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Is there any differences in performance between a recurve bow and a long bow?

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  • Is there any differences in performance between a recurve bow and a long bow?

    Is there any differences in performance between a recurve bow and a long bow?

  • #2
    Longbows are quieter. And a lot of people prefer them.

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    • #3
      Bows of equal draw weight should give similar results. Howard Hill was one of the greatest archers of all time and he used a long bow. Howard did the archery trick shots in several movies.
      One advantage of the recurve is they are more compact than a long bow.

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      • #4
        Recurves tend to be a little faster but this is not always true. They are shorter and a little more forgiving of arrow spine. While long bows are generally smoother to draw and quieter.

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        • #5
          Recurve limbs are wider and store more energy than long bow limbs which make the recurve a more powerful bow. Longbows are more accurate because of the smoother path of the string and the more rigid limb tips. Grab the end of a recurve and you can twist the limb a little. Grab the end of a long bow and the tip does not twist. This is why you see many trick shooter handle the longbow.

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          • #6
            Hi...


            I think that buckhunter hit this one right on (I've owned both of them).

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            • #7
              The recurve is going to be faster. Thats about all I know.

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              • #8
                Recurves are a faster bow, and more compact, for all the reasons stated above. As to accuracy, since your eye can follow the arrow in flight, you naturally learn to shoot "off" just a bit to compensate. This is instinctive shooting at it's most basic level.

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