Recurve Bow Arrows

by Vivian M Knapp

So you bought a recurve bow?

One of the first things you may have learned is that it doesn’t come with arrows. In fact, there are even some recurve bows that don’t come with string!

That’s okay, we will help you with finding the perfect arrows for your bow.

What’s Important When Buying Recurve Bow Arrows?

Before we get into some of the better arrows on the market, let’s first address what we need to look out for when buying recurve bow arrows.

Typically, the most important things to consider when buying recurve bow arrows will be the arrow length and material.

Now, let’s look into each of these things.

Arrow Length

arrowsffa400The length of the arrow is very important. It impacts the distance, speed, accuracy, and penetrability of your shot. There is no particular length that is viewed as being “wrong” but there are definitely more and less optimal lengths based on your bow. For example, if you want to shoot quickly and penetrate well, choosing arrows that are heavier than what’s necessary would just slow you down and barely contribute to penetrability.

A big part of arrow length is how it affects the softness/stiffness of the arrow, when paired with your bow. Interestingly, some find that dropping even an inch off their arrow length ends up improving their ability to land the same when comparing broadheads and field points. But most importantly, the longer the arrow, the greater the surface area, and the weaker the Front of Center (FOC).

In reality, a shorter arrow is often recommended. Of course, it’s essential that the arrow is also able to pair up with the spine. You can’t just cut your arrow shorter.

Arrow Material

Archery arrows are available in all different types of compositions. Most of the time, people will use arrows that are made out of either aluminum, carbon, fiberglass, or wood.

Aluminum arrows are moderately heavy, stiff, and durable, and easy to cut to size. Carbon arrows are light, soft, and slightly dangerous due to the lack of flexibility they possess. Fiberglass arrows are not as durable, but are incredibly stylish and efficient. Wood arrows are the traditional option, but get avoided when it comes to high-power recurve bows as they are too destructible.

Choosing Arrows by Bow

There is no one particular arrow that is a perfect match for your bow. However, there are a few things you can consider to make your choice easier. For example, fiberglass arrows are attractive but are not recommended for heavier bows. Typically, they are best for bows that have a draw weight of 40lbs or less. Otherwise, there’s a higher risk of them breaking early in.

Whether you have a hunting or targeting bow will also play a role in which particular arrows will best suit your needs. A hunting bow is typically higher-powered, which means wooden arrows are a no-go. If it’s a higher-powered bow, then you want at least a moderately heavy arrow to match it.

Arrows that are relatively stiff would also be a good choice for high-powered shooting. Meanwhile, lighter arrows could be used for bows that feature a lighter draw weight, such as bows purely for targeting or bows used to hunt small game, such as rabbits and turkeys.

With that said, it’s hard to really generalize all the different arrows out there, but here’s a look at three examples of highly respected recurve bow arrows.

Three Great Arrow Recommendations

Shiny Black TigerStreak 30” Premium Fiberglass

These arrows are designed for both hunting and targeting purposes. They are sold by the dozen and do retail for a premium, but this is definitely made up for by their sexy design and effective performance.

They come with 100-grain points, made out of stainless steel, which are very effective for penetrating small game. You can also easily swap out tips or take them out of targets as the tips simply screw-in.

While these arrows are claimed to be effective for bows with draw weights of upwards of 55lbs, they are definitely best kept on lower powered bows. This is mainly because they are made out of fiberglass.

With a 45lb draw weight or higher, it becomes increasingly likely that some of the bows will end up breaking. Given the beautiful design of these arrows, you definitely want them to last, so choose something more durable if you are looking for arrows for a heavy-powered recurve bow.

Feather Fletched Easton Scout Fiberglass

Here’s another example of quality arrows made out of fiberglass material. It’s sold in packs of six and comes in both 26” and 28” versions. It features a much more basic design, but it’s the performance that sets them apart from other arrows.

These arrows feature ‘True Flight Parabolic Feathers’, which may look like plastic, but they are not!

The great thing about these arrows is how durable they are. Fiberglass has a bit of a reputation for its lack of durability, but these arrows are different.

The shafts are nearly indestructible. This makes them the perfect choice for the younger archers, or even beginner archers, who are more likely to cause damage to their arrows.

They are also best suited for bows with draw weights ranging from 15lbs to 30lbs, which further supports their effectiveness for the younger, more novice archers.

Feather Fletched Easton XX75 Jazz Aluminum Arrows

Now you want perfection? Skip the fiberglass, but stick to the strong Easton name. These aluminum arrows are absolute beasts. They may be a bit pricey, with sets of six costing almost the same as sets of 12 for most fiberglass arrows, but they are well worth it.

You can get these Easton arrows in 28”, 29”, and 30” lengths. The feathers are either 3” or 4” depending on the length of the shaft. The tips are screw-in and are made out of steel. The plastic nocks can be swapped out.

This particular arrow also features the ‘True Flight Parabolic Feathers’ found on the previous Easton arrows. Plus, they can accommodate bows ranging from 15lbs to 50lbs in draw weight.

Best of all, these arrows are highly durable. Aluminum arrows can really withstand a beating. Plus, as mentioned earlier, their moderate stiffness and heaviness translates to a pretty effective penetrability, which comes in very handy when hunting rabbits, turkeys, deer, and similar animals.

However, switching the tips for broadheads is highly recommended as their included tips are a bit too thin to effectively penetrate.

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