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Old 09-26-2022, 01:30 PM   #1
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Started off bow hunting with a compound bow before injuring my shoulder and needing surgery. Switched to a crossbow for a few years while my should fully reovered.

Looking to get a new bow. I like/shoot well with a Bear but always like to hear/consider the opinions of others with more experience.

What other brands/makes should I take a look at?

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Old 09-26-2022, 01:42 PM   #2
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EliteÖ cause thatís what I shoot
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:42 PM   #3
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Go shoot all the major brands at your local archery shop and the bow will pick you. Really can't go wrong with any of them. I am an Elite guy myself.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:29 PM   #4
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I have a brand new Bowtech Carbon Zion I'll sell you. Only had 8 shots through it. I bought two Carbon Zions but only need one. Earth brown color, RH, Up to 70 pounds. Paid 800 plus tax, I'll sell to you for 500 cash.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:38 PM   #5
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Go shoot all the major brands at your local archery shop and the bow will pick you. Really can't go wrong with any of them. I am an Elite guy myself.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:41 PM   #6
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Go shoot all the major brands at your local archery shop and the bow will pick you. Really can't go wrong with any of them. I am an Elite guy myself.
Absolutely this.

Different bows feel different from person to person. Go find what youíre comfortable with and take it from there.
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:20 PM   #7
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I’ll be in the market soon too and plan on shooting several.
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Old 09-27-2022, 04:24 AM   #8
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I suggest shooting several brands also. Look hard at the longer bows. For me the string angle is better and they are easier to shoot accurately at longer distances.
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:35 AM   #9
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I suggest shooting several brands also. Look hard at the longer bows. For me the string angle is better and they are easier to shoot accurately at longer distances.
I agree, i succumbed to the hype and got a shorter ATA bow and while its nice in a blind or crowded tree, it's just not as stable at distance and the string angle is pretty steep with my 29" draw.

It's taken more almost a year to admit that to myself, since it's the first new bow i had bought in over a decade.
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:38 AM   #10
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Really only 3 I would consider.
Bowtech cp28
Mathews v3
Or an xpedition
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:45 AM   #11
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Not in all cases but most of the time from my experience the feller helping you at the counter will try to get you to go with one over the other. I've literally had arguments when choosing a bow because it wasn't a certain brand. I don't know if its commissioned based or just Ford vs Chevy. Pick what feels best for you. Watch that string angle.
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Old 09-27-2022, 12:49 PM   #12
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Whatís your draw length?

Whatís most important to you?
Forgiveness?
Speed?
Bow weight?
Tunability?
Warranty?
Resale value?
Draw cycle?
Short bow or longer ATA?
What type of grip do you like?

As other have said, yes, letting the bow pick you is important. But at the same time, itís a little hard to know how a bow holds at full draw when youíre shooting a bare bow standing 6ft from the target.

For me, I love shorter bows but I donít shoot them worth a darn with a longer draw length, plus the string angle makes me duck my head to anchor.

Once I think through all the issues I said up top, I lean toward forgiveness.

Then I think about warranty. Mathews tends to win that for me, because I know theyíll have parts available in 5+ years. Plus you always get a real life human being when you call customer serviceÖ

Tunability wise, Bowtechís deadlock and Eliteís SET system are way ahead of everything else in regard to ease of tuning. Of course for timing, youíre still gonna need a bow press.

Mathews and Hoyt are gonna have you buying their top hats and shim system.

PSE/Obsession/Athens or really any old binary cam (and I havenít jacked with prime much) are gonna have you playing with shims. Shims make me want to throw the bow in a wood chipperÖ

Also, some factory strings are better than others. Itís a small consideration, but itís something to think about. Zebra strings suck!

At the end of the day, donít let a sales person push you into a bow youíre unsure about. Take the time to think about it. And you can read all sorts of stuff but ultimately YOU are the one who has to shoot it.
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Old 09-27-2022, 01:10 PM   #13
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Agree with shooting all major brands. I would suggest to find a Prime dealer as well. A little less marketing than others but I was convinced once I shot one. I shoot the Black 3 now. Could not be happier
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:12 PM   #14
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Also, some factory strings are better than others. It’s a small consideration, but it’s something to think about. Zebra strings suck!
OP, definitely keep that in mind.

If you go Mathews, at least be ready to swap the strings early on. My wife was shooting a Mission (generic Mathews) a few years back. Her bow unstrung when drawing on a buck.

Me, personally and recently, ridiculous peep rotation on a V3X 29 I bought in January. No way I was chancing that, swapped the 60X strings and cables on that bow along with my wife’s Prima. I’ve had several sets on various bows of different brands for several years. Originally recommended by Gerrit Murray, formerly of Santa Fe Archery and then backed up by Richard from Texas Archery this past Saturday. Both of those guys have probably forgot more about bows than I’ll ever know.

Find what feels right to you, but also listen to the people trying to get you set up.
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:17 PM   #15
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I have a Mathews and a Hoyt. I shoot both about equal, but the Hoyt has been the most trouble free.
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Old 09-29-2022, 12:31 PM   #16
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Whatís your draw length?

