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The Best New Bows of 2012: Field & Stream Ranks the Latest Compounds for Bowhunting

The Best New Bows of 2012: Field & Stream Ranks the Latest Compounds for Bowhunting

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from ejunk wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

that 5" brace height on the darton made me laugh out loud.

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from Stephen Fischer wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I use that exact setup and arrows...I was very pleased with my Bowtech Extreme VFT!

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from mntwinsfan14 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

No Elite Answer?!

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from mike0714 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Also looking for the elite! also don't agree with the winner. Bowtechs are great bows until one needs to be worked on. most presses can't fit the huge cams and have you ever tried to deal with Bowtechs service department or try to get parts at a pro shop? if you have, you know why most shops where i live don't carry Bowtech anymore. the bows are fine but if you cant fix one (every bow will eventually need to be worked on) they loss points in my book.

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from bowhuntkid57 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

First, the PSE Evo does not use UF cams, it uses EV (evo) cams. Never have I heard them called "harsh drawing". Maybe a little stiffer than a single cam but for an dual cam with 345 IBO they feel pretty smooth to me. If the testers thought they were harsh at 70 lbs maybe the test should have been done at 60 or 65 because those cams are smooooooth.

Heli-m is a nice bow but if fit and finish was based on looks how did that waffle riser get such high praise? Weird taste I guess. And the speed was lacking given it is a single cam. So how again did it beat bows that were only a little heavier with slightly heavier draw but much more repeatable and fast? Still not sure.

Do not agree with the winner. Insanity is a nice bow but I don't think it beats the Evo in any way except for weight (.3 lbs) and speed (3 fps). And does anyone else remember the limb and service issue of last year? I'd be afraid to drop a grand on a bowtech the year after all that.

Would also have liked to see and Elite or Strother as I think they would have placed top 3 in this test.

All in all pretty well done.

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from Roger Sullivan wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Well all of these are nice bows and do just what there made for "sling an arrow" but for me they all cost to much, I have an old Indian bow that I got from my neighbor for 40 bucks and you know what it does the same thing "sling's arrows" my hunting buddy has a Bowtech and he and I will shoot together and you know what!! my little
(Indian Timberwolf) will shoot just as good, maybe not as fast but a slow bulls-eye beats a fast miss every time. I just can't see paying 999.00 for a bow, I'm sorry but it just does not make sense to me. But I make my own Long-bows and arrows, so I guess with doing that and a long-bow will sling an arrow, but man is all the time looking for some thing to take the skill out of any sport. Better golf clubs, bow's with sights adj. draw weight so any one can shoot, now crossbows can be used by anyone during archery season. well enough...
weight- 5 lb's
brace height-8 1/4"
axle to axle-40 1/2
let off-don't know, speed- don't know,

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from SL wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

"Well all of these are nice bows and do just what there made for "sling an arrow" but for me they all cost to much". Man, ain't that the truth. I'll be darned if I will pay over $1000 after attaching all the bells and whistles for a bow that pretty much is a 30-40 yard max weapon. And most shouldn't even shoot that far with one. Just NO way are these things worth that much money. A bow is pretty much obsolete in a year or two, so your $1000 investment ain't worth even half that after a couple of years. At least guns hold their value much better. I still shoot a 1990 model Bear bow. I don't shoot much at all, but a few weeks ago I took it to an archery range and damned near outshot the regulars there who were shooting all these fancy expensive new equipment! LOL Until it falls apart on me, I will be keeping the old one, that's for sure. Plus, these new bows are anything but "primitive" weapons. I guess their short killing range is the only excuse they have to be considered such. My bolt-action rifle is more of a primitive weapon compared to these things. LOL

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from panfish wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Need some advice on purchasing a bow. I've not bow hunted in 35 years so am totally out of touch with what's available. My old Shakespeare Kiabab 50# recurve sits in the closet and I'm afraid it may be a bit dry to use. I've looked at new compound bows and my mind is totally wacked at what's on the market and the price. I will hunt whitetails only and have an eye on the Bear Encounter bow. I'm probably old enough to be your father or maybe grand-father and not interested in spending seven or eight hundred to set myself up. I could go to Cabela's or Gander Mountain and talk to their bow salesman, but sometimes advice from them that uses results in fewer bruises often proves to be the more wise decision. Thanks in advance.

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from zjohn14 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I own the invasion and the insanity. Insanity is alot smoother an has a whole lot less cam lean. But the pse evo doesn't come close to the insanity when it comes to the smoothness an the cam lean. Hell my two best hunting buddies both own a evo an a heli they will agree that the insanity is overall a smoother bow. But the insanity is very expensive an they are hard to work on if u don't have right tools or know what your doin. But it just boils down to what you like an are comfortable with but I think was a job well done

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from ejunk wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

that 5" brace height on the darton made me laugh out loud.

