PETE WARD

"WELCOME TO MY OUTDOOR WORLD"

"Bow Review"


 

ADM Longbows 
 51 Sydneys Way 
 Gorham, ME
04038
Adam Mooney Bowyer
Tel 207-892-1199
Fax 207-892-3738
http://www.admlongbows.com/Bows.htm
http://www.arrowwrapsunlimited.com/
 Email admlongbows@yahoo.com

 
ADM Earth Longbow

 

Options:

This R/D Bow comes in 3 different lengths

60" 62" 64"

Standard Limbs: Action Boo & Carbon Core w/ 1/8" trapped design & a colored accent stripe running through the limbs to give it that pinstripe look on the edge of the limbs.

Veneers: Bocote, Cocobolo and Osage

Glass Options:

#1 Clear glass over ActionBoo or veneers listed.

#2 Clear glass over Carbon. Back Only!

#3 Black or Brown.

Bow Description:

16" Riser w/ 1 Accent Stripe & 2 Overlays on the back of the bow. 

Grip Style: Low-Med High w/ Slight palm swell.

Arrow Shelf: Ridge Style

 Limbs: 1/8" Trapped R/D Design

Riser Options:

Dymondwood: Camo, Desert Camo

Hard Woods: Zebra wood, Bocote & Osage

All bows Come Fast Flight Ready. Tip Overlays will match Riser colors.  Also included is a Bow Sock, Bow Stringer, String Puffs and a leather string keeper

Review:

Adam Mooney is a new Bowyer to the traditional world, and he is making a series of D/R longbows that are quite striking to the eye.

The test bow I have is the "Earth" model, 45# @ 28" 62" long. It is on the bright side now, as you can see, however the Osage will darken and give it that warm Osage colour we all like so much.  The contrasting black and yellow , are quite striking, but the Osage has already started to darken and it is becoming a very good looking bow.

When I opened the shipping tube I was very surprised at the bow it held. This new Bowyer is doing  nice work. His glue lines are tight and do not look like a new bowyer made this bow. The fades are long and thin and his limb is very slender ending in a fine tip that I did not expect to find on a newcomers bow. The overall workmanship is very good, and much better than I expected to see.

Adam asked for a critical review ,and I admire him for this. He did not realize that all of my reviews are critical, and some never get published because of this. I only put the good ones on line and some bowyers decline to have a review made public .  With this in mind I do have some criticism to share.  The first thing that I did was to discuss these items with Adam and get his feedback. Adam has told me that all of the things discussed here are not going to be an issue on the future bows he builds.

The first thing is the shelf size. He has done a good job puting a radius on it for a clean arrow passage, but it is very narrow. If you do not cant the bow a lot it has a tendency for the arrow to fall off the shelf if you roll the string at all when you draw. Walking with an arrow nocked on this bow would be dificult. Future shelf width's will be wider Adam tells me .

The next thing I found that could be better is the belly side of the limbs . They have a sharp edge. These sharp edges are only bound to be chipped if we drop or bump the bow against some hard surface. A radius on the belly side like the back side will fix this. Adam told me that his personal bow was made this way and it has some chips in it after his hunting season. He has assured me that all new bows will be given a radius on all edges to prevent chips and bruises to the  glass.

The final 2 items are more of my personal taste in nature. This bow has a large grip and palm swell. I prefer a small grip and small palm swell . I am sure that many of you would like it the way it is. When you order a bow from ADM Longbows the grip size and palm swell size will be an option that you can discuss with Adam. He will make the grip to fit your preference.

This bow has a no glare finish that is efective,however the finish is sprayed with a rough texture to it. My preference is for a smoother finish , yet I realize that some of you will prefer the textured finish. Again this can be discussed with Adam and he will do it your way. 

The bow has a carbon core that is optional, and I will not recommend this option. The perfromance  the bow has does not justify the expense of the carbon . I have not seen a bow  with a single carbon core that showed any signifigant performance over similar bows without carbon . They may be out there but I have not seen them to date.Carbon seems to shine on the outside of a limb ,but inside the limb it is just a black stripe that costs a lot of money.

Shooting the bow it does have some very light shock and buzz . This was reduced to an acceptable level by adding a set of large beaver balls. The TS1 padded loop string from Rod Jenkins at Great Strings is a nice touch, and it does send the arrow quietly on it's way. Perhaps I am spoiled when it comes to shock and bows, from the bows I have been shooting that have no shock at all . There are a lot of bows I have tested that were terrible to shoot. This is not like that at all but it needs to be mentioned that there is some shock with this bow .

There is a substantial mass to the bow and shooting acurately is easy for me. The chrono chart below shows us that the ADM "Earth" has ample performance to be a good hunting bow at this 45# draw weight. It does not set the fletches on fire,but I would not hesitate to take it for Moose or Elk with heavy arows . Remember this is a 45# bow at 28" and I draw 27".

Chrono testing was done at 1 session with a 3 under finger release, All shots were drawn to the recorded length and held before releasing. All shots were confirmed drawn and held at the correct length by Pat, my wife. All measurements used are AMO measurements.

62" 45# "A D M longbow" CHRONO RESULTS.

  Draw length

 Draw weight

Arrow

 404gr

 FPS

Arrow

 452gr

FPS 

Arrow

 552gr

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  7 1/4

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  39

  404

170

  452

159

  552

 147

 

 

  27

  42

  404

177

  452

167

  552

 154

 

 

  28 

  45

  404

184

  452

176

  552

 164

 

 

* draw weight at 29"=48 # and 30"=51#
 
 

Strung profile ADM "Earth" Longbow

I am looking forward to seeing more of Adams bows in the future as he fine tunes his  designs. There is not much room for improvement with his workmanship .The bow is good looking and very well made ,  I do like shooting it .

Pete Ward

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