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There are so many different brands on the market now that choosing one product from the lot can seem like a very difficult process. And we agree that it really can get quite confusing sometimes! 

However after learning about a few specific features, we can assure you that your recurve bow shopping frenzy can be turned into quite a pleasant experience. 

But where do you start, you ask? Well, to help you out with just that, we are going to take a look at some of the key points you should keep in mind when shopping for a recurve bow. In this article on How to Choose a Recurve Bow today, we will thoroughly describe every little thing for you. 

This way, you can get started on your shopping spree as soon as possible and enjoy using your purchased recurve bow right from the get go. So without wasting any more time, let us get started right away!


Firstly, let us talk about why you want to get a recurve bow in the first place. Do you want it for casual hunting or for taking part in a competitive arena? 

If you are looking for a target practicing bow, then we suggest you look for recurve bows that are meant for beginners. 

Bows meant for beginners are not too heavy and allow the archer to learn drawing the arrow step by step. You do not necessarily need a high end bow for this cause as you might be purchasing another bow once you gain more experience. 

For those who are looking for hunting bows, we suggest you go for the ones that fall slightly on the heavier side. For hunting, you need to have more draw weight than your typical target practicing recurve bows. 

If you do not understand the concept of draw weight yet, know that it is basically what determines the amount of total force you need to apply on the string of the bow; so that you can pull it at a distance of around 28 inches or so (this number is for recurve bows). 

For this, make sure your choice of recurve bow for hunting comes with a minimum draw weight of 38-40 pounds.

The higher you draw the arrow, the more pressure you are putting on it, hence the shot will also be much more powerful. Target practicing recurve bows do not require so much power as hunting recurve bows because you do not have to lethally pierce through anything in a competitive range. 


Now coming to the second most important part of choosing a recurve bow. The weight of the recurve bow itself will make it unique for the user. You should always keep in mind that you will have to use your hands to hold the recurve bow in front of you for a long period of time, for both target practicing and hunting sessions. 

Usually, a high quality recurve bow should have a weight around approximately 2.5-3.5 pounds. If you personally want something lighter, you can surely look for one.

 However, we suggest you go for a recurve bow that falls into the previously mentioned weight chart as too light recurve bows may be prone to breaking down quicker as well. On top of that, the power of the fire may not be too much either. 


Just like weight, you should look for a recurve bow that compliments your physique as well. You do not want to invest hundreds of dollars into a recurve bow that ends up being too small for your body. 

However, the longer a bow is, the better its draw weight is as well. Hence, if your draw weight personally is around 28 or 29 inches in total, you should opt for a recurve bow that has a length of approximately 56 to 57 inches in total. The longer your bow is, the more accurate your fired shots will be as well. 

Type of Recurve Bow

There are mainly two types of recurve bow: Take-down recurve bow and/or One-piece recurve bow. 

A one-piece recurve bow does not need any more explanation to it as it is literally just one piece of bow. The pieces on a one-piece bow cannot be taken apart; hence it has to be stored like that as well. 

This however does take up a lot of extra space during storage. The problem with one-piece bows is that they can cause some trouble during transportation, as they are not exactly compact. 

On the other hand, take-down bows allow you to separate the limbs from the body of the recurve bow. There are hence easier to transport from one place to another. You can also store them in a small hand bag.

Unlike one-piece recurve bows, take-down recurve bows are also easier to maintain in case it gets damaged. You can simply just separate the damaged part of the recurve bow and get it fixed without having to service the entire recurve bow.

Lastly, a take-down recurve bow is also a better idea for amateur archers, as they allow you to adjust the draw weight. If you have a take-down recurve bow with a draw weight of around 40 inches, you can simply just take off the limbs and get a new set with a draw weight of around 56 inches instead. This way, you are saving money by not having to purchase a whole new recurve bow as well. 


Depending on how much your budget is, you should be investing the most into the riser of the recurve bow. A riser is basically the foundation, the main part holding the recurve bow in place. The riser is from where the rest of the body of the recurve bow is made. 

If you are physically shopping for a recurve bow at a store, make sure to check the weight distribution of the riser personally. You can find risers made of various different materials, including carbon, metal, wood, etc. Wood is more or less the most common material used for the construction of the riser.

If you want to go for something light weight, then a recurve bow with a riser made of carbon or wood should be your go-to product. However, wooden risers offer limited choice, whereas rugged metal such as aluminum and light weight carbon take advantage of technology for enhanced performance. 

A high quality recurve bow with a good riser will be able to let archers enjoy optimal stabilization, appropriate hand placement and accurate straightness. Pay attention to the shape of the riser too as that will determine the shots being made and how well the bow will bend. 

Additional Features

Unless you are really unlucky, you will not be stuck with a recurve bow that comes with absolutely nothing else except the strings. 

High quality recurve bows will come with additional features such as arrows, bolts, stringers, etc with the purchase of the initial product. Most recurve bows will also allow archers to now customize their recurve bows however they like.

If you want, you can easily include artwork on the body of your recurve bow, or buy protective leather or hard shell cases for the arrows and the recurve bow itself. 

A lot of recurve bows also come with pre-drilled on holes where you can hang attachments from. Most archers do not prefer this feature though, as they prefer the purely simple “stick and string” principle. 

However, if you are not someone that falls into the “stick and string” loving category, you can surely go ahead and customize your recurve bow as you like. If the riser of your recurve bow is not pre-drilled, then you can go ahead and add a peep sight to your recurve bow as well. 


Lastly, you need to make sure the string you choose is of the right size and thickness. Know that a thick string will ensure more poundage however the shot being drawn will be slower.

 Thinner strings on the other hand will allow you to fire shots more quickly. However, the thickness of the strings completely depends on the archers preferences. 

Make sure your string of choice is always properly stretched out before you draw it. When you nock on the strings, make sure you keep your bow and arrow facing towards the ground as well. 

Most nocking points are made of brass, however it is better if you use a tied one, as they prolong the longevity of the strings as well as of the recurve bow itself. 


So there you have it! After doing a thorough research we came up with these few specifics points that could assist you on how to choose a recurve bow. There are so many models on the market now that choosing one can be really confusing. 

But we hope the key features and points we mentioned here will be of help to you in deciding which recurve bow is the best one for you and for your needs. Thank you for taking the time to read this! 

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