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from Stephen Fischer wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I use that exact setup and arrows...I was very pleased with my Bowtech Extreme VFT!

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from mntwinsfan14 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

No Elite Answer?!

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from mike0714 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Also looking for the elite! also don't agree with the winner. Bowtechs are great bows until one needs to be worked on. most presses can't fit the huge cams and have you ever tried to deal with Bowtechs service department or try to get parts at a pro shop? if you have, you know why most shops where i live don't carry Bowtech anymore. the bows are fine but if you cant fix one (every bow will eventually need to be worked on) they loss points in my book.

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from bowhuntkid57 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

First, the PSE Evo does not use UF cams, it uses EV (evo) cams. Never have I heard them called "harsh drawing". Maybe a little stiffer than a single cam but for an dual cam with 345 IBO they feel pretty smooth to me. If the testers thought they were harsh at 70 lbs maybe the test should have been done at 60 or 65 because those cams are smooooooth.

Heli-m is a nice bow but if fit and finish was based on looks how did that waffle riser get such high praise? Weird taste I guess. And the speed was lacking given it is a single cam. So how again did it beat bows that were only a little heavier with slightly heavier draw but much more repeatable and fast? Still not sure.

Do not agree with the winner. Insanity is a nice bow but I don't think it beats the Evo in any way except for weight (.3 lbs) and speed (3 fps). And does anyone else remember the limb and service issue of last year? I'd be afraid to drop a grand on a bowtech the year after all that.

Would also have liked to see and Elite or Strother as I think they would have placed top 3 in this test.

All in all pretty well done.

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from Roger Sullivan wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Well all of these are nice bows and do just what there made for "sling an arrow" but for me they all cost to much, I have an old Indian bow that I got from my neighbor for 40 bucks and you know what it does the same thing "sling's arrows" my hunting buddy has a Bowtech and he and I will shoot together and you know what!! my little
(Indian Timberwolf) will shoot just as good, maybe not as fast but a slow bulls-eye beats a fast miss every time. I just can't see paying 999.00 for a bow, I'm sorry but it just does not make sense to me. But I make my own Long-bows and arrows, so I guess with doing that and a long-bow will sling an arrow, but man is all the time looking for some thing to take the skill out of any sport. Better golf clubs, bow's with sights adj. draw weight so any one can shoot, now crossbows can be used by anyone during archery season. well enough...
weight- 5 lb's
brace height-8 1/4"
axle to axle-40 1/2
let off-don't know, speed- don't know,

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from SL wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

"Well all of these are nice bows and do just what there made for "sling an arrow" but for me they all cost to much". Man, ain't that the truth. I'll be darned if I will pay over $1000 after attaching all the bells and whistles for a bow that pretty much is a 30-40 yard max weapon. And most shouldn't even shoot that far with one. Just NO way are these things worth that much money. A bow is pretty much obsolete in a year or two, so your $1000 investment ain't worth even half that after a couple of years. At least guns hold their value much better. I still shoot a 1990 model Bear bow. I don't shoot much at all, but a few weeks ago I took it to an archery range and damned near outshot the regulars there who were shooting all these fancy expensive new equipment! LOL Until it falls apart on me, I will be keeping the old one, that's for sure. Plus, these new bows are anything but "primitive" weapons. I guess their short killing range is the only excuse they have to be considered such. My bolt-action rifle is more of a primitive weapon compared to these things. LOL

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from panfish wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Need some advice on purchasing a bow. I've not bow hunted in 35 years so am totally out of touch with what's available. My old Shakespeare Kiabab 50# recurve sits in the closet and I'm afraid it may be a bit dry to use. I've looked at new compound bows and my mind is totally wacked at what's on the market and the price. I will hunt whitetails only and have an eye on the Bear Encounter bow. I'm probably old enough to be your father or maybe grand-father and not interested in spending seven or eight hundred to set myself up. I could go to Cabela's or Gander Mountain and talk to their bow salesman, but sometimes advice from them that uses results in fewer bruises often proves to be the more wise decision. Thanks in advance.

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from zjohn14 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I own the invasion and the insanity. Insanity is alot smoother an has a whole lot less cam lean. But the pse evo doesn't come close to the insanity when it comes to the smoothness an the cam lean. Hell my two best hunting buddies both own a evo an a heli they will agree that the insanity is overall a smoother bow. But the insanity is very expensive an they are hard to work on if u don't have right tools or know what your doin. But it just boils down to what you like an are comfortable with but I think was a job well done

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