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Old 10-10-2015, 11:47 AM   #1
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I am looking at getting a new bow. I started shooting about a year and half ago with my dads hoyt enticer he shot in the 90s. I've really enjoyed shooting, and after shooting my first hog this past season. I've decided it was time to upgrade to something newer.

I am wanting something between 50-70 lb draw (any range in there) with a 29-30inch draw length. Also something with shorter axle to axle would be preferable to be more compact.

You hear a lot about Matthews, and other big name brands, but I wanted yall's opinions and what yall are shooting.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-10-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:33 AM   #3
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter
Exactly! Don't be a brand shooter. Go to a decent pro shop that handles the majority of bows. Shoot EVERYONE of them that matches your buying criteria. Have the tech set up the poundage and draw length to the same specs. on every bow you shoot. You will be very surprised what you discover. I shot 7 bows before I purchased mine. And the one I bought was not even on my "list" of the bow I thought I wanted.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:53 AM   #4
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Yessir ! Shoot 'em all and then buy an Elite !
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:54 AM   #5
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I have a Mathews Chill R and absolutely love it! Smooth and fast!
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:46 AM   #6
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Just as a side note to my first post. I went in to buy a Mathews and left with a Hoyt. Again, shoot em all, then buy the one that shoots and feels the best in your hand. It's your money, don't buy something that someone else says you should shoot, unless of course they want to pay for it.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:54 AM   #7
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^Solid advice. Buy based on comfort and feel. Not everyone gets an new bow every season. Think about the long haul!
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:01 AM   #8
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Yessir ! Shoot 'em all and then buy an Elite !
HAHA yep
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:05 AM   #9
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I'm not a brand shooter as I have all the brands in my stable right now. That being said I love my Elite. The backward and let off is incredible. It isn't the fastest bow in my line up but it's definitely the easiest of all to shoot. Go to a pro shop and spend some quality time shooting all the bows they have on the rack and see which feels best for you.
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:17 AM   #10
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Like everyone has said, don't be a brand shooter. I wanted an elite, but after all the great things I heard about the Xpedition lineup, I got an Xcentric sight unseen. Best bow ice ever owned. Has a bit harsher draw than an elite, but the back wall is literally a wall with the limb stops, and it is the quietest bow I have ever shot. If you can make it to West Houston Archery, try out the Xpedition Xcentric 6 or 7. They are great hybrid cam bows that just so happen to crank great speeds.
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:23 AM   #11
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Find somewhere to shoot an Obsession so you don't miss out. I'm not a fanboy of any bow, and have always shot what felt best to me. Been shooting Elite's for a while now, and just recently switched over to Obsession with no regrets. The bow will pick you without a doubt, but be sure you don't miss out on shooting some of the lesser known brands. You might be surprised.
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Old 10-13-2015, 01:19 PM   #12
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I shoot a bowtech, but I have shot mathews and other brands as well and will have to say it is all personal preference. Whatever you are comfortable with is what you should by. I love my bowtech because I find it the most comfortable for me to shoot. Go shoot a few and you'll be able to make a decision!
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:11 PM   #13
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Go shoot all the ones ya can... I don't believe a bowhunter picks the bow, the bow picks the bowhunter...
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:15 PM   #14
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Like already said, go shoot em all.

Keep in mind though, the new year models will start to debut here before long. bear has already introduced a few new models and Mathews introduces theirs next month
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:48 PM   #15
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter
This. I love Hoyts, but shot a Chill R and fell in love
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:58 PM   #16
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Sorry guys I'm just now seeing all these, had three exams last week. I won't be able to start looking and testing bows until I get back from my study abroad in Qatar in December. So it looks like the new lines of bows is what I will be looking at.

For bow shops in Houston, I know of Bowzone which has a good variety, and Viking which when I was last there mainly focused on traditional, where are some of the other ones? I've looked on google but don't seem to find that many.

I also know of Live Oak Archery in College Station, I shoot there quite often while in school. Any of recommendations?
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:00 PM   #17
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Just as a side note to my first post. I went in to buy a Mathews and left with a Hoyt. Again, shoot em all, then buy the one that shoots and feels the best in your hand. It's your money, don't buy something that someone else says you should shoot, unless of course they want to pay for it.

As he said, I went in to buy a Mathews but came home with a bowtech. It's all about preference! Try em all!
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:02 PM   #18
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J & J in Port Lavaca ... make sure you don't overlook the Pearsons!
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:14 PM   #19
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I had a Mathews Chill R. Replaced with an Obsession Evo.

Bought an Xpedition Perfexion.

Traded my Evo for Xpedition XRing.

Let's just say I really, really like Xpedition bows. I liked my Evo a lot. It was smooth and quiet.

The Mathews was just ok to me. Nothing special.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:28 PM   #20
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Gotta try out Xpedition before buying. West Houston should have them.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:33 PM   #21
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Always go with the brand that has the coolest window stickers.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:49 PM   #22
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Gotta try out Xpedition before buying. West Houston should have them.
I was in there about 3 weeks ago and they said they were not carrying them.

There is a guy in Spring though that is a dealer.

Buckeye Bow Works

I have not been up there yet. But, I have talked to him. Seems like a really nice guy.

https://www.facebook.com/Buckeye-Bow...1398944012636/
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:39 PM   #23
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter

Best advice you could get.


