Originally Posted by bowhunter0131
Dpms what are the pros and cons of compound vs recurve? I have been looking at the warrior and invader. Invader is a little faster and comes with the accudraw. how important is speed with crossbows with my vert bows I always shot mid weight or heavy arrows. I'm going to check out a few shops friday and handle a few diff bows and see what I like.
I am not a speed guy. In fact I tend to shoot heavy arrows which slow the bow down even more. Slower arrows tend to be more accurate, will quiet the bow down, be easier on the bow itself and aid penetration. Even a slow crossbow is often faster than the top end compounds.
As far as recurve versus compound. This is a debate that goes round and round. I own and shoot both.
Recurves are almost bulletproof and require much less maintenance. The tend to balance better and are lighter up front. No cams to go out of sync and the string can be changed without a bow press. On the flip side, they are generally louder with more vibration, wider and they will be slower than a compound style of the same weight. Cocking can be more difficult because the force increases as it nears the end of the stroke and that is where you run out of leverage.
Compounds will be faster, much narrower, quieter and usually easier to cock. On the flip side, the require more maintenance, bow press to change the string and are front heavy. Center serving life can be less as the string angle is more accurate as well.
Really comes down to personal preference. I have killed plenty of deer with both and I enjoy hunting with both types for various reasons.