How do you determing the draw weight?

May 18, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Elizabeth V asked:

I'm looking to get into archery and am looking to get a bow, preferably a longbow or recurve. How do I determine my draw strength when looking for a bow and there is no decent archery shop in the area?


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2 Responses to “How do you determing the draw weight?”
  1. Ear Ringing says:

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    The draw weight of a bow should be dermined by how much you feel comfortable pulling. Keep in mind that the difference between the pull weight of a compound bow and a recurve or longbow are considerably different. On a compound bow there is a breakover point where the pull weight is halved and on a recurve or longbow it is the same all the way through.

    I would suggest that start with a 35 pound bow since that is usually the easiest to use for most people. One good way to find out what is best for you is to come to an archery practice and ask to try someone’s bow. Most people will be willing to let you try theirs.

    What area do you live in? There are a few archery shops in the Iron Bog area, but unfortunately most of them only carry compound bows. Bow are available from ebay and several online companies, but you have to be very careful when you purchase a bow from ebay. There are some sold that are not good enough to shoot, since they have split or twisted limbs..

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    Are there any archery clubs in your area? Go attend a shooting day. Draw weights differ for people as well as the length of the bow; the length of the bow should be approximately your own height. If there is someone there that is approximately your height, and has the same hand-eye dominance, ask him/her if you could try to drawing it back (pulling the bowstring back–WHAT EVER YOU DO, DO NOT LET THE STRING GO!!! IT COULD DAMAGE THE BOW!)…most women I know have a draw weight around 26-35lbs.

    If you have more questions, feel free to ask me via email.

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