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06-04-2018 07:12 AM
Goblin X Genisis 35lb compound, first compound I STARTED GIRLCHILD out on that bow( was required by archery class at school) you wana solid starter bow compound, contact a local high school, if they have a archery class find out the compound bow required . middle school required recurve, 15 pound, you could twist the string for another lb or 2, high school went to compound only.
06-04-2018 02:38 AM
Kanelb Compound bows have a let off of any where from 65-80%. Guys who are shooting 70lbs with a compound with 80% let off are only holding 14lbs after the let off. Those same guys will not be nearly as accurate with a 60lb recurve or longbow.

There are sights for recurve bows but honestly for survival bow, stick to the KISS principal. The only thing that replaces practice & experience, is more practice & experience. Shooting a bow without sights is not nearly as difficult as you would think.

I had a 35lb fiberglass longbow https://secretstorages.com/best-compound-bow/ for years (my wife inadvertently sold it during a garage sale - she's still is not allowed in the garage). I had a dozen wooden arrows for it and I was ridiculously accurate within 30 yards. Never shot it with anything other than field points though. Never shot broadheads with it.

Look on eBay and check Craigs list. You'll want a finger tab or glove for holding the string. I never used an arm guard because, IMO, it promotes the bad habit of locking out your arm when shooting
03-09-2016 11:09 PM
DaisyCutter Got suckered into a geriatric thread, I did.
03-09-2016 11:07 PM
DaisyCutter Like was said earlier, get a used bow.

Go to a dealer, get sized, then take the measurements and find a bow on eBay or craigslist.

I shoot a 1995 vintage Hoyt Fastflite. Cost $100. Some red-butt Alabama kid got a new hunting bow and put his old Hoyt on eBay. I've had it for about 12 years now. It works great.

It's center of mass at 25 yards all day long, shooting as fast as I can draw.




I was aiming at this string binding the straw bale, at about 25 yards.




I consider myself a novice Archer. So sure, a new bow with carbon arrows may do a tad better in my hands, and even moreso in experienced hands, but those old wide diameter aluminum arrows hit hard and fly true enough for my skill set.
02-22-2016 10:33 PM
CzAr-Obuck Mathews Monster Chill. Came out with a new style in 2015, personally liked the older style and bought it at half of the new style cost. Very light, very fast very quiet even at 70 lbs. Craig's list and eBay you can steal the sometimes, some people just won't have 2, but will own 20 or 30 guns lol
11-25-2013 03:36 PM
Palehorse1 There is allot of very solid advice here that I hope will help you when you set out to make your decision. Don't forget when you do go to test shoot bows that you leave preconceived notions and the rumors at the door. Like everyone before me, I too have heard from someone that a friend/brother-in-law/neighbor had a bad experience with this or that brand and to avoid them at all costs. If that were the case no new bows would ever be sold as each of us has heard a tale relating to each manufacturer.

Do some research before you step out so you that you are prepared to help yourself get the right bow for you. Right now in the compound bow world speed is a huge issue and many people are getting caught up in the speed game in ways that may be a bit unnecessary. Pretty much every manufacturer in today's market can shoot three hundred feet per second with the right arrows and arrow makers are really bending over backward to make the right arrow for pretty much every possible situation, bow, and archer. So with that said put speed aside for now and focus on how the bow fits your body, how it draws, and how quiet it is.

By now you've figured that there is a huge pile of bows being made in all sorts of sizes, configurations, and prices and to be honest it really is confusing. While I admittedly come from the "invest in the best quality and cry once" school of thought, the highest priced bow is not always the best solution for everyone. Remember this old adage, "it's not the bow that aims the arrow, it's the Indian." I remember that from my youth in scouting and it really does hold true. If you take your time, practice, and solidify your skills you will find that you don't need the latest do-hickey or jimmy jammer to make the shot.

Draw length is an issue that you have to consider now in the compound bow world and setting that up correctly will make a huge difference in not only your accuracy but also your comfort level. One simple and easy method to do is is to use the following method.

