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Old 07-12-2019, 08:43 AM   #1
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I've been looking to buy my first bow for quite a while now and as such spend time on the classifieds here and on another archery site. One interesting thing I've noticed, especially on the other site where bows get listed almost constantly is that a lot of the bows are 50-60# bows. Is it common to hunt with a 50-60# bow? I had just assumed that most people were hunting with a 70# bow.

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Old 07-12-2019, 08:47 AM   #2
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Most hunt with 50-60
70 is not necessary for whitetail deer.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:48 AM   #3
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I personally shoot a 70lb bow because I also hunt bigger game from time to time and want a bow that will fit all my hunting needs.

My daughter shoots a 45lb bow and gets complete pass through shots on deer.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:49 AM   #4
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It depends on what your hunting. I would say the VAST majority of people on here intend on solely hunting wt 50# with a sharp broadhead will be plenty. I've shot 53# for years and have zero intention of increasing that, unless I go after bigger, thicker skinned game. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-12-2019, 08:51 AM   #5
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I’m not so sure anything heavier is needed at all, especially in North America.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:56 AM   #6
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these new bows of today are so efficient and so fast at 50-60# is that you don't need a 70# bow for whitetail or even hogs, my obsession compound is 57#, 29'' DL, 420 grain arrow and its getting roughly 283 fps and ive gotten two pass throughs on 200 pound hogs this summer
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:03 AM   #7
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Go to bow shop, shoot bows, find the one that fits you and sling some arrows my friend. Donít get caught up in the weight and stuff. Go find the one you like. If youíre in DFW area I highly recommend going to cinnamon creek. Great guys there!


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Old 07-12-2019, 09:08 AM   #8
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If you can comfortably and accurately shoot 70lbs shoot it. It’s not necessary but having a little more juice helps if you hit big bone. Nobody ever lost an animal because of too much penetration
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:09 AM   #9
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I think there's a natural progression with archers; they start out(myself included) overbowed, and drawing too much weight(65-80lbs). Then, for their subsequent bows, they scale it back to 50-60 lb bows for easier drawing, and less holding weight. 50-60 lb bows should be plenty powerful. Don't catch the "Speed bug", slow and heavy arrows are proficient for killing Texas critters.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:19 AM   #10
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I think there's a natural progression with archers; they start out(myself included) overbowed, and drawing too much weight(65-80lbs). Then, for their subsequent bows, they scale it back to 50-60 lb bows for easier drawing, and less holding weight. 50-60 lb bows should be plenty powerful. Don't catch the "Speed bug", slow and heavy arrows are proficient for killing Texas critters.
same here, i started out with a hoyt rampage xt, 70-80# limbs, and it was set on 78# lol..it was fast but **** i was shaky with it and im pretty sure i damaged my rotator cuff with it
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:26 AM   #11
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A bow will perform it's best at what limbs it comes with maxed out. In other words 60# bow will be best with 60# limbs. 60# setup on 70# limbs the bow won't perform it's greatest.

60#s is more than plenty for hunting. I know a guy that shoots 52# and kills deer every year. I personally have a 70# setup and want to lower it to 65#. Far more easier to pull back on colder mornings. If I decide to go less than 65# then I will buy 60# limbs and Max them out.

Find the bow you like and I'd suggest 60# max for your first setup. Upgrade later if you want a heavier poundage setup.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:48 AM   #12
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Great info, thanks everyone. I do plan on hunting elk with my bow so I know that makes a difference.

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Old 07-12-2019, 11:05 AM   #13
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I'm shooting a 60-70 lb bow turned down to 60 and have had pass throughs on my deer taken. I haven't noticed any issues or accuracy problems with it being turned down from max. Next year I'll be looking for a 50-60lb bow, but down here in the valley, there's not many places to shoot different brands.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:36 AM   #14
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Bear Archery makes really good entry level bows and a lot of them have a huge range of weight adjustments and draw lengths that do not require a bow press
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:40 AM   #15
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I have never hunted with a draw weight above 63 lbs, and that was only because that was as low as the bow would go that I had to buy when my pull rope broke and bow landed on a rock ledge and broke a limb. Middle of bow season and not gonna wait 3 weeks for new limbs. My dealer had a used Hoyt on the wall that was Left Handed---which is often a problem--so I shot it couple of years. Now I have two identical Elite Hunters, so I always have my backup if needed.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:24 PM   #16
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I think it’s what you like or what your shoulders like. I have 7 bows hanging in my closet right now, on some days I shoot my Full Throttle with now problems, shoulder doesn’t bother me or anything. On other days my when my shoulder is bothering me I shoot my 60# DNA. I absolutely love my Full Throttle it’s very fast & shoots great but some days I think it’s a lot of over kill for what we hunt around here, so here lately I’ve been contemplating on getting a 50# max bow. With a sharp broad head & good tunes bow 50# would be no problem for what we hunt.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:27 PM   #17
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my mathews z7 is set in the 50's. i seriously doubt i could even pull 70#, let alone hold it for any period of length.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #18
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Most folks are way overbowed because it's just the manly thing to do but 50-60#, a good shot, a well tuned arrow and a sharp broadhead will kill just about anything you would want to shoot at with a bow.

