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What's a good draw weight for a recurve bow?

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Excerpts are from Archery Boot Camp "The draw weight is the amount of force you will need to apply in order to draw the bow fully and properly.

The appropriate draw weight for the bow is determined by the archer’s age, gender and body weight.

As a beginner archer gains more strength, he or she may be able to forgo standard body weight designations based on his or her own development.

In general, children less than 100 pounds should start with a draw weight of 10 to 15 pounds. Small- and medium-sized adult females should aim for 25 to 35 pounds, while men of average weight should go for 40 to 55 pounds.

Larger men may need anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds of draw weight. For hunting game, a draw weight of no less than 40 pounds is recommended. This will allow for effective shots at safe distances. If this is above your suggested range, first practice with a weight you can handle easily, then work your way up.

Below is a chart that will help you determine your starting draw weight limit, based on your own body weight and gender. Chart is mostly suitable for beginners who have never shot a real recurve before."

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Excerpts are from Wilderness Today "When choosing a recurve bow for target shooting, bows with draw weights ranging from 15 lbs. to 70 lbs. or more are perfectly acceptable. However, bows with draw weights ranging from 25 lbs. to 35 lbs. are most common.

When hunting with a recurve bow, most states do have a minimum draw weight restriction which is commonly 45 lbs. Thus, to hunt legally with a recurve bow in your state, you will need to comply with whatever the minimum draw weight for your state is. However, a recurve bow with a draw weight 45 lbs. will launch an arrow with surprising speed and thus, they are perfectly capable of taking down any North American game species from a reasonably close range."

"So, when choosing a recurve bow for target shooting, you will likely want to choose a relatively light draw weight ranging from 15 lbs. to 35 lbs. depending on the physical stature of the intended archer.

But, when choosing a recurve bow for hunting, then you will need to choose a bow with as much draw weight as you can handle and thus, draw weights from 45 lbs. to 65 lbs. are most popular. Some Archers prefer a lower range for compound bows.

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