Stand up straight and extend your arms and hands out while keeping your shoulders straight, don't arch your back or bow up your chest, just stay relaxed. Measure the distance -a friend might make this allot easier- from the tip of one middle finger to the other while keeping your hand flat and opened. Take that measurement in inches and divide that by two and a half to find your rough draw length.

Example: My arm span is 72", divided by 2.5 I find that 28.8" is my rough calculated draw length. With that information I have my compound bow set to 28" draw length and have added a .5" nocking loop tied on that I attach my release to.

As to trying out bows I strongly suggest you do so before laying your money down even if that requires you to make a day out of it as it were. Check the manufacturers websites for their authorized dealers and plug your location information in to find out who is near you. Hopefully you may be surprised to find more options than you imagined. And don't just try the big name manufacturers sites either, try some of the other guys too, dealer networks are a funny thing and some shops don't sell this brand but they do that brand.

In North America bow season will soon be over for 2013 and that means that the do-hickey and jimmy jammer enthusiasts will be trading in their perfect bows for the next shiny thing that they can't live without. This means savings for you not only on the price of the bow itself but also many time the accessories too. I myself have only bought two new bows but I have bought almost a dozen second hand bows and still have and enjoy each of them by shooing them myself or watching a loved one that I gave it to shoot it.

And regardless of your choice do let us know what you decided upon and why as well to help others make a better educated decision.
11-05-2013 11:12 AM
2 RAVENS The 2014 models are coming out and now would be a good time to look into off the shelf 2013 bows at reduced prices.
Mission is a worthy consideration when budget is the primary concern along with the want for something new.
11-03-2013 06:26 PM
Wesley762 I have always been a fan of Bear, this time of year you can pick up last years model pretty cheap. I got mine of Ebay at like half the price of the new year and works just as good. spend some time reading reviews and do some research before you buy.
11-03-2013 03:27 PM
Vacas Locas Cool bows.
11-03-2013 02:52 PM
RedHen I started on a Mathews Craze this past spring and really like it.
10-31-2013 03:28 PM
mrdeegs i debated between martin and pse back when i got my compound, and that was in 2007. martin jag, sight, arrow rest and a dozen arrows with field points i think i was out 400 or 450. pse probably was a little cheaper. but you can find things around that.

i know you said compound, but is this purely for hunting, or also possibly for a bug out/SHTF situation? if so, why not look at some of the take down bows? still fun, but also more affordable. i just got an october mountain (i think) 45# with arrows for under 300. and you can go lower than that (figure a dozen arrows can run you ~80 with just the field points).
10-31-2013 01:10 PM
Missouriboy123 My personal favorite compound bow brand(the one in which I own) would have to be, Bear Archery. They have great options that are not too hard on the wallet. They are ultra-light and rugged and they have some smoking fast models. My Bear Truth is a 65 lb. bow, with a black and gold with UV illuminated pins. A good broadhead brand to trust as well would be a montec g5 fixed blade...ultra sharp and shoot extremely well.

Goodluck! Hope this helps.
10-25-2013 12:07 AM
JaXXas I bought a PSE Drive, but they are manufactured just down the street from my work. They have a lot of different bow packages at decent prices. And great service!
10-24-2013 02:22 PM
Vacas Locas
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Interesting thread because I have been considering getting another bow. I havent had one in 15 years and my last was a Bear and Jennings I got when I was 15. I got it for Christmas so I have no idea what the cost of it was, but $560 is what I personally consider expensive. Jeez, I can buy a GUN for that price and the projectiles wont cost me $15.00 each (by the time you factor in broadheads). Anyway, back to my point- so $500 ballpark is what I would expect to pay for a decent quality bow these days?

