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YZINGERR
12-17-2013, 9:11 PM
I've been to three archery shops and have received vastly different help on what i need. Wanted to see what opinions the CGers had to give about the selection available.
I'm looking to get a compound bow for hunting for around $200.
The last bow i had was a bear compound bow that i outgrew 15 years ago.
Thx

DirtyDave
12-17-2013, 11:04 PM
Are you looking to get just the bow for $200 or the whole package? There is a big difference. Once you set up a bare bow with Sights, Stabilizer, Quiver, etc. It adds up fast. You can still put one together without going over the top though. Heck a dozen new arrows is going to cost you a minimum of $60 and that's without Broad Heads.
Are you looking for new or will you consider used?
Bass Pro has a pretty decent selection of lower cost bows and packages.
Check craigslist and ArcheryTalk.com for used bows

Ninask
12-17-2013, 11:36 PM
Going to a shop for advice on tack and trying to get a good deal-good luck on that one:)
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YZINGERR
12-18-2013, 7:21 AM
$200 for the bow alone is what i was shooting for. I still have my arrows, quiver, etc.

DirtyDave
12-18-2013, 7:47 AM
$200 for the bow alone is what i was shooting for. I still have my arrows, quiver, etc.

Arrows from a bow you outgrew 15 years ago may not be ideal for a more modern bow

wellfedirishman
12-18-2013, 7:51 AM
I've had good luck on Archery Talk looking for used gear (traditional).

Cabelas always has great sales on new compound bows with free shipping and no tax.

YZINGERR
12-18-2013, 8:04 AM
Arrows from a bow you outgrew 15 years ago may not be ideal for a more modern bow

After i posted that, i though the same thing.

Citadelgrad87
12-18-2013, 9:22 AM
$200 for the bow alone is what i was shooting for. I still have my arrows, quiver, etc.
Look around and figure out what you want, most companies have a bare bones "entry" model, then one just above that. Don't buy the cheapest. I got a PSE, they have a Chinese made entry level, then above that is the Stinger, rated as a great buy and a fantastic beginner bow you won't have to step away from right away if you improve. I think it was $299 for the bare bow. Haunt archery talk and craigs list, pounce on a lightly used one.

Happyhappycamper
12-18-2013, 9:57 AM
New Bows depreciate worse than a new car driven off the lot... I suggest buying a used one in great condition already set up with all the accessories and such. Trying to buy a new one for $200 will not net you much more than a childs toy for shooting hay bales in your backyard.

I typically look for bows made 10 years ago or less from the common name brands (Hoyt, Mathews, Bear etc) buy them, use them and usually sell them for what I paid after the season is over. There are definitely deals to be had out there. I just purchased one off this forum a few days ago and actually gave a little more than market value on it because it was in such great condition and I intend on keeping it rather than selling it off like I usually do.

randomBytes
12-18-2013, 10:50 AM
Pretty sure I paid more than $200 just for the riser (target recurve) which was the cheapest Hoyt had ;-)
Looking at all the options in compound bows just made my head hurt.

Look at lancaster archery - good prices and very helpful.

YZINGERR
12-18-2013, 12:34 PM
Looking at all the options in compound bows just made my head hurt.
that was my dilemma, there are a seemingly endless amount of bows in my price range but every store told me to get a different bow for different reasons.

CAL.BAR
12-18-2013, 12:46 PM
Good luck! I tried Craigs and e-bay for MONTHS looking for a youth bow for my son. Damn Hunger games! Every kid seems to want a bow these days. Finally ended up finding a used package for 280!

lewdogg21
12-18-2013, 12:58 PM
My best advice is try to shoot a variety of bows and models and then zero in on a few that you really like. It may not make sense but different ones will feel and shoot different for you. Accuracy in archery is based upon repeating the same shooting form each time and feeling comfortable.

If your pissed off at your wife or your bow doesn't fit you right will probably yield the same results. Think zen and find one you like then hit bow shops or archery talk.

I think my bow was like $500 but with all the crap and arrows it was over $1100 IIRC. Granted I shoot carbon arrows at $100/dozen but that's not even close to the most expensive ones.