Whatís most important to you?
Forgiveness?
Speed?
Bow weight?
Tunability?
Warranty?
Resale value?
Draw cycle?
Short bow or longer ATA?
What type of grip do you like?

As other have said, yes, letting the bow pick you is important. But at the same time, itís a little hard to know how a bow holds at full draw when youíre shooting a bare bow standing 6ft from the target.

For me, I love shorter bows but I donít shoot them worth a darn with a longer draw length, plus the string angle makes me duck my head to anchor.

Once I think through all the issues I said up top, I lean toward forgiveness.

Then I think about warranty. Mathews tends to win that for me, because I know theyíll have parts available in 5+ years. Plus you always get a real life human being when you call customer serviceÖ

Tunability wise, Bowtechís deadlock and Eliteís SET system are way ahead of everything else in regard to ease of tuning. Of course for timing, youíre still gonna need a bow press.

Mathews and Hoyt are gonna have you buying their top hats and shim system.

PSE/Obsession/Athens or really any old binary cam (and I havenít jacked with prime much) are gonna have you playing with shims. Shims make me want to throw the bow in a wood chipperÖ

Also, some factory strings are better than others. Itís a small consideration, but itís something to think about. Zebra strings suck!

At the end of the day, donít let a sales person push you into a bow youíre unsure about. Take the time to think about it. And you can read all sorts of stuff but ultimately YOU are the one who has to shoot it.
There are all things I need to consider! Thank you for this
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Old 09-29-2022, 01:02 PM   #17
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My v3x makes me smile a lot
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Old 09-29-2022, 01:06 PM   #18
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Old 10-01-2022, 10:17 PM   #19
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EliteÖ cause thatís what I shoot

This is my 11th season with a 2010 Elite Judge. Itís been bounced around in my truck and banged while hunting. Other than putting a Winnerís Choice string and cable on it years ago and using Scorpion Venom string wax a couple times a year- zero technical issues.

With your shoulder issue, I suggest you look at a 60# bow. When I had a pinched nerve in my beck/ shoulder I was able to back- out my 70# Elite down to 52# and it shot great.


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Old 10-05-2022, 09:23 AM   #20
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This is my 11th season with a 2010 Elite Judge. Itís been bounced around in my truck and banged while hunting. Other than putting a Winnerís Choice string and cable on it years ago and using Scorpion Venom string wax a couple times a year- zero technical issues.

With your shoulder issue, I suggest you look at a 60# bow. When I had a pinched nerve in my beck/ shoulder I was able to back- out my 70# Elite down to 52# and it shot great.


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Was planning on starting at a lower draw weight and working my way up for sure! Back/Shoulder pain is never fun
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Old 10-05-2022, 09:45 AM   #21
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Get a Mathews With 60lb mods !
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Old 10-05-2022, 09:51 AM   #22
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Hoyt, because that is what I currently have (RX-7). But before that, I had a Mathew HTX, and I love that bow. Still have it, still love shooting it. Easy on the shoulders too, even at 70 lbs.

But like others said, go to the shop and shoot a bunch of bows. A good bow shop is worth a 3-4 hour drive, vs a poor bow shop 15 minutes down the road. I drive an hour one way to get to a good bow shop, vs the one that is 1 block from my office.
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Old 10-05-2022, 10:11 AM   #23
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I had a Mathews. Bought a Hoyt. Took the Hoyt back 2 days later and got a new Mathews. I didn't like the draw cycle of the Hoyt, just took me a few shots to realize it.

They're all fast and quiet, can't go wrong.
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Old 10-05-2022, 10:32 AM   #24
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I agree, i succumbed to the hype and got a shorter ATA bow and while its nice in a blind or crowded tree, it's just not as stable at distance and the string angle is pretty steep with my 29" draw.

It's taken more almost a year to admit that to myself, since it's the first new bow i had bought in over a decade.

Same, only this year is my 5th season with my Triax at 29.5Ē draw. I defended myself all the time because i shot it great. String angle, blah blah blah. Still to this day shoot it out to 80 yds but iím having trouble keeping my arrow on the rest during the draw and its driving me bananas. The string pinches the nock and wants to raise the tip of the arrow. Lord knows what itís doing once releasedÖÖ iím going longer after this season.


OP, many have said it already but shoot as many as you can and you will know which one fits better. Each brand has its quirks with customer service and its tunability. But they are all great bows. Iím a big Mathews fan and so was my brother. He wanted a V3X before he walked into the shop. Shot a couple bows and walked out with a Hoyt Ventum 33. It just fit him better and he was never a Hoyt fan.


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Old 10-06-2022, 07:43 AM   #25
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I have a brand new Bowtech Carbon Zion I'll sell you. Only had 8 shots through it. I bought two Carbon Zions but only need one. Earth brown color, RH, Up to 70 pounds. Paid 800 plus tax, I'll sell to you for 500 cash.
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