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Old 01-18-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default Higher end used or lower end new?

Well I'm taking the plunge and getting back into bow hunting after a 6 yr hiatus and the wife has given me a $500 allowance to tool up. I already have a climbing stand etc etc so this will be just for bow/furniture. My question is should I look at a RTH package in that range or try to find a used flagship bow?
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:07 AM   #2
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Higher end used. You can pick up 2015-16 flagship bows for that price.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:14 AM   #3
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I'm with Stoof, kinda.

Buying a used flagship will still incur the cost of the accessories, which could run you the same as the bow, $400-600. It is possible to find one loaded, but not very likely. Alternatively you could also buy the accessories used and save some money.

OTOH a ready to hunt package will have you shooting right now, with only the additional cost of a release and arrows. There is nothing wrong with "entry level" bows, but the accessories leave a bit to be desired. However, upgrading the accessories is easier on the wife than a whole new bow.

You can buy quality accessories and then in a few years, when you upgrade to the flagship (even if used) you have both a great bow and great accessories; and in the mean time, you have a bow that will get the job done.

If you already had everything else, and just had a $500 budget for a bow, I would recommend a used flagship; but in your situation I would recommend a ready to hunt package.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:17 AM   #4
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Another vote for used flagship bow. $500 wont get you are in the new market, but you'll be able to find a great used setup rigged out for that.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:57 AM   #5
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I’m all for supporting a dealer.... but know that don’t fit everyone’s budget. To maximize performance to dollar 100% used flagship.

Even a 6-7 year old flagship will have better performance and tunablity and in most cases be more enjoyable to shoot.

As for accessories... you can rig out one from these classified forum alone with top quality gear for 40%.... or less of new price

Only additional cost if you can’t rig and tune yourself would be having pro shop install. And since you don’t buy from them I 100% expect them to charge for the labor. Only fair since they get shafted on the used market sales
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:36 AM   #6
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Iím all for supporting a dealer.... but know that donít fit everyoneís budget. To maximize performance to dollar 100% used flagship.

Even a 6-7 year old flagship will have better performance and tunablity and in most cases be more enjoyable to shoot.

As for accessories... you can rig out one from these classified forum alone with top quality gear for 40%.... or less of new price

Only additional cost if you canít rig and tune yourself would be having pro shop install. And since you donít buy from them I 100% expect them to charge for the labor. Only fair since they get shafted on the used market sales
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:44 AM   #7
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Higher end used is the way to go.

Here is one of the best bows ever made for well within your budget:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=720149

Or this one:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=719128

Or this one:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=712805
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:04 PM   #8
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I agree with the higher end used, but try to shoot a couple and see which one fits you best first.
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:06 PM   #9
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Higher end used. I bought 2 brand new to me Creeds for $400 and $600, both were a year old, both had less than 200 shots, "according to the previous owners." They were basically brand new.


All that being said, if you are gonna keep the bow for years, buy new from your local pro and buy used one for backup.
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:49 PM   #10
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Used Flagship Mathews are Elite in my opinion!
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:23 PM   #11
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Used Flagship all day.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:19 AM   #12
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Buying a new bow is worse than buying a new car.

I used to be in the new bow crowd ... I buy used now.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:57 AM   #13
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I bought a brand new 2016 elite synergy off eBay for $375 free shipping, about 6-8 months ago, and I love it. If you look hard you can find some sweet deals. Definitely used, or a few years old, flag ship is the way Iíd go.


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Old 06-18-2019, 07:26 AM   #14
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There’s a brand new Elite Synergy on here for $375. I would buy used, but quality all day long.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:07 PM   #15
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Iím all for supporting a dealer.... but know that donít fit everyoneís budget. To maximize performance to dollar 100% used flagship.

Even a 6-7 year old flagship will have better performance and tunablity and in most cases be more enjoyable to shoot.

As for accessories... you can rig out one from these classified forum alone with top quality gear for 40%.... or less of new price

Only additional cost if you canít rig and tune yourself would be having pro shop install. And since you donít buy from them I 100% expect them to charge for the labor. Only fair since they get shafted on the used market sales
This and when you pay the labor tip the tech. Build a relationship with the shop and in the future it will be worth it.

Gary
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:21 PM   #16
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What’s your DL & what draw weight are you looking at??
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Old 06-28-2019, 06:14 PM   #17
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Great stuff! I am in the same boat of trying to get into compound bow hunting and this helped a lot.
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