Good bow for a beginner?

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by sputnik1988, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 New Member

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    I have never shot a bow in my life aside from the toys when I was a kid, but I'm thinking about getting into it.

    I want something of good quality but don't need a masterpiece of a bow and don't want to spend a ton really.

    Bare with me as I don't know anything, but are the arrows at Walmart any good? It will primarily be used for target practice I would think, maybe in a survival situation or very limited hunting if need be, but mostly just for fun.

    I appreciate any suggestions
     
  2. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    A new bow can get very expensive, I shoot a new mathews helim an love it, as a noob I say get a mid road bow like a mission or a bear, something quality an less money. Also dont over bow yourself go with a 60 or 65 lb max draw. You dont have to shoot an 80lb bow.
     

  3. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Walmart arrows are not cut to fit your draw, go to a pro shop tell them help me, then hand over your credit card. Get the right spine for your draw length an draw weight. DO NOT JUST SHOOT ANY ARROW IT CAN BE DEADLY IF U DO.
     
  4. cgersty

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    Cabelas or bass pro have relatively inexpensive bow packages, pse stinger, diamond edge, etc........ I shoot a bear anarchy and like a ar or other weapon you can spend an awful lot on your bow, I have quite a bit between bow, arrows, sight, rest release, case it all adds up, I suggest finding a bow that fits you well and is comfortable shooting then if you really get into it upgrade later, I also shoot a vintage 1961 Fred bear recurve and a hickory longbow and these are a blast to shoot, I am still working on the traditional stuff trying to get good with it enough to hunt, I am a die hard bowhunter and shoot countless arrows since I shoot almost everyday, any other questions feel free to ask away.
     
  5. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    My back up is the anarchy an I still think its better than my mathews, I may trade in the helim an get the new bear. Is bad arse
     
  6. cgersty

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    I shot the motive 6&7 and was still more impressed with my anarchy, my dad shoots the carnage and he really likes it, but at 6'2 with a 30" draw I liked the longer ata in the anarchy, bows are like asking what the best pick up truck is, its all personal opinion, IMHO there is no bow that is bad and I always tell people I didn't pick the anarchy it picked me, I have shot a lot of different bows, pse, martin, Matthews, Hoyt, elite, strother, hca, diamond, bowtech, if they build it if shot it lol, and I knew when I held the anarchy for the first time and after I drew and shot it once I fell in love and had to have it!
     
  7. Muliemaster

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    Bear has quietly worked its way back to the top of its game
     
  8. michael80

    michael80 New Member

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    I shoot a mission craze 300$ nib its adjustable 17-70 lbs and 19-28 draw length very light and short or you can get a recurve but it all depends on your hight for draw length I believe finger tip to finger tip measurement decided by 2.4
     
  9. PrimePorkchop

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    Don't buy big box store. You *WILL* regret it. Find a local archery shop (gotta be one near you I would assume) and go in there.

    They'll get you measured, get your peep set up properly, arrows cut to the perfect length, and get your poundage set somewhere comfortable.

    Don't listen to anyone who says more lb pull = better. That's simply not true. 80 lbs usually requires special cams, and isn't worth it AT ALL.

    I have my draw set at 70 lbs and hit solid, fast, and perfect every time. My wife is set at 50 lbs and has taken deer with ease. My two buddies run at 60 and shoot w/ the best of them.

    As for brand name, this is like Ford vs Chevy all over again. 1911 vs Glock, etc etc etc.

    You're going to have your higher end bows like PSE and Matthews. Then you'll have your big box store bows like Bear (a favorite of **** holes like Dicks Sporting Goods)

    I recommend PSE - it's all I've ever shot from my very first bow till today. PSE Bow Maddness XS is my current set up and I couldn't be more happy.

    Careful when getting into it - it gets expensive - quick, but damn it's fun - never a shortage of ammo :D
     
  10. eldarbeast

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    My first compound was a Browning PSE. It was a good beginner bow. You can usually find them on Craiglist or E-Bay pretty inexpensively.

    eldar
     
  11. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Browning is browning an pse is an has always been pse not a browning pse
     
  12. eldarbeast

    eldarbeast New Member

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    :eek:

    Sorry Alzheimer's kicking in...

    PSE.

    eldar
     
  13. PrimePorkchop

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    Browning & PSE are different companies ;) They never made a bow together.

    Also - OP - don't buy from Craigslist or E-Bay - lots and lots and lots of splintered limbs and twisted cams

    Find an archery shop - most sell used bows that have been inspected and are guaranteed.
     
  14. Muliemaster

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    Thats what I said, an you are 100% correct buy used an pray, it might have been dry fired or who knows what has been done to it just go to the local pro shop, let them help u get set up.
     
  15. michael80

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    I for got to tell you recurves will hold value and compounds will not hold value so if you can pick up a two or three year old bow it will be a fraction of original price new string and cable and you practically have a new bow
     
  16. PrimePorkchop

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    This is very true and very good advice.

    A recurve is my next bow. There's only so many 80 yard bulls-eyes you can do with a Compound before it feels cheap.

    that, and I want a cross bow - just because they're badass and I like to say "bolts" instead of "arrows" =)
     
  17. cgersty

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    I go to the local pro shop and shoot all the time, I stop in when the latest and greatest are released and fire a few, I did this with my last two bows, I have buddies that shoot at the shop, find what they like and order it from huntersfriend.com some really good deals from them and they come set up for you, they didn't have the anarchy at the time or I would have bought it from them, that's where my dad bought his carnage and I was extremely pleased when it arrived all setup for him.
     
  18. cgersty

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    My Fred bear Kodiak is inheritedfrom my late father in law and I absolutely love shooting it, a lot more challenging AMD fun than my compound, I have a longbow that I am starting to shoot more and more as well, really want to take a deer with that Kodiak, would be a very sentimental hunt for me, I have been shooting it quite a bit trying to get to the point where I'm comfortable hunting with it, huge difference in going from compound to traditional and even stranger going back to compound, archery is one of my biggest pastimes other than guns and motorcycles. Yeah I have expensive hobbies.
     
  19. vincent

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    Interesting timing Sputnik...I actually shot a bow for the first time this weekend and that's all it took...I'm hooked...

    While my friend consistently hit heart/lung shots at the deer silhouette, my archery left A LOT to be desired...(I found myself digging arrows out of the dirt most of the day...:eek: ) and I ain't goin' out like that!!! :D Was amazed at how challenging it is...

    Question...Is there a 'go to' book for the noobs like me? (and Sputnik ;) ) Reloading has the 'ABC'S', personal defense has Jeff Cooper, concealed carry has Mas Ayoob etc. What is a good book/author to start with?

    Any other suggestions for getting into the sport without winding up in the poor house would be great...(I'm already in waaaay over my head!!! )
     
  20. cgersty

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    I haven't read any books on archey other than the traditional stuff I'm learning, I have been shooting bows since I was 4-5 and am 28 now so I been around the block a time or two, im by far not an expert on it, but know enough to help my buddies out. I completely trashed my back last year and was told I wouldn't shoot bows for quite a while, Dr said he would right a permit for crossbow and I told him no thanks that's cheating and I will shoot again soon, he didn't believe me so I went to work with parallel resistance bands and guess what I blew his mind when I sent him pictures of shooting not even 6 months later, was in a f**k load of pain but my passion out weighed the pain quite a bit.