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 a 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.
Check out our 5 favorite Recurve Bows
- Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow
- Courage SAS 60″ Hunting Takedown
- Bear AFT2086150 Grizzly
- Southwest Archery Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow Right&Left Hand
Bear Archery Super Kodiak(currently unavailable)
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 harvard.edu page.
Best Recurve Bow for Beginners – Samick Sage
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 that in traditional archery, your form is everything and it’s MUCH easier to learn the 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.
The draw and release on this bow are smooth and wonderful every time. The only concern 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.
Courage SAS 60″ Hunting Takedown Recurve Bow
This bow is sturdy and efficient – for serious archers! Bintangor, Makore and Chuglam hardwood are the materials the riser is made of. The limbs consist of Maple and Makore Wood laminations + faced with high strength fiberglass.
That’s right, the mechanics and design on this takedown recurve bow take the 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 an exceptional recurve bow for hunting. Features:
- Wood Limb with Fiberglass Face
- Hard Wood Rise
- 60″ Total Lenght
- Draw Weight: Choose from 35-55lbs
While a little on the pricey side for beginners, its wide array of intuitive innovations and features still make a fantastic bow for practice, competition or hunting.
This bow is among the most stable and accurate takedown bows available. It´s available Left- and Right Handed.
It’s nice when all the little things come together and form something incredible. This bow is that something incredible.
Bear Grizzly Traditional Bow
The Grizzly Recurve Bow by Bear Archery is just beautiful! The last design changes to the Grizzly were made in 1964. This is a classic but powerful and popular bow. Suitable both for beginners and advanced bow addicts.
- 58″ AMO lenght
- Crowned, cut-on center arrow shelf with bear hair rest and leather side plate
- Dacron Flemish String
- Available Right- and Left Handed
- Draw Weights from 30-50lbs (RH)
- Comes fully assembled (its NOT a Takedown Bow)
Its ease of use, reliability, power and accuracy make it a much sought after recurve bow.
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!
Southwest Archery Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow
You´re looking for an accurate, compact but fast Recurve Bow? Here we go: Southwest Archery provides us with a Takedown Recurve bow, suitable from beginner to intermediate.
This bow was designed by the engineers and developers of the original Samick Sage. Available Right- and Left Hand – with draw weights of 20-60lbs. Beautifully combined four naturally sourced woods make this lightweight bow a perfect choice.
- Preinstalled threaded bushings
- Reinforced limb tips
- Includes one handcrafted riser
- One pair of matching limbs upper and lower
- One 14 strand Dacron string
- One stick on adhesive arrow rest
- Step by Step instructions with photos
Commonly used accessories such as: Arrow Rests, Shelf Pads, Sights, Stabilizers, Bowfishing Reels, etc. are easy to install due to the pre-installed threaded bushings. Good quality at an affordable price. When registered online after purchase, a 1-year manufacturer warranty is included!
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