selecting a good value in a bow

Discussion in 'archery' started by Grumpy, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    Ive read these type or articles for decades, keep in mind people all over the world have built and used archery equipment for thousands of years,
    and while theres constantly been improvements being made ,
    I would suggest that a used bow in good condition,
    you may find a decent bargain in a pawn shop or at a local archery range.
    or bargain trader,
    but get to know what your looking for don,t just look at price.
    and a great deal of practice with good arrows goes a very long way towards allowing you to consistently hit your intended target,
    and spending $400 plus on the newest bow available is NOT likely to make you an expert shot nearly as fast as finding a good quality bow,
    several dozen good quality arrows and the minimal equipment required to replace fletching and a great deal of time practicing.
    if you visit local archery ranges youll usually find guys willing to give a significant discount price on used or last few years model, un-sold bows
    Id suggest looking at the longer 36" or longer axle to axle length bows,
    in the 50 lb-70 lb, and 28"-30"or more if you can easily handle the longer draw,
    draw length , range for serious hunting.
    you can certainly find an excellent choice for well under $400 ,
    theres no need to spend the $500-$1200 I see advertised as a great deal on the newest bows.

    look over your options and try a few different bows
    both re-curves and compound designs have merits
    don,t ignore either choice

    three rivers
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
  2. Ernest Shaw

    Ernest Shaw Retired machinist

    I myself prefer the lever bows like Oneida makes. I have two, one for bowfishing use and one for hunting. I paid more than I should have for the Osprey I use for bowfishing but I use it a lot during the year. The other is a Stealth, really great bow and packs a wallop. Both are very adjustable as far as draw and weights and handle both heavy and lighter arrows with ease. The Stealth is the heavier of the two and uses aggressive cams but has a lot of letoff too. Both use modules for controlling draw length. Weights are adjustable with a simple allen wrench which is nice also. The one great thing about the Osprey is that all the hardware on it is stainless, nylon or a high impact plastic. I've dropped it into the drink more than once and never a problem. The Oneida Black Eagle is basically the same bow without the stainless hardware but it can be retrofitted with it and makes a superb hunting bow. They are also available in different lengths depending on your preference, short, medium or long. If you're a tall guy or just have a long reach these bows can accommodate you no problem. There are others on the market too, like the Phoenix. There is also a custom contingent for these type of bows so the sky is the limit with them.

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