The reason I ask is because my oldest son wants one also so theres no such thing as getting just one. The problem is, I dont mind spending a little extra on his because hes much more into it than I am, but Id hate to explain to my wife why I just dropped $1200 on "toys" (her words, not mine).
.$560 is dirt cheap. Most start around $750.00++. Its the price you pay for the engineering I guess
10-24-2013 12:37 AM
SLICK75
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Try the Mission Ballistic. Its about 560.00 for the package deal from Mathews. Its very well tuned right out of the box and has a bow speed of about 325 fps. Its adjustable from 50-70 pounds of draw and I am not sure what the draw length adjustments are but it should accommodate most shooters unless you have a very short or long draw. You can get a better bow than the Mission Ballistic but your probably going to spend about twice as much to get any significant improved performance. Its a whole lotta bang for the fun dollar!!!
Interesting thread because I have been considering getting another bow. I havent had one in 15 years and my last was a Bear and Jennings I got when I was 15. I got it for Christmas so I have no idea what the cost of it was, but $560 is what I personally consider expensive. Jeez, I can buy a GUN for that price and the projectiles wont cost me $15.00 each (by the time you factor in broadheads). Anyway, back to my point- so $500 ballpark is what I would expect to pay for a decent quality bow these days?

The reason I ask is because my oldest son wants one also so theres no such thing as getting just one. The problem is, I dont mind spending a little extra on his because hes much more into it than I am, but Id hate to explain to my wife why I just dropped $1200 on "toys" (her words, not mine).
10-23-2013 10:40 PM
Highlander20068
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I have been using a horton crossbow for years, but now i want to get in to the compound bow scene, SO...... what bows are quality, durrible, and relible? My father shoots and Hoyt, and my buddy shoots a BEAR, and my uncle shoots PSE. Ive heard good and bad about bears, but i dont know much about the PSE and Hoyt. Granted, my father is on of those "to be the best you have to buy the best" kind of guys, so i will assume that a hoyt is an expensive lil booger.
Bear started a new line a few years ago that are under 500$ great for beginners, they are good durable bows and accurate, most places sell them now, but really my advice is go to a shop that lets you shoot them and try one from each brand out, all bows have a different feel, you just have to find whats comfortable to you, good luck
10-23-2013 06:39 AM
LuniticFringeInc Try the Mission Ballistic. Its about 560.00 for the package deal from Mathews. Its very well tuned right out of the box and has a bow speed of about 325 fps. Its adjustable from 50-70 pounds of draw and I am not sure what the draw length adjustments are but it should accommodate most shooters unless you have a very short or long draw. You can get a better bow than the Mission Ballistic but your probably going to spend about twice as much to get any significant improved performance. Its a whole lotta bang for the fun dollar!!!
10-23-2013 05:47 AM
SeekHer Cheapest, cost wise, is old technology bows from the 1980s, 1990s that you can pick up on Ebay, Craig's List and various archery sites for under a hundred dollars and usually with the whole kit--sights, rest, quiver, arrows, heads etc.
10-19-2013 12:28 PM
Vacas Locas
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Originally Posted by ben1022 View Post
I have been using a horton crossbow for years, but now i want to get in to the compound bow scene, SO...... what bows are quality, durrible, and relible? My father shoots and Hoyt, and my buddy shoots a BEAR, and my uncle shoots PSE. Ive heard good and bad about bears, but i dont know much about the PSE and Hoyt. Granted, my father is on of those "to be the best you have to buy the best" kind of guys, so i will assume that a hoyt is an expensive lil booger.
You mentioned the PSE rally. Many poo poo PSE, but they tend to be bow snobs. I shoot a PSE DNA at this time. Like it allot, very fast bow. As far as expensive go's, whats expensive to you and whats your criteria other then low cost ? What trade off's are you willing to take in exchange for those trade off's ? Want speed ? cool, but you need to be able to draw that bow to get that speed, even with an 80% let off. You will also have to deal with more vibration and noise to get that speed. Lots of stuff go's into a compound bow thees days, and none are really "cheap" in my opinion. I would spend some time shooting mu uncles Bear, my Father's Hoyt, and my uncles PSE and see which I liked the best. Do some research on their cams, and why they claim they are so good.
10-19-2013 10:30 AM
GBG
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Originally Posted by ben1022 View Post
Unfortunately i dont have many oppitions when it comes to trying out a bow.
If you are interested in hunting and don't know your draw length or the weight you can comfortably pull and hold, here are a few in addition to the Rally that have wide ranges of draw length adjustment to fit anyone's frame, and variable draw weights that can grow with your strength over time.

Diamond Infinite Edge
Bear Outbreak
Parker Sidekick
PSE Chaos

All are in the lower price range and as stated above offer good quality and performance.
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