Dudes are blowing through elk with 50# stickbows, any compound is going to blow that way out of the water so don't worry about proving your manliness.

Go to the local shop and tell them you are in the market and try a bunch of different bows, a good shop will be more than willing to help you out.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:50 PM   #19
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So many guys get hung up on weight and speed. A well tuned bow in the 50# to 60# range with a good broadhead, will do the job. Any good shop is going to tell you to start lower, get your fundamentals, and then if you feel the need, up the weight. It doesn't matter if you can pull 100# if you're the guy aiming at the ceiling to draw back and can't hit the target at 20 yards.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:59 PM   #20
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Like everyone is saying start out low and get your fundamentals down first.. I'd suggest buying used to do this. I shoot 70 lbs most of the time. I can draw more but it's harder to shoot consistently out to longer ranges.. I'm shooting 29.5 inch draw and a 490 grain arrow in the 280s.. that gives me enough pin gap that I can make out the different pins in low light.. I could get by with less draw weight but I can easily shoot where I am today ..
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:03 PM   #21
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I believe mine is at 62 lbs right now, plenty for me and comfy to shoot. First-hand experience that it goes right through large pigs.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:17 PM   #22
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50-60 pound bows will kill anything, shot placement is the key!!

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Old 07-12-2019, 01:42 PM   #23
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No point in going above 60lbs, especially for whitetail, your shoulders will thank you. I shot my zebra through both shoulders set at 60lbs, not a complete pass through but 12" of arrow sticking out the off side.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:29 PM   #24
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60 is plenty. Blew through my zebra with a rage quartering away and never found the arrow. I only shoot 70 now cause I can and I’m shooting a heck of a lot heavier arrow now. My dad kills deer and pigs at 60 lbs with pass throughs every year with whatever rage he grabs, with 380 gr arrows
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:35 PM   #25
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I have a hoyt for sale if you'd be interested.
60 to 70lbs.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:39 PM   #26
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The saying I see a lot on this site is: how far do you need the arrow to bury in the ground after it has passed through a whitetail deer.
I moved to a 60# when my shoulders hurt too bad. Now I am trying to heal after back surgery so I can pull that.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:48 PM   #27
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Go shoot lots of bows. Like many have said, you don't have to shoot a heavy bow to kill deer. My wife shoots 42 pounds and has killed every deer she has shot. Lots of opinions on poundage on these forums. I always enjoy reading them. Go to a good bow shop and just start shooting bows. You'll figure out what is right for you pretty quick.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:00 PM   #28
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61lb hoyt blew through a bull elk at 20 yards. Killed tons of critters with it. No need for 70lb unless of course you are really strong and can pull 70lbs super easy.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:19 PM   #29
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I have no idea idea what # I'm pulling. I bought it & paid for fitting/setup all at once several years ago & haven't thought about it since. Truly have no idea.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:36 PM   #30
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Some of those that have pulled 70# for years now find their shoulders shot, that’s one reason, and I’m one of them. I had to drop poundage ten years ago and I can’t say it did anything but help.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:44 PM   #31
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Itís funny sure seems like 70lb bows sale a lot faster then the 50 to 60 lb bows .
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:53 PM   #32
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I was a serious bow hunter 20 plus years ago. Had a Hoyt with 70-80 lbs. NO LET OFF. So you could hold it for maybe 15 seconds and then you had to let it down. On top of that the broadheads were huge and the arrows were also very long, heavy, and long.

Going for elk in September in Montana so I went and bought a new bow and started the process all over. I used a finger pad back in the day so the biggest adjustment so far is learning how to use a release. Anyway the bow shop pros told me that 50 lbs is plenty for an elk. So I am now in process of relearning how to shoot - but let me tell you this - let off is a blessing! So much easier than in the old days
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