Mongolian bows are an ancient type of bow that has been used for centuries to hunt and fight. If you want to learn in-depth about Mongolian bows then check out our blog about it. The average draw weight of a typical bow set at some 70 pounds. This, of course, is for the “regular” sized draw length. With the larger “full-size” bows, the draw weight can go well into the hundreds, and some may be as high as a ton! It’s important to understand how these weights are determined, and when you are comparing draw weights, you must also compare “average weights” or density.
Some draw weight is usually referred to as “girth” and “ankle-waist strength.” I personally use the term “dense” to describe the overall mass of a bow, including its overall length, draw length, and draw weight. The terms may be used interchangeably.
Now let’s take a look at how density affects the ability of an arrow to release. When the arrow is not arched, the free-range potential of a compound bow is always greater. This means that there is always a potential to shoot an arrow much farther than would be possible with a straight stick. But if you shoot an arrow that is slightly arched, you have less potential to shoot it far. So depending on your draw weight and/or arbor angle, you will choose between a more “traditional” or more “modern” arbor and stiffer limbs. In other words, you will shoot a more powerful arrow with a stiffer draw weight and a flatter arbor angle.
Now, let’s return to our discussion on the draw length. If we take a draw weight that is one-fourth the arbor length (the distance between the center of the string and the tip of the fletching), and we use a traditional bow with a constant draw weight and a standard bend, we will see a loss in power. The potential gain is dependent on your individual archer. It’s a matter of finding what works for you.
Another thing to consider here is that some draw weights are “stiff” than others. These include heavier draws that are intended for faster releases and longer arrowheads. You will want to experiment with these to find which draw weight feels best for you. It may take a bit of practice to get used to a Draw Weight that is too stiff for you. Once you have found your optimum draw weight, you can upgrade your equipment to a stiffer arrowhead to achieve greater efficiency.
Remember that you also need to make sure you are shooting properly. It is essential that the draw weight is released from the bow at a proper angle. If this angle is off, it will cause the arrow to miss the target. If this happens, you will lose your accuracy will drop. For beginners, I suggest that you start out with a Draw Weight that is one-half of an inch less than your archery max.
Once you are comfortable with your equipment, you can then move on to releasing your string. This is done by pulling back on the string as if you were pulling back on a cord. Make sure that you release your string completely before you release the bow. This will help prevent unwanted vibrations that can cause the arrow to fly off.
As you can see, there is a lot to keep in mind when you are choosing your Mongolian bow draw weight. I hope these few tips have helped you to understand how it all works. When you decide to order your equipment, you will be able to choose the draw weight that is right for you. And remember, it doesn’t matter which brand you choose, the materials are the same. With this information in hand, you can choose the right bow for your next adventure!
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