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The Hoyt Buffalo was our favorite takedown recurve (second if you include the Martin Saber in that discussion). The Buffalo has one or two minor flaws, but it’s strong performance in most areas plus the fact that it’s a breeze to take apart and reassemble made it one of our favorite recurves. The Buffalo is all-around solid, and the ease of the takedown process makes it especially portable – if you’re someone who wants to keep your gear to a minimum, the Buffalo may prove to be a good choice for you.
Bow Length: 58″, 60″, 62″
Draw Weight: 35-65lbs
Bow Weight: 3.2lbs
The Hoyt Buffalo has an extremely straightforward takedown process that doesn’t require the use of a screwdriver, wrench, or any other tools – this makes it quite ideal for experienced hunters who want strong portability and don’t necessarily want to always have to have a set of tools or similar on hand to put their bow back together. If you’re not sure how to put the bow together, you should watch the instructional DVD that comes on the bow – it’s also likely that you can find instructions online in video form.
The Buffalo is definitely designed more as a hunting bow rather than for target shooting – although it performs pretty well for both functions. The durability of the Buffalo is outstanding, and you can really feel the high quality of the materials its made of. The nature of the materials also makes it resistant to almost all environments – your Buffalo should perform consistently regardless of whether it’s been through snow, rain, or other challenging weather.
The bow shoots magnificently – the draw is very comfortable and smooth, and the bow shoots very accurately and packs a real punch. Not much bad to say about the Buffalo is this department – in terms of shooting performance, it’s pretty much as good as you can get with a recurve. Because of the power you can get with this bow, it’s really a ideal hunting bow – at the higher draw weights, you can be quite sure that you’ll bring down large game if your shot is on point. The ergonomics are also on point – this bow handles like a dream and feels secure and comfortable when held.
There are a couple minor issues we have with the Buffalo. First and foremost is that it’s relatively expensive – in fact, if it weren’t for the issue of price, the Buffalo might have been our favorite overall recurve. Also, you cannot attach a sight or other accessories (other than quiver) to the Buffalo – so this bow is probably more suitable for experienced archers and those who lean towards instinctive shooting rather than aim-and-shoot types. Another thing that we noticed was that the Buffalo makes a bit of sound – we wouldn’t say it’s loud, but it’s also definitely not quiet.
- Ergonomics are excellent
- Really top of the line in terms of power and accuracy
- Bow materials are very durable
- Takedown process is very straightforward, allows for greater portability
- Combination of portability and power makes it an excellent hunting bow
- Can’t attach sight or other accessories
- Makes a little noise compared to some other recurves
- Top quality comes with a bit of a hefty price tag
The Buffalo is a really good bow overall – in fact, if we take price out of the equation entirely, it may well have been our favorite choice among all the bows – at the end of the day, the thing you care about with a bow is how it shoots, and the Buffalo shoots like a dream. As with all things, the best performance comes with a high price – this is the main reason it wasn’t our favorite overall. Still, we highly recommend the Buffalo to those looking for a superb takedown bow, particularly those of you who are hunters. Beginners may want to avoid the Buffalo due to its higher price point and the fact many of the things that are useful in aiding beginners can’t be attached to it. For experienced shooters looking for a portable, powerful weapon, the Buffalo will prove an excellent choice.