I currently have a 30 pound bow which is rather light for me, and I'd like to purchase a new one. I'm guessing 45-50#, but I'm not sure. I'm thinking 60# would probably be too heavy (trying to imagine pulling twice the weight of what I have now), but I don't know about that either. Then again, it might be 40#. I'm 16 years old, 5' 9", 140 lbs, and not quite in optimal physical condition (~25 pushups straight).

I'm not necessarily asking for you to give me a poundage off of those metrics, but I'd like to know what the right weight should feel like when I'm pulling a bow. Also, does it matter if I go for a heavier bow, if I'm planning ahead for when (hopefully) I'm more physically fit? Or should I plan to get a new bow after I "grow out" of the next one?


Guidance from huntingnet.com is:

As a rule of thumb, the shooter should be able to comfortably draw the bow back without straining or lifting the bow up over his head in order to draw it back, and hold it back for at least 60 seconds.

They also state that

Bows in the fifty to seventy pound draw weight will work just fine for most shooters

So if you have been used to a 30 pound bow I would suggest a 50 would be on the upper end of what you would want to move to.

  • +1 OK, that makes sense. I recently talked with a rod-and-gun shop owner, and he asked me if I was using a 45# bow, so that info coupled with your post here gives me a pretty good idea of what I should be looking for. Thanks!
    – Daniel
    May 24 '12 at 20:55

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