How To Choose A Recurve Bow

Last Updated on May 13, 2023 by

It is easier than you might think to decide how to choose a Recurve Bow. You might feel confused looking at all the models available. This is normal for beginners, but if you answer some questions accurately, you’ll be happy with the result.

#1: For what purpose do you want to use it for?

Are you looking to practice target shooting or hunting with your recurve bow?

You can only use a bow to practice target shooting.

Any bow can be used. Choose one of our top 10 recurve recurve arrows or view our short beginner list. Each bow is suitable for target practice regardless of skill level. We only list the best quality bows. You can buy any model that is affordable and looks good to your taste. Our recurve Bow Reviews will help explain the pros and cons of each model.

You can hunt with a bow.

Each recurve bow can be used for target practice but not all of them will work well for hunting. The main factor that will determine if your recurve bow is suitable for hunting is its draw weight. This is not dependent on which model you buy. If you aren’t familiar with draw weight, it refers to how much force you must apply to the bow string to pull it over a distance 28′ (in the case recurve bows). Your bow’s draw weight will determine how powerful your arrow is and how far it can travel. This is why it’s important.

Target practice doesn’t require a powerful bow. The arrow must only penetrate the bullseye’s foam or cardboard, so it doesn’t take much energy. Your arrow must penetrate thick skin and fat tissue when hunting.

What’s the solution? The solution is simple: Choose a recurve arrow with a minimum draw weight 40 pounds. You can hunt small game such as rabbit and turkey with a draw weight of 35 to 30 pounds. For bows, you will need to carry 40 lbs. Or more. There is a catch: not all beginners can handle a bow with a draw weight of 40 or higher. How do you know if you are capable of handling it?

You can simply take a look at the recurve draw weight chart. This chart will allow you to quickly calculate the draw weight range that you are able to manage as a beginner. Simply enter your body weight into the chart. You can easily increase your draw weight if you get started. Although you may not be able handle more than 30 pounds, it is possible to do so. The chart shows that a 40-pounder can be managed after some practice and weeks.

Quick Summary

  1. If your main goal is to practice target shooting, then you can choose any recurve bow in our Best Beginning Recurves collection and you will be fine.
  2. Hunting is your primary goal, so any recurve bow that has a draw weight below 40 lbs will work. Or more. Nearly every bow on the market can also be bought in the 40 lb. You will find a variety of recurve bows to suit your needs, so it won’t be difficult to choose the right one for you.
  3. Cody Assmann also points out that longer bows are less accurate but harder to carry around and/or fit into a blind. If hunting is your primary goal, you should also consider the length. Avoid anything over 62” and, preferably, 60”.

#2: Do you need a take-down recurve?

You must decide whether you want a “Take Down” recurve bow. If the recurve’s two limbs can be separated from its riser, a bow is considered a “Take-Down”. Three reasons are there to choose a Take-down recurve over a “one-piece” recurve:

  1. It is easier to transport take-down bows. Because you can take the limbs off the riser, it is easier to store the bow and put it in a small bag. You can remove the limbs from the riser, making it easier to store and fit into a small handbag.
  2. It is much easier to service a take-down recurve. You can easily remove any broken part and send it for repair/service, instead of having to send the whole bow.
  3. A Take-down bow is a good choice for beginners as it allows you adjust your draw weight. The stiffness and structure of your limbs determine the draw weight of your bow. If you buy a 30# draw weight recurve and decide that you want to increase to 40#, then you don’t have to purchase a brand new bow. All you need is a new set limbs and the desired draw weight.

#3: How heavy should the bow be?

The draw weight is not the only thing that matters. It is also important to consider the actual weight of your bow. Remember that the bow will be held in front of your face for long periods of time when you are shooting. Solid recurves typically weigh between 2 to 3.5 pounds. These are safe options for beginners. You don’t have to know how much weight you can carry, so choose a bow that is 3 pounds or less. This is not something I would be concerned about.

#4: How long should the recurve be?

A bow should be at least twice as long as the draw length. A recurve should be 56 inches or longer if your draw length exceeds 28 inches. The more precise the bow is, the longer it will be. This guide will help you determine your draw length.

#5: Do you want accessories on your recurve?

When choosing a recurve bow, another thing to consider is whether you intend to attach a accessory or a sight to it. Some recurvebows are predrilled for these attachments. Others don’t. Traditional archery enthusiasts don’t like to use accessories or sights. They prefer the “stick and string” experience. Even if you don’t have a riser, you can still attach a simple peep or glue-on arrow rest to your bow. For more information, see the “Extra Accessories” section below.

#6: Which Arrows Should I Buy?

Because the topic of arrow selection can be subjective, we recommend that you read our article How to Choose Arrows for a Recurve Bow. This article will help beginners get started.

#7: What Accessories Do I Need to Get Started?

Before you can shoot, you will need to purchase a few accessories. You can find a complete list of accessories that you will need before you can start shooting.


Here’s a quick recap on how to choose a Recurve Bow.

  1. Draw weight should be chosen based on your body type. You should aim for at least 40 pounds. If you are hunting, draw weight. Any draw weight is acceptable for target practice.
  2. Based on the information above, decide whether you want a Takedown bow or one-piece.
  3. For starters, ensure that the bow’s weight is not more than 3.4 pounds.
  4. A bow should be at least twice the length of your draw.
  5. Consider whether you will need a bow with extra attachments, such as a bow sight.