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Old 12-04-2010, 03:54 PM
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Default Buying a bow.

I'm wanting to buy a compund 3 to 4 hundred dollars. I have a cheap $200 Barnet crossbow. I don't like it at all though. So I'm going to sell it.

Anyways what bows would you recommend for my price range?
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:03 PM
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i got my hoyt katera used when it first came out for 450 at my local shop i would go to your local shop and take a look at shoot some bows and see what you like,hoyt,mathews and bowtec make good bow
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:45 PM
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Hey Master Chief,

Used bows are your best bet for that price range. I think a lot of hunters buy new bows every year simply for novelty and trade in their "old" bows to be put on consignment. Look for these at local pro shops and shoot them to see what feels the best.
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:19 PM
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I agree with the used bow. You can buy an older model top of the line bow much cheaper than new. I still shoot a Mathews Q2 I got new in 2002 and it's a great bow. Its lost some of its glamor because its an older model but I would not trade it for any other bow. Just because its a few years old doesn't mean its outdated.
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:23 PM
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witht hat price range you should be good and have a wide selection. a used setup is also a good idea, stay out of the pawn shops and look in the pro shops
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:40 PM
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I would look for a new model from the previous year (2010 model now) or even a left over 09 model. Especially since the new (2011) models have just came out in the past month or so.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:21 PM
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Ebay my freind. ALot of older mathews and hoyts models that shoot really good. I tell my self every year or so that I'm sticking with the one I got and its just one of those things I got to have the newest. Well I think its time for me this time to stick with the one I got and use the money for other stuff. 2005 out back is really nice try it out.
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:34 AM
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I like a certain brand & have been shooting them for over 35 years. look around. I got one of "my brand' from Cabelas Bargain cave for $99 delivered in 2004. this year, browsing in a shop I found an Excellent "my brand" model 2 years old (2008 mdl) for $75 that was normally over $600. I asked the guy why so cheap & he said, it's not a Mfg. Line that we carry. It will start my 2011 Bowhunting season. Check shops within driving distance & you just might find a great buy...
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:44 PM
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bought a quest qs 33 off of ebay for $279 was a 09 model but never shot came in the box sealed inside of it in plastic...
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:15 AM
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Being completely new I'd also recommend using a Pro Shop for your purchase. I would stay away from EBay or other such places. You probably don't have the knowledge to pick a bow with the correct draw length and this is crucial. Using a good shop will benefit you in that you'll get measured close enough for the right draw length and then pick a bow that is adjustable up or down at least an inch from said measurement. Be careful not to overbow yourself, meaning draw weight. Depending on what you intend to hunt there is no reason to choose a 70# if you cannot handle it -----easily. Getting the correct arrows and other eqquipment is paramount, too, and this is where a competent shop comes in handy.

There is nothing wrong with used. As mentioned, a lot of people buy a new bow every year just for bragging rights or because they desire to. There are tons of good used bows to be had.

If you find a good shop they should allow you to shoot any bow you think might fit your needs. This is another reason for a shop. Look at many. Shoot as many as you can and don't rush it. Keep notes on how each felt and performed and make an informed decision based on your notes. You'll end up a much better shooter for it.
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