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Offline ausjim

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Shrew Classic Hunter
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:00:00 AM »
A little over 6 months ago I received a pre-loved 2 piece Shrew Classic Hunter.

 

Numbers and details:
54"
53# @ 28"

Prairie Rattler skins on back.  
Brown stained birch burl in belly.  
Riser is Walnut Dymondwood.  
Elk antler handle and tip overlays.
Limb core is actionboo.

 

The first thing that struck me when I got my hands on this bow was how tiny, light and delicate it appeared. I actually handled it like it was made out of glass the first couple weeks. That wasn't necessary as she's since proven to be a tough little customer.

This bow is very light in the hand, probably the lightest bow I've ever handled. The grip is a funny one, a pistol grip but with a pronounced thumb shelf. To be honest that bothered me at first, but now I really like it. It's just another little reference point to ensure your hand is in the same place it was last time.

The take down system (a $200 option) is a very simple, robust riser bolt. I was a little apprehensive about that at first, having a split riser, but once it's together you'd never know and it's much quicker and simpler to take down/put together than a limb bolt system.

It's quite a radical d/r for something that's not a recurve. Here are some comparison shots with a Bear SuperMag and a Martin Barta Bow (a very mild d/r longbow)...

 

 

The things that really matter though, and what's made it the only bow I've really shot since I got it, is the super smooth draw load and super quiet release. And pound for pound it's the fastest bow I've shot that's not a working recurve.

It's a beautiful little bow, lovely to look at, a delight to carry and a joy to shoot.

Jim.

 

Offline Scott Barr

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2015, 10:48:00 PM »
Jim,

Nice post.  Appreciate the comments, review, taste and detail. You should post and share with all of us at TG more often. Scott

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 09:17:00 PM »
Beautiful bow, fine review.

Offline NBK

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2015, 09:24:00 AM »
Great review, thanks for sharing.
Mike


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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2015, 10:37:00 AM »
How are you finding it now?   Are you still using it?...

Cheers
Alex

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2015, 01:40:00 PM »
Alex
I know your an ASL guy but  let me tell you, these shrews are in a class of their own! It will handle like a 68" ASL for forgiveness and honestly, more accurate!
I'm a big fan of these little hybrids
JD Berry Misty Dawn 68" 50@27
JD Berry Vixen 68" 50@27
Fred Bear Bruin 68" 55@28

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2015, 06:58:00 AM »
Hi Brian,

Have you heard of coffey's Falcon XL?... Its similar to the Shrew model-T at 64".  I am very tempted by one of those.  Imagine the stability of a 64" shrew....

Cheers
Alex

Offline pirate63

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2015, 06:14:00 PM »
Great post and nice photos.
Howard Hill Big 5-53@27
Omega Original Longbow 50@27
Maddog Prairie Predator 43@28
Martin Stick Longbow-50@28
Samick Red Stag TD Recurve-45@28
Samick Red Stag Recurve-55@28
Martin Rebel Recurve-45@28  
Ben Pearson Spectre Recurve-40@28

Offline ausjim

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2018, 06:07:37 AM »
How are you finding it now?   Are you still using it?...

Cheers
Alex

I absolutely adore this bow Alex. I won't be looking for anything new anytime soon.

You know another thing I really like about it, as it's so short and splits in two, it's also very convenient for travel or sticking in a hiking pack.

If you want to read more about them or similar bows that are out there, Bruce Smithhammer wrote a really extensive, 2 piece article in Traditional Bowhunter Magazine a couple years back about deflex/reflex short bows. May have been 2015 or 16.

Jim


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Offline ausjim

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2018, 04:00:09 PM »
Just checked my old copies, Oct/Nov 15 had the history piece and Dec/Jan 16 had interviews with three contemporary bowyers who make examples: Greg Coffey (who made my shrew and now makes Javaman Elkhearts), Jim Babcock (Big Jims Thunderchild) and Duane Jessop (Thunderhorn Heartstopper). Great article from Bruce and it was interesting getting insights from three prominent bowyers on the designs of the litte bows.
« Last Edit: November 28, 2018, 04:16:49 PM by ausjim »

Offline HartHeart

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2018, 07:43:39 PM »
I could be wrong about this, but this might be a Javaman Elkheart prototype. It certainly LOOKS like an Elkheart.
NIMROD

54" t/d Toelke Pika 50@28
60" McCullough Griffin 54@27

I like my hybrid's!^

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Re: Shrew Classic Hunter
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2018, 09:47:26 AM »
Nice Nice.

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