In the past we have talked about several hunting weapons, like the crossbow, that are hailing their origins in the Middle Ages, and we have looked at them both from a hunter’s and a learning bowman’s perspective. This time we decided that it was about time we looked at the most ancient human hunting weapon, the recurve bow. Of course, our modern recurve bows use more durable materials, are easier to aim and can fire faster and further the arrows, but the main principle is still there and the bow itself does not use any pulleys or modern design gadgets. It is really the best way to home in your archery skills and to get in touch with the very core of humanity in your center. That is why we have looked at the most basic bows on the market and have come up with this list of the top 10 best recurve bows of . You can check them out in the table below, but if you want the real scoop on each one, check out our in depth reviews right after the table.
|Bear Archery Bullseye Bow||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Martin Jaguar Takedown Bow||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|PSE 10 Snake Recurve Bow||excellent||$||Click Here!|
|Bear Archery Titan Bow||very good||$||Click Here!|
|October Mountain Products Adventure Recurve Bow||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow||excellent||$$$||Click Here!|
|Crosman Archery Sentinel Youth Long Bow||very good||$||Click Here!|
|Martin Jaguar Takedown Camouflage Bow||good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Barnett Sportflight Recurve Archery Set||good||$||Click Here!|
|Martin XR Recurve Bow||good||$||Click Here!|
1. Bear Archery Bullseye Bow
The first bow we are going to look offers the typical range of options you would expect to find on a recurve bow. It is not our favorite, but it is very close to that standard and it comes at a more than fair price considering the quality of the workmanship and of the materials used. The main reason why we decided to feature the Bear Archery bow first was the fact that you can actually pick from 3 different draw weights ranging from 20 to 29 pounds. The bow itself is designed to be used by newbies who are just not getting into archery and they can even be used by children from 10 year old and upward. Still, the 29 pound bow is actually strong enough that you can use it to hunt small game. The other thing we really like about this bow is that the riser is made out of wood and the limbs too use a multi laminate fabric, so the bow has a very traditional look and feel about it.
2. Martin Jaguar Takedown Bow
We are going to feature several Martin Archery bows in this list and that is because they are the number one bow manufacturer on the market in and were so for the past couple of years. So it should come as no surprise that the Martin Jaguar Takedown Bow is our favorite. It is a proper hunter’s bow as you can tell by the fact that it does not come in several power rations, but only in the standard 55 pounds draw weight. The standard arrows are 60 inches long so they can take down even larger pray but the bow itself is large enough that you can use it for squirrel hunting or bow fishing. The only thing that you need to be careful with is that, if you do intend to use it for bow fishing, you should laminate the limbs to seal them against water damage.
3. PSE 10 Snake Recurve Bow
There are several reasons why the PSE Snake recurve bow is at the number 3 spot list of the best recurve bows of . For one, it is one of the most affordable bows on the market today, but is extremely well put together and it is the perfect tool for a beginner archer. It is also one of the few bows on the market that is designed to be used by both left and right hand archers. And if all of these features are not enough to make you want to buy the PSE Snake recurve bow, consider the fact that it has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon.
4. Bear Archery Titan Bow
If you want to get your kids to enjoy archery, you will have to keep things interesting for them and that is why the Bear Archery line of bows is so important. Besides the Bullseye line of bows, you also have the Titan Bow line which is a lot cheaper although it has the same 3 different levels of draw strength at 20 to 29 pounds. It does not look as good as the Bullseye bows, but it is almost 3 times as cheap and it has the added advantage that it is good for right hand and left hand users. It is also quite impressive that it got a 4.5 star rating from over 100 users.
5. October Mountain Products Adventure Recurve Bow
The fifth bow we decided to feature here has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon but that is just from 6 customer reviews so it is sure to go down over time. Still, it is the most beautiful beginner’s bow we have reviewed so for, and the quality of the handmade craftsmanship is truly outstanding. It is made out of laminate d ash wood so you can even keep it as a part of a room’s decor, but the reinforced limbs, high quality stabilizer and plunger make the October Mountain Products or OCT recurve bow a formidable weapon. The only thing is that it has a 28 pound draw weight so, in time, you will probably want to grow to something a bit more powerful.
6. Sage Takedown Bow
If you do decide to start off with the OCT bow, or would like a bow that looks as good as the OCT but that can be used for real hunting, then you are ready to move up to the Samick Sage. It uses maple and fiberglass limbs so its draw weight is of 50 pounds. That makes the Samick Sage one of the most powerful recurve bows on the market in . It too has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon and that is coming from almost 50 reviewers, so it is a bit more trustworthy and unlikely to change in time.
7. Crosman Archery Sentinel Youth Long Bow
We have also considered the ideal starter kit for a beginner and we have found the Crossman Archery Sentinel Long Bow. It has a draw weight of 20 pounds so this is definitely a child’s bow, but it comes with everything you will need including arm guard and quiver. So, if you are not sure about the accessories you will need as an archer, just go with the Crosman Sentinel. As far as bows go it is one of the cheapest ones, although not the most affordable, but, if you factor in that you are getting everything you will need to get you started, it makes more sense to pay the extra couple of dollars.
8. Martin Jaguar Take – down Recurve Bow
We told you that we would come back to the Martin Archery recurve bows and the first one we are going to address is the 40 pounds draw weight Jaguar Takedown. It is the same basic design as the Martin Jaguar we started this post, so we are not going to go too deep into describing the bow itself. The only real difference is that this version is somewhat easier to handle since it only has a 40 lb. draw weight.
9. Barnett Sportflight Recurve Archery Set
Barnett is the name of choice if you are looking for a good quality crossbow, so, when we saw that they also had an archery set, we decided to give it a try. We were impressed about the quality of the bow and of the arrows it comes with. In fact, it is the most affordable brand approved recurve bow that you can buy at the moment. It has a 25 lb draw weight, so it is more of a learning bow, but it is one of those few bows designed for ambidextrous people.
10. Martin XR Recurve Bow
Finally, we decided to include the Martin XR because it is a learning bow that will really appeal to the younger archers. It is a full matt, fully functional bow that looks as if it belongs in the Arrow TV show or in the Avengers. Either way, it has a 20 pound draw weight so it is relatively comfortable to use and, although it is not the most affordable bow on the market, it will not break the bank either.