For recurve bows, you need to consider the draw length when finding the bow with the proper draw weight for you. This means the best recurve bow draw weight for you could also change. Draw weight of recurve bows is rated at a 28 inch draw. The first is the length of the arrow (which you should know by now) and the second is the weight of the bow.
So aside from knowing how much of a draw weight you are capable of, the other important thing when picking out a traditional bow is to get with the proper draw weight at your draw length, not at the standard 28” draw length. Your Draw Length is used to determine your Actual Peak Bow Weight for recurve bows, and to select the proper draw length setting for compound bows. The draw weight of standard traditional bows is as measured at 28″ draw.
Remember that with a traditional recurve bow the weight will change depending upon what your draw length is. Bow weight will change approximately ±2.5 pounds for every inch from a bows rated draw length. By only having to hold about half of the draw weight the archer can easily take his time to draw and aim rather than straining to hold the full draw weight that a recurve or traditional bow has while aiming. This bow has a 54-inch draw length and 20-pound draw weight.
This is on my takedown recurve bow, I am just wondering if I can just replace somemething on my bow in order to reduce the draw weight as I don’t really know what causes the bow it’s draw weight, I assume it is the limb however I just wanted to make sure. Remember that with a traditional bow the weight will change depending upon what your draw length is. Bow weight will change approximately ±2½ pounds for every inch from a bows rated draw length. The draw weight of the two bows has to be exactly the same.
Draw Weight is the peak amount of weight an archer will pull while drawing the bow. Your draw length should be considered when choosing the length of bow. Recurve bows can be used for hunting, however a recurve bow that has the 50lbs or more draw weight necessary for killing an animal is a beast to shoot at the best of times.
If this describes you, plan on a recurve draw weight approximately 25% less than your compound draw weight. Determining the appropriate bow length is based on first determining your comfortable draw length. We recommend arrows with a minimum weight of 9-10 grains per pound of draw weight (at your draw length).
Draw length is not as critical with a recurve bow as it is with a compound bow, except that as outlined above the maximum poundage draw weight a shooter can achieve is affected by the draw length. If you’ve never shot a recurve bow before, then you probably don’t know what kind of draw weight your muscles can handle.