*I almost put this into the Weaponry forum, but I think the Survival Forum frequenters may be better suited to lend me a hand. Instead of double
posting, let me know if this is in the wrong forum.
Lets start off with some background. You could say I am in the market for a 'hunting implement' of sorts. I lean heavily against guns because the
state I live in makes it a PITA to own one. All quarry in my state are allowed to be taken by archery tackle, and target shooting is kinda cool in
itself. For these reasons I am looking to buy an Bow. ETA: most of my shooting will be target shooting, and field targets. I would like the ability
to legally hunt as well if desired, therefore I need at least a 40# pull at 28" draw. Just to clarify, Its mostly target shooting with the option to
Compound vs Traditional: Compounds definitely have a huge fan-base these days, and I can understand why. A few months ago I was privileged with the
opportunity to spend an hour shooting a 'professional' compound bow. I cant recall the make and model, but it was setup for target shooting at
competitions. It had a 70# draw with a 45% letoff, though the 29" draw-length was a bit short for me. Compounds are sweet and all, but they are
expensive and require specialized tools. There is also a draw to traditional archery tackle for me; Something about not having fancy pin sights, and
whisker biscuits, and 45% letoff. Also traditional archery is much more simplified in a way. For many reasons, some I probably didnt list, I am
leaning heavily towards tradition archery tackle; Either recurve or long bow.
I have been researching the various entry-level, or 'budget' bows for a few weeks now, and have come up with the following four bows as possibilities.
I suppose my criteria is that they are around $200 or less, made from a well known company, got mostly good reviews online, and is very reliable.
Another feature I like very much is the 'take-down' option. Three of the four I found are 'Take-Down' bows (meaning they can be disassembled and
reassembled easily in the field. They also pack down very small breaking into 3 different parts.).
The four bows I have in mind, listed in order of best to worst (personal opinion), are:
PSE Mustang $210
PSE BlackHawk $190
Martin Jaguar $160
PSE Kingfisher $110
The kingfisher is almost out right from square one. The Jaguar has gotten many bad reviews online about the limbs breaking, too many for me to feel
100% confident in buying it though the price is spot on.The BlackHawk is the only bow which is not a 'Take-Down' making it large and potentially
cumbersome, and the Mustang got very few reviews, though most of them were good.
I had a chance to shoot the PSE Mustang, 45# @28", tonight (the only bow I have actually shot of the four.) This seems like a pretty nice bow, though
I have nothing to compare it against. I am planning on finding other similar bows and shooting everything in my list, in addition to more I may find.
The Mustang at 45# was easy enough to draw about 30 times before I had to leave the lane at the local big box store. I might get a 50# or 55# although
my draw is 30", possibly 31". I was measured tonight, and this means that 45# @ 28" is more like 50-60# @ 30-
31".... What are your thoughts about this specifically?
I really should shoot the three others in my list and also find more in my $200 base budget to try shooting. I would like to pull as much experience
from this website regarding this topic as possible. This probably sounds really long winded for such a simple topic, but I am just making sure I cover
all my bases before I make my first purchase. Let me know if there are any points I have missed out on. Thanks for taking the time to read through
this thread and help me out!
edit on 21-7-2011 by IntegratedInstigator because: Forgot to add info about the BlackHawk bow
edit on 21-7-2011 by
IntegratedInstigator because: See bold ETA