Compound Crossbow VS Recurve Crossbow

Best hunting crossbowCrossbows have been around for hundreds of years before Christ in one form or another. Until quite recently the recurve crossbow was the only type hunters had to choose from. Today, due to improvements in bow technology, the compound crossbow has become favored by some. Though each type of crossbow has its advocates and detractors, a few facts might help sort out the differences. Since compound bow technology requires more moving parts, like cams and pulleys, they tend to be heavier than recurves. In addition, compound crossbows are somewhat noisier when the bolt or arrow is released. A noisy release on the hunt can be an important consideration when trying not to spook your intended target. Some crossbow hunters contend that compound crossbows tend to be a little less reliable in the field, due to their many moving parts. A broken string on a compound bow can mean the end of the days hunt. Replacing compound crossbow strings in the field, even with the right tools, can be a major undertaking. On the other hand the compound crossbow is equipped with mechanisms that make it easier to draw the string and shoot faster than a recurve crossbow, like it now.

Compound Crossbow –

The Compound Crossbow is the modern type of crossbow between the two, and in general more powerful than Recurve Crossbow, and thus launch bolts much faster.

A compound crossbow has shorter and stiffer limbs attached to pulleys in comparison to the recurve, which allows it to store energy, and includes cable and a Pulley System which enables the rigid prod to produce much more power.

Compounds are also equipped with a cocking mechanism which makes it easier to draw. The shorter the limbs is the better and advantageous usage you can have since it makes the bow easier to use or maneuver in some tight areas. It is also important to note that compounds are generally heavier than recurves making it harder to carry them around during long hunting trips.

This type of bow is also more expensive compared to the recurve type, and require more maintenance as it contains more mechanical parts that are prone to getting worn out or string breaks.

Recurve Crossbows –

The Recurve Crossbow is the simpler type of crossbow between the two, and in general lighter and requires less maintenance since it has less breakable parts.

Recurve refers to the limbs of the crossbow which are curving away from the user. These bent limbs provides longer draw, which enables the projectile to accelerate faster and produces less hand shock.

This type of Crossbow doesn’t require complicated stringing as in round/asymmetric wheel compound crossbows allowing for trouble-free shooting for years to come.

The Recurve Crossbow is considered very reliable, and its limb-set doesn’t require complicated stringing as in round/asymmetric wheel compound. The string is easy to fix in case it breaks, and the bow itself is quieter to shoot. This type of bow is also cheaper and simpler to use in comparison to compound, which makes it ideal for first-time users. Another thing worth mentioning is that un-cocking a recurve limb set, does not require shooting a test arrow into the terrain.

In addition, a recurve crossbow doesn’t include a cocking mechanism, so cocking your bow does require some physical strength, meaning it may not be suitable for some users (women and children).