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Old July 16th, 2019, 10:14 PM #1
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Starter bow opinion

Following up on my WTB: Compound Bow for Beginner (me), I see a Southland Archery Supply bow package at Amazon for very cheap.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...Q8QJC9FD&psc=1

Is this any good for a just-starting-out target shooter?

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Old July 16th, 2019, 11:06 PM #2
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If you are only going to shot targets, yes it will work. If the plan ever is to take up hunting, I would look for something else. A bow with good range of adjustment from a major manufacture, such as Matthews, Hoyt, PSE, Elite, and many, many others would be better, but more expensive.

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https://www.huntersfriend.com/
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Old July 17th, 2019, 12:18 AM #3
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Many bows need a lot of adjusting to set them up properly for an individual. If you are getting a compound you will probably want to find a shop or a person who knows how to fit it for you to get the most out of it.
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Old July 17th, 2019, 08:30 AM #4
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Oh, I assume I'll need to get some setup help (probably the Gun Shack in Mt. Airy.) I'm wondering if SAS is known as a manufacturer, either good or bad. The specific bow listed here, their "Primal", seems on paper to fit just about all my specs for a first bow, but I know just about nothing about different brands.

So I ask around...
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Great people who only do archery. They can set you up on their indoor lane to see what works best for you.
https://www.jeffersonarchery.com/

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I have never heard of that company, and while that in itself doesn't mean much, I don't think I would go that route. I would recommend a Bowtech Fuel as a first bow, but there are others. The Fuel can be adjusted from I think 18 inches to 30 for draw and 14 to 70 lbs. It has a fair amount of speed at 70 lbs (320) and is something you can grow with and shoot target, 3d or hunt with. If you buy something cheap to get started and end up liking it, you will just spend more on a better bow in 6 months.

Other thing I would recommend is going somewhere that you can shoot the bow before you but it. There are several places within driving distance from you and everyone has their favorite. Mine is Lancaster Archery. Their showroom is huge and you can shoot anything you want. They can be a huge help, but there are other places around also, I just think they are the largest and friendliest. Good luck with finding a bow
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Lancaster Archery and Jefferson Archery are excellent recommendations.
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The best archery shop I have ever used is Cheyenne Outfitters in Bordentown NJ. I know its out of the way for most but Vinnie works in their (he used to be in the Sportsman Shop) and he is been working on my bows for about 25 years. Best in the industry in my opinion. There equipment is reasonably priced and if you buy things from them there is no charge to install parts etc. You buy arrows they cut them for no charge, unlike some local shops I have used here in MD. Again its a hike but if you happen to be in the area as I often am, its worth the visit.
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Go to a local shop and get fitted. Feels what's right for you, and your wallet.

You do not need to purchase a top of the line bow, and they will have plenty of models to choose from.
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Quote:
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Lancaster Archery and Jefferson Archery are excellent recommendations.


^^^^^^^^^^^ This.

For a beginning archer, there's nothing 'wrong' with a Mission bow.

They've changed their lineup a bit.
I have a (now older) Venture that shoots like crazy.
It does what I need it to do, which is 'flinging arrows' with my son, in the back yard.

Here's one example:

https://missionarchery.com/bows/switch/
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