July 22, 2011
Countdown to F&S’s Best of the Best Bows #11
By Scott Bestul
Here’s the next bow in our continuing countdown of bows submitted for our annual Bow Test. This bow placed 11th out of 14 entries, and it is significant for this reason; from here on out, the point spread that separates one bow from the next gets increasingly smaller. My testers frequently compare rating the top bows in the bow test to judging the Olympics. The slimmest of margins can rank one bow above (or below) another. At any rate, let’s take a look at Bow #11.
For details of how the test is conducted, see the original post . Every week from now until September, I’ll be posting reviews of the test bows, counting them down from #14 to #1 and revealing the winner here, shortly after the September issue hits mail boxes and newstands.
This week we’ll continue the countdown with:
Bow #11: Mission “Venture” (missionarchery.com)
- Price: $499
- Weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz.
- Length: 30-1/8” axle-to-axle
- Speed: 323 fps (IBO); 281 fps (our test: 29.25-inch draw length, 70lbs draw weight, and shooting a 437gr. Carbon Express Aramid arrow.)
Comments/Notes: The Venture continues the Mission lineup of single cams that allow shooters to adjust draw weight up to 20 pounds. Draw lengths range from 26”-31.5”, and the Venture sports a 7-1/8” brace height. The riser is machined aluminum. A roller guard makes for a nice smooth draw, and the Dead End string stop helps silence the bow and reduce vibration. New for Mission this year is the Lost Camo AT.
Hits: The Venture impressed our team with a nice smooth draw and a great balance throughout the shot cycle. I liked the overall weight of the bow and thought the Venture’s composite grip fit my hand very nicely.
Misses: Only two minor complaints: The Venture’s back wall seemed a little sloppy, and the bow is just plain short. Some hunters adore micro-bows, my test team is less impressed.
The Takeaway: As they have for the last three bow tests, Mission has produced a quality bow at an affordable price. Though the Venture didn’t score high in any particular category, it really had no notable faults. I’d compare the Venture to a utility infielder in pro baseball…You know, the guy who never makes the All-Star team, but just goes out there every day, does his job perfectly well, and doesn’t cost the team a ton of cash when they renew his contract.