Recurve Bow Reviews – Get Your Best Recurve Bow Now!

Intro into Recurve Bows

Oh, the joys of the olympic bow. It’s harder to shoot and a good bit more primitive than its modern compound bow brother, but that doesn’t stop us American’s from raining supreme in Archery! (read more on that here). For those that don’t know, recurve bows require very good form to operate properly. If you’re just starting, try to get a recurve bow with a lower limb weight. Typically beginners start between the 20-30lb range until they’ve gotten a good handle on how to shoot. If this your first recurve bow, I recommend just getting the bow and then going to a local archery club and talking to some of the older guys there. Most of them will be willing to give you tons of great recommendations for you specifically, and if you’re lucky, maybe even some tips! If you’re really new to recurves, you should check out this video here:

If you’re serious about learning to shoot recurves, you should look into the physics working behind operating one from this page.
Now, without further ado, here’s my list of the best recurve bow reviews.

Best Takedown Recurve Bow – Martin Saber

Best Takedown Bow

This gorgeous take down recurve bow offers the best of traditional shooting with a modern twist.  This bow offers a magnesium handle equipped with an innovative Thermal Elite Grip by Martin. This grip dampens vibrations and works well to create a quiet, smooth, and easy shot.

Unfortunately, the arrow rest for this bow is made of plastic and is strips rather easily. To get the most out of this bow, you really should get a proper arrow rest and also replace the string fairly early (it will begin unraveling after 200 or so shots). If you like adding accessories to your bow, you should consider adding a bow sight to this bow too.  If you want to know our opinion on the best bow accessories, follow this link: Best Bow Accessories.

Sure this bow has a small set of problems, but if you can look over those few minor flaws and like customizing your bow, this is one of, if not the best recurve bows on the market.

However, if you prefer out of the box functionality, then you should scroll down to the best hunting recurve bow review. I’m sure it won’t disappoint you.


Best Recurve Bow for Beginners – Samick Sage

Best for Beginners

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow


This affordable recurve bow, currently available on amazon, allows you to quickly enter into the classic art of archery.  Since you’ll probably be a beginner or buying for a beginner, I’d recommend getting the lower pound limbs to start; anywhere between 25 to 35 pounds depending on your size. The reason to do this is because in traditional archery, your form is everything and it’s MUCH easier to learn better form with a lighter limbed recurve bow. You can always buy heavier limbs later either from Samick or another manufacturer once you’ve outgrown the lighter ones. This tends to be the more popular and cheaper option.

The draw and release on this bow are smooth and wonderful everytime. The only gripe I have with it is that it’s a little loud in the default configuration.  You’ll have to find some way to silence this guy if you want to go hunting. A common thing to do is to add a felt arrow rest and a bow silencer. The bow silencer that you choose is totally up to you. You could always check out our best bow accessories guide for more detailed information.

If you intend to go hunting with this bow, be sure to check the laws in your state. Some states only allow you to hunt with bows of 45 pound limbs or more, meaning you’ll have to actually practice with your new bow before going out on the hunt.

Best Recurve Bow for the Money – Hoyt GameMaster 2

Best for the Money

A fantastic choice for pros and beginners alike. Beginners will enjoy the high brace height, making it easier to learn proper shooting technique and everybody will love the almost nonexistent vibrations. That’s right, the mechanics and design on this takedown recurve bow take vibration out of the aiming equation, allowing you to be focused through 100% of your shots. It’s slim and sturdy riser makes the bow very easy to navigate through the woods making it and exceptional recurve bow for hunting. While a little on the pricey side for beginners, its wide array of intuitive innovations and features still makes a fantastic bow forpractice, competition or hunting.

This bow is among the most stable and accurate takedown bows available. It’s very forgiving to beginners and very fast with pros. It also has a detachable grip. I don’t think you’ll want to take it off though as it is very well polished and comfortable. It’s nice when the all the little things come together and form something incredible. This bow is that something incredible.

Best Recurve Bow for Hunting – Hoyt Buffalo

Best for Hunting

The Hoyt Buffalo was adapted from Hoyt’s best Olympian bow specifically to be re-engineered for hunting. As you can imagine, the result is an absolutely terrific bow, which has gotten it’s recognition in major motion pictures such as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.  Its ease of use, reliability, power and accuracy make it a much sought after recurve bow.

This bow comes with a slew of items, like most great bows. Among them; handmade Flemish bowstring, bow stringer, silencers, limb covers and a padded bow case. Also a DVD to help you fine tune your bow to your preferences.

This bow is one of those upgrades that you make where you stop after buying and say, “This is the best recurve bow ever. I’ve finally found it.” And then you can finally relax and focus on your technique rather than looking for the next best bow 😉