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Parts of a compound bow
  • By far, the compound bow is the most popular bow for hunting and target shooting.
  • Many styles are available, but they all work basically the same way.
    • Wheels and cams attached to the limbs and bowstring efficiently store energy as the bow is drawn. This reduces the holding weight and makes the bow easier to hold at full draw (pulled completely back).
    • The resulting benefit of the bow’s design is that it can reduce draw weight by 50% or more.
  • The compound bow also is able to propel an arrow faster than either a longbow or recurve bow.

Choosing a Compound Bow

Many compound bows are adjustable for both draw length and draw weight.

  • A proper choice would be a bow that could be adjusted for more draw weight as you become stronger through practice.
  • Younger shooters benefit from a bow that allows them to adjust the draw length and draw weight as their arms grow longer and stronger.