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Old 09-04-2018, 09:22 PM   #1
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I've only been bowhunting for 3 years, but I feel I've "outgrown" my first bow (Bear Cruzer Ready to Hunt package). There's nothing really wrong with it, but I think I'm at the point where I'm ready to upgrade from an entry level to a nicer bow once this season is over.

I know I need to go and get my hands on them and decide for myself what I like, but I'm curious what is it that made you pick your current bow? What features won you over from other brands/bows you were interested in? Hopefully your suggestions will give me some good starting points!

Brands I am interested in are Mathews, Hoyt, PSE, and Bowtech. My budget will be about $1,500. Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:00 PM   #2
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Service is always my #1 priority. I will buy whatever brands the best shop for service carries. That’s where I would start my search. From there I go performance. I’m able bodied and can draw 100# but shoot 60... so I don’t need “smooth”... there all smooth to me. I want performance that’s reliable
Next it grip all brands are a little ... to a lot different.

After that shoot the ones you think work best and decide

I went BowTech Realm x, and am 100% satisfied with this bow
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:28 AM   #3
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PSE Xpedite!
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:40 PM   #4
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Service is always my #1 priority. I will buy whatever brands the best shop for service carries. Thatís where I would start my search. From there I go performance. Iím able bodied and can draw 100# but shoot 60... so I donít need ďsmoothĒ... there all smooth to me. I want performance thatís reliable
Next it grip all brands are a little ... to a lot different.

After that shoot the ones you think work best and decide

I went BowTech Realm x, and am 100% satisfied with this bow



I hadnít really thought about considering service. But with a bow I plan to hunt with for many years that should definitely be a consideration.

If anyone has any reason I should avoid certain companies because of poor customer service reputations please let me know this as well!


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Old 09-05-2018, 01:40 PM   #5
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PSE Xpedite!


What made you pick the Xpedite? Did you have any other that were a close second?


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Old 09-05-2018, 01:45 PM   #6
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Go to a good shop that carries the majority of the brands you like and shoot them all. Go with the one you like best. Just like a new vehicle, just because I like it doesn’t mean you will.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:12 PM   #7
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Be sure and try out a prime.
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:06 PM   #8
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Be sure and try out a prime.


I saw some Primeís at my local shop but havenít handled them yet. Iíll make sure to give them a look next time I go in


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Old 09-05-2018, 10:12 PM   #9
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I saw some Primeís at my local shop but havenít handled them yet. Iíll make sure to give them a look next time I go in


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I have a 09 Mathews and recently picked up a 16 Obsession. I just felt like Mathews had lost some ground over the years to other companies and wanted to try one. I have also liked way Elites and Primes felt after shooting them in a couple shops.

I will say this though, my bow is 9 years old and I just had the limbs replaced two weeks ago by Mathews under warranty. So I do believe in their warranty service on original owner equipment.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:01 AM   #10
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I have a 09 Mathews and recently picked up a 16 Obsession. I just felt like Mathews had lost some ground over the years to other companies and wanted to try one. I have also liked way Elites and Primes felt after shooting them in a couple shops.



I will say this though, my bow is 9 years old and I just had the limbs replaced two weeks ago by Mathews under warranty. So I do believe in their warranty service on original owner equipment.


Wow, almost 10 years old and theyíre replacing the limbs free of charge? Thatís pretty good. Was anything wrong with them or theyíre just getting worn out?


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Old 09-06-2018, 03:29 PM   #11
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Comprable speeds to most high end "speed bows" but it felt smoother and easier to shoot than any Hoyts/Matthews/Obsession/Prime bows I shot. Plus, you can get it with a 90% let off mod.

Not only did I like it, I managed to get a pass through on a moose last week at 75 yds.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:57 PM   #12
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Go to a good shop that carries the majority of the brands you like and shoot them all. Go with the one you like best. Just like a new vehicle, just because I like it doesnít mean you will.
Agreed, let the bow pick you
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:01 PM   #13
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Comprable speeds to most high end "speed bows" but it felt smoother and easier to shoot than any Hoyts/Matthews/Obsession/Prime bows I shot. Plus, you can get it with a 90% let off mod.



Not only did I like it, I managed to get a pass through on a moose last week at 75 yds.

Yes the 90% let off option with the PSE has definitely caught my eye.

Wow! Congrats! Big game animals with a bow are still on my bucket list. Thatís what the new bow will be for


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Old 09-06-2018, 11:25 PM   #14
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Be sure and try out a prime.
I've always shot Mathews but went with Prime this year. It seemed well balanced, smooth draw and pretty fast for my DL/DW. They also give you free replacement strings.
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:36 PM   #15
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I've always shot Mathews but went with Prime this year. It seemed well balanced, smooth draw and pretty fast for my DL/DW. They also give you free replacement strings.