Jimmy Deuce
12-24-2013, 12:36 PM
My suggestion!
http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Diamond-Archery-Infinite-Edge-Bow-Package-RH-Mossy-Oak-Break-Up-Infinity&i=708225

joker70
12-25-2013, 8:10 AM
The <$200 compound bows on craigslist seem to be the >10 year old bows like the one you already have. Anything that is more recent, the seller usually wants close to what they paid for it. I'd try Archery Talk classifieds. They seem to be more reasonable and are always looking to sell their equipment to buy the latest and greatest bows. Try calling some of the pawn shops in your area as well.

AGGRO
12-25-2013, 8:35 AM
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting/Archery/Bows/Compound-Bows%7C/pc/104791680/c/104693580/sc/104235480/i/103967280/Bear-Archery-Apprentice-2-Package/1299850.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcomp ound-bows%2F_%2FN-1100005%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_103967280%3FWTz_l%3DDirectLoad%253Bca t104791680%253Bcat104693580%253Bcat104235480&WTz_l=DirectLoad%3Bcat104791680%3Bcat104693580%3Bc at104235480%3Bcat103967280

Dead*Reckoned
12-25-2013, 9:06 PM
My suggestion!
http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Diamond-Archery-Infinite-Edge-Bow-Package-RH-Mossy-Oak-Break-Up-Infinity&i=708225

Just got one for christmas and I'm 6'1" pretty impressive system doesnt need a bow press to adjust even. Haven't shot it yet but ill report back when I do.

bombadillo
12-25-2013, 9:22 PM
I'd look on archerytalk.com for a used Mission bow by mathews. They are really good bows with a TON of options that you can change for draw length, and weight. Really good bows.

The War Wagon
12-25-2013, 9:37 PM
I'll send you a nice 20 year old Compound bow for $100 - shipping included! :D

Jimmy Deuce
12-30-2013, 9:57 AM
Just got one for christmas and I'm 6'1" pretty impressive system doesnt need a bow press to adjust even. Haven't shot it yet but ill report back when I do.


I think you are going to like it! I have been shooting it for the better part of a year and I am impressed with the performance and value.

Stewdabaker23
12-30-2013, 9:50 PM
Bass Pro is good because you can feel out all the different brands and see which one fits you best.

YZINGERR
01-02-2014, 7:32 PM
Bass Pro is good because you can feel out all the different brands and see which one fits you best.

I was just there a few days ago, good selection BUT the prices :eek:
Its been a while since I was in to archery and the prices sure have gone up!

tcd511
01-11-2014, 4:48 AM
There are some nice used setups you can also find on ebay for around 200 - 250'ish. These are 2 off the top of my head that come to mind. You never said are you a lefty or righty, what's your draw length?
Bear Element (Shot one of these for several years... was a great bow!)
Pse Stingers (2 friends I shoot with have these and are very pleased with what they got for there money)

I also have a PSE 3 pin sight that I took off my Brute if you don't have a sight and may also have another release that I don't use anymore. Be more than willing to let you have it to get you up and started if you want.

pdq_wizzard
01-11-2014, 5:04 AM
Archery Talk is the place, I got a 2006 Tom Kat to my door loaded ready to hunt $300

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YZINGERR
01-19-2014, 12:23 PM
Archery Talk is the place, I got a 2006 Tom Kat to my door loaded ready to hunt $300

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk

Havent found anything i like yet

Mr.Hipp
01-19-2014, 1:05 PM
I just bought a used compound bow for $200 and I love it. It's a tack driver compared to my recurve. It's a PSE I'll post pictures later.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/12038844023_9f525a0c4b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038844023/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038844023/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/12038932964_8d1f3b414e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038932964/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038932964/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

I bought a bail of hay at the feed store wrapped it in shrink wrap and shoot in the garage. 1st arrow out of the compound bow went through the bail and stuck in the wall behind it.

OP what area are you in?

check craigslist.

Ism415
01-19-2014, 2:52 PM
Check archery talk . com
U can get great deals there and find a large amount of info

YZINGERR
01-19-2014, 3:59 PM
I just bought a used compound bow for $200 and I love it. It's a tack driver compared to my recurve. It's a PSE I'll post pictures later.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/12038844023_9f525a0c4b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038844023/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038844023/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/12038932964_8d1f3b414e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038932964/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038932964/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

I bought a bail of hay at the feed store wrapped it in shrink wrap and shoot in the garage. 1st arrow out of the compound bow went through the bail and stuck in the wall behind it.

OP what area are you in?

check craigslist. east bay
.....
Let's see the bow!

