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Okay yesterday I shot a compound bow for the first time and now I'm thinking I'd like to get one to practice with (before taking it into the field. as per usual I'm thinking cheap and easy to find. what's the best way to get yourself outfitted cheaply when you don't know much about the sport?

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from hengst wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Yep, I got addicted to archery pretty easy..loads of fun...Craigslist or preferred get a introductory bow from one of the box shops like Cabelas...I bought an Alpine frontier with everything like arrow rest quiver etc for under 450 it shoots IBO 300 fps...It's a good bow and hits where I aim also not very loud....As a matter of fact there have been a bunch of times when I thought about buying a new bow then thought why that Alpine shoots very good..Link up with an archery club in the area so someone can give you good advice on measurements etc.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

i am in the same boat as you, i like to get things relatively inexpensive, i looked on craigslist, and saw a bunch of nice bows, and ended up buying one off of a guy i work with, although its nice to buy stuff brand new, there's no harm in buying a quality used bow. so i would recommend searching craigslist, or local bow shops usually sell used bows, i cant really recommend any certain bow, because its all about what fits you, and what your comfortable with so shoot a lot of different ones, i can say that i have a bear, and i think it is a very nice bow, and i have a friend who has a browning bow, and is very pleased with it as well.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I would rather you have a very good used bow than some of the entry level new stuff that's out there. I see top end bows that are a few years old advertised for sale all the time. That being said, you have to find a knowledgeable archer to truly get started the right way. If there is a credible archery shop near where you live I suggest that you start looking there, but don't rush into a purchase. Look at the different brands and be intelligent about what you want from a bow. You will see so much emphasis put on speed but that is not the most important thing for a new archer. Proper draw length, brace height(often overlooked in a hunting bow) and easy of let down are very important. Be very aware of cables and strings. Some of the less expensive models still use fast flight and although this stuff is very tough, it will constantly stretch and make it difficult to keep your bow in good tune. The more advanced bcy fibers are what top archer prefer today. I also suggest that you limit your shopping to single cam models. There has been tremendous advancement in twin cams models but the single cam is still the easiest bow to keep shooting tight groups long term. Good luck to you.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Thank you all! this is why I love this site, because I can get great realistic answers from great people (and some laughs too!)

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Honest I do not get any royalties from Mathews I just know a good thing when I see it. Go to Mathews.com use the locater there to find you nearest pro-shop. The Mathews pro is trained to help you find the right bow. This personal touch is a major reason why they refuse to sell thru the big stores like Cabelas. A manager at Cabelas told me they would love to sell Mathews bows if they could get them. If you look around you will find that street prices on Mathews bows are very competitive. They also have the mission line of bows. I highly recommend you at least check them out before you buy something else. These are single cam bows and my current bow has never gotten out of tune in 4 years of hunting and shooting tournaments. I am waiting to take delivery on a new Mathews Z-7. IMO the best bow I have ever seen in the last 45 years of bowhunting. My old bow will be listed on Ebay as soon as the new one gets here. Did I mention the resle on Mathews bows is likely the best there is? Check the prices on Ebay they do not go cheap relatively speaking.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

GO to grage sales got a $360 pse bow for $40 dollar

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

go look at the PSE chaos i just got one for my girlfriend, bow, arrows and all for $300

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Ebay.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Go to a local pro shop and they will be able to set up your bow properly. You might be able to buy a used bow at a good price but I would recommend the Diamond Razors Edge ready to shoot package. This bow is very reasonably priced new.

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from kdklaas wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

In my opinion, look at the Parker lineup (Sidekick XP if you are starting out). Replacement limbs and a decent bow to boot. I bought one for my oldest boy and should have waited a couple of months since Cabelas is now selling for $100 less than what I paid...

As Del and others noted, personal choice is key. What is comfortable for you might not be for someone else. Bowtech is my personal preference.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Yep, I got addicted to archery pretty easy..loads of fun...Craigslist or preferred get a introductory bow from one of the box shops like Cabelas...I bought an Alpine frontier with everything like arrow rest quiver etc for under 450 it shoots IBO 300 fps...It's a good bow and hits where I aim also not very loud....As a matter of fact there have been a bunch of times when I thought about buying a new bow then thought why that Alpine shoots very good..Link up with an archery club in the area so someone can give you good advice on measurements etc.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

i am in the same boat as you, i like to get things relatively inexpensive, i looked on craigslist, and saw a bunch of nice bows, and ended up buying one off of a guy i work with, although its nice to buy stuff brand new, there's no harm in buying a quality used bow. so i would recommend searching craigslist, or local bow shops usually sell used bows, i cant really recommend any certain bow, because its all about what fits you, and what your comfortable with so shoot a lot of different ones, i can say that i have a bear, and i think it is a very nice bow, and i have a friend who has a browning bow, and is very pleased with it as well.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I would rather you have a very good used bow than some of the entry level new stuff that's out there. I see top end bows that are a few years old advertised for sale all the time. That being said, you have to find a knowledgeable archer to truly get started the right way. If there is a credible archery shop near where you live I suggest that you start looking there, but don't rush into a purchase. Look at the different brands and be intelligent about what you want from a bow. You will see so much emphasis put on speed but that is not the most important thing for a new archer. Proper draw length, brace height(often overlooked in a hunting bow) and easy of let down are very important. Be very aware of cables and strings. Some of the less expensive models still use fast flight and although this stuff is very tough, it will constantly stretch and make it difficult to keep your bow in good tune. The more advanced bcy fibers are what top archer prefer today. I also suggest that you limit your shopping to single cam models. There has been tremendous advancement in twin cams models but the single cam is still the easiest bow to keep shooting tight groups long term. Good luck to you.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Thank you all! this is why I love this site, because I can get great realistic answers from great people (and some laughs too!)

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Honest I do not get any royalties from Mathews I just know a good thing when I see it. Go to Mathews.com use the locater there to find you nearest pro-shop. The Mathews pro is trained to help you find the right bow. This personal touch is a major reason why they refuse to sell thru the big stores like Cabelas. A manager at Cabelas told me they would love to sell Mathews bows if they could get them. If you look around you will find that street prices on Mathews bows are very competitive. They also have the mission line of bows. I highly recommend you at least check them out before you buy something else. These are single cam bows and my current bow has never gotten out of tune in 4 years of hunting and shooting tournaments. I am waiting to take delivery on a new Mathews Z-7. IMO the best bow I have ever seen in the last 45 years of bowhunting. My old bow will be listed on Ebay as soon as the new one gets here. Did I mention the resle on Mathews bows is likely the best there is? Check the prices on Ebay they do not go cheap relatively speaking.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

GO to grage sales got a $360 pse bow for $40 dollar

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

go look at the PSE chaos i just got one for my girlfriend, bow, arrows and all for $300

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Ebay.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Go to a local pro shop and they will be able to set up your bow properly. You might be able to buy a used bow at a good price but I would recommend the Diamond Razors Edge ready to shoot package. This bow is very reasonably priced new.

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from kdklaas wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

In my opinion, look at the Parker lineup (Sidekick XP if you are starting out). Replacement limbs and a decent bow to boot. I bought one for my oldest boy and should have waited a couple of months since Cabelas is now selling for $100 less than what I paid...

As Del and others noted, personal choice is key. What is comfortable for you might not be for someone else. Bowtech is my personal preference.

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