Mathews was at the top of the list but I will definitely be looking at some Primes as multiple people now have shown to be pleased with them


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Old 09-10-2018, 05:13 PM   #16
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Dont follow the herd. Go Darton...SpectraE or MaverickII. Dont try it...just buy it. They lead archery engineering and other companies follow. Well under $1k.
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:36 PM   #17
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As others have said, find the best shop in your area and go shoot what they have. Pick the one you like. I started out with a High Country bow. I think it was old when I got it in the late 90's. sounded like a jackhammer when I let an arrow fly, but I was new and didn't know any better. Then got the Hoyt and loved it! Then a Matthews and now another Matthews. ITs a great hobby!!! Have fun.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:19 AM   #18
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If you will add a location to your profile it will help with shop suggestions.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:28 AM   #19
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Everyone is different. Go to a local archery shop and tell them you want to test drive as many bows as you can. The bow will pick you. When I bought my Halon 32 last year I shot everything they had and it just came down to color preference between the Bowtech Realm and the Mathews Halon. Both bows fit me well.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:35 AM   #20
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I would go play with a few of them before you make a choice at a local pro shop. A lot of great bows on the market. Mr fishndude here on TBH I believe could help you out think we he works at a pro shop around Dallas if your close
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:58 AM   #21
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shoot bows, buy what you like, close thread
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:19 PM   #22
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I've only been bowhunting for 3 years, but I feel I've "outgrown" my first bow (Bear Cruzer Ready to Hunt package). There's nothing really wrong with it, but I think I'm at the point where I'm ready to upgrade from an entry level to a nicer bow once this season is over.

I know I need to go and get my hands on them and decide for myself what I like, but I'm curious what is it that made you pick your current bow? What features won you over from other brands/bows you were interested in? Hopefully your suggestions will give me some good starting points!

Brands I am interested in are Mathews, Hoyt, PSE, and Bowtech. My budget will be about $1,500. Thanks in advance for any help!
1) What part of your bow have you outgrown? It's accuracy? It's weight? Don't like the grip? want a better rest? It's looks? Besides the stigma of it being a RTH... what don't you really like about your bow? If it is because it isn't the latest and greatest... it would be hard to help you. But if it is letting you down in some way or another, then what is it that you don't like about it? That should be your starting point for your next purchase.

2) Don't forget that there are new arrows to buy... a nicer release perhaps... a nice case, etc so make sure you adjust your budget accordingly. A $1500 bow becomes 2K real fast.

Beyond that, what everybody else has said is spot on... try different bows. everybody is different. Especially if the reason you want a new bow is just because you want a new bow.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:22 PM   #23
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I’ve got a brand new, never shot halon for sale rigged out!
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:47 AM   #24
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Check out the Prime Rize. They just discontinued them and have them on clearance for about $650 @ Prime dealers

Look @ Bowtechs hard. The Reign 7 and Realm X are pretty bad *** bows

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Old 09-21-2018, 09:59 PM   #25
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Well obviously I want a new bow, otherwise I wouldn't be on the search for a new one! But my biggest reason for wanting a new bow is consistency. Which I think in the end boils down to accuracy. I am not as consistent with my current bow, with regards to group size and overall accuracy, that I have been with other bows I have tried out at the local shop in the past. And I just feel that I am at a point with my skill level where an upgrade would help that.

Yes, I know I need to get my hand on more and try them myself, original post says that.

But the reason for creating this post was so that I could get input from other bow hunters as to what made them pick their current/most recent bow purchase for hunting. I'm looking for what other people liked or disliked with the newer bows on the market to help me make my decision as try out new bows.
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:42 AM   #26
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i have a Prime Rize. lots of Prime shooters that say its still the best bow Prime's ever made.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:20 PM   #27
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Just like when I buy farm equipment, I always choose the best dealer as part of the equation. Bows are no different. I would love to get a Prime, but the closets dealer is about 2 hrs away. I have a excellent Bowtech dealer about 7 miles away. I generally buy from him. I know he will take care of my needs and go about and beyond for me. What I am saying is look at the dealer too. You will need their help. I am also looking for a new bow. I have shot Bowtech, Hoyt, Mathews, Elite, and Prime. The triax was at the top of my list. But I think I am going with the Realm for several reasons. Close and good dealer support, 7" brace, and 31" draw. But the Triax and the Hoyt Hyperforce are really nice.
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Old 09-27-2018, 04:19 PM   #28
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I feel that you need to go to a shop that carrys the major brands and draw them . One guy that is 30 vs 28 like me the draw can differ the wall feeling or does it suck you in if you just let up a touch .

I feel its a very personal thing and brands who cares can it fling a 425-450 grn arrow over 275 FPS at your draw ? if so that is a done deal

hows it feel in your hand ?? do you like the grip , does it draw smoothly or its is a mother to draw I won a PSE full throttle two years ago to me , nothing about it I liked not the harsh cams or how it felt but guess what tons of guys love it .
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:10 AM   #29
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Yes the 90% let off option with the PSE has definitely caught my eye.

Wow! Congrats! Big game animals with a bow are still on my bucket list. That’s what the new bow will be for


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There is a new PSE Xcite in the classifieds with your name on it!

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...&highlight=Pse

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I just went through this same ordeal 2 weeks ago. Dropped my current bow (Hoyt Charger) while hoisting it down. Busted beyond repair for my local shop. Been hunting with it for 5 years and also decided it was time to upgrade from entry level bow.

I shot 8 bows. It came down to 3 bows. Prime (smoothest draw and SOLID back wall), Elite Ritual (smooth, solid backwall, quiet), and then the Matthews Triax (smoothish, fast, quiet). I ended up with the Elite Ritual because THAT IS WHAT FIT AND FELT BEST TO ME.

A friend of mine me to just draw every bow they had back and then narrow down to your shooters. Make sure you block some time to do this. I think your best bow is the bow you pick for you. Not because of brand, looks, or somebodies uncle said itís a good bow. Try them all and try not to be biased.


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