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How to measure draw length | View our Draw Weight Chart!

The ideal way to measure draw length is to have the archer draw a light bow and measure the distance from the string at full draw to the back of the bow (the "back" of the bow being the side away from the archer). When a bow is not available an alternative method can be used. Place a yardstick at top of the archers chest right below the throat. Have the archer extend their arms and fingers out on to the yardstick as far as possible. The reading on the yardstick at the end of their extended fingers is their approximate draw length. (see picture above).

The draw weight chart below shows the draw length (in inches) compared to the weight (in pounds) for various bows.

Draw Weight Chart
Draw Length
in inches
Weight in Pounds
 
M-35
M-42 LT
M-42
M-48 LT
M-48 M-54
M-58 (29#)
M-58 (35#)
M-58 (40#)
15"
5#
7#
9#
8#
10# 9#
11#
13#
15#
16"
6
7.5
10
9
11 10
12
14
16
17"
7.5
8
11
10
12 11
13
15
17
18"
9
9
12
11
13 12
14
17
18
19"
10
13
12
14 13
15
18
19
20"
11
15
13
16 15
16
19
21
21"
 
18
14
18 16
17
20.5
23
22"
15
20 17
18.5
22
25
23"
17
22 19
20
23.5
27.5
24"
19
25 21
21.5
25.5
30
25"
  23
23
27.5
32.5
26"
  25
25
30
35
27"
   
27
32.5 37.5
28"
   
29
35 40

Note: The bow models for youth are not toys, but a lethal piece of archery equipment that will propel an arrow capable of doing potential damage and should be used only with adult supervision. For those that will be new to archery, the archery experience can turn into a lifetime of fun and recreation.

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