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You don't need to actually do archery to chime in. Just wondering which of the four main types of bows people prefer. I've shot all of them before. Of course, I don't think I'm an expert but here's my breakdown. For some reason, I find bows to be way funner than guns. There's just something about them.

Recurve Bow - Good power and easy draw for a bow of similar length. I think this is the best type of bow to learn archery with. A recurve bow is any bow with a design that causes the string to touch the limb at points other than where the bow is strung.
+Simple design
+Good power
+Many are made with durable and reliable modern materials
+Compact size makes it easy to aim
+Design makes it easier to start the draw

-Keeping the bow drawn causes muscle fatigue
-Not adjustable


Longbow - Pretty easy to draw and is impressive to look at.
+Simple design
+Easy to draw for its draw weight
+Long limb allows for higher draw weight while maintaining relative ease of draw
+Most elegant of the 4 main bows (IMO)

-Not adjustable
-By far the most difficult of the 4 main bows to aim and shoot
-Keeping the bow drawn causes muscle fatigue
-Unwieldy due to long limb
-It is harder to find longbows made with modern materials
-Less power than the other bows of similar draw weight


Compound Bow
- Modern bow with wheels and gadgets.
+Eccentric cams allow the bow to remain drawn more easily and make the bow easier to draw after a certain amount of weight has already been drawn
+Bow is adjustable and easy to aim and shoot
+Modern materials make it resistant to the elements
+Modern materials make the bow lighter than wooden ones of similar size
+Good power

-Hides your mistakes if you begin learning archery by using them
-Complex and often requires professional help to repair


Crossbow - Hand bows and two-handed "standard" crossbows
+Muscle fatigue is a non-issue
+Most potential power of the 4 main bow types due to the monstrous possible draw weights
+Hand bows can be shot with one hand and are still reasonably powerful
+Two-handed crossbows are extremely powerful and can be easily aimed with a scope
+Even larger crossbows can be fired in relatively confined spaces

-Bolts are shorter and lighter than arrows, making them less accurate and powerful if similar draw weights as other bows are used
-Slowest-firing of the 4 main types of bows
-Does little to teach fundamental archery basics
-Potentially the heaviest of the 4 main bow types
-Hand bows have shorter effective range than other bow types



I once saw a custom recurve/longbow that was basically a really, really long recurve bow (6 feet?) but this is not a standard type of bow and it was custom made.

I started off by using a longbow. Since I'm not exactly strong (I could draw and shoot a longbow with 90 pounds of draw weight at my prime without losing too much accuracy), the easy-draw aspect was important for me. I also enjoyed the look and feel and simplicity of a longbow. I eventually transitioned into using a compound bow. The adjustable nature of the bow combined with its durability and ease of shooting made archery very fun. I've also fired crossbows and hand bows before but don't prefer them since I still want the experience of drawing and releasing the arrow on my own.

Unfortunately, I no longer have access to a compound bow so I'm currently looking to buy a new longbow or compound bow. I could draw and shoot 75 pounds on a compound bow and 90 pounds on a longbow last time I shot. Since I haven't done archery for a few years and have probably gotten weaker due to not getting as much exercise as I used to, I'd probably say I can do 50 with a compound and 60 with a longbow now. I still have my 50 pound hand bow but I don't like to use it because it is wildly inaccurate when the target is farther than a mere 10 meters. It has enough power to make bolts get stuck in bricks at that distance but it just made the bolts unusable. I'm looking to buy a highly adjustable compound bow. I saw one that could have a draw weight of anywhere from 20 to 90 pounds, which is awesome.

With longbows and compound bows, I used to have pretty good accuracy (90%+) when shooting targets that were 10 meters away or closer. At 20 meters, I got a little less accurate, probably only 70% accuracy. I wasn't too good at hitting things beyond 40 meters with a longbow. It was easier with a compound bow. I was always more accurate with a compound bow, even one without sights. I didn't use bullseye targets. I placed objects everywhere or shot at things that were already there. I'd move away from trees and wooden posts and shoot those. My eyes have deteriorated noticeably these last few years, whereas I had perfect vision when I was at my best, so this might affect me now.
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I just started shooting a bow last summer! I tried a compound and i didn't like it so i switched to the long bow and I'm in love! It's awesome! Love the way it shoots! It's harder to aim with the long bow compared to the compound but it feels great to release the long bow. I also just love the way the long bows looks, makes me feel like an elf :3
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Crossbow.
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Longbow
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Compound Bow
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I've only just been introduced to the bow over a month ago. I have no idea what kind of a bow it was. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a cross bow.
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I'm learning with a recurve bow with a 50lb draw and I'm having fun learning.
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I like Recurves, big fan of the horse archery.
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And here I thought this was going to be about hairbows/bowties, or a type of bowing..hurrr

I'm a fan of olden times like medieval so I would go with the classic longbow.

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Ties....

cause bowties are cool.
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longbows
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longbows
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I like these ones.
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This one looks nice.

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lol a Rain Bow
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