Question: How do I know my bow draw weight?

To find your ideal bow draw weight, use a weight scale to pull the bowstring to the correct position. If it feels hard to pull back and hold, lower the weight by a few pounds. Aim to use the highest weight that feels comfortable to you. Some archery activities require a minimal draw length to do.

How heavy should my bow draw weight be?

Build, Bodyweight and Suggested Bow Draw WeightsType of Person/BuildWeight (lbs)Compound Suggested Draw Weight (lbs)Large/Strong Child100-13025-35Small/Slight Woman100-13025-35Average Woman130-16030-40Large/Strong Woman160+45-554 more rows•Mar 9, 2021

How hard is it to pull back a 40 pound bow?

All bows, whether recurve or compound, are rated according to draw weight and is measured in pounds (lbs). So for a 40 lb bow, it means that it takes 40 lbs of force to pull back the string 28 inches for a recurve.

Is a 50lb bow too much?

If youre pretty consistent at 40 pounds, but then notice erratic arrow groups at 50 pounds, then 50 pounds is probably too much weight. Archers shooting takedown recurve bows can usually get lighter limbs to drop some draw weight. Those who shoot one-piece recurves or longbows are going to have to switch bows.

Is a 40 pound bow good for beginners?

New archers often ask for a recommendation as to the proper draw weight to start with. The common recommendations for adult males that I observe are 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 pounds (25 and 45 pounds being the least recommended, though common enough across the forums).

Is 50 lb draw weight too much?

Recurve and longbow archers almost invariably will draw much less weight than they would if they shot a compound bow. Check your accuracy with bows of varying draw weights. If youre pretty consistent at 40 pounds, but then notice erratic arrow groups at 50 pounds, then 50 pounds is probably too much weight.

Is 50 lb draw weight hard?

You must back down to a comfortable draw weight while sitting. Dont be macho. Note that you can effectively kill deer with a 40-pound draw-weight bow. As a rule of thumb, 40 pounds of kinetic energy efficiently kills whitetails, and 50 pounds or greater is required for larger game such as elk, moose or bear.

What is a heavy draw weight?

Draw weight, or poundage, is a measurement of the force needed to draw a bow. You might hear someone say, “I shoot a 40-pound bow.” That means their bows draw weight is 40 pounds. Every bow has a draw weight. Shooting draw weights heavier than your natural ability increases the risk of injury.

Is 50 lbs bow too much?

Recurve and longbow archers almost invariably will draw much less weight than they would if they shot a compound bow. If youre pretty consistent at 40 pounds, but then notice erratic arrow groups at 50 pounds, then 50 pounds is probably too much weight.

Is it expensive to do archery?

What it costs to practice archery depends on several factors, but for beginners, archery can generally cost between $150 to $500 to start. After the initial costs, you could expect to spend between $10 to $60 a month from recurring costs depending on how often you practice.

Does draw weight affect accuracy?

Poundage does not affect accuracy, it affects range and arrow drop. Those can affect accuracy if you fail to compensate.

How much does a good bow cost?

Many compound bows cost over $1,000, but Wenberg said youll find high-quality bows for under $500. A more expensive bow wont necessarily make you more accurate. In fact, some faster, more expensive bows give beginners trouble. “You want a bow thats forgiving and easy to shoot because youre learning,” Wenberg said.

What is the heaviest draw weight on a bow?

The heaviest longbow draw weight is 90 kg (200 lb), achieved by Mark Stretton (UK) at the shooting grounds of The Bath Archers, Somerset, UK, on 15 August 2004. The bow was made by Bickerstaffe Bows (UK), of yew wood, backed with hickory.

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