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Old 04-27-2011, 04:38 PM
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Guys, I am looking to buy a new bow for the first time in about 10 years. I have always shot Hoyt bows but with all of the technology advances in bows over the last several years I am curious what the better choice is these days.

The three main brands I have been looking at are Hoyt, Mathews, and Bowtech. I will use it mainly for recreational shooting and possibly try some competition shooting. Not really interested in bow hunting. Thanks for any info or advice!
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one word; Matthews

Matt Mcpherson founder of Matthews is the pioneer of the Solo Cam. Many others have attempted to copy the design.

When I began the archery sports in the early 70's there were the old standbys Bear Hoyt and the like with Hoyt dominating the 3d circuit. When Matt came along with the Solo Cam - Matthews Hoyt was left waaaay behind.

Overnight the entire competitive circuit held Matthews bows in their hands when they were on the range.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
one word; Matthews
ENOUGH SAID

In all honesty most of the new bows are much better than what you were used. When I got my Mathews and shot it for the first time I just about shit on myself it was soooooooooo smooth and quiet.

I had been using and old Browning Ballistic Mirage and shot it at 80lbs, there is NO COMPARISON.

Now I understand the Bowtechs are good as well but I would be hard pressed to shoot anything but a Mathews
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
one word; Matthews

Matt Mcpherson founder of Matthews is the pioneer of the Solo Cam. Many others have attempted to copy the design.

When I began the archery sports in the early 70's there were the old standbys Bear Hoyt and the like with Hoyt dominating the 3d circuit. When Matt came along with the Solo Cam - Matthews Hoyt was left waaaay behind.

Overnight the entire competitive circuit held Matthews bows in their hands when they were on the range.
Look no further than this post ^^^^^^^^

I shot my first solo cam about 2007(?), I have not shot a bow (Bear) in 3 years. I hit a bullseye @ 35 yds. Go to a real bow shop and shoot one.... you will be amazed.
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My early research is leading me to the Mathews Z7 extreme.. but I will have to get my hands on one and try it out first.
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I shoot a Browning that's 8 years old now. If I got a new one it would be a Matthews. No doubt about it.
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I am not an archer but there are many at the sportsman club who are.

Like the others... Matthews is it if you are planning on a compound bow.
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Go to the bow shop with no pre-determined notion of what you are going to buy. The last bow I bought - that is how I did it. I shot 12 different bows - narrowed that down to four, then to two, and ended up walking out with a Ross - a bow I had never heard of, but to ME - was a lot smoother - especially in the breakover - than a Mathews. If you go to the bow shop determined to buy a Mathews, you may be cheating yourself out of one of the smoothest bows ever - one of the new carbon riser bows made by Hoyt. Bows are like boats - test drive them first.
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if you haven't shot a bow thats newer than 10 years old then it really doesn't matter what you get, you're going to love it either way. Having said that......

.....Matthews

But there is absolutely nothing wrong with Hoyts. Just go find what's comfortable for you!
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Take the advice of the cudacat!!!

There is nothing better than side by side comparision. You may find that the riser of the bow others rave about does not fit YOUR hand well. If the bow does not fit like a glove in your hand, you will never get the full potential out of it.
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hi, i'm new to this forums but own an archery shop. i can mirror what others have said about trying before you buy. each model has its pros and cons. go with what you like the feel of, and something that your proshop can service for you. whatever you do, don't buy a bow off of the internet. i sell all three brands you are looking at. i can tell you i prefer the hoyts but sell more than twice as many mathews.
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http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/

Try this site. Lots of reviews of bows, advice on how to choose a bow and some general mayhem from the Nuge.
Also check the classifieds. There is a lot of lightly used gear there that may be of interest from pro staffers, dealers, already set up and ready to shoot, etc...
But I also agree with above - shoot, shoot, shoot first to see what you like. A year from now your likes and dislikes will morph as your shooting style/technique develops.
Good luck and post back when you make some headway on a decision so we can tell you you are wrong...
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Thanks for all of the advice guys. I plan on shooting before I buy. I'm not sold on the Matthews. I'm not sold on anything really. I just know I am ready to get back into shooting.
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Another Matthews fan here.

I have shot tons of models but like the let off and ease of pull by Matthews better than most others.

70lb draw, dropped a whitetail at 69 yards 2 years ago.

Shoot out to 50 yrd pin at a large saucer.

350 class elk taken in Wy with it.

Comp shooting is different than hunting though, talk with some comp shooters first.

For hunting, I want to try this one when I am sourcing bows.

I think this bow is really bad@ss but I wouldn't buy one without shooting it for the 20 day trial first.

Liberty Bows
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Bowtech shooter here - but as others have said - shoot as many as you can - and make sure the dealer is close enough so if there are issues you can go back easily. The new bows are all going for the same thing - speed - what feels best in your hand will be the most comfortable to shoot over the course of a day so go with that - go with good support from the dealer and comfort and you cannot go wrong.

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