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Old 10-13-2020, 06:46 PM
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Default Starter Bow for 10 Y.O.

Recurve or Compound? What to look for. Haven't done this since I was a kid. Here are a few on Amazon. Pretty big strong kid for age. Advice suggestions?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QFRRX7D/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_4?smid=A12G41U3N7JJCW&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NDBXF4V/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I54X2HG/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_4?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
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I think it depends on what your kids wants to do.

If he wants to larp, go recurve.

if he wants to hunt or compete, go compound.
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https://beararchery.com/bows/legit-rth-av13a210f7r


edit. I see your price range is considerably lower than the link above. If you think your kid is going to get into it pretty hardcore, get one like the link above. If you’re testing the waters, get any of the compound bows you posted and see how he likes it. By the time you get the bear legit or the mission bow, arrows, release, etc, you’re going to be north of 500$. You can probably get out under 150$ using the amazon links you posted

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Do you expect him to hunt with it or just play? If play, any will be fine... If you want to buy him a bow to hunt, spend a little more money and buy a matthews craze or a bow similar to that. They are very easy to adjust for poundage and draw length and will last through the years that he will use it until its time to get a bigger bow. The cheap bows are fun, but IMO hard to tune and shoot accurately, but still fun.....

I gave advise on a compound,,,, but Compound or recurve is up to you and him... both have plus/minus..

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Assuming you are not just wanting a toy boy for a kid.

Mission Craze II

Go to a pro shop, get him setup. You can also go onto archery talk and go to the classifieds, these bow do sell fast used, then pay a pro shop to set it up. The bow can easily be adjusted at home for draw length and poundage as he grows. Our local shop gives you close to an hour with the pro getting your first pin sighted in, made all the difference in the world for my son.
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Diamond infinite edge. Got my youngest one at 10 to hunt with and shoot competitively and it’s been great. Huge adjustability: 5 - 70 draw weight, 13 - 31” draw length, etc. Ready to shoot for $300-350.
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My boys have used both the matthews and diamond bows and have taken plenty of deer with each.
Both are easy to adjust as they grow.
My youngest just turned 19 this year and took his first deer with the diamond this year. After that he has taken my pse that I had a couple years before getting my matthews.

I'll pass the diamond down to one of my nephews who are both 11 yo
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since the answer was compound or re curve, i will answer that portion!

a re-curve is going to have a constant pulling force when he pulls back. for a starter trying to take his time and aim can become very tiring very quickly and effect accuracy especially for a beginner!

a compound will have a breaking point once completely drawn back creating a lesser pulling force to hold. essentially making it easier to hold the draw while attempting to aim it allowing him more time to concentrate on aim.

for the reasons mentioned above, id go with a little beginner compound ( rural king $50 or so) and let him have at it. if he likes it and really becomes interested ease him into trying a re-curve or advancing with the compound!
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I'd say compound. Try craigslist - buy used and try before spending more.
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Originally Posted by rcm55 View Post
Diamond infinite edge. Got my youngest one at 10 to hunt with and shoot competitively and it’s been great. Huge adjustability: 5 - 70 draw weight, 13 - 31” draw length, etc. Ready to shoot for $300-350.
This is an amazing bow for kids. I got one for my daughter at 12 but only after she showed continued interest by playing with an inexpensive recurve. My son now uses the recurve at 10 and will get the Diamond when he is a couple of years older. At 10 even if your boy is strong he a ways off from pulling the minimum to legally hunt at 40-45lb. Teach him good technique with instinctive traditional shooting now and he will be much better for it when he steps up to the compound. Also gives you some time to pick up a barely used Infinite Edge for 50% with only a few arrows through it from the guy whose kids weren't as interested as he thought.
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I have a very similar one to the first on your amazon list and also have the third on that list . The compound for sure is more enjoyable for my kids . My daughter started shooting both when she was 10 and my boys would shoot them as well at probably 7-8 yo . The compound makes for more accurate steady shooting . I wouldn't go crazy and spend a bunch out the break . If they are anything like most kids the fun factor fades a bit . Our two bows have sat in my man cave untouched for quite a while . If you would like one just like the bear compound on your amazon list but in bright orange let me know . I will be glad to give it to you free if you cover the shipping . Certainly will come out cheaper that way . My boys are now 14 and almost 13 and move on to things that go bang
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My answer is somewhat biased as I have a house full of longbows and recurves.

For a 10 year old I say keep it simple - recurve shot off the shelf, glove and arrows. I think is too many mechanical goings on with a compound and too many opportunities to develop bad form and habits - obviously many have had success with their younguns shooting compounds so take my words with again of salt.

Many or at least most traditional bows are tilled to 28" or at least draw weight marked at 28" - I would guess the average 10 YO boy to be in the neighborhood of 23" -24" draw length so any stick bow of 25 - 30# would be appropriate as they will be pulling substantially less and they will grow into the bow.

A connection with the right shop is critical as a moderate to high volume shooter will need frequent attention in the form of refletched arrows, new string(s), bow tuning/adjustment, arrow rests etc - all very simple to DIY but until you learn them you're at the shops mercy.

Edit: Not being elitist or snarky but the Amazon bows you linked to are all "toys" that will be broken and forgotten in the closet pretty quick. Treat yourself to a drive by of the Lancaster or 3Rivers archery websites and look at stuff in the $100 - $150 range.


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Got my son this and now that he decided he doesn't have the patience to bow hunt, I use it. $320 but the buy at our local Cabela's was great and set it up for him and took over and hour working through basics so that he wouldn't develop my bad habits :-)
https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/pse-...nd-bow-package
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I started both my Kits on a little Bear Scout compound. They learned the mechanics and the muscle memory and stepped up to Horton after about a year with NO issues. I think learning on the compound is better because like my kids, they will step up to a compound to actually hunt or compete. I don't know anyone that starts with a long bow and steps up to a larger long bow to hunt or compete.
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
I don't know anyone that starts with a long bow and steps up to a larger long bow to hunt or compete.
Well now you have met one and I even went to the dark side and bought a recurve last week

In full disclosure I have owned, shot and hunted with my share of wheel bows over the last 40+ years but I have never been without a stick bow and the satisfaction of effectively wielding one just isn't matched with a compound. I can see the merit to one for a junior archer as some semblance of accuracy/success will normally come about quicker but is usually at the cost of form and fundamentals.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
My answer is somewhat biased as I have a house full of longbows and recurves.

For a 10 year old I say keep it simple - recurve shot off the shelf, glove and arrows. I think is too many mechanical goings on with a compound and too many opportunities to develop bad form and habits - obviously many have had success with their younguns shooting compounds so take my words with again of salt.

Many or at least most traditional bows are tilled to 28" or at least draw weight marked at 28" - I would guess the average 10 YO boy to be in the neighborhood of 23" -24" draw length so any stick bow of 25 - 30# would be appropriate as they will be pulling substantially less and they will grow into the bow.

A connection with the right shop is critical as a moderate to high volume shooter will need frequent attention in the form of refletched arrows, new string(s), bow tuning/adjustment, arrow rests etc - all very simple to DIY but until you learn them you're at the shops mercy.

Edit: Not being elitist or snarky but the Amazon bows you linked to are all "toys" that will be broken and forgotten in the closet pretty quick. Treat yourself to a drive by of the Lancaster or 3Rivers archery websites and look at stuff in the $100 - $150 range.
No offense taken. Am looking for The Whole Truth! Thanks

And thanks to all that looked or answered. Lots of great information here.
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I started my son on a Barnett Vortex youth size. It was a decent bow with good accuracy.

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