Joined: 1/14/2010Alright, I have hardly been on the Mathews forum since they revised the layout of the site a while back but I figured I would log on tonight and poke around.
So I got to thinking, how often do ya’ll buy new bows? I know folks who will use the same bow for years (still shooting my DR 2 I’ve had for almost four years and know people who still shoot their switchbacks) and some who seem to buy a new bow every year.
I know the answer to this question is not cut and dry, and is dependent upon many variables.
I strictly hunt and do not shoot competitions. My shooting during the off season is currently at a minimum. I replaced just the string a while back after nicking it w/ my broadhead. My bow shoots great and I have harvested some great deer with it.
In my opinion, if the native americans could harvest enough game to survive the winter with their primitive weaponry then I can certainly afford to shoot my bow a very long time.
I will likely always shoot a Mathews and unless I begin to earn an overly disposable income, I will work at maximizing the life of my bows.
I would rather spend my time scouting and moving treeststands then a frequent $1000 on a new bow rig.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by OzarkTroutBum.
Joined: 10/22/2007All in all I think looking back over how long I have hunted with a bow, I think I switch bows out about every four years. I have had my current bow for 5 years and am looking to get something different at the moment.Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines
Location: LouisianaStill shooting the Switchback XT… Still kills em dead and shoots like a dream… Don’t see any reason to fix what isn’t broken.
Joined: 9/12/2012Just bought my first new bow in 12 years. First Mathews as well.
Joined: 8/13/2008For a while I was upgrading every other year, that way I would still get a decent price for my bow and a large some of money wasn’t coming out of my pocket.
I guess I got caught up in the new bow is out craze and its the latest and greatest!
I soon found out the latest and greatest wasn’t always the greatest bow for me.
I regret selling my Reezen, I shot better with that bow than any I ever owned.
The bow I have now is the bow I will keep for years and if the one I’m hoping for comes out (MR7 with a lighter riser) I will just and to it.
Take your time and shoot the bow more than once before replacing the one you love. I went to three Mathews Dealers to shoot the Chill and the Creed and a couple of other band dealers before deciding.
Joined: 2/25/2009At one time (in the 70s & 80s) I was buying a new bow every 6-8 years. Now more often. My last bows:
1983? Oneida H-250
1990? Oneida Screaming Eagle
1995 Oneida Aero-Force
1999 Oneida Black Eagle
2003 Mathews Outback
2010 Mathews Z7
2011 Mathews Z7Xtreme
2012 Mathews HeliM*
* I have never shot a bow so well, (especially with broadheads) as I have the HeliM. The HeliM and the Outback I will never get rid of.
I DID NOT shoot any 2013 Mathews bows. Maybe I will shoot a 2014, but I hope not.
Joined: 2/10/2008I have had quite a few bows in the past 8 years since I started getting into archery
Fred Bear Element
I sold the hoyt for the bear, bought the LD target bow in blueberry, Which was stupid. I couldnt use it for hunting.. I was 17 and thinking like a moron, traded it on AT for the camo drenalin, gave the drenalin to a buddy so he would start bowhunting with me ( hes to cheep to buy his own) And bought myself the mr6, which honestly I dont really like at times. I shoot it alright, but its so freakin heavy. I do get to shoot a 570gr arrow though that will penetrate an elephant at just over 300fps.
Im going to buy a new one in a couple years or so Im sure, just cant justify buying a 1500+ rig every other year anymore.My 1st was a Browning Bushmaster in 1984.
My 2nd (and probably last) was an XT in 2007 (?)
I did buy a used Conquest last year for gator hunting.I normally keep bows about 10 years, that’s about how long it takes for the new technology and advances in bow efficiency to warrant replacing what I have.
Lately, due to age, I’ve had to move from the 70# bows to the 60# bows, so I went through a period of replacing my older bows.
I figure when the IBO rating of the new bows is about 15-20 fps faster than what you have, its time to move up. Or if there is a new technology that makes for a smoother draw cycle, assuming the old bow is a ‘beast’, or higher efficiency like the AVS cams, etc., it is money well spent to replace the old bows, if for nothing else than just shooting enjoyment. New technology that leads to better accuracy, like less riser torque, less limb twist, etc., can also be a valid reason to replace the old bows.
Joined: 10/14/2006WAY too often. I’ve owned, and still do, 3 new bows in the last 12 months. Thinking of getting another one too… I just can’t help myself….. I’ve owned in the neighborhood of 12 bows in the last 2 years.
Joined: 7/21/2004I owned 4 Brownings and then moved on to 6 different Mathews since 1990 when I started flinging arrows. I also had a Bear recurve (passed on to my son) and 2 Martin stickbows.
Is that too many?????
Does that qualify me to be a ‘bow-junky.”???
I don’t really want to be ‘cured’.
I have a strong feeling there are others that have owned many more than I.My first Mathews was a Q2 after owning a Browning. Every since then I’ve purchased a a bow or two each or every two years. Had the Q2 and Switchback stolen if they hadn’t been stolen I probably would have stopped with the Switchback. After a Ultra2, LX, Reezen 6.5,Monster Xltr8,Drenalin, I hung on to my Camo DXT stalking),MR5(shooter for fun out to hundred yards now with my new CBE Elite Target sight), Black Z7 (Ground Blind), Z7 EXT tactical, and 2013 ZXT in lost Camo for Treestand hunting. All the Hunting Bows have Trijicon’s accupins on them the older ones were sent back and trijicon worked them up and updated them with the new stuff and they looked and perform excellent.
I shoot everyday at home or somewhere. I shoot all my Bows nobody gets a rest completely. My favorite Toy is still the MR5.
The Clinic, Hypnosis, meds just want cure my ADDICTION.
GO MATHEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BEST BOWS
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