A couple of the hottest flagship bows demand more than $1,200 this year, so I figured anything under half that is a budget model. I picked out four such bows, all new for 2016. I set the draw weight at 60 pounds and draw length at 28 inches. I shot a 28½-inch, 364-grain arrow through a chronograph three times to calculate speed, and gauged noise using a decibel meter. I measured accuracy by averaging the size of 10 three-shot groups at 30 yards and evaluated forgiveness, draw cycle, shock and vibration, balance and handling, and fit and finish. I gave each category up to 10 points and then doubled the key ones—speed, draw cycle, and accuracy—for a total possible score of 100 points.