A compound bow is a type of bow used in archery that consists of a pulley system and one or more elastic limbs. The use of the pulley system allows for an increased draw weight, which can be adjusted to fit the needs and capabilities of each individual shooter. So, when it comes to choosing a good weight for your compound bow, there are several factors to consider.
So, What weight should it be?
First off, you want to look at the type of shooting you’ll be doing with your compound bow. Are you hunting? Target shooting? If so, what kind of game will you be taking on – small game such as rabbits or larger animals like deer? This will affect the amount of draw weight needed from your bow since some species require more power than others in order to take them down humanely and efficiently.
In addition to this factor, also keep in mind where you’ll be using your compound bow most often – indoors or outdoors? Indoors typically requires less draw weight than outdoor shooting due to shorter distances between target and shooter. Similarly, if using a tree stand while hunting outdoors (or any other elevated platform) then lighter bows may work better due their easier maneuverability within these tight confines compared with heavier ones that can become unwieldy quickly in this situation.
Finally (and perhaps most importantly), think about how comfortable you feel when drawing back on your bow string – do longer draws tire out quickly or does it seem manageable enough for extended periods of time without getting fatigued too easily? Your own strength level should also play into this decision-making process because if it’s too difficult for someone who’s just starting out then chances are they won’t stick with archery long enough before giving up completely out frustration. That said; beginners might benefit from opting for lighter weights initially until their skills improve over time before moving up incrementally thereafter as desired/needed later down road.
Ultimately determining what is “good” weight depends largely upon personal preference and ability levels but generally speaking anything ranging between 30-70lbs is considered acceptable depending on the application being performed by user(s). Compound bows come equipped with adjustable settings allowing users fine tune poundage according as necessary so don’t hesitate explore all available options determine best option suited their specific needs accordingly.
Understand Your Needs
If you intend to use the bow for hunting, then you may want something heavier as it will provide more stability when taking aim at game. On the other hand, if you plan on using your bow primarily for target shooting, then a lighter model may be preferable as they can often generate higher speeds than their heavier counterparts.
It’s also important to consider how long you’ll be shooting with each draw of the string. Longer draws require more effort and thus favor lighter bows while shorter ones benefit from extra mass which helps absorb some of that energy without overworking the shooter’s muscles. Therefore, depending on whether or not you have an extended draw length should influence what type of weight range would best suit your individual needs.
Before selecting any particular model make sure to test out several different options with varying weights so that you can get an idea of what feels right in terms of balance and comfort when drawn back – since these factors are equally crucial in picking out a compound bow that will work best for you specifically.
Consider Draw Weight Range
Generally speaking, beginners should start out with bows that have a draw weight between 15-25 pounds, depending on their strength level and age.
For those who are more experienced archers or hunters, heavier draw weights may provide additional benefits such as greater arrow speed and penetration when shooting at long distances. The downside is that these bows require more physical exertion from the user in order for them to be effective. Therefore, if you’re looking for maximum performance but don’t want something too heavy then you may want to choose a compound bow with a draw weight between 30-45 pounds.
It’s also worth noting that most modern compounds are adjustable so they can be adjusted up or down based on user preference or specific needs during various situations encountered while hunting or competing in tournaments. A 40 pound draw weight is enough to take down a deer while your average draw weight for a compound bow is between 60 and 70 pounds.
Finding Your Draw Length
The key factor in determining the proper draw length is your arm span, which should be measured from fingertip to fingertip with arms fully extended outwards. With this measurement in hand divide it by 2.5. This is your natural draw length.