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 Post subject: Reopen the inch-poundage debate?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:08 pm 
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Anyone interested in bringing up the possibility of using inch-poundage to define legal bows instead of just 35# * 28" draw?

First of all let me get this out of the way.

I am not an archer

But I do listen to them when they talk. I hear whispers of them talking about how there are bows that use the 35# rule to cheese the rules in a way the approaches safety issues. a bow at half draw that pulls 35# seems to be pretty darn cheesy and unsafe if the whole reason for half dray under 20' is for less power to the face.

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Inch-pounds are a measure of energy. For bows, a simplified equation to calculate the energy stored in a bow and released in a shot arrow is to multiply the distance the string has been drawn from its rest position (or brace height) by the pounds of force required to draw it. For example, imagine a 35# bow whose string is 8" away from the front of the bow at rest (a brace height of 8"). At a full 28" draw, the arrow has been drawn 20" from the brace height, for a total of 700 inch-pounds (35# x 20" = 700"#). At half draw, such a bow would have stored 350"#.


I'm curious as to what real archers have to say to this. Is this worth talking about? Should I just shut up about things I don't know?

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 Post subject: Re: Reopen the inch-poundage debate?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:16 am 
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Do you have a link to the old discussion? I missed this convo.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:27 pm 
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The last time "inch pounds" was discussed, it was in an attempt to make usable crossbows legal in Belegarth. The current 15# limit on crossbows means that they pretty much aren't allowed. No agreeable solution was found.

It didn't really have much to do with the differences in real power, brace height, and half draw between normal bows, though I remember seeing it get brought up.

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Here are the old discussions, and yes they were more about crossbows than bows.

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=31721&hilit=inchpounds

viewtopic.php?f=66&t=26058&hilit=inchpounds

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Those seem like some excellent arguments made in favor of changing archery rules. Did anything ever come of those discussions?

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