Happyhappycamper
01-19-2014, 4:34 PM
$400 Monterey

Everything you see here which includes the Muzzy 3 blades plus some brand new Montec G5's, wrist release and a 6 sided target in excellent condition

I also have a brand new Tru Ball diamond thumb release that I would let go of for an additional $75

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-eSX_W781-kA/Uq_B-Og1R3I/AAAAAAAADuo/mN6CYb44JtE/s800/20131216_191531.jpg

DirtyDave
01-19-2014, 4:54 PM
I just bought a used compound bow for $200 and I love it. It's a tack driver compared to my recurve. It's a PSE I'll post pictures later.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/12038844023_9f525a0c4b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038844023/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038844023/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/12038932964_8d1f3b414e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038932964/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12038932964/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

I bought a bail of hay at the feed store wrapped it in shrink wrap and shoot in the garage. 1st arrow out of the compound bow went through the bail and stuck in the wall behind it.

OP what area are you in?

check craigslist.

Good shooting, But you'll go through arrows pretty fast shooting them all at the same spot like that. Use a few different aiming points on your target or put a few 1" or 2" dots on the target. Dont shoot more than 2 arrows at the same spot. Tight groups and Robin Hoods are cool until it gets expensive.

Mr.Hipp
01-19-2014, 6:31 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/12044114956_b4db4a8113_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12044114956/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12044114956/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/12043250405_e72d1b91dd_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043250405/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043250405/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3792/12043241495_3795a74ea3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043241495/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043241495/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickrhttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2828/12043626514_a6393dff9d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043626514/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043626514/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickrhttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7298/12043660504_ee3445c79a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043660504/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67249442@N05/12043660504/) by bigg hipp (http://www.flickr.com/people/67249442@N05/), on Flickr

The 2nd bow is the Martin Jaguar takedown recurve i bought at cabela's for $150 and the 5th picture is an average group i get with it...

"Dont shoot more than 2 arrows at the same spot. Tight groups and Robin Hoods are cool until it gets expensive."
Zombie targets get head shots round here... A new arrow costs me $6 cheaper than any shooting range trip and I have yet to ruin one. I shoot in the garage almost daily, it is a great stress reliever/way to unwind after work. The silverback equivalent of a bubble bath.

YZINGERR
01-21-2014, 9:54 AM
^ nice setups!

RCJeeper
01-24-2014, 10:41 PM
$300 seems to be the sweet spot for good budget used bows. $200 and you're getting down to bottom basement equipment unless you find the rare deal. Kinda like finding a glock 17 for 300. It happens, but don't hold your breath. Archery Talk is definitely the place for used bows and an education.

In the beginning, I got a $70 PSE something on Ebay. Shot the living tar outa that thing thinking I was a terrible shot. I finally stepped up to a Diamond Rock from BP and wow my groups went from basketball to tennis balls over night. That bow was $500. Then I tried a friends $850 Diamond Marquis. Wow, that was sensational. I bought a used one about 3 weeks later for about $500 and sold the Rock. Spend a little more and get something that won't hold you back.

GL, archery is a blast and cheap once you get past the price of admission. Plus, you can do it everyday.

bigbossman
01-26-2014, 9:11 AM
I've had good luck on Archery Talk looking for used gear (traditional).

Cabelas always has great sales on new compound bows with free shipping and no tax.

This is a good idea, as is lurking around Craig's List......... IF you know what you need and what you're looking at.

Last year I was able to pick up two nice bow packages off of CL for $250 or less each, all in - arrows, case, release, sights, rest, etc. One was a 2006 Bowtech TomKat that I was more than pleased with until I bought the other one, a 2012 Diamond Outlaw. That Diamond makes me feel sorry for the targets. The TomKat was "good to go" as it sat, The Outlaw needed a new string and some tweaking that set me back an additional $150.

Diamond Outlaw, at 20 yards. I don't shoot more than one arrow at a target anymore, unless I'm shooting at >30 yards:
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t267/jd6572/Hunting/CentralContraCosta-20140111-00006_zps8d7549b5.jpg

If you go used, it is caveat emptor - you spin the wheel and you take your chances. You can save big money because bows depreciate faster than Chrysler's, but it can bite you in the *** if you're not careful.

If you go to a (good) pro shop, you'll pay retail but you get expert advice, setup, and warranty for your money. That can end up saving your butt if you are not familiar with the equipment.

