So I’m thinking about switching from compound to a competition recurve. Is there anything I should know regarding draw weight? Like if I shoot, for example, 50 lbs on a compound what should I get for a recurve?
At a wild guess I’d say 35# on the recurve as a starting point. It will depend on a lot of things but if you can try some limbs that will tell you pretty quickly whether it’s too heavy or not.
I shoot a 49# compound and I find that pulling a 35-40# recurve as quite hard work as all of the draw weight is on your fingers at the end rather than rolling over the peak weight on a compound. However I have no doubt that if get used to it in a pretty short time if I committed to switch completely. As always your results may vary.
If I was you I’d buy a good riser and see if your local archery outfit has a limb swap/upgrade scheme. If they don’t, I’d recommend some cheapie limbs in the 30-35# range (assuming that you do actually shoot a 50# compound) and upgrade them over the bit few months as you build up strength. If you’ve never shot recurve and need beginner coaching I’d go for something in the mid 20# range.