Lost Creek Bow Review by Pete Ward
This is the second Bow Review I am doing for the Lost Creek Longbows.
In the first review there were some cosmetic issues I discussed with Chad and he assured me they would be a thing of the past. His word is good and this bow is a much better bow than the first bow in every way. The fit and finish are near perfect. The workmanship is excellent. But better still this bow has some serious shooting characteristics far beyond what the first bow has. It is smoother, faster and quieter, and it shoots very accurately for me with a variety of different arrows.
The riser is made from Apple Jack Dymondwood, the limbs have Maple cores with Black glass and as you can see the bow looks sharp. I asked for a small grip and got exactly that. It has one of the smallest grips I have shot on an adult bow and I love it. I also asked for the black glass to help conceal the bow when I have it in the blinds. (This is also a $50. cost saving over clear glass)
The limbs are very reflexed, trapped on the backside and have 2 parallel and one taper.
The limb tips are fine and fade into the limb very nicely. The tips also are long enough to use a pocket type bow stringer and easily slip the string onto the nock.
The first night I took the lost Creek to the range I quickly found some good flying arrows and after about 20 shots headed for the 3D course. The bow was as easy to shoot as any bow I have shot, and that evening I shot 2 rounds with it and produced some very respectable scores. The following morning, in fact all weekend this is the only bow I shot. It is unusual for me to shoot the same bow for more than 1 round unless I am in a competition.
The lost Creek just is one of those bows that I hate to put down after shooting it. There is no shock, noise or vibration and I shoot very well with it.
The first few arrows I shot were a big surprise when I realized how quick they left the bow. The grip size and shape is about as good as I could ask for and I just love the way it feels. Repeating the grip from shot to shot is an unconscious happening. The bow just settles into my hand the same way every time.
Silencing this bow was very easy; a small set of beaver balls is all it took. You may even get away without any silencers at all. At the time the bow was finished Chad was out of strings so I told him to ship it without a string. I am using a 10 strand DF97 with padded loops that I made. (The new Lost Creek bows will be using a similar string)
Chad had told me he was making a much better bow now and I hoped it was true. Well he has gone far beyond the improvements I was hoping to see. This bow looks and shoots like a professional bowyer, well-done Chad. You have definitely stepped up to the plate with the vastly improved workmanship and the new design is excellent.
Often bowyers like to emphasize as much speed as possible from their bows and frequently recommend a brace height that is really too low to optimize the finer shooting qualities the bow has to offer. Chad recommends a 7 1/2 to 7 3/4″ brace height for this bow and I have to agree with him that the bow shoots at its best at 7 1/2″. Lower than this it is a bit faster, but not quite as nice to shoot as it is at the more reasonable 7 1/2″brace.
Whether you are an experienced shooter looking for a very good shooting and looking bow, or a beginner on a budget the new Lost Creek Longbow is definitely a bargain. There is a lot of bow in this small package.