One thing I do recommend is to NOT do what I did - just go fishing without too much knowledge and buy a bow that looks good to you. I got pretty lucky, but I learned something when I bought and shot the second one - bows are not all similar and different makes/models have different a different feeling and different characteristics. Take your time, hit the pro shops to try different bows and ask questions. Who knows - maybe they'll put a nice package together for you that makes everyone happy..... but at the least you'll have more knowledge when you go swimming in the used market shark tank.

NorCalFocus
01-26-2014, 9:17 AM
My dad and I have had great luck on Ebay finding bows. Get a used bow on there for about $100-$200. Just make sure you have the strings/cables replaced before you shoot it.

Rusty Scabbard
01-26-2014, 9:33 AM
Definitely follow classifieds on Archerytalk and Bowcountry. Checkout www.HuntersFriend.com. Their website as a ton of good info and instructions on choosing and sizing bows and selecting arrow spine. $200 for a good bow is possible, but you're looking for a pretty good deal to get that. If you don't have access to a press and some experience tuning (or a friend who is good at setting them up), you risk mixed results whether the setup will work well. Especially if you're planning to install the rest, peep and accessories. I recommend paying a little more, then scouting Craiglist, hunting forums or a small archery shop to get a used one that is built up already.

Rusty Scabbard
01-26-2014, 9:42 AM
BTW, I'm lucky I didn't hurt myself when I first got into it. I bought a 70# Reflex compound off Craiglist, without any arrows to go with it. So went to Big 5 and bought 5 arrows (rated at about 40#) and shot each one. I was wondering why the tail was splintered on each one of my new arrows after one shot. I was at least smart enough to check the arrows were long enough not to fall of the rest at full draw, but that was about the limit of my common sense. After getting online and looking up info and pictures of people with carbon fiber arrows splintered through their forearms I realized a little more homework was in order.

YZINGERR
01-26-2014, 11:39 AM
This is a good idea, as is lurking around Craig's List......... IF you know what you need and what you're looking at.

Last year I was able to pick up two nice bow packages off of CL for $250 or less each, all in - arrows, case, release, sights, rest, etc. One was a 2006 Bowtech TomKat that I was more than pleased with until I bought the other one, a 2012 Diamond Outlaw. That Diamond makes me feel sorry for the targets. The TomKat was "good to go" as it sat, The Outlaw needed a new string and some tweaking that set me back an additional $150.

Diamond Outlaw, at 20 yards. I don't shoot more than one arrow at a target anymore, unless I'm shooting at >30 yards.

If you go used, it is caveat emptor - you spin the wheel and you take your chances. You can save big money because bows depreciate faster than Chrysler's, but it can bite you in the *** if you're not careful.

If you go to a (good) pro shop, you'll pay retail but you get expert advice, setup, and warranty for your money. That can end up saving your butt if you are not familiar with the equipment.

One thing I do recommend is to NOT do what I did - just go fishing without too much knowledge and buy a bow that looks good to you. I got pretty lucky, but I learned something when I bought and shot the second one - bows are not all similar and different makes/models have different a different feeling and different characteristics. Take your time, hit the pro shops to try different bows and ask questions. Who knows - maybe they'll put a nice package together for you that makes everyone happy..... but at the least you'll have more knowledge when you go swimming in the used market shark tank.
That certainly is sage advice

Clipity
01-27-2014, 1:27 PM
I picked up a nice 2008 Martin Slayer X in 2009 new off of ebay cheap and equipped it with sight and rest form Archery Talk. Lots of choices out there.

YZINGERR
01-28-2014, 3:12 PM
Thanks for your input!
Ive been watching ebay like a hawk...there are a lot of apparent good deals on there, just trying to sort out what I need.

YZINGERR
02-07-2014, 2:48 PM
Ended up with a Bear Charge, 2011 model but Brand new never used (NOS).
Found a guy on AT to sell me a sight, whisker biscuit, wrist strap, stabilizer and quiver (The bear RTH kit) for $40 shipped.
I need arrows and a release and Im all set.
<$225 all in less arrow and the release!

Epaphroditus
02-07-2014, 3:23 PM
I just got out of debt and now you guys are making me think dark thoughts about making more purchases ....

YZINGERR
02-07-2014, 11:08 PM
I just got out of debt and now you guys are making me think dark thoughts about making more purchases ....

The important part about what you just said is that you are out of debt.
How much can archery possibly set you back?!:reddevil:

mtsul
02-10-2014, 11:06 PM
Tag lots of good info I'm very new to bows!