I need some help guys,with all the price gouging going on with ammo,and reloading supplies I'm thinking about buying a compound bow and trying something new.
I don't want to spend a great deal of money on a setup,so don't tell me to go buy the best stuff made,but what are some decent bows to look for in a $250-300 range. I just don't know much about bows and would like to learn without breaking the bank.
What do I need to look for in a decent bow? Should I buy used or new? If used,what should I stay away from?
If I were you I would stay away from used bow's....who know's if the previous owner dry fired the bow or someon else did...read alot of "horror" stories at archerytalk. A good Idea is to get a Bow Package deal like at cabela's where pretty much come's with everything, and for starter's Martin Archery make's some fine Bow's with price's lower than most other Bow Companies. A really smooth starter bow would be the Martin Bengal very easy to set up and draw and will not break the bank or your shoulder . But there are other Good Bow Manufacturer's out there, so your best bet would be to go to an archery shop to get a feel for the different brand of bow's and I believe most Archery Shop's will let you test out a bow before purchasing. Unlike myself being located way out here I had to do alot of research before purchasing and sometime's just made a blind purchase and luckily it has turned out good.
buying a used bow without having a fair amount of archery knowledge could land you in a money pit.
Also, as a recommendation, look at some of the bows by reflex. They are a sister company of Hoyt and offer outstanding "bang for the buck" (no pun intended) bows. I have shot many brands over the years, some very expensive. Honestly, My Reflex Grizzly is one of my favorite all time shooters. A little heavy, but VERY durable in th field where it counts.
Although I do shoot a PSE Supra (still) for target 3/D, I dont much care for shooting $300-$400 PSE combos.
If you had a family member that shot competitively and wanted to sell you a bow....sure why not. But just some dude that has a bow to sell.. NO WAY!
Well,I went to a local Bow Tech dealer the other day,and he was a great guy.He answered all my stupid questions,and I learned alot about compound bows. He let me shoot a Bow Tech-Sniper,and a Diamond-Rock. Those were some nice bows,but way more than I want to pay for a first bow.
I have found some good deals on some bows on ebay,most are last years left overs but that doesn't matter to me.
What do you guys think about these bows,anyone better than the others?
I have read the reviews on the ones I could find,and they all seem to be very close to each other in weight and performance. Let me know what you think. THB
Get fitted for the correct draw length and pull weight. Then when you have some idea of what will fit you, check some used bows at a bow shop. People are always upgrading to a Mathews and you can find some sweet deals on used bows a year old. I do it and am happy killing deer with last years bow. The deer don't know you're shooting them with an old Hoyt or a new Mathews.
I own 6 bows and a crossbow. I would stay away from used bows unless it is from someone U know. Diamond, Bear, Browning, Hoyt, something like that, The Martin bow packages look good. Don't buy some fly by night bow. Look in the Cabela Archery magazine there are some good deals in there on an already set up bow. A real good thing to do is to call Russel at American Archery, he has a lot of last year models that brand new, he will help U.
+1...no used bows. i made the mistake of drawing a buddys bow and the stupid thing came apart with me at full draw. i used a white tail 2 bow for several years before goin up to a pse.....a couple of years i didn't get to gun hunt because i wacked 5 deer(the limit here then) with my $125 bow
I have all but 2 of my 7 bows picked up used. I have 3 reflex and agree with other posts about reflex. I love them and alot cheaper that others. I selling my reflex extreme, probably on ebay i guess. I picked up 2 PSE Nova's for my sons real cheap and have never had a problem. As with anything I guess you run a risk, but always look at seller ratings online. I use gunbroker ALOT, and have never had a problem. matter of fact, I have about 20 auctions up right now on that site and am not worried a bit
My last 2 new bows were a Reflex extreme, and a reflex Grizzly. I dont think I'll ever get rid of my Grizzly! I got my wife a mini mag for 150 bux and she is dead on with it, came set up with arrows, broadheads, release...all i did was put a hindsite on it and let her go...she shoots better than me now!
Good Luck and welcome to the addiction!
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