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  • February 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm #618703 Back to Top REPORT

    BigJim2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 2/8/2014
    Hello.¬† I am 43 and new to bow hunting.¬† I’m a big guy at 6’4 and 300 lbs.¬† I have not used a bow since I was 13.¬† I would like to get involved in bow hunting and need some advice on what bow to buy.¬† My local archery shop sells Mathews and¬†Mission bows, so I’m sure I’ll go with one of those.¬†¬†I really know very little when it comes to bows and shooting bows.¬† So, any advice you may have would be great.¬† Thanks.
    February 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm #618717 Back to Top REPORT
    99fatboy
    99fatboy

    Age: 52
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    Hopefully your local shop has knowledgeable techs that can be helpful in your endeavor. Most importantly is getting fitted correctly and providing you with options of  price range, quality of products, fulfillment of your wants and needs, and help along the decision making journey.
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    February 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm #618720 Back to Top REPORT
    bigrobc
    bigrobc

    Age: 34
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    Try out the Z9 if they still have one. Prob a nice bow for you bein that your draw length is/should be longer than most. Good luck
    February 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm #618732 Back to Top REPORT
    newbowhunter2014
    NewBowhunter2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 1/25/2014
    Location: Louisiana
    Big Jim, I’m in the same boat as you as far as knowledge of bows go. I’m also 43. My local dealer has very knowledgable bow hunters in it. Hope yours is the same. I’m almost 5’11″ and bout 270 lbs. They measured me to a 28″ draw.

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    Totally Lost Mathews Creed 70/28, Spot Hogg Hunter 3 Pin Sight, QAD Ultra HDX Rest, T-5 Mathews Quiver, Axion 3" Stabilizer, TRU-Ball Release
    February 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm #618744 Back to Top REPORT

    BigJim2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 2/8/2014
    I believe my local shop is a good one and will help me.  I plan on going to the shop Monday after work.

    BigRob, I’ll inquire about the Z9.

    What bow do you shoot, NewBowhunter2014?

    February 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm #618746 Back to Top REPORT
    newbowhunter2014
    NewBowhunter2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 1/25/2014
    Location: Louisiana

    I believe my local shop is a good one and will help me. I plan on going to the shop Monday after work. 

    BigRob, I’ll inquire about the Z9.

    What bow do you shoot, NewBowhunter2014?

    None yet, lol.¬† I have a totally lost Creed, not the XS Creed,¬†with all the accessories on layaway at my local shop.¬† I owe about $600 more on it.¬† I am gonna shoot the Chillr also before I pay it off.¬† I have been reading lots of good reviews on the Chillr.¬† Thing is, if you go back in time, on this site, to when the Creed was new, you have all the same good reviews on it and everybody loves it.¬† I was told in the local store that the solo cam bows are sorta easier to deal with because of no timing of the cams issues.¬† That’s why I picked the Creed but I haven’t shot either one.¬† I didn’t ask to shoot one and they didn’t offer.¬† Here lately been seeing a lot of people talk about a cam buzz on the Creed¬†so its up in the air as far as which I will end up with.¬† Sure know I’ll be glad to be in the backyard practicing.¬† Good luck.

    Totally Lost Mathews Creed 70/28, Spot Hogg Hunter 3 Pin Sight, QAD Ultra HDX Rest, T-5 Mathews Quiver, Axion 3" Stabilizer, TRU-Ball Release
    February 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm #618749 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

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    I agree that being fitted with the correct draw length goes a long way to quickly becoming proficient with a bow.

    There are several ways to indirectly measure DL, but those methods assume average build … average meaning that your wingspan from fingertip to finger tip is equal to your height.

    One way is to use a Height vs Avg DW scale:
    drawlengthscale

    The second way is to measure wingspan and divide by 2.5″
    Example: 76″ wingspan divided by 2.5 equals 30.4″ DL.

    However, being 6’4″ and 300 lbs isn’t ‘average’, so it there are variations in build that can make a big difference. Tall and lanky vs Big and Stout can make as much as 1″ difference in DL … not so much the difference caused by arm length but the difference in chest width. It is best to have a knowledgeable person fit the bow to you by direct measurement. This requires the person getting you into correct shooting form, not all scrunched up with the head bending into the string, then taking a direct measurement.
    http://www.bowtube.com/media/361/MISS_ME/

    http://www.dudleyarchery.info/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=category&download=58:anchorage&id=1:article&Itemid=56

    Also, just because a bow is marked such-and-such DL on the cam doesn’t mean that is the true draw length. It is common for bows to run 1/2″ longer than marked. Draw the bow with an arrow nocked, have someone mark on the shaft where the center of the rest mounting hole is, which should be directly above the throat of the grip, then measure from nock groove to the mark and add 1.75″ to get the true DL. You want the true DL to match your correct DL.

    As far as tips for shooting and bowhunting, check out Mathews’ Pro tips:
    http://mathewsinc.com/prostaff/tips/

    February 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm #619056 Back to Top REPORT

    BigJim2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 2/8/2014
    Thanks to all your responses.  I went to look at a bow today but the owner, who I know, was not in so I am gonna try again tomorrow.
    February 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm #619064 Back to Top REPORT
    sniper450r
    sniper450r

    Joined: 3/14/2010
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    i am sure this is a good scale but i see alot of shooters that have almost a 45 degree bend in their arms, and they said thats what they were measured at. I am 5’9″ and there is no way i can shoot a 27.5 draw.¬† i shoot 29″ dl. make sure you are very comfortable shooting no matter the bow.

    February 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm #619080 Back to Top REPORT
    vatechhunter
    VaTechHunter

    Age: 30
    Joined: 3/22/2010
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    Like others have said, it is important to get the correct draw length. I would maybe go with a MR8 or Z9, but for your size I would seriously look at the MR8. I have a Z9 and a MR7, I like both, but the MR is better for me because there is a better string angle because of the longer axle to axle. Good luck finding the perfect bow for you!
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    February 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm #619177 Back to Top REPORT

    BigJim2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 2/8/2014
    well, I just bought a Mission Riot with wisker biscuit, stabilizer, tru glo sights. arrows, and a scott release.  I paid $550 for the whole setup.  What do u guys think.   I thought it was good for my first bow.
    February 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm #619187 Back to Top REPORT

    conquestador

    Age: 63
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    I’d say you’re off to a great start, and by the way, WELCOME!¬†¬† Keep educating yourself and enjoy the journey.
    February 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm #619219 Back to Top REPORT

    BigJim2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 2/8/2014
    THANK YOU
    February 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm #619275 Back to Top REPORT
    mozartsmusic
    Mozartsmusic

    Age: 64
    Joined: 4/29/2005
    Location: Layton, Utah
    By the way Big Jim, welcome to the Forum hope to hear from you often to keep us updated on how you’re doing!

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    That Crazy Old Mormon in Utah! My Bow: Prime Impact 50# @ 29" My Rest: Trophy Ridge "SmackDown" My Sight: Spott Hogg "Hunter"
    February 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm #619327 Back to Top REPORT

    BigJim2014

    Age: 44
    Joined: 2/8/2014
    thanks Mozart
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