Location: Idaho (ID)Hello everyone, I’m fairly new to the archery world and I had a question and would like some help? Last year my uncle moved to California and when he moved he found his old bow, i believe its a Bear. The bow is about 11 years old and hasnt been shot much. I live in Idaho so I’ll probably be hunting deer, elk, and maybe a bear. Do I stick with the old bow and get it restrung and fixed up, or get a new Mathews bow that i know will be reliable for my hunts? Thanks everyoneIf you have the money and can afford a new bow then go new. I would have it all set up with all the accessories that are out today, sight, rest and stabilizer, etc.. The bows today are better than the older bows. I’d also take the time later on to look into the older bow and see if it can be updated much and then use it as a backup bow.
Location: INI agree with Bow Drawn to a degree. I think it really depends on your budget and what you expect from your equipment. Modern equipment is faster, quieter and more efficient. There is no question about that. However, that comes at a price. You can rack up alot of benjamins in some new equipment. Older equipment can still get the job done. Since you are new to the archery world, if the bow you have is in good condition and only needs some minor updates, that may be your best route to start and see if it’s something you are truly interested in. But again, weigh the costs of what it will take to get the old bow in good condition versus buying new equipment. I don’t wanna talk you out of a new bow. Depending on the age of the bow you have, there have been definite advancements in what is available today. At the same time, don’t bury yourself into alot of money in fixing up the older one if your budget allows for newer equipment. It really comes down to you, your budget, and what you really want. I hope that makes sense. Best of luck in whatever you choose to do! Just my .02
Joined: 10/22/2007I would go into a proshop and have someone take a look at the bow that you have for inspection. Do some comparison with some new bows. And shoot the new bows against the bow you have………make sure the bow you were given is really going to fit you in terms of draw length and draw weight and is comfortable in terms of weight, balance, grip, draw cycle, etc. Note how quiet each bow is, how it feels as you hold it, holding weight, vibration as you shoot it, how it holds at full draw, the length of the valley. You need to be able to know the differences to judge your decision. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have the bow fit you in terms of draw length and shootability.
Don’t impulse buy and get the first bow that feels “better” than the bow you have currently. Shoot several models. I would be up front with whoever helps you at the proshop and tell them that you aren’t certain you are going to get a new bow but that you are interested. You probably will get a sales pitch but still get some good information. Hands on subjective shooting is going to tell you more than anything else.Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines
Location: Upstate NYThe bows of today as well as the bows of 11 years ago are very shoot-able. As already stated, does it fit you? Secondly, is the draw weight sufficient/acceptable? Does it have the features that you view as being necessary/desirable? If these criteria are met, I’d give it a go. By trying it out you may learn some stuff that will help you should you decide to make a new/used purchase. If you are going to invest in some new accessories like a rest or sight, odds are they will also fit any new bow that you decide to go with. Anything you learn will help you down the road. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
Joined: 5/30/2010i pulled an old bow out of a closet. old!! PSE 4×4 thunderbolt. 70lb with 65% letoff.
i drew back on it. forget the let off..getting there was a bear!! i think i audibly “grunted”..i gave the bow away to a friend (for beer), and bought a Mathews Switchback XT. life changed that day..
it was like pulling back a cloud compared to the old bow.
on the flip side of the coin..my friend killed alot of animals with that old PSE. i bet he still has it.
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