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Old 04-27-2021, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Finest bows ever made?

Searched and didn't find anything, I'm interested to hear what TBH thinks are some of the best (compound) bows ever made. There are some iconic models of firearms (Browning A5, Ruger no1, etc) that are so highly sought after they have kind of a legendary status. The type of thing where you think 20 yrs down the line people might say, "man, that was quite a bow, don't know why they ever changed it." Interested in everyone's opinion, but particularly someone like FND who has been around so many bows.

What bow models do y'all think are at that highest level?
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Old 04-27-2021, 05:42 PM   #2
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Old 04-27-2021, 05:43 PM   #3
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Old 04-27-2021, 05:57 PM   #4
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I would think the Mathews Switchback would be on the list. Personally I've had two Mathews I really liked. The LX was a sweet shooting bow. Not fast as to today's standards but consistent and forgiving. Quiet too.

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Old 04-27-2021, 06:24 PM   #5
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Old 04-27-2021, 06:54 PM   #6
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The DXT was one of my favorite shooters I’ve owned. I regret selling it.

My elite energy I have now has been a great bow.
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:04 PM   #7
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:06 PM   #8
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Switchback (original and XT), Z7, Bowtech Assassin, Energy 35 come to mind for me.


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Old 04-27-2021, 07:08 PM   #9
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Mathews Halon paved the way with that cam system as it’s still being used. Old bows, switchback & Diamond Liberty we game changers back in early 2000’s
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:09 PM   #10
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Whatever fits you the best and you shoot the best period. Does not matter the make or model or price.
You can buy the most popular bow ever made and if it does not fit your hand, you do not like the draw and you cannot shoot it very well, the to YOU, is that the best ever made? NO personal preference. Just my opinion and I will get hammered for it!
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Old 04-27-2021, 08:18 PM   #11
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My Bowtech Invasion CPX was my favorite bow I ever owned. I only shoot traditional archery at this time, but the way the Invasion fit in my hand made me keep it for 9 years, I tried other bows every year, but never shot one that made me want to give up what I had.

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Old 04-27-2021, 08:22 PM   #12
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Switchback
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and early bowtech models with the overdrive binary cams revolutionized tuning .
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Old 04-27-2021, 08:35 PM   #13
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The Ruger Number 1 does not have any iconic status, nor that I can think of any other Ruger.

Bow companies, don't usually make a given model long enough to get close to iconic status. Years ago, back with companies made the same product for many years. Back in the 50, through the 70s. There were likely some Bear, possibly Ben Pearson bows that were popular for many years. I don't know of a bow model, made in the last 40 years, that was in production for more than about five years. More so with compound and cam bows, everybody is trying to one up the other guy. Now amongst the traditional, long bow or recurve guys, there are probably some bows that are well known, and sought after over many years. But then that is a much small group of people, also.

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Old 04-27-2021, 08:43 PM   #14
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Bowtech Reign 6 is the only bow to ever win bow of the year in both major publications.

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Old 04-27-2021, 08:49 PM   #15
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The Ruger Number 1 does not have any iconic status, nor that I can think of any other Ruger.

Bow companies, don't usually make a given model long enough to get close to iconic status. Years ago, back with companies made the same product for many years. Back in the 50, through the 70s. There were likely some Bear, possibly Ben Pearson bows that were popular for many years. I don't know of a bow model, made in the last 40 years, that was in production for more than about five years. More so with compound and cam bows, everybody is trying to one up the other guy. Now amongst the traditional, long bow or recurve guys, there are probably some bows that are well known, and sought after over many years. But then that is a much small group of people, also.
I agree with you about bow companies changing things up so quick that it’s hard for a certain model to obtain iconic status but I’ve got to disagree with you somewhat about the No. 1. When one gets listed in the classifieds, it draws a good amount of attention.
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:50 PM   #16
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Bowtech guardian was a good one.
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:14 PM   #17
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:40 PM   #18
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:57 PM   #19
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Matthew’s DXT
This... I still have my DXT as my back up bow now but it's still smooth as butter to draw and shoots great.
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Old 04-28-2021, 09:54 AM   #20
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Mathews Drenalin. That was a sweet shooting bow. I regret selling mine
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:00 AM   #21
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Hoyt Alphamax
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:16 AM   #22
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Bowtech Tribute
Mathews Switchback XT
Hoyt Alphamax
Elite Hunter/ E35
Me and my son are still knocking them down with those tributes definitely one of the best bows ever made.
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:36 AM   #23
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Switchback XT
Ross 34
Hoyt Cybertec
Mathews EZ7

