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Centaur ILF longbow limb reviewXL 48# @ 30" with Morrison 13" phenolic riser
Centaur Archery has been making ILF longbow limbs for a number of years now.  I looked at trying to order a set from Jim Neaves, but never got around to doing so, being already quite happy with the bows I have.  About two and a half years ago, I came across a listing on an archery forum I frequent for a set of XL limbs marked 48#@30".  The price was right and they were gently used and in great condition.  We ended up moving to our current house soon after I took delivery of those limbs and I had forgotten about them until recently when I was reorganizing archery gear in the mancave.  I figured they would make a great post about comparing them to the flagship Triple Carbon Elite longbow in terms of build and performance.

Also in this post, I take a closer look at the Morrison 13" phenolic riser.  This is my first piece of Morrison archery gear and I was very pleased to have come across it …
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Big Jim Mountain Monarch
60" AMO 48# @ 28" 2-piece takedown review

Big Jim's Bow Company based out of Albany, Georgia has a history of crafting beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom bows that shoot as well as they look.  If you read my review of Big Jim's Thunder Child, you know I like his work.  Without much fanfare, Big Jim recently released a new recurve called the Mountain Monarch.  I only just learned of this new model while browsing the classifieds listings of the ArcheryTalk forums and came across someone selling a mint condition Monarch.  Apparently, he purchased it directly from Big Jim himself at a local shoot and found it to be a tad heavy in draw weight.  Even better is the fact that this bow is a 2-piece takedown - you all know how much I like takedown bows.  A few messages later, the Monarch was on its way to me.


**** 09/04/17 Update ****

I had sent the bow back to Big Jim for grip modifications.  Check the end of the post for more details.



- Riser -

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Toelke Troll Review
52" AMO 45# @ 28" 2-piece takedown

I like short bows.  I like how their compactness makes it easy to maneuver in the field, to use inside a blind, or to shoot from a variety of positions without smacking a limb tip into a ceiling or the floor.  Perhaps it's nerdy of me, but there is a certain "cuteness" to a small bow.  While looking at short bows, I came across the Toelke Kestrel - a short 52" recurve.  Owners of this little bow raved about its compact size, yet smooth draw.  I thought about it and the idea of a tiny recurve that could break down into a smaller travel package would be a really neat bow.

I gave Dan Toelke a call to inquire further about the Kestrel and that was when I learned that model had been retired and replaced with the Troll.  According to Dan, he had redesigned the Kestrel for improved performance and the new design was different enough to warrant a completely new bow, so the Troll came into being.  After discu…
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Big Jim Thunder Child Review
56" AMO 46# @ 28" 2-piece Takedown


It has been a good long while since my last bow review.  Life has been keeping me rather busy with work and family so I haven't been able to check out new bows, much less take the time to review them.  I still have some bows that I haven't had the chance yet to review and those will be upcoming as I find time to record my experiences.

Up for review this entry is Big Jim's Thunder Child 2-piece takedown longbow.  I have long known of Big Jim and his high-end bows but never got a chance to handle one, let alone see one in person.  Big Jim is well known as a bowyer producing beautifully handcrafted bows that perform as well as they look.  Of particular interest to me was his Thunder Child longbow, which is unusually short for being a "longbow".  I started taking an interest to shorter bows ever since I took up bowhunting due to the compact maneuverability shorter bows provide.  Having a 2-pie…