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I've visited three different bow shops and shot three different Creed XS and Chill R. I have the luxury of having several dealers fairly close by and travel thelocal roads a good bit for work, and I wanted to have a larger sample size than one to see if there were any differences (i.e. - hating them because I shot a "bad one" or loving them because I shot a "good one"). I have a 27.5" draw, so the 28" DL demo bows at each shop weren't too far off. I haven't owned a two-cam bow in many years, and last time I did, it was old technology. Tougher to keep timed and a rattle trap when shot. So I grabbed he XS first. I like the looks of it, but feared it was a little too short for me. The first one I shot was set at 65# on the scale, which is a hair over what I normally shoot. The draw was smooth, and the back wall firm, but for some reason, the bow seemed a bit "jumpy" for me. I did feel it was a bit squirrely while holding on target, even compared to the 30" ATA Heli-m I currently hunt with. However, in fairness, it did not have a stabilizer and was fairly bare bones when I shot it. A bit of added weight may help keep it more steady. The string angle was a bit steep for my liking, even with the large idler wheel. I couldn't get the tip of my nose on the string without craning my neck, so it took away one anchor point indicator for me. The bow was very quiet with no hand shock, but felt like it lacked power. I simply wasn't overly impressed, though it was a nice bow. Next I shot the Chill R. It was cranked all the way down and was pulling just over 71 # on the scale, but I had no problem what so ever drawing the bow. Draw stroke was very smooth, and back wall was very solid, even at 1/2" over my normal DL. I felt like I could hold at full draw for quite a while with no jumpiness or fatigue. Even with no stabilizer, the 33" ATA felt very steady on target. The focus grip was extremely comfortable, and the bow just seemed to "fit." Zero hand shock or noise, and it just felt much more powerful. Even with a draw length too long for me, a sight I had never shot, and a trigger release rather than my own thumb release, I was able to get repeatable accuracy out to 20 yards, meaning all three arrows were touching each other (or damn near) in the target. I attribute this more to the forgiving nature of the bow than my "talents" as an archer. I didn't get a chance to chrono the bows, but the Chill R certainly appears to be much faster. All three of my shooting experiences at all three shops were remarkable similar, so I think it is relatively safe to rule out variables in individual bows as a reason for my like/dislike of either. I fully expected to dislike the Chill R, and wasn't in the market for a new bow. But after shooting it, I think I will be ordering one in Desert Tactical today. I think it would make a great 3D bow for the occasional shoots I participate in, and I think it would make a great bow for elk and mule deer out west next season. I certainly would not hesitate to take it in the woods in NC or WI where I frequent for whitetails or turkey either. I have no real reason to buy a new bow, but following the logic my wife employs for shoe and purse purchases, can we ever have too many quality bows that shoot and look great? Just my unsolicited $.02. Thanks for reading.
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