What arrows to use with a recurve bow
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What arrows to use with a recurve bow

Archery can be quite a fun activity to practice to improve both your physical and mental readiness. But for you to maximize both your enjoyment and skill some level of information needs to be known about archery equipment.

One of those information is knowing what arrows to use with a recurve bow. Here is a list of the best ones that match your needs:

  • Hunting-door Carbon Arrows with Field Points.
  • Easton XX75 Jazz Aluminum Arrows.
  • Archery Fletched Fiberglass Nock Arrows.
  • Hunting-door 12 Pcs Turkey Feather.
  • MS Jumpper Archery Carbon Arrows.

best recurve bow arrows

Hunting-door Carbon Arrows with Field Points

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They have very heavy although very high quality field tips. The nocks are glued in a correct way.

meaning they are aligned with the odd colored fletching so it passes through my tri-pattern brush arrow rest correctly, and sits right on the string.

All the fletching is in the correct spot. The aluminum pieces on the tip of the arrow come out fairly easily. Just pulling my arrows out of a simple bag style target has pulled a few of the tips all the way out.

I had one of my nocking points just randomly fall out as well. Overall, for the price, I would say they are decent arrows.

Good quality and fly well. Overall they are just good arrows to have and work nicely when bow hunting.

Features:

  • 12Pack of 31 inches arrows with strong, lightweight carbon shafts; improved wall thickness for added durability
  • Colored plastic fletching vanes & nock
  • Replaceable 100grain tips with standard thread
  • Good performance,low hand shock with good speed
  • For draw weight of 40-55 pounds compound bows

Easton XX75 Jazz Aluminum Arrows

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As always, Easton provides reliably consistent products. There may be lighter, faster, arrows made with the latest technology and all of that is lost on a beginner like myself.

The points need to be tightened as they are only finger tight right out of the box. Take care of course that you don’t crush the shaft by cranking down in steel faced vice.

Being fletched instead of vaned they are not indestructible, but can take a lot of abuse. I should know. They fly a lot truer though than the vaned arrows I have used so far.

It doesn’t hurt either that price is hard to beat as well. Check out the Easton web site to find the right spine for you.

Features:

  • Trueflight Feather Fletched Easton XX75 Tribute Arrows 6-pack
  • Trueflight parabolic feathers with right-wing helical offset
  • Steel Tips and Replaceble Plastic Nocks
  • Appropriate For Archers 3 Years Old and Up
  • Good For 15lb to 50lb Bow Weights

Archery Fletched Fiberglass Nock Arrows

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For the price they are pretty good but are they right for you? These arrows have two red fletchings and one green.

Nearly indestructible! A very solid built arrow, nice solid tip, sturdy shaft and the fletching holds up well.

These are “training” arrows, appropriate for youths learning archery. They are stronger and will last through more abuse then wooden or carbon arrows, and better yet, are far cheaper.

They shaft is not as stiff as expected, but for light draw weights, they are fine.

Features:

  • High quality fiberglass standard target practice arrows.
  • Colored plastic fletching and nock.
  • Safety-minded, rounded permanent nickel-plated stainless steel bullet tip perfect.
  • Nocked, fletched, tipped and ready to shoot.
  • Extraordinary durability for extended Use.

Hunting-door 12 Pcs Turkey Feather

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Handsome fletching, and solid knocks, but the adhesive on the string wrapping is weak and starts to unravel after a few days of shooting.

Out of the box these arrows seem like the bees knees. They feel very traditional in your hands and look a lot more impressive than modern arrows.

The feathers claim to be pheasant feathers but feel fake to me, it might be due to the fact they used some kind of glue or hardening compound to stick them together.

After firing them a few times they started to feel like natural feathers but I’m still not sure. That being said, they do cut up your bow hand.

I hand to find myself a glove as my hand started bleeding from firing the very first arrow.

Features:

  • 12Pcs Pure Handmade fine wooden traditional recurve bow arrows
  • Nocked, Fletched and inserted.
  • Hand spined for flight characteristics matching.
  • Pre-cut and all ready to shoot.

MS Jumpper Archery Carbon Arrows

MS Jumpper Carbon Arrows
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The first thing I noticed was the lightness of the arrows. I am shooting a 50# wooden long bow and a high quality 55# laminated recurve Mongolian style bow with a thumb release.

Well made of good quality. these carbon arrows seem to fly straighter and penetrate the target deeper deeper than my wood shafts.

 

Features:

  • Have good performance.
  • Low hand shock with good speed.
  • Extraordinary durability for extended use.
  • Draw weight of up to 65 pounds bows.

why and How to pick the best recurve bow arrow for you

The reason you should do your best to pick arrows that suit you and your body structure is: Safety and Precision/Precision.

Choosing an arrows that is too heavy for you might not let your shoots reach your target, On the other hand if you pick an arrows that’s too weak will most likely make your flight projectile suffer.

In archery, The term arrow spine is the referring to the element that controls the flight performance of your arrow. It’s a measure of the arrow’s stiffness or flexibility.

The best arrow spine should be 3 things:

  1. Type/kind of bow.
  2. Draw length.
  3. Draw weight.

Since we are talking about recurve arrows, We only need to be focusing on the draw length and weight.

How to calculate your draw length

There are two ways you can calculate your draw length, The first one is:

1st Method: Arm Span Measurement

Arm span measurement
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With this method you will need someone to help you hold the measuring tape.

