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How to choose a compound bow


Choosing the right compound bow

Choosing a compound bow that suits you is crucial to to you archery experience. And there is many criteria that needs to be met in order to buy the best bow for you.

We recommend that you start by using our bow finder at the top of the page, which will guide you through a few steps in order to limit your scope on which bows are the best for you.

Are you looking for a recurve bow, then we suggest you to use our recurve bow finder. If you’re new to compound bows in general, we suggest you to take a look at compound bows for beginners.

So let’s take a look at some of the important criteria you need to keep in mind.

The right draw weight for you

Determining the bow’s draw weight can be done by selecting a bow based on your body weight or size.

If you’re guy with a small frame, you would need a bow with less draw weight. If you’re a large person with a lot of strength, you can go for a bow with more draw weight added to it.

The same goes if you’re a woman. Petite women may need to choose a bow aimed at women or teens to get the right compound bow. If you’re a bigger woman you can go for a higher draw weight.

More draw weight equals more speed, but it might be very uncomfortable to draw a bow that is too heavy for you over an extended period of time. It can even result in injuries. That’s why it’s important that draw weight is tailored to you.

What will you be using the compound bow for?

Basically, there is two things it can be used for; Target shooting, and hunting. In the process of thinking of how to choose a compound bow, you must first know which type of activity you mainly will use it for.

If you’re only going to be using the bow for target shooting, speed and power is not that relevant to you. The thing you need to look for is comfort and bow weight. You might be travelling a lot with your bow, so you need it to be lightweight. You also want it to feel comfortable when you shoot so you can keep drawing the bow over and over without feeling tired.

The way most people use the compound bow for however, is for hunting. The main benefit of hunting

with a compound bow over a recurve bow, is that a with a recurve bow, you need to constantly use power to keep the bow drawn. A compound bow uses a levering system that helps you keep the bow drawn without using much strength.

The type of animal you will be hunting also needs to be considered before buying a bow. Larger animals, such as moose, buffalo, or bigger African animals needs more power to kill. So that’s why you would need a bow which has a larger draw weight so it can penetrate the animal.

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Are you hunting smaller animals like deer, boar, or turkey however, you should be fine with a lower draw weight because it require less power to kills those animals.

There might also be regulations where you live regarding draw weight and which animals you can legally hunt.

Barebow or ready-to-shoot package

If you’re a first time buyer, you are probably look for a ready-to-shoot package that includes all you need to start shooting right away. Packages might include: Quiver, stabiliser, sight, etc. All those things are not essential to start shooting, but it really helps you.

Barebows is essentially just the bow it self. Barebows are for those people who maybe already have all the equipment. They only want the bare bow which they can then install their sight, stabiliser and such on later.

Which hand is your dominant hand?

Bow manufactures will often make a left-handed version of a bow together with the more standard right-handed version. If your dominant hand is the left, then go for the left-handed bow. Just note that not all stores carry a left-handed variant on all the different bows they sell. Or they might have been sold already. 

If they don’t have the left-handed version of your bow you want right there and then, try another model and see how it feels in your hand. If you’re left-handed and still prefer using your right hand then go for it.

Popular compound bow makers like Bear Archery for example, mark their bows as either “RH” or “LF” for the different hand variations of their bows.

How to choose a compound bow based on your level

Are you a completely newbie to archery, then maybe it’s wise to not buy the most expensive bow on the marked. You can always upgrade later if you really enjoy archery.

There are also many bows on the marked which have a lot of things to adjust, so the bow can grow with you as you get better.

In summary…

How to choose a compound bow that fits you

If you’re still asking yourself how to choose a compound bow for you, then we suggest you to head to the top of the page and try our bow finder.

There is multiple factors that can have an impact on how well the bow is fitted to your physique or archery level. We always suggest to measure your arm span to get a good grip of your draw length. Draw weight is yet another important factor that can have a dramatic effect on your ability to operate the bow. Choose a compound bow with a low draw weight or an adjustable draw weight inf you are just starting out in archery.

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