Whats a good starter compound bow?

j_m_vasquez

Active Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
448
Reaction score
26
Points
28
Age
48
Location
Beaumont
[SIZE=medium]I just joined the family into an archery club near my home. My wife and son have started shooting with a recurve bow. I want to join them but would rather use a compound so I can hunt with it later (after I learn a thing or two). I have never used a compound bow and only had limited recurve experience when I was in scouts many many years ago.[/SIZE]


[SIZE=medium]Can anyone recommend a good starter compound bow for me; preferably one that I can use for hunting deer and won't cost too much.[/SIZE]
 

JNDEER

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2009
Messages
3,849
Reaction score
282
Points
83
Location
Where I Am
If your down south. Head to an archery shop (not big box store). Shoot some bows, see what you like and go from there. They can explain everything and set you up properly.
 

sherpa1

Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2010
Messages
239
Reaction score
7
Points
18
Age
56
Location
so-cal
My buddy shoots a Diamond Infinite Edge.. Its a good starting point. He paid about $300 for the ready to shoot package. It is completely adjustable in weight and pull.
 

SCREWLOOSE

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 29, 2009
Messages
1,958
Reaction score
202
Points
63
Age
58
Location
RIO LINDA CA.
Don't overlook used. Especially if it's been checked out by a good bow shop.

Most shops have a used/consignment area.
 

outdoorplay

Founder
Joined
Nov 19, 2005
Messages
15,963
Reaction score
359
Points
83
Age
52
Location
SoCal
to answer that question would be a mistake by some, you have to shoot them to know, I would take the class with your son and wife, using a recurve, this way you learn how to shot properly then once you get consistent, make the switch, fundamentals of any sport is the most imported thing.

Stand on the line with your family and let some arrows go all using the same kind of stuff, you will find how competitive your wife and son are, but they will not want to compete with you if your using a compound.

and it really does only heart the first time
 

mjb

One life don't BLOW IT!
Joined
Jan 11, 2010
Messages
4,251
Reaction score
209
Points
63
Age
56
Location
San Diego
I recommend the bow & arrow shop in Alpine......
 

ilovesprig

Moderator
Joined
Dec 12, 2005
Messages
21,244
Reaction score
989
Points
0
Age
74
Location
Escondido
Or Willow Creek in Escondido.......Jim normally has a number of good pre-owned bows.
 

1984cj7

Active Member
Joined
Nov 14, 2011
Messages
820
Reaction score
64
Points
28
I got mine at the bow n arrow shop in alpine. bruce and crew are top notch, felt at home when I purchased my bow 2 yrs ago. I asked around on forums also of what bow I should get ect. ect. but it all came down to being in the shop holding the bow and flinging some arrows. good luck on purchase.
 

j_m_vasquez

Active Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
448
Reaction score
26
Points
28
Age
48
Location
Beaumont
Thanks for all the advice. I have been told there is a good shop in Riverside called Riverside Archery. I will start there. Shepra1 mentioned an "adjustibale wieght and pull"; is that something I should be asking for? Is $300 about right for a start up bow?

Need to have a rough amount in mind before I go to a shop.

As for shooting with my family; the club has recuve bows that I can barrow.
 

mjb

One life don't BLOW IT!
Joined
Jan 11, 2010
Messages
4,251
Reaction score
209
Points
63
Age
56
Location
San Diego
300 maybe a little low for new

Adjustable draw not needed if fit too you but most have other cams to adjust length......I think all bows have adjustable weight
 

sherpa1

Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2010
Messages
239
Reaction score
7
Points
18
Age
56
Location
so-cal
Botech and Diamond bows have adjustable cams for the draw length. No other cams are needed. $300 is not alot of money for a bow,but if you decide archery is not for you, it can be sold really easy. why invest hundreds more before you even know if you will like the sport. But like a pair of boots, try it on before buying and fling a few arrows down range. Good Luck
 

paulc

Moderator
Joined
Nov 28, 2005
Messages
9,451
Reaction score
548
Points
113
Age
56
Location
Sacramento Mountains NM
Consider Mission by Mathews. They are made by mathews. Great value. Got one for my son. $400 Better than my Mathews switchback that is about 9 years old.
 

TonyS

New Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2012
Messages
854
Reaction score
20
Points
0
Before I was robbed by a neighbor, and reported it to police in Anaheim who did ZIP S$*T NOTHING, I had a toxic from BPS. It was made by Diamond and
really sweet bow. Still have some 100 gr. thunderheads.

Go try one of those and see what you think.
 

j_m_vasquez

Active Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
448
Reaction score
26
Points
28
Age
48
Location
Beaumont
Well I did it. After months of research and going to store to shoot several different bows I chose to buy a bowtec carbon icon. So far I love it. I was hitting the bulls eye at 20 yards on my first trip to the range. Looking foward to see how things progress with distance
 

ilovesprig

Moderator
Joined
Dec 12, 2005
Messages
21,244
Reaction score
989
Points
0
Age
74
Location
Escondido
Congrats Manny.......Practiced yesterday myself......Felt good flinging a few arrows...... :smiley-wnk-yellow:
 
Top