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How to Choose Arrows for Recurve Bow

How to Choose Arrows for Recurve Bow

Picking the best arrows for your recurve bow can seem like a tiring process at the beginning. But with practice and experience, you will find that it is pretty easy. This article is dedicated to newbies or beginners who are still questioning the best arrows for their recurve bows.

How to Choose Arrows for Recurve Bow?

You need to pick an arrow that matches perfectly with the type of your bow and the purpose of using the arrow.

Arrow Spine:

The arrow spine refers to how weak or stiff the arrow is. This shows how much the arrow will flex before it bends. When it comes to the spine of the arrow, you need to understand the difference between a static and dynamic spine.

The static spine refers to the simple stiffness of the arrow when it is not moving. It can be easily measured by moving it in your hands. The dynamic spine is the actual spine of the arrow when it is moving. This is what really matters when your arrow is moving. The dynamic spine of the arrow is affected by the static spine, weight, and length.

arrow chart

Arrow Length:

The shorter the arrow, the stiffer it is going to be. This means that it will be harder to flex. The longer the arrow, the weaker the dynamic spine which will allow it to flex more. The length is measured from the beginning of the point to the nock groove. If your arrow is too long, you can always cut it to suit the size of your bow.

Point Weight:

The lighter the point, the stiffer is the effect on the dynamic spine. A heavy point will have a weak effect on the dynamic spine of the arrow.

The arrow FOC or front of the center depends on the lightness of the point. The lighter the point, the lesser the FOC and this means that the arrow will be too stable.

Draw Length:

Your draw length can be accurately calculated by spreading your arms. You should stand with your arms stretched to the side parallel to the ground, like in a T-shape. Ask someone to measure the distance from the tip of one hand to the other one.

Calculate the distance in inches and divide it by 2.5 to find the accurate draw length. Add one inch to pick the appropriate length of your arrows. If you fall between numbers, round down.

The long arrow method is more accurate to calculate your draw length. You need to pick a long arrow that hasn’t been cut before. Draw it on your bow and ask your friend to mark where the shaft of the arrow meets the back of the bow. Again, you need to add one inch to the length you measured to get the accurate length of the arrow.

Draw Weight:

Your draw weight is calculated based on the draw length. From a 28 inches draw length, add or subtract 2.5 draw weight for every inch. There are some online charts available that can allow you to calculate the accurate draw weight. You can also refer to the archery shop and ask for professional help.

Difference between Hunting and Target Arrows:

The last thing that you need to consider is the purpose of using the arrow. If you are target practicing, still a newbie or simply want to see how good your archery skills are, then you don’t need much penetration power. If you are hunting, you want to make sure that your arrow will go through the flesh, even the bones of your game.

Of course, you are going to learn more about choosing the best arrows for your recurve bow with time and practice. However, this informative guide will help you during the first few times you are going to use your bow and arrows. Our other’s guide for camping :

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