Recurves vs longbows

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Recurves vs longbows

Postby Redbeard » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:54 pm

I shot recurve alot in my youth, although not in years. However ive never shot a longbow. I'm curious, for someone interested in traditional archery, what's the difference between the two types of bows?
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Re: Recurves vs longbows

Postby huntall6 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:21 am

from what i hear, longbows are slower but more forgiving. at least thats what Byron Furgeson told me :beer:
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Re: Recurves vs longbows

Postby Norsky » Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:58 am

I have both and the differences I notice are. Longbows handle are straight and require a different hold. The thin profile of the bow limbs and handle make it feel more open. Depending on what brand they tend to not be as smooth to draw back. Now I know there are custom longbows that are real smooth but when running to you local sporting good store and shooting one they tend to have more hand shock and are not as smooth to draw. Dave
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Re: Recurves vs longbows

Postby mnobles23 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:18 pm

Recurves are generally going to be smoother shooting. There is more weight/material in the riser, which absorbs more vibration, leading to less hand shock in the bow.

You also have to look at what you're going to be doing with the bow. If it's going to be used for hunting, bow length may play a factor. Recurves are generally shorter bows, making them easier to maneuver in treestands and brush.
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Re: Recurves vs longbows

Postby ClintV » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:28 am

The biggest differences are physical weight and length, (although you can get longbows that are shorter than most recurves, and recurves longer than most longbows)
The grips generally differ, but you can get a high wrist grip on a longbow and a low wrist on a recurve so the grip is pretty much a personal preference thing.
Both longbows and recurves are generally in about the same ballpark speedwise (comparing apples to apples, ya can't compare a top end recurve to a PSE longbow and expect to see the same performance, vice-versa, my custom Morrison ACS longbow will smoke just about any production recurve)

For a beginner, a longer recurve is usually the best bet. It has the length and mass to be forgiving and is generally easier to learn to shoot. The last thing I would advise a learner to pick up is a short, radical reflex/deflex longbow, there is no weight in them, and all short bows are more difficult to shoot well.

I use both for hunting, and have no trouble handling a 62" recurve or a 64" longbow out of a tree stand.
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Re: Recurves vs longbows

Postby jacob321 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:24 pm

ClintV wrote:The biggest differences are physical weight and length, (although you can get longbows that are shorter than most recurves, and recurves longer than most longbows)
The grips generally differ, but you can get a high wrist grip on a longbow and a low wrist on a recurve so the grip is pretty much a personal preference thing.
Both longbows and recurves are generally in about the same ballpark speedwise (comparing apples to apples, ya can't compare a top end recurve to a PSE longbow and expect to see the same performance, vice-versa, my custom Morrison ACS longbow will smoke just about any production recurve)

For a beginner, a longer recurve is usually the best bet. It has the length and mass to be forgiving and is generally easier to learn to shoot. The last thing I would advise a learner to pick up is a short, radical reflex/deflex longbow, there is no weight in them, and all short bows are more difficult to shoot well.

I use both for hunting, and have no trouble handling a 62" recurve or a 64" longbow out of a tree stand.
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Thanks for your info. Pretty detail technical...
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Re: Recurves vs longbows

Postby rhyanca » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:05 am

Talking to a local bow maker, I was also told that since a recurve has the reflex in the limbs, it generally shoots a little harder. I was told that a 45# recurve and a 50# longbow drawn the same length and shooting the same arrows have about the same power. Just a little detail that I recently learned.
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