those 4 in no particular order are some of the best compounds ever made
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:57 AM   #24
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:58 AM   #25
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Mathews Drenalin. That was a sweet shooting bow. I regret selling mine
I bought it and still shoot it regularly, have killed lots of critters with it.
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Old 04-28-2021, 11:08 AM   #26
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What bow models do y'all think are at that highest level?
How about the first COMPOUND BOW MODEL - the machine that started it all.

Not the cleanest, not the most purest, certainly not the fastest nor most forgiving, heck it was a beast of a build - with a design imagination only Missouri's own Holless Wilbur Allen could dream of.

Yeah she's my first compound bow and yes, she's the original with her PATENT PENDING NUMBER hand tooled on the riser as well as serial number with Allen's name.


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Old 04-28-2021, 11:24 AM   #28
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Bowtech Insanity CPXL
Mathews DXT
I'm in line with these 3 plus the Z7. The Bowtechs came and went but I've held onto the DXT and Z7, hunted with both this past season. I shoot my Z7 better than any other I've had.
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Old 04-28-2021, 11:32 AM   #29
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Matthew’s DXT
Agreed. I own 3
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Old 04-28-2021, 11:41 AM   #30
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Switchback for sure.

And although not Iconic, the Bowtech Tribute was a doosie!
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Old 04-28-2021, 12:16 PM   #31
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I would think the Mathews Switchback would be on the list. Personally I've had two Mathews I really liked. The LX was a sweet shooting bow. Not fast as to today's standards but consistent and forgiving. Quiet too.

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Still shooting my switchback, don't know if I will ever give her up.
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Old 04-28-2021, 12:45 PM   #32
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I bought it and still shoot it regularly, have killed lots of critters with it.
Nice! Glad to hear it is still knocking down critters!
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Old 04-28-2021, 12:55 PM   #33
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Old 04-28-2021, 01:12 PM   #34
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Edited to say the Ruger No.1 is absolutely an iconic rifle...


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Old 04-28-2021, 01:16 PM   #35
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I will be the 1st to say it.

VXR

But for real....
Switchback
PSE DreamSeason EVO
Z7
VXR

Although I don't like Hoyt at all, their carbon bow was an excellent idea.
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I may replace my Switchback XT one day but doubt it ever leaves my possession!
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Old 04-28-2021, 02:32 PM   #37
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Which ever make and model you are currently using is what most folks consider the best.

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Old 04-28-2021, 04:05 PM   #38
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Yep. The original PSE X-Force was awesome too.
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Old 04-28-2021, 04:09 PM   #39
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I was partial to any HCA bow made from 1989 until a short while back when I bought a Obsession Def Con 6. I shot the HCA bows better thna any bow I have owned. The Def Con 6 just drew smoother than the HCA bows out at the time. Did not shoot any smoother then the Obsession, just a smoother draw. I tried a lot of bows over a 2-3 day period and 1500 miles of driving before I picked the Obsession.
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Old 04-28-2021, 04:11 PM   #40
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How about the first COMPOUND BOW MODEL - the machine that started it all.

Not the cleanest, not the most purest, certainly not the fastest nor most forgiving, heck it was a beast of a build - with a design imagination only Missouri's own Holless Wilbur Allen could dream of.

Yeah she's my first compound bow and yes, she's the original with her PATENT PENDING NUMBER hand tooled on the riser as well as serial number with Allen's name.


The original "hanger" bow, and simple string replacement.
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