The 50lb draw weight is standard for many male archers and is a versatile choice for both beginners and experts.
Recurve bows at this weight are highly popular. How far can a 50lb recurve bow shoot, and does it outperform lighter bows in distance?
Let’s dive into the details.
How Far Can A 50Lb Recurve Bow Shoot?
A 50lb recurve bow can reach a maximum of 280-300 yards; however, its effective accuracy range is closer to 30-35 yards—less for beginners.
Comparable distances are achievable with other 50lb draw-weight bows like longbows and compound bows.
Recurve bow limbs store energy to enhance arrow propulsion, but beyond 60-100 yards, targeting accuracy with a recurve bow significantly drops, regardless of its power.
What Factors Affect The Distance?
The shot distance of an arrow can be unpredictable due to multiple influencing factors such as:
- Draw Weight: Higher draw weights can extend an arrow’s reach.
- Bow Type: Variations in bow designs affect distance capabilities.
- Arrow Design: The material and construction of the arrow play a role in its flight.
- Environmental Conditions: Weather and terrain can alter an arrow’s path and range.