want to stay at least 37" or longer I think. I am most interested in a smooth drawl cyle, and minimal hand shock and silence, any bow I shoot at 32" dl will have plenty of speed and KE to get the job done...I bought a 31.5" dl bow and added a d-loop and I fell like I was cramped.

I only shoot about 63 lbs, and speed is not my motivation by any stretch.

One time I did close the wrong eye and shot with my left eye closed, missed a deer by about 5 feet LMAO!!!! I thought my bow had gone all to hell.
 

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I believe if I were right eye dominant, I would switch over and shoot right handed...I believe it's all what you get used to, and it probably wouldn't take you long to make the switch!!! And I'd bet your shooting would also improve.
 

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I feel the pain, just in a different way. I am moving up to 60-70# but with a wicked short draw of 23" and left handed. About my only options were youth bows at 50#.
I use Everhart's in Jeff City and they ordered me an '06 Hoyt Powertec ($500 bare). I've still got a suspected month (of 2 that it might take) to get it in because of the custom length.
I know they had a "standard" setup in a couple different LH '06s to feel the bow. Regular shooters can shoot them, but my setup requires extra tackle so I just got to feel the balance etc.

Maybe you could find a ProTec. It's 37 3/4 and 24-33". Protec Specs
 

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Onearm, if they have a protec its not likely to be LH, and if its LH then it surely wont be 32"....I can order bows for sure, just finding one to shoot is a *****
 
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Gutpile....... There are usually some reps at the Deer Classic if you plan on attending it. Maybe someone there could assist ou as well...

Just an idea......:cheers:
 

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Originally posted by Gutpile
Yes I close my right eye when I shoot with my bow. I am 6' 6", but have arms like a $3 ape...I am a definite 32".
:hysterical: :hysterical: :hysterical: So Gutpile....can I be in the $3 ape club with you?! What are the standards? I'm 6'6" with a 6'7" wing span....does that qualify? :hysterical: :hysterical:

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Originally posted by fireman_3311
I believe if I were right eye dominant, I would switch over and shoot right handed...I believe it's all what you get used to, and it probably wouldn't take you long to make the switch!!! And I'd bet your shooting would also improve.
Well thats a pretty drastic move, I think I will explore other options prior to doing that!
 

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Originally posted by Gutpile
Yes you might even be the President of the $3 ape Club at those numbers..sheesh o pete
I think I'm creeping up on 330 these days too....that'll probably help.....but I'm not one of those really hairy guys.....I guess we'll have to glue it on! :hysterical:

Oh.....and eat a lot of :banana: 's

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I believe Mike's a lefty, but his draw length isn't quite the 32" you're talkin bout. I shot the Switchback XT & LD a week or so ago, but I'm a righty.

The new switchback LD can be bought with a 32" DL, but like ya said.... They're running pert near $700....
 

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I checked out the switchback yesterday. I went by Mike's bait and tackle and shot an XT that was a shorter DL. He is getting in a LH Switchback LD that I am gonna shoot when he gets it in.

Not crazy about that price tag, but I have been shooting the same bow since 1996, so its not like I wont get use out of it. Plus the lifetime warranty will be a bonus.
 

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Look at archeryexperts.com they might have someting for ya,.
 
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