The Hoyt Buffalo Takedown Recurve Bow is part of the Fred Eichler Signature Series. It’s designed by bow hunters for bow hunters to use. The resulting bow is a work of art. The Hoyt Buffalo Recurve is simple, beautiful and durable. The Buffalo eschews fancy accessories and features. Manufactured to withstand the rigors of hunting, it’s a total joy to shoot. You’ll have it by your side for years to come.
The Hoyt Buffalo Recurve Bow features adjustable draw weight. This makes it perfect for hunting game of all sizes, including elk, antelope, moose, and more. The Hoyt Buffalo is priced between $700 and $800, meaning it’s a bit expensive for beginners, but for experienced archers and seasoned hunters, it’s well worth the investment.
The Hoyt Buffalo is our #1 Top Takedown Recurve Bow. While it doesn’t support a sight or a stabilizer, it doesn’t need either. If you’re comfortable shooting instinctually you’ll get great results out of the Hoyt Buffalo.
* Left and right handed models of the Hoyt Buffalo Takedown are available* Buyers can choose between three different wood grains* Bows are available in both 60 and 62″ length* Draw weight is adjustable between 35 and 65 lbs* The Hoyt Buffalo easily disassembles into three pieces without any tools. It comes with a carrying case.
What’s in the Box?
The Hoyt Buffalo does NOT come with arrows. Here’s what it does come with:* Two limbs + bolts* Riser* Flemish String* Whisker silencers to use with the string* Stringer* String maintenance kit* Bow stringer* Calf hair plate* Padded bow case* Protective limb sleeves* Owner’s manual* Assembly and tuning DVD
What Owners of the Hoyt Buffalo Say About it?
Hoyt Buffalo reviews are wildly positive. Owners consistently rave about the quality of the bow and mention that they’re extremely happy with their purchase. While some mention some initial trepidation over the price, most owners we found said that they thought the bow was excellent value for their money.
One reviewer says that he’s had no problems at all in the four years he’s owned his bow. He states that the build quality remains excellent.
Another reviewer mentions his satisfaction with the Buffalo’s shooting power. Even with the Hoyt Buffalo’s stock limbs, the bow shoots with more power than other recurves he’s tried. This is especially impressive given how easily the Hoyt Buffalo breaks down into 3 pieces for transport.
The third review we found states that the owner is disappointed that he didn’t make the jump to Hoyt Buffalo sooner. While the price of the Hoyt Buffalo made him hesitate, once he made the investment, he was impressed with the construction, fit, finish and feel of the bow.
The consensus? The Hoyt Buffalo is a bit more expensive than some other bows on the market, but it’s well worth it. You’re paying more for a carefully designed, quality product. Off the shelf, the Hoyt Buffalo is one of the most fun recurves to shoot, and it’ll last you for years.
Who Should Not Purchase This Bow?
The Hoyt Buffalo’s minimum draw strength might be a bit daunting for beginners. It’s also a bit pricey. If you’re not sure how long you’re going to stick with archery, consider getting something a bit cheaper first. The Hoyt Buffalo doesn’t support accessories like sights or stabilizers. While it’s great fun to shoot without these, if you feel like you need a sight for hunting or target shooting, you probably want to choose a different model.
Notes on Individual Parts:
At 19″, the Hoyt Buffalo riser is rather long. This helps to reduce the amount of vibration the bow undergoes with each shot. Like most other modern recurves, it’s aluminum. The cut is past center, making it much more forgiving with most arrows. The limb pockets help absorb even more vibration and cut down on noise.
The Hoyt Buffalo limbs are made from wood, glass, and carbon. The carbon is strategically placed to make the Hoyt Buffalo shoot smoother than similar recurves. The tips are reinforced for use with FastFlight strings. The top-most limb bolts can be turned, allowing you to tune the draw weight by about 10%. The limbs are fantastically durable. Ours show no sign of cracking after over 50,000 arrows.
The Hoyt Buffalo string is Flemish and hand-made. With a bit of wax and care, it should last for upwards of 15,000 arrows. The bow can be restrung with any type of FastFlight string if you so desire.
With no place for a scope, the Hoyt Buffalo’s accuracy depends entirely on your aim. It’ll shoot 50 yards or more with an appropriate draw weight. With very little vibration and practically zero bow torque, arrows go exactly where they point them.
Despite all of this, the Hoyt Buffalo is fantastically tuneable. At the range, we found ourselves making loads of slight adjustments to really nail our targets. This makes it incredibly accurate in practice, since you can tune the bow easily to account for your individual style.
The Martin Diablo Recurve Versus The Hoyt Buffalo Recurve
The Martin Diablo is a quality bow. It’s also priced at a significantly lower point than the Hoyt Buffalo. So which should you get?
The primary difference is noise. The Martin Diablo is pretty noisy as far as bows go, while the Hoyt Buffalo is on the quieter end. For hunting, this is a big factor. Arrows take time to travel, so any warning your prey gets makes it less likely you’ll bring anything home.
That said, the Diablo is fairly comparable in most other respects. The accuracy and flight patterns are neck and neck. The amount of vibration is reasonably close. The Diablo has a bit of an edge when it comes to accessories — you can attach scopes, stabilizers, silencers and other goodies without too much hassle. If that’s your thing, it’s a wonderful bow.
When it comes to feel, the Hoyt wins hands-down. The Diablo is an advanced, modern bow. It feels like it. The Hoyt Buffalo feels like a traditional bow. We find it significantly more fun to shoot.
If you need to save money or you want to use a scope, there’s nothing wrong with the Diablo. If you can afford the Hoyt Buffalo, however, we think it’s absolutely the better choice.
The Hoyt Buffalo isn’t the cheapest recurve bow on the market, and there’s a lot of pop culture buzz around it after Hunger Games and The Avengers. The buzz is well deserved. The Hoyt Buffalo is a top-of-the-line bow that’s well worth the price. It’s an absolute joy to shoot, it’s incredibly durable, and the easy disassembly makes it perfect to take with you anywhere. If you’re serious about archery, whether you shoot targets or game, we can’t recommend it enough.