What Size Arrows For a 60 Recurve Bow?

Starting archery can be challenging. There are various factors to keep in mind such as length and weight that must be considered when finding suitable arrows.

Before beginning, you need to know your draw length. To do so, stand with arms outstretched and have someone measure the distance from one fingertip to another.

Arrow Length

When purchasing arrows, length is of paramount importance. This factor determines how far back your bow can reach and also affects accuracy. Archer paradox is a phenomenon in which an arrow temporarily bends when released, decreasing accuracy and leading to inconsistent results on target. Longer arrows tend to experience this more frequently, potentially leading to unpredictable and often unexpected results on target. In order to determine your perfect arrow length, visiting a professional bow shop where an experienced coach or store employee can precisely measure your draw length would be optimal. If this isn’t feasible, alternative methods of getting an approximation include measuring the length of your longest finger or nocking an uncut full-length arrow and having someone mark its location on the riser during full draw can provide some estimates of its length.

Spine rating, or stiffness of an arrow shaft, should also be taken into account when choosing arrows. To find an appropriate spine rating for yourself or a 60 recurve bow, refer to either its manufacturer’s spine chart or consult an experienced bow coach or pro shop. Spine is especially crucial when shooting fixed-blade broadheads which require deeper penetration than field points.

Weight of an ArrowWhen selecting an arrow, weight should also be considered carefully; its speed and distance depend on it. Experienced archers usually opt for lighter than their draw weight arrows because these fly faster and are more accurate. But hunters might prefer heavier arrows so as to penetrate further into an animal.

Carbon arrows are often the preferred option when it comes to recurve bows. Their lightweight construction, durability and safety advantages over fiberglass ones make them the ideal choice for target practice and competitions alike. Furthermore, these glue-free arrows make repairs or replacement easier while being compatible with most recurve bows.

Spine Rating

The spine (or stiffness) of an arrow determines its degree of in-flight flexing during flight, which impacts aiming and trajectory. Spine ratings are determined using a numbering system based on shaft size – larger numbers indicate stiffer arrows. Arrow manufacturers provide spine charts to help shooters select an arrow suitable for their equipment – too stiff may fall off during draw while too flexible may not fly properly.

Finding the appropriate spine depends on several factors, including your arrow’s length, point weight and manufacturer recommendations. For instance, Gold Tip suggests using a 500 spine arrow when shooting from a 60 pound bow with 100 grain points on 27 inch arrows; generally longer arrows need stiffer spines than shorter ones and higher bow poundages require stiffer arrows than lower ones.

When selecting an arrow, it’s also essential to keep in mind that its spine can be altered by adding or subtracting weight at its front end. A heavier point will weaken its spine while adding lighter heads will stiffen it up.

Spine can also be affected by an arrow’s weight, which can be altered through addition or subtraction of fletchings, nocks, and inserts. Many archers make the mistaken assumption that changing their spine alone is enough to adjust overall weight; in reality this method should also work when combined with changing points or inserts on an arrow.

Keep in mind that your arrow shaft must be at least an inch longer than your draw length or else it won’t reach the arrow rest when drawn. For shooting with a compound bow, this typically means using an arrow of at least 29 inches long; but that could vary depending on where on the riser you want the arrow to sit at full draw. When using spine charts to monitor this information accurately it’s essential that standardized charts based on actual deflection data are consulted instead of simply trusting what manufacturers’ marketed spine sizes alone.


Weight of an Arrow | Bowstring Repair Inc. When selecting an arrow, weight is one of the key considerations when making your selection. An arrow that is too heavy may flutter slowly and lose accuracy while an arrow that is too light may damage bow or bowstring. Weight will depend upon various factors including shaft size, length and material used; in general it should weigh 10 grains for every pound of draw weight of bowstring tension.

Finding an optimal arrow weight involves starting with an uncut arrow and shooting test it multiple ways, to see how it performs before making any adjustments accordingly. Furthermore, take into account what species of game animal you’re hunting as some require more power or speed than others.

Target shooting may require using faster arrows than those intended for hunting deer, in order to hit their target quickly and kill it effectively. The same is true of target shooting as well.

In order to determine your ideal arrow weight, it’s necessary to be familiar with both arrow length and spine rating. Arrows must be longer than your draw length to be accurate; in general this means around a foot longer.

To measure your draw length, stand with arms outstretched and have someone measure the distance between your longest finger on one hand and middle finger on another hand – this will give you your draw length, from which a spine chart can help determine an arrow size that suits.

Finding the appropriate arrows for your recurve bow may be challenging, but selecting the appropriate size and style are vital if you want to hit targets accurately or hunt successfully. If unsure, seeking advice from an experienced archer or professional can often help make this decision simpler.


Arrows can be made out of various materials, each offering unique advantages and drawbacks. Wood arrows have long been a favorite among archers; however, their wooden construction makes them susceptible to breaking easily and require frequent maintenance costs. Furthermore, wood is not as consistent than other materials like aluminum and fiberglass and may make shooting consistent shots difficult.

Arrow shaft material should also be carefully considered. Carbon arrows have gained popularity because they offer durability, straightness, and reusability – but may cost more than other varieties of arrows.

Aluminum arrows are lightweight, durable and reusable – great options for beginners looking for an excellent balance between price and performance. However, some drawbacks include their lower spine rating and tendency to bend in flight compared to more durable choices. Still worth consideration though are these lightweight options which offer great value when starting out!

There are also other materials that can be used to craft an arrow, including fiberglass and carbon-fiber composite. These arrows tend to be cheaper than wooden and aluminum models while having the added advantage of being more consistent than their wooden counterparts.

Arrows designed for archery typically feature vanes as part of their fletching to aid flight stability and increase accuracy, offering both plain or feathered fletching styles for your consideration – shorter arrows tend to have smaller vanes while longer ones have bigger ones.

One last aspect to keep in mind when purchasing a bow and arrows set is what accessories will be necessary. A quiver can help keep arrows organized during shooting sessions; shoulder quivers or mounted quivers that attach directly to your bow may be more convenient. You will also require string dampeners or nock guards to safeguard limbs and reduce injury risk.

Finding arrows suitable for your recurve bow may require many considerations, but with some knowledge you should have no trouble selecting ones that meet all your criteria and will perform effectively. Remember to choose long enough arrows that reach the bow’s arrow rest when fully drawn as well as paying attention to spine rating for appropriateness with your draw weight.