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Archery is nothing without the bow. Traditional Archery offers two models of bows. One being the longbow and the other being the Recurve Bow. Longbows are easier to shoot as the longer length disperses the pulling weight over a greater area. Recurve bows can be more accurate, as they are cut to center (or past) to have a more "point and shoot" feel.
What Bow Weight for me?
If your focus is target shooting, then 45# or less is a good start. You need endurance for long periods of shooting, but enough cast (ability to shoot an arrow) to shoot distances. For bowhunters, check your local game laws, but the minimum weight normally ranges from 35-45# for deer sized game. Go with a weight that you can comfortably manage, most popular is 50# or 55#. NEVER over-bow yourself. Straining too much to pull a bow back will decrease your accuracy and even strain a muscle. Tip for compound shooters: Try going down 10-15# in bow weight from your compound when starting traditional archery. The two bows use different muscles to pull and no weight let-off, so do not match weight for weight. All bows on this page have bow weights measured at a 28" draw length. This is an industry standard.
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