Setting up your Samick Sage Recurve

Setting up your Samick Sage Recurve

hi I'm Brad with Louisiana outdoors and hunters bundle calm and I want to congratulate you on your selection for the Samick sage recurve bow I truly believe it's the best value and quality for your money on the market today and recurve bows and I'm going to cover setup and some things that might help you as a new recurve bow owner as well as look at arrow selection and a few accessories at the end I'm going to start with giving you some suggestions on poundage because people have a tendency to over bow themselves or get more poundage than what they need a good general idea is if you're an adult male bow hunting fifty pounds is probably a good a good range 40 pounds 45 pounds for a young adult or somebody new and getting into target archery and then probably 25 to 35 or 40 pounds maybe for a woman depending on strength and everybody's going to be different and those are just some general guidelines first when your bow arrives since it's a takedown which allows for easy carry and transport you're going to need to put it together you're going to get it it's going to come with the riser or the handle the limbs and the string all right the first thing you're going to notice is if it is a right-handed bow as you're holding it as if it's kind of a pistol grip there the shelf where the arrow sits is going to be on the left side of the bow if it's a left-handed bow when you hold it the shelf where the arrow sits is going to be on the right side of the bow generally the bow that you need to order if you're right-handed order a right-handed bow if you're left-handed or left-handed bow so the first thing we're going to do is we're going to put the limbs on one limb has writing on it which says 62 which is the length of the bow the amo length and then 50 pounds in this case for the for the poundage the one with the writing on it is going to go on the bottom and it's going to go facing to the rear towards the shooter as they're holding it and you're going to insert the limbal and sometimes the Lim bolts might be kind of hard to get in there in which case I'm going to show you a little trick what you want to do is you want to insert the bolt into the limb and the bolt is going to go like that with the little bushing there facing up you're going to put the bolt all the way through the limb and then you're going to start it in the hole and turn it three or four times once you have the bolt started then you can slide the limb down the bolt into the pocket and that assures for a perfect alignment every now and then since they're kind of tight tolerances the bolt may not turn freely in there and if it's too hard to turn with your hand then you may need to give us a call and let us know or send us an email and you're going to tighten that down where it's good and and positively snug by hand and then we're going to get that nice and snug and now the bow is assembled and you'll notice as you hold the bow the limbs are actually going to point forward because for a recurve bow what has to happen is the limbs need to be bent backwards to put the stress on them for your strength to put the string on it sometimes we do get some people that put them on backwards so take a good look at that the way that your hand fits into the to the throat of the grip there and the writing's on the backside and they bend forward the next thing we're going to do is we're going to put the string on now one of the things you may want to pay attention to is that some sometimes people think they have a short or the strings too long because when they try to put it on they put it on the wrong side of the bow on the front like that because that's what the boast kind of looks like and of course that doesn't want for a recurve or long bow string the string is going to generally be four inches shorter than the amo bow length so for a 62 inch bow Bo's going to be a the strings going to be about 58 inches so these strings will run generally on average from 58 to 58 and a half inches and that's going to depend on how many twists you put in the string if you put more twist in the string the string is going to be a little shorter if you don't have as many to us in it it's going to be a little longer and that's how you're going to adjust your bracing which we're going to talk about a little bit I'm going to slip I'm going to slip the end loop over the top limb and slide it all the way down the bow to where I can get my other end of the string down here to put on the other one and then I'm going to put my twist in it I'm going to say put about what about 30 twists in it at first because these strings will stretch quite a bit and as it stretches you're going to probably want to put more twists in it later so about 30 okay alright 30 twists and you can see that that kind of kicked up the string a little bit but you're going to notice when we when we put a lot of tension on this bow it's going to it's going to stretch out nicely so then we hook the other end back and now we have one end hooked on the bottom and then the top end slides up the limb whether you put it on before you string it or after you string it you're going to want to put your rest material on the bow which is basically just going to number one it's going to keep your shot quiet your arrow is not going to be hitting against the wood it's also going to protect the wood a little bit from getting scratched up by the shots going through it so you're going to have a piece of shelf material and then a piece of side plate material and what you're going to do is you're going to just trace them out on the shelf and then cut them out with a scissors and the other one you're going to make just kind of