So, getting myself back on topic here...
It seems the modern trad archer has two paths he or she can take; shoot the heaviest bow one can comfortably control and handle, OR shoot the lightest bow that is legal in your state and will provide adequate penetration to do the job in exchange for pinpoint accuracy.
I think we can all agree that this range begins somewhere between 35 and 40 pounds?
Personally, as much as I love shooting my Tamerlane and even Baby Ben, I consider neither a hunting bow except maybe for small game. I personally believe deer/turkey sized game bows begin at 40 pounds and work upward from there. The key is centered around you, the shooter. Can you shoot the bow weight of your choice as much as you want or feel necessary without collateral damage? If so, then you are on a good path. If not, you have two options:
a) Back it down to a lighter bow that will provide the penetration you need without injuring yourself, or;
b) Keep the bow you hunt with and purchase a second, lighter bow for your practice work.
Option One is definitely the cheaper option in the long run. Owning different bows in different weights involves completely different arrow spines in most cases, plus any other tackle required by the bow. While a takedown with several sets of limbs can be an excellent go-between, it still requires different arrows in most cases. The most important thing for newbies to consider is DON"T JUMP IN WITHOUT TESTING THE WATER! Never buy a bow because "it sounds right" or "Real Men don't shoot wuss bows". FIND OUT where that sweet spot is between accuracy and penetration based on your age, muscular build and other limitations. Try out as many different styles and weights of bows you can before dropping the dime. Don't take 3 shots at the pro shop and call it good; shoot for 45 minutes with a friend and see how you feel the next day. Any numbness in the fingertips, or tendon issues in the wrist, or elbow, or rotator cuff pain can signal you need to back off. The only way you get good at trad archery is by muscle memory, repetition, and hand-eye coordination. That means a LOT of practicing, especially the first couple years. I wish someone had explained that to me before I bought a 55# Sage; I might have been talked into dropping it by 10#. But then, maybe not. I did come with the factory-standard issue testicles, after all....