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Old 04-03-2011, 12:51 PM
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Default Which compound bow to buy.

I'm left handed, and would like to purchase a decent compound bow for hunting animals usually in the deer size. Being frugal, I don't want to spend more than needed, but do realize that quality ain't free. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:05 PM
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It's a hard question because most of the bows out there now are way better than what was available 25-30 years ago.
I would go with
A. a USA made bow
B. A one cam design to simplify tuning
C. one that fits you and is sized right .
Very important to buy at a good pro shop!!
Do not buy through the mail
D. Don't buy to much draw weight (80#) bow. You don't need that much to kill deer.

Having said that, I shoot traditional longbow w/cedar arrows and Mathews single cam. Both extremes.
I've killed deer with both. The long bow is nice if you have time to practice, the Mathews I can pick up after 2 years and kill a deer w/no practice.
When it comes to compound bows and single cam bows, I've shot Hoyt, PSE, bear etc etc over the years. I think Mathews is the best. They originated the one cam design and everyone else copied them.
They cost but like you said, you get what you pay for.
Oh, and you need to figure out which eye dominate you are if you don't know. I am a lefty but started shooting right as the first bow I bought used was a righty. I switched to a left handed bow years ago as I am also left eye dom. and it was great for me.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:40 PM
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Thanks! I'm left eye dominant. Ambi with firearms though.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:20 PM
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I really like my Bowtech. It is an older model, but it still shoots good. Seems archery is like computers these days and they update speed etc constantly and bows are outdated quick. However, there's a lot of good ones out there.
Friend just got a Limbsaver bow that is supposed to be what the cat covers up. Hoyt is still making a good one, and Matthews of course is good but big money.
Diamond is a good bow made by Bowtech at a lower price point under a different name that is daggone nice.
Good luck, you will enjoy it!
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:11 PM
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I recommend getting to know the folks at your local archery shop. If there's an active club in your area, there will be those who need to have the newest, fastest bows. Their trade-ins can be a good deal. I bought a Bowtech Admiral (last year's top of the line) and paid about 60% of the new price. My last bow was an old Bear Whitetail that had seen better days when I bought it for $25. It killed 9 deer for me before a shoulder injury took me out of the game for a few years. The new bows are amazingly quiet and smooth compared to what I remember.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:24 PM
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I agree first with Trapper, made in U.S.A.
Then I want one that fits my hand not one that my hand fits. Keep it simple, people will say the faster the better and that is expensive and uneeded. The few things I recomend are a whisker bisquit rest, a pratice target that doesn't ruin arrows and lots of practice.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:05 PM
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Thanks all.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:52 PM
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I tried the compound, then went to a recurve, then to a long bow. Since your frugal start out with the long bow and save some money.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:25 PM
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Parker makes a decent bow.
Fair price and good quality. I've been using one for years.
Contrary to popular belief you don't need to drop 1k on a bow to kill a deer.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:41 PM
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BassPro Shops was selling Bear Truth 2 Left handed models for pretty cheap. My friend hunts with one and it is a good bow. I hunt with an 07 hoyt vextrix and it is a great bow.

Try ebay stores I have bought all my bows on there but make sure you ask someone before hand who has a little more knowledge.

Make sure you get the right draw length.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:25 PM
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I want to buy a bow for my boy.
He's 6 foot, 180, long arms, and strong as a bull ox.

What is a great bow for a decent price?
Do or Do Not. There is no try.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:07 AM
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A problem with the compound bows is they constantly need "tuned". But they need the least amount of practice to be accurate with because of sights, lasers, etc.

Recurve bow has some distinct advantages. This is my choice for survival. I have a Bear takedown model that when taken down is 3 parts & shorter then the arrows. A threaded hole in the front aloows for attaching a flashlight like a minimag, fishing reel, etc. Mine is 60lb.

The long bow is the most reliable of the three but takes the most practice. I've a 45 & 70lb. They are the tallest of the three types but I think the compund is the most bulky.

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:22 AM
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Recurve is cheaper and it will make you a better shooter.
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