a little rounded section which I've done too here so the first thing we're going to do is we're going to put our shelf material down that I've cut out to fit and then we're going to put our side plate material on and where you're going to want to put that is basically right over the hole that's in it the plunger hole I'll leave just maybe an eighth of an inch gap there in the in the corner all right now we're going to install the nock point on the string which is a little brass nock or you can even use dental floss you can tie it in several different knots and around in a circle if you don't have a knock point just something that you're going to be able to put that arrow generally your arrow is going to knock right underneath it and what's very important is you're going to want to have that knock high you're going to want that arrow to float off the top of that rest if it's what you think it might make it it fly funny but it floats off the top of it it straightens itself out if it's knocked down too low or kind of almost even it'll usually hit that rest and when it hits it then it kicks it up and then and then it's kind of going crazy so you want to be knock high about I put them about a half inch above above Center so about a half inch not high and that's a good starting point and then as you get into more experience and tuning your bow and all there's there's things you can do it's called bear shaft tuning and we'll get into that in a future lesson but about a half inch high is a great starting place and you should get good arrow flight with that all righty I think that's everything we need we're going to go in there and take a few shots and show you how it shoots and maybe a couple of quick pointers and then hopefully you can go and enjoy your Samick sage recurve bow okay you're ready to string up your bow now we're going to do it a couple of different ways but the first way I'm going to show you is with a bow stringer and a bow stringer is definitely the preferred method it's best for your bow we're going to slide the one end over the limb there on the bottom and then there's a smaller one over the top that allows you to get to the string a little bit better and then we're going to step on it in the middle and then as we pull up we're going to slide the string down over the end and then you're going to inspect both ends and make sure the strings went in the grooves okay and that's it your bow is strong now what you want to look at though is brace height at this point brace height is going to be the measurement between the throat of the grip and the string which right now I'm at eight inches the Samick sage brace is supposed to be anywhere between seven and a half to eight and a quarter so we're in that that thirty thirty twist we put in the string put us right at a little under eight inches so that's good okay now we're going to unstring it with the stringer lift up take the pressure off remove the string out of the groove and let it slide right down the limb okay now the other way which I will tell you that it's not a preferred method of stringing a bow because you can you can twist the limbs and mess about however if you do it correctly it can be okay what you want to do is you have the string there you want to step with your right foot through the string in the bow and then you're going to put the bottom limb on your left foot now here's where people can mess up if you turn your foot and the lemmas crook it on your foot and when you're bending it it's bending it crooked then that can hurt the boat but I turn my leg to where it's very evenly on the limb there's no twist and then you grab the top push forward slide the string up into the groove and there we go you're strong Samick sage recurve alright we're ready to shoot the bow there's a couple of different things you can use I like I use a glove sometimes when I use the tab others gloves probably the most common so we're going to use the glove if you don't use a glove you're going to find that you're going to be a lot of pain in short order okay you're going to knock the arrow below the knock point there's basically two main ways you can shoot split finger with one on top and two under or you can shoot with three under you'll see a lot of your more advanced shooters shooting three under it gets the arrow a little bit closer to you I which makes it a little bit easier to aim so I shot split finger for years and years a few years ago switched over to 3-under and I very much recommend 3-under now what you want to do is draw back draw back and try to get a good solid anchor point it's a recurve it's going to be hard to draw back you may shake a little bit that's okay draw back anchor in the corner of your mouth take a spot focus on it and and sheet and when you shoot you're basically just letting that you're just holding and then not holding anymore you're not trying to throw it forward or anything like that you're just letting the arrow slip right out of your string try to develop that habit of holding fall back and you can according your mouth hold a shoot nice quiet bow good group knock below the knocking point drawback anchor hold and release and I hope you enjoy shooting your Samick sage bow I do truly believe I've dealt with a lot of recurve bows and I do believe this is the best quality bow best recurve bow for the money on the market you want to shoot arrows with feathers in it that's really important feathers on them and there's also a few other accessories you might want to look at a glove some string silencers things like that and I'll post a little list here at the end of this video and I hope you enjoy your bow and thank you for watching i'm brad with louisiana outdoors and hunters bundle calm you

