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Looking to buy my first bow and could use the help #4086287 02/27/13 07:16 AM
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Howdy y'all. I'm looking to buy my first compound bow. I have very limited use with them but I've had a couple occasions to shoot them and I've absolutely loved the heck out of it.

I'm posting here for some advice. I don't have an unlimited budget in fact quite the opposite. I'm looking for something I can shoot targets with and possibly go hunting with in the future. Any advice on a decent bow setup that wont break the bank (i.e. in the $500 and below range?)

Also any links or anything that I can go to to essentially learn the bow basics? I an unashamed to admit I have virtually zero knowledge on bows but it's something I'm really wanting to get into. I posted on THF before and got some great advice and learned a lot here about AR-15's so I'm hoping to repeat the process and learn from the wiser bowmasters here. Thanks a ton for the help.


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Re: Looking to buy my first bow and could use the help [Re: captcrunch227] #4086709 02/27/13 03:10 PM
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North Texas is a big area. Break it down to exactly where you are.

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Re: Looking to buy my first bow and could use the help [Re: Bassdeer] #4087481 02/27/13 08:43 PM
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Dimond/bowtech is very hard to beat right now for price/quality imo

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Go to a shop and put your hands on anything you can afford then go online and buy the one you liked.

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So for me I think cinnamon creek is closest, if I go will they let me shoot the bows or is that frowned upon?


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They will prolly have some set up for you to try ....maybe not in every model....depends on the dealer

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call them and ask

Re: Looking to buy my first bow and could use the help [Re: Navasot] #4088263 02/28/13 02:30 AM
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Its more of a drive, but Jerry at Rednek Booda in Kerens is absolutely the best. He will set up every bow in the shop for you and knows more about this than anyone I talked to. When I bought my first bow, I spent 6 hours in the shop and left completely satisfied. Very honest guy who will help you out.

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Hey- Jerry just posted a new bow review. Check that out. You will get a feel for what I'm talking about.

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I know it is a drive to go see Jerry at RBO, but you won't be disappointed. He spent hours with me last year to get me setup with my first bow. Very very pleased and highly recommended!

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CCR or Smithfield Archery. Stan will get you set up at Smithfield. I'm sure CCR will as well, but I've known Stan for 15 or so years, and have worked with him and he is great.

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Diamond infanite edge. Some people will hate, and say its a youth bow. But it's not. It's awesome. I'm 6 3 and 350. I shoot it great. They retail 349 with sight. You can set draw from 13 to 30 and weight from 5 to 70. It's the only bow ull need ever!

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Go to All Star Archery in Lewisville - Troy is a good man that can get you set up


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Hi,
The best advice is to find a mentor. The second best advice is to buy used if you are price restricted. But fit is important. That is why it is super important to find help. Off the top of my head I would try to find a small bow shop with a friendly owner. Tell him(or her) just what you would like to do. Shooting a bow can be a wonderful hobby if you learn it correctly.

good luck-Jerry


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It is good to see people getting into archery! Handle all of the bows that you can. I wouldn'r worry about speed as much as draw comfort. I shoot an Elite Pure because the valley on the draw is so smooth. Look at different things like: can you change your string without a bowpress (Bowtech), what kind of warranty do they offer (Elite has a lifetime transferable warranty), can you adjust the draw legth without modules, etc. Ultimately choose the one that feels the best in your hand and on the draw. You can get good deals on used bows but, other than Elite, you aren't getting a warranty. I have owned Hoyt, Bowtech, Mathews, Elite and Strothers bows...all excellent bows but all completely different. Whatever you choose, have fun and enjoy!

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Originally Posted By: Never missed
Diamond infanite edge. Some people will hate, and say its a youth bow. But it's not. It's awesome. I'm 6 3 and 350. I shoot it great. They retail 349 with sight. You can set draw from 13 to 30 and weight from 5 to 70. It's the only bow ull need ever!


Same here, I picked up one of these and love it. It's light, shoots great and is a great value.

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Defiantly try the infinate edge. It's awesome! And a wide rage of set up.

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Being new to archery, I wouldn't advise you to buy online. Your better off finding a bow shop that has guys there that know how to set up a bow properly for your individual needs. You'll find most will give you the same price as online, because they make there money just like a car dealer on the accessories.

And you'll need your fair share of those. Find a place that has an indoor range of at least 20 yards so they can start you out right with your shooting form etc....

Shoot different bows and buy the one that fits and feels right for you.

Pay extra for carbon arrow shafts. Shoot flater and last much longer than aluminum.

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Dude by a diamond infanet edge. 349 by a release and arrows. And stabilizer. That's all u need u will walk out for 500 and be a happy freezing camper.

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Have u bought a bow yet?

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