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Unread 02-08-2008, 12:56 PM
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what kind of bow

i was wondering what kind of bow you guys shoot or recommend?

i didn't want to spend over $700

i was looking at a Fred Bear Lights Out package. it's 30in A2A and only weighs 3.7lbs. for $565

can you recommend anything lighter or better?

thank you!
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Unread 02-09-2008, 03:58 AM
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First go to a good pro shop (not Cabelas or Scheels or etc) and shoot a couple of different brands and models. Have them fit you for draw length and tell them your intended use (targets, hunting, 3D), they will help point you to a good bow. PSE, Bowtech, Diamond, Reflex, and some others all offer good bows in various price ranges and sizes. Once you get setup with all your equipment, spend alot of time shooting it.
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Unread 02-09-2008, 01:55 PM
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Supermag is right on. It's about feal. Shoot some at the pro shop and pick the one that feals best. I'd ask around about a good shop and a good salesman. You need to be able to trust them to set you up right. Good luck!
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Unread 02-09-2008, 02:59 PM
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I love my Mathews will never change companies. That being said if you only want new, Mathews will be out of your price range. Take a look at the new Martin it is under 500 with many of the much more expensive bow features. Make sure you shoot any bow you are interested in. They all feel a little diffferent and comfort leads to consistancy.
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Unread 02-09-2008, 04:05 PM
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I shoot a Mathews. One for hunting/3D and another for spot shooting. I would look around for a used one. Some people love to the latest and greatest Mathews every year. Any good pro shop should have some used ones around. Either ones that they own or ones they are selling for customes. That is a great way to get a wonderful bow in your price range.
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Unread 02-11-2008, 04:29 PM
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Please don't forget that not all bows have wheels on them!!! I own and shoot crossbow, recurve and traditional. Once learned, instinctive shooting with a GOOD recurve or longbow, will most of the time outpleasure any type of shooting there is, I shoot all my bows every week-end but when I get out the old Pearson or Bear recurve, the smile lights up my face. There isn't an animal that hasn't been killed with a stickbow, and that includes elephants and brown bears. An awful lot of archers are going back traditionsl because of the simplicity of it. A really good recurve can be had for $400 or even cheaper on E-Bay. My bow weighs less than 2 pound with quiver full of arrows. I don't worry about sights, releases, arrow rests or any other stuff that can break, carry an extra string and glove and you have everything you need! I'm going all traditional as soon as my shoulders heal up from surgery and never looking back. In 40 years of bow hunting and tournament shooting I've gone full circle and getting back to the basics of why I started this sport almost 50 years ago!
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Unread 02-12-2008, 10:15 PM
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Bows are upgraded as fast as computers. Alot of guys have to get the latest thing out so a lot of pro shops will have next to new used bows on hand. If you are new in to archery, a good used bow will be a great start.


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