47 Replies to “Setting up your Samick Sage Recurve”

  1. Mine only came with a plastic arrow rest. Should I go buy the shelf/side plates instead?
    My other bow has his setup which I think feels a little better and looks nicer. Please advise(///_-)

  2. I bought a 40# Cabelas Sabrehawk for my first bow. I use it for target shooting even though I can legally use it for Whitetails in my State. I need to see how far I can shoot the arrows and still be accurate.

  3. Thx very much for this informative vid. I have a 35# Sage coming. I'm coming from shooting spring air rifles, and definitely appreciate the importance of lighter cocking weight, particularly at first, in learning technique and increasing enjoyability of shooting.

  4. Went to an indoor Archery range for the first time and loved it. Looking to pick up this bow very soon. Thanks for the detailed setup video.

  5. Can you add your Knock point after you have installed the string to it's preferred tension, i.e when the string is between 7 ½ and 8 ¼ inches between the Throat of the Grip and the string?

  6. 50# for a male adult? Yea, if you’ve been training archery for a descent couple of years. Otherwise, no, no, no. If you’re a beginner start at maximum somewhere between 20#-30#. Male or female doesn’t matter. Otherwise you will end up with injuries and a really bad technique.

  7. excellent video, very informative, also i am a little scared of the presenter he seems so serious like a schoolteacher

  8. Thank you.
    Lancaster archery could/would not give me the brace height for my brand new Samick Nighthawk I just recieved 2 days ago. Thanks again.

  9. I am new to using a recurve bow and is having problems putting the string on and looking for assistance and your video helped me more than anyone else's. Thanks so much for sharing this information with all of us new users.

  10. Great video! I've taken lessons from 2 local archery ranges, and everybody seems to give slightly conflicting advice. I will have to ask them about the 3 under next time I practice.

  11. Great video for basic introduction if thinking of buying Sage. It really is a quality bow for the price. Shoots nice, feels good in hand and looks beautiful too. But there are a couple of things in this video that might lead you wrong if buying this. It's about the bounds… I own two of this with a different bounds (25 and 30), with right and left handed ricers (I shoot both sides, something like 25% left and 75 % right. It's because have had shoulder issues from other sports so I can keep the muscle balance better this way). As my draw length is something like 29" right and +29" left, I can get more boundages out of the limbs. I have also noticed that the strength curve of this bow isn't linear, it's kind of "back thight". As tried 40# bow with a quality limbs that bow feeled similar at the end of draw as my 30# Samick does. In my opinnion and experience the limbs of Samick Sage are very sturdy and hard to draw at the end of your draw. Even with my 25# limbs I can shoot quite well longer distances too, because of this quality. So if this is your first bow to buy, I really recoomend to start with much lower poundages than told in this video. I even recommend you to do that weather you are muscular or not. The muscles needed when drawing a bow are very unike, I bet you have never before activated them same way. Get the prober technic right first with a lighter bow (especially hard for men to do this cause of ego etc) so you MIGHT avoid shoulder problems which are something I think allmost every archer will have at some point of theit carea.

    And one thing more: the string included the package is not that good. It's like a wire. So get a better string as soon as you know what kind of string (material, number of strains) is best for your draw. Ask someone make a one or buy one. I made mine and it's way better than the bulk included.

  12. If we look at a bow as a life investment i would say that a bodnik mohawk is by far better value for money, twice the price, mabey 3 times even, true, but, you have a 30 years transferable warrantie and that is invaluable as a lifelong investment.

  13. That is the exact bow that I got today. BUT like a fool I did get the 50lb….. probably should have gotten the 30 to 40. My arms are not as big as yours at all, and yours were shaking a bit. So I may order a different one tomorrow, let one of the kids (30 yr olds…haaa) have this one. But your instruction is greatly appreciated, sir.

  14. Given your familiarity with the Samick, I use a Spyder 35 lb, could you recommend a couple stabilizers that would be effective with the Spyder?

  15. Complete and informative. Thanks for this… Just a quick question, what is the ideal length of bow for a 5'10?

  16. I like this instructional video, but I still can't get my bow string with the stringer I have. I pull up and the string just will not move all the way to the groove. Am I just not strong enough?

  17. So I have this same exact bow, 40 lb limbs, and I shoot with plastic fletching so I ordered a little rubber rest. I also have limb silencers, but not pads. I have rubber shock absorbers with indents in it so that the string can rest inside. I recently noticed that after taking some shots, the string doesn't go back into the indents and falls to the side of the silencer…does this mean that when I get into full draw and shoot, I'm not holding the bow completely vertical? Or somehow the string isn't lined up correctly with the bow? Or maybe it's just the silencer itself and I should just switch to felt pads?

    Also I've been doing archery casually for about 2 years but never had any lessons or help, so I just stuck to the bow and arrow rest I bought, no nock points or anything, I just nock the arrow by eye. Is that not necessarily a big deal or is it important to install one?

  18. If I buy a bow that is not already set up and I use my legs like in the video, will any damage to the limbs be obvious if it isn't done right? Or will it be something slight that a beginner might not notice but will affect the performance of the bow? Thanks

  19. The smaller loop of my stringer won't fit on the end of my bow. What can I do to string it properly P. S I couldn't get the ihtbermethod to work

  20. Never leave your bow out on a table on a hot sunny day..or it will melt the glues in your limbs & fall apart !!! 25# for women/teens is good start. I like to cant the bow 45 degrees, then anchor to my cheekbone & sight right down my arrow shaft for a straighter shot.

  21. Thanks for the video it's very helpful but I was wondering what kind of arrows to get for a beginner target practice. can you give me any recommendations? thanks

  22. I found this video really informative, particuarly on how to install the limbs and string the bow. Very clear instructions. This is also the first I've heard of twisting the string, and what exactly brace height is and how to check it.
    I recently ordered a Samick Sage of my own after spending the better part of this year learning to shoot a cheaper, 25lb recurve, and I'm looking forward to seeing how well it performs in comparison.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *