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Ok, I wanted to post to say hello and see if I could get some help/suggestions.
I’m new to bow hunting and need to purchase a bow. I have it narrowed to two Switchback XT & Drenalin. I shot both yesterday but not sure which I liked the best. I think I liked the Drenalin the best so that is what I will probably purchase.
Now for my questions:
1. I was measured and told my draw length is 29.5 but they didn’t have any cams or bows for that and told me I should just get a 30″ draw because there wasn’t a difference. I asked if they could order me the bow and they said they could but it would take over two weeks to get due to Mathews is running behind on shipments. Should I get the 30″ they have or wait for the 29.5″ draw?
2. What arrows should I get? I was pulling 70lbs yesterday and it seemed very easy so I am going to stick with that draw weight but I am not sure which arrow would be best. I would like camo but not sure.
3. Broadheads? Any suggestion as to what is best for flight?
4. Quiver? I really REALLY liked the new ones by Mathews but does anyone know if there is a problem with the base getting stretched out, over time, and then it not clicking in properly? Make sens? I just wondered if you take the quiver off and on over and over if it would start getting a little loos and rattle?
5. TUning for a nooob. Is it hard? Anyone know of links that I can read on how-to’s?
6. Does a loop add to draw length? I mean if I am 29.5 and have a loop does that mean the bow is now a 30″ draw length?
7. Any other suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I am excited but just want to make sure I am doing what is best when I don’t know much.
Thanks for answering the noobie’s questions.
Joined: 8/6/2004First of all, welcome!
There are a lot of guys here who can answer some of your other questions better than I, but I wanted to address the draw length issue. Just because someone “measured” you doesn’t mean that it is the right draw length for you. You have to consider your loop and your release. I suggest trying a few different draw lengths with the release you plan to use and go with the one that gives you the best use of your skeleton.
There is a wonderful article in Archery Focus about draw length. I would urge you to get a subscription (they have online and hard copies) and check it out. There is also a series on tuning a bow that you should check out (you can only view back issues with an online subscription).
Joined: 6/28/2004Even if you buy the bow from that shop, I’d start by going elsewhere to find my proper DL. If he made the comment[/u:v50z58b5] that there’s no difference between a 29.5″ and a 30″ draw I would not trust his judgement.
Listen to TFM. She’s a coach, she’s a shooter, she’s smart, and she’s our mother . Seriously, she hit the nail on the head. Get with someone who can help shoot different releases, and different draw-lengths.
Fit is the most important factor you’ve listed. Understand, you can buy another cam. And sell your old one on ebay. So changing doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. It’s just a lot more convenient to buy the write one in the first place.
Joined: 8/17/2004I’ll leave the broadheads, quiver, and tuning for a later date when you’re more comfortable and practiced with your new bow.
The correct draw length is critical to your success as an archer and bowhunter and I’d recommend doing whatever is necessary to be fitted correctly and take a lesson or two to help learn proper form. Time will be getting tight at the archery shops now as seasons grow closer so an appointment may be needed for a little personal attention. I’d also recommend trying to find the release you’ll use and be fitted to the bow with that release.
BTW – Welcome to the forum.Thanks everyone for the responses and welcome to the forums. I went ahead and purchased the Drenalin with a 29″ draw. I picked out the release and loop I’m going to get on it. I got to shoot one identical today in another pro shop about 150 miles from here However, they were able to help me out a ton. I went through 10 bows and specs before I found one that just felt right and I kept shooting right.
Now the wait! Is it here yet? How about now?
P.S. I can guarantee I’ll have more questions to come but until then here is a picture of my deer last year. (black powder though).
Joined: 2/18/2005Welcome aboard Mike
I think you got the right choice by shooting and going with the 29″………the DL “technically” doesn’t change but if you get a bow that is your correct draw, and you add a d loop, then it will move your anchor point back the length of the loop. Generally, the suggestion is to go with a DL .5″ shorter than your actual draw if you’re shooting off a d loop.
Like Bow4Life stated, leave the Broadheads, quiver, and stuff till a later date……….get used to the bow and your release. You’re going to love it……..I can feel it……
As for the arrows……..I’d use what you can afford. Many swear by gold tips. I don’t have any, but they do make a good shaft. I love Easton, but like many things, you get what you pay for………..and it seems that the more expensive the shaft (within reason) the better quality shaft you get………..Another reason for me liking Easton is that their shaft’s spine chart lays out the items that I feel is necessary for choosing the right shaft for you……..with the Mathews Solocam bows, you use the hard cam specs, and they take into consideration the shaft’s length, tip weight and your draw weight…….which makes total sense to me……some charts I’ve seen don’t do this.
Another thing that sells me with easton is that they guarantee their specs……..not that I know how to check the actual deviation for straightness accurately
Just food for thoughtThanks again for all the posts. Talk about being too anxious. My bow was ordered on Friday and the pro shop said it would take 5-7 business days before I’d get it but I called today to folow-up. *LOL*. I can’t help it now I can’t wait to get it tuned and start practicing.
I’ve shot about 6 setups over the past day and after all of them I have already purchased the below to go with my Bow.
I know that I still have more to get but here is where I am so far:
Mathews Arroweb T7 Quiver
Spot-Hogg 7-DeadlyPins W’ HoggWrap
MeanV All Purpose Repeat String Suppressor
G5 Meta Peep 1/4″
T.R.U. Ball Short-N-Sweet SS Release
6″ Stealth Hunter Series Stabilizer
Arrows – Still Undecided
Broadheads – Still Undecided
Rest – Still Undecided but leaning towards WB
Is my bow here yet?
You might ask about a set of brass dampers. The Dren comes with a set of aluminum damper that are best suited to dampen out accessory vibrations. The vibrations of the bow are best handled with the heavier brass dampers. They should be free for the asking, and it will allow you to customize the feel of the bow…brass on the bottom near the cam and aluminum on top near the sight was what I settled on.
Joined: 8/19/2004Oh, draw length adjustment is just a cam change away(15-20minutes).
Your broadhead question is just like asking what is the best deer cartridge & grain.
You might ask about a set of brass dampers. The Dren comes with a set of aluminum damper that are best suited to dampen out accessory vibrations. The vibrations of the bow are best handled with the heavier brass dampers. They should be free for the asking, and it will allow you to customize the feel of the bow…brass on the bottom near the cam and aluminum on top near the sight was what I settled on.[/quote:29zpnb9o]
Yep! I did and they said they would throw them in. I got your PM but never did respond. Yet that is. I was going to wait until I decided on an arrow then write back and tell ya thanks for all the info.
Joined: 8/13/2007Welcome i also just joined and am very happy to be here..
As far as your draw length goes, i would no question get the length that fits you best, you will shoot more consistently and keep better posture. My proshop here gets his bows in five to seven days, thats half of what yours posted. Get what you need, if your going to spend the money for a great bow, dont settle for less than what you need to shoot your best. Welcome again and i hope you get the bow you want.
Welcome i also just joined and am very happy to be here..
As far as your draw length goes, i would no question get the length that fits you best, you will shoot more consistently and keep better posture. My proshop here gets his bows in five to seven days, thats half of what yours posted. Get what you need, if your going to spend the money for a great bow, dont settle for less than what you need to shoot your best. Welcome again and i hope you get the bow you want.[/quote:2zkqjly2]
Thanks! Welcome to you as well, seeing that you just joined.
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