  1. Spread out your arms at shoulder level.
  2. Have the other person measure the length from fingertip to fingertip.
  3. Divide the length of your arm span by 2.5.

For example, your arm span measurement is 70 inches. (70 in. ÷ 2.5 = 28 in. ← Draw Length)

2st Method: Wall Measurement

Draw length wall measurement
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This one also does requires another person to help you with measuring your arm but you can also measure it by yourself.

  1. Stand and face the wall sideways.
  2. Put the fist of your bow arm on the wall. This should mimic your stand when you’re holding a bow.
  3. turn your head and look at the wall.
  4. Let your friend or family member measure the distance from the wall up to the corner of your mouth.

And that is your draw length.

How to calculate your draw weight

Calculating your draw weight will be one of the deciding factor on how good you are in archery.

As a Beginners who have never shot an arrow before, You should always start with the lowest, then work their way up as they progress in training and practice.

The draw weight generally means the maximum amount an archer can pull while drawing a bow.

We came up with a chart that shows you the suggested draw weight based on the your frame and weight. But in the end you should still try to start from the lowest number and rise it as you go on.

Archery won’t be fun if the bow is too hard to pull. Apart from that, it’s not good for your shoulders, joints, and muscles.

Draw weight chart
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If the archer has never pulled a bow before, start with the lowest draw weight, 10 pounds.

After a couple of weeks of constant practice, and once the muscles have gone used to pulling such heavy weights, you can add more weight and power.

The Absolute Charts To Archery Recurve Bow Arrows Selection

Now that you have calculated your draw length, draw weight and have an idea about arrow weight, you can now determine your arrow spine and shaft size.

Let’s take a look at the Easton Arrow Length Chart for Recurves. Here’s a snapshot from their guide:

colorful recurve bow chart
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Here is another one that is more general and these numbers are based on a 100 gr. point, if you use a 125 gr. point you may need to use a stiffer spine if you use a 85 gr. point you may need to use the weaker spine.

recurve bows and compound bows colored selection chart
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Recuve bow parts

The recurve bows and compound bows are made up of different parts, as mentioned if it is a take-down bow then these can be dismantled. There are many different parts that can be purchased and added at a later stage to help with your archery such as sights and stabilizer. These are completely natural and not needed to become good at archery.

The main parts that you will find on all recurve bows are;

1. The Riser

​The riser is crucial when it comes to the recurve bow. You can find it in the center of the bow between the limbs. If you were to use any accessories such as sights then they will connect to the riser (as long as it has the holes available). Originally they were made from wood, however aluminium is becoming more common due to them being lighter. You can also find carbon fiber risers that again are even lighter.

The grip is a part of the riser and is where you would be holding the bow. The grip is very important as you want it to fit your hand naturally and feel comfortable. They can often be replaced, allowing you to find one that you like. To be honest, I have never had a issue with the ones supplied with the recurve bows I have brought.

 

2. The Limbs

At either end of the riser are the limbs, these are flexible wood or in many cases fiberglass or carbon fiber. It is these that when the string is pulled stores and then releases kinetic energy needed to fire the arrow at your target. Many limbs are manufactured following a common standard, this means that you don’t always have to stick to the same manufacture for limbs as the riser its connected to.

As you begin experienced with archery and your strength increases, you may upgrade the limbs to ones that have higher pressure and more weight.

 

3. Arrow Rest

Old bows people would have rested the arrow on the hand that was gripping the bow, now recurve bows have what’s known as the arrow rest. This is usually plastic or in some cases metal and is where the arrow rests whilst you draw the bow.

4. Bow String

​The bow string is attached to both of the limbs and is what you naturally need to pull back with the arrow attached, releasing this releases the stored energy which then shoots the arrow. The bow string needs to be fully drawn in order to get the most of your shot.

How to shoot a recurve bow

Common Questions

The Archery Guide gets a few questions about the different types of bows, below are the most common questions asked about the recurve bow.

Can I Buy and Shoot a Bow Right Away?

More than often it will need you to string the bow and tune it, there are many guides to help do this and at first it might seem scary it is actually easier than it sounds.

How Much Should I Spend On My First Bow?

You don’t want to spend too much on your first bow as you will outgrow it very quickly. The best beginner bows are usually around $100-$200 and these are perfect for just starting out, some of them will take you further if you do upgrade the limbs.

Which Bow Manufacture Is Best?

There are some great recurve bow brands and I would always recommend getting your bow from one of these well-known manufactures. You know that the bow is going to be made of quality and will last a lot longer than some cheap knock off. Brands that are recommended are Bear, Samick, PSE and Hoyt – although there are others.

How Big Of A Bow Should I Get?

The larger bows do tend to be more accurate when you shoot, so many hunters tend to go for something a bit bigger but this does depend on transporting it etc. The length of the bow should be around double your draw length.

Can I Shoot My Recurve Bow In My Garden?

It will vary from country to country but it is completely legal to shoot your recurve bow in your garden. You do need to be careful and take full responsibility that the arrows remain in your garden.

I really hope this guide has helped you find the best recurve bow for you, whether you are a beginner, or experienced. Its really important to know what to look for and I hope this has shine a light on a typically though choice.

Conclusion: What arrows to use with a recurve bow

As you can see, Recurve bow itself is such a broad topic that have many aspect for you to become fully efficient with it. But that does not mean you can’t be an archer without it.

We hope you enjoyed our complete guide on what What arrows to use with a recurve bow. If you have anything you would like to ask about archery feel free to leave a comment down below.

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