Archery Bow Weight Question?

May 11, 2010 by Bowhunter  
Filed under Recurve Bows

stattiiic asked:

What exactly is bow weight. Theres a recurve I like, and it asks me what hand I want it (which is obvious) and also what bow weight and it gives me options like 40#, 45#, 50# and so on. I have no idea what those mean, can anyone help me?

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3 Responses to “Archery Bow Weight Question?”
  1. Classic Car says:

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    I think it’s referring to draw weight which is how much force is needed to pull the bow string.
    I would recommend going to an archery shop. As you need a draw weight that you are comfortable with :)

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    may be this article can help you>

  3. Ear Ringing says:

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    To answer your question, the weight, as the other poster had said, is the amount of force needed to pull the string back 28″. Mind you this is not always the case, if you’re 6’6″ then most likely you will pull back more than that and the weight will be much more than what is marked on the bow. 28″ is only an industry standard for measuring bow weights. For every inch past 28, you’ll usually have to add 2 pounds. So a 40 pound bow drawn to 30″ makes it 44 pound and so on.

    If this is your first bow, I would suggest staying away from those weights. Best case scenario, you’ll develop bad habits, plucking the string, leaning, etc. The muscles you need for archery is usually not used anywhere else, except perhaps if you’re a rock climber. Worst case scenario you’ll injure yourself. Most people drawing too much weight will use their shoulder and bicep muscles to draw, as these are usually strong in most adults. This action will result in tearing of the rotator cuff muscles. If you do decide to go for it, please make sure you warm up and stretch your muscles before shooting.

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