I have both. I bought the recurve due to price and just wanted to try one out. The Compound my father in law has given to me. They are both 150lb draw weight. The compound is heavier, HOWEVER when shooting side by side the compound shoots longer bolts and will put those bolts on average 2" further into our targets. This has to equate to more speed. The only deer I've killed thus far has been with the recurve though.