Only thing I can say about picking a new bow is that if you read about Brand X, Y or Z on here or the AT site, you won't buy any of them. Every manufacturer takes a good share of of hits on their products--either from fanboys of the other brands, or for whatever reason. Mathews, Bowtech, Hoyt, Elite, PSE, Bear---and lots of other folks' bows out there to choose from. And, in my opinion, find one you like and buy a 1-2-3 year old one out of our classifieds. Save enough to buy all the accessories needed and a dozen arrows and BHs.

So--go to several dealers of different brands and try them out. Don't let our prejudiced opinions make up your mind, but let your experience do it.

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Old 10-19-2015, 04:54 PM   #24
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I was in there about 3 weeks ago and they said they were not carrying them.

There is a guy in Spring though that is a dealer.

Buckeye Bow Works

I have not been up there yet. But, I have talked to him. Seems like a really nice guy.

https://www.facebook.com/Buckeye-Bow...1398944012636/

Well dang, I was wrong about that. I thought they had landed the contract. Oh well, can't win them all
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Shoot em all. I went in dead set on Mathews last year and ended up with a Bear. I hadn't even considered Bear before walking into the shop.
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Well dang, I was wrong about that. I thought they had landed the contract. Oh well, can't win them all
I drove down I-10 yesterday and it looks like West Houston is gone? No more signs and dark inside...did they close down?
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I have a Mathews Chill R and absolutely love it! Smooth and fast!
Totally agree!!!!!!
Love my chill R 👍🏼
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:22 PM   #28
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I drove down I-10 yesterday and it looks like West Houston is gone? No more signs and dark inside...did they close down?
They relocated to a bigger shop a few miles away.
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Ah hell, is it still along I-10 west bound feeder? Haven't been there in a couple years so I've been out of the loop.
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter
Exactly, they will all perform. Let it fit you. When it's just you in the stand, that cute little expensive logo makes no difference in the world. Go shoot a bunch, narrow it down, and then shoot those. Be happy with what you pick and you will have a killing machine, I promise.....
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:51 AM   #31
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I shoot a bowtech because i love it, not because of the brand. Be open minded and go with what feels the best to you.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:59 PM   #32
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Xpedition Xcentric....best bow on the market imho. That said shoot them all and then realize what you like. For me it was the Xcentric hands down
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Good friend of mine has a PSE Revenge, 29" axle to axle. Great for pop-up blind and tight quarters. He loves it
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i recently sold off my hoyts and bought a bowtech carbon icon. carbon bow for $600 31" ata and 335ibo. its a sweet shooter. 3.2lbs!

whatever you do, buy something that is dl adjustable in the cam without a press.
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I was shooting a 35 year old compound that no one I have ever met has heard of, this thing has no cams, no beyond parallel, no let off, no back wall...lol ...... And has killed more deer, hogs, and turkey than can be counted. I still have that bow...... Shot a Fred bear for a bit, had a Mathews, now a Hoyt, but I will say, if I had the money...... Mathews NoCam would be my 3D/hunting rig for a while.....
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i recently sold off my hoyts and bought a bowtech carbon icon. carbon bow for $600 31" ata and 335ibo. its a sweet shooter. 3.2lbs!

whatever you do, buy something that is dl adjustable in the cam without a press.
my Xpedition Xring VI has a rotating mod for draw length. no press needed. i really like it. it allowed me to try 2 different lengths to see what fit best without having to make a trip to the shop.
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Sorry guys I'm just now seeing all these, had three exams last week. I won't be able to start looking and testing bows until I get back from my study abroad in Qatar in December. So it looks like the new lines of bows is what I will be looking at.

For bow shops in Houston, I know of Bowzone which has a good variety, and Viking which when I was last there mainly focused on traditional, where are some of the other ones? I've looked on google but don't seem to find that many.

I also know of Live Oak Archery in College Station, I shoot there quite often while in school. Any of recommendations?
I had the same problem finding one. DO NOT go to X10(maybe previously Viking). Dude is a crackhead.....literally. No good.
I have found west Houston archery is legit. They have plenty of bows to choose from and are very knowledgeable. Weekdays r the best to go in if you can make it. good luck!
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:24 PM   #38
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Thank you so much guys!!! How do I get added to the classifieds page to look for a used bow once I try several of them.
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter
This is true! Have to see what you like and what's comfortable for you! Good luck in the future with your new bow!
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:22 PM   #40
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West houston moved down closer to kirkwood, still on the same side of I10 just past discount tire
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go to your local pro shop and start shooting. let the bow pick you. do not look at the brand. brand doesn't matter
This... End of story! We can argue all day of whats best but it comes down to what do YOU like the most. That is why there are so many debates about whats the "best" bow.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:40 PM   #42
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Like someone has said above, find somewhere that carries Obsession or Xpedition. I don't think there is a better bow on the market right now.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:04 PM   #43
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Santa Fe Archery has a good selection as well.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:19 PM   #44
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Don't just shoot a brand, shoot THE brand! Mathews !! Haha jk try the other stuff too
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:37 PM   #45
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My next bow will be an Elite. I currently shoot PSE. Bowtech, Mathews, Hoyt are good too. It's all about what feels good to you. Any of those brands will make the deer equally dead.
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