So you’ve decided to buy a compound bow. Congratulations, you’re one step closer to being totally awesome. And another congratulations for coming to the right place to find out how.
This article Best compound bow is going to ask a few questions and come up with some answers. These are the same things I wondered when I set out to buy my first bow, and I think they are the best way to pass on the gained experience.
If you plan to use it for hunting, this article will be focused primarily on you, as it’s what I plan to do with mine… If you are planning to use it for target shooting or competition, this article still applies to you.
Best compound bow luckily, you have quite a few more options and considerations, which I will address later.
If you don’t know much about compound bows, like what binary cams or axle-to-axle length are, I would suggest Goggling these terms to become familiar with them before continuing on with this article. Trust me; it will help you in the long run to know these terms inside and out when buying a bow.
Best compound bow, like pretty much any piece of sports equipment, can vary widely in price. You will see bows for $50 to $1,500; it’s just a matter of what you’re willing to spend. And like many things, you get what you pay for. A new bare bow of upper entry to mid-level quality will run you about $350-$550, depending on your tastes. Higher end bows start around $600 and go upwards to well over $1,000. However, if this is your first bow, I would ballpark spending $500 at most for a total setup including a used bow, arrows, block target, release, and a tune-up. Notice, I said “used” bow. For starters, unless you’ve got the cash flow to warrant a new rig, I would recommend a used bow.
Well, frankly, because you’re going to beat on it! You’re going to drop this thing, probably dry fire it by accident (happens when you don’t keep your finger off the release trigger), ding it off rocks and trees, and will want to tinker with the settings. A used bow won’t make you feel guilty when you scratch up that purdy camo dip. A used bow will also be easier on your wallet, in case you decide you hate archery (which happens quite a bit). This last reason, in fact, works toward your advantage because there are plenty of people offloading bows they never use anymore. There are also just as many people obsessed with archery that love to upgrade their rigs to the newest models every year, and sell their older models for modest prices.