Why is a Crossbow Better Than a Bow?

There has always been a debate around whether recurve crossbows are better than compound bows, crossbows are better than longbows, or vice versa. To put it simply, it is a subjective opinion-based question, and the answer to this varies from individual to individual based on their crossbow and hunting preferences.

The benefits recurve crossbow have over longbows is its capacity to keep the weapon is loaded, in “prepare-to-shoot condition”, which gives the archer the time to estimate range and aim at the target without worrying about drawing the bow. Subsequently, archers using a longbow may miss out on a shot to the recurve crossbow. The recurve crossbow also wins in terms of general control and aiming stability, which does not rely upon the overall physical strength of the archer as it would with a longbow. The mechanical trigger release of arrows and bolts for crossbows is also superior in crossbows compared to longbows which rely upon finger bowstring release. Crossbows are easier to use and require less training to achieve equitable shooting accuracy than longbows. They also give those with physical disabilities a chance to hunt with a bow promptly. Modern-day crossbows also tend to shoot arrows at faster speeds than longbows.

Recurve crossbows may be deemed “better” than compound crossbows because they are easier to maintain, more reliable, and simpler. Bowstrings and repairs can often be done in the field in contrast to compound bows, where specialist equipment like bow presses are often required. They are arguably more precise and accurate to shoot as they can be preloaded and with the arrows without the crossbowman maintaining the draw while aiming. Recurve bows also deliver more consistent shot groupings compared to compound bows and are regarded by many hunters as more powerful. However, this is also hotly debated by compound crossbow enthusiasts.