View Full Version : Bow suggestions

06-19-2014, 10:59 AM
I'm looking for a new bow and so far my favorite has been the new lithium. Any suggestions on what I should get or look at?

06-19-2014, 12:37 PM
Are you hunting, 3D shooting or both or just shooting

06-19-2014, 03:15 PM
welcome to the forum

06-19-2014, 03:44 PM
I'm mainly just going to use it for hunting but in the future i do plan to get into some 3D shoots. Right now I'm shooting a Martin fire hawk and I love it, there's probably no reason to get a new one but I just feel the need for something new. I'm only 16 so my price range can't be to high, I'm just looking for something new and improved is all

06-19-2014, 04:57 PM
14 eclypse in classifieds for $375 - pretty good deal right there. FHUsa could set you up proper as well I'd think.

06-19-2014, 11:43 PM
IF you were just going to be hunting and assuming in a tree stand and wanting a shorter ata my brother just got a PSE Sinister brand new off ebay for $250.00. That to me is a heck of a bow for the money which when I was 16 price was the most important thing. I would never steer anyone away from Martin, they make fantastic bows. BUT, if you are on a budget and wanting something new most shops/box stores have RTS (ready to shoot) packages starting at under $400.00. Worth looking into, as the most important thing is keeping someone in archery, not pushing one brand or the other.

06-20-2014, 07:48 AM
250.00 you should buy one then, you will not find a new bow any where else for that price.

06-20-2014, 10:34 AM
After way toooo! many bow that have passed though my hands, when it come to archery money is not everthing. Some of the best bow that I'v owned like the Martin Pantera's was just one heck of a all around bow. Or the ONZA, can be used as a tree stand and or spot and stock. Also darn good 3D fram also. Mid range bows seemed to have everthing that the top of the line bows do just not the Cady sticker and or the better string or inserts. I'm not much of a PSE fan as the one's that I have had all jumped. Not a forgiving set up. But if your looking just to go out and shoot and hunt once in a while then a Sinsiter for Ya.

06-20-2014, 11:27 AM
I've shot a few Martins in the past ('08 MOAB, '06 Slayer Nitrous-X) and have owned 2 PSE bows ('13 DNA, '13 Phenom) in the last two years and I'm quite familiar with another ('13 Drive) and there seem to be drastic differences in the valley between the two manufacturers. The PSEs tend to have a very short valley and will want to take off on you quick from anchor... mostly because PSE believes in speed bows. This can be adjusted by toying with the draw modules but you lose efficiency/speed in the process. PSE makes great bows, don't get me wrong, after shooting them the past two years I've come to realize they are not my cup of tea. The short valley is less exaggerated on their single cam bows (I shot a '12 Bowmadness 3G that was really nice).

I will say both manufacturers have very smooth draw cycles (compared to a '10 Darton 3500 I had, and a '10 Bowtech Destroyer 350 I still own) and the back walls on both are fairly solid, with the PSEs being slightly softer (which I adjusted with aftermarket draw stops). I still own the Phenom (an absolutely love the accuracy of the bow) but I prefer the valley/speed on the Destroyer and shoot it much more often... the Phenom may be sold soon.

I'm not crazy about the reliability of PSEs either, as I've had issues with cam modules and draw stops coming loose on the two that I've owned at the most inopportune times... even when adding blue Loctite to the screws. You have to consistently check the modules before/after shooting to be sure.

06-20-2014, 10:45 PM
I agree with tosi that money is not everything. But for some, money plays a big part in the decision. (it does for me) I was lucky and got my new Nemesis off ebay for $265.00. And my brother was equally as lucky to get his sinister for $250.00. His is a $400.00 bow and mine is even more than that if it were bought from the shop. I would much rather give my money to a local dealer and support the business, but when on a budget you have to buy what makes financial sense for you and your family. As for reliability, I can't say one way or another about the PSE yet. As for my Martin, it has not been reliable. (shoots awesome though and I still love it) Limbs are already splintering and in the process of getting them warrantied and replaced. At less than 200 shots this isn't something I would think anyone would be ok with. Martin is replacing them though and Jake was a big help when I was finally able to get a call back. All this is somewhat off topic from the posters question and I apologize if I hijacked the thread. IMO the solution to your question is simple. Go to a shop with an idea of what you want to spend on a bow. Test some out in your price range and buy the one that is the most comfortable to you. We all have our preferences, and what works great for one may not feel right to you. Good luck in your search and hope ya find a great bow!

06-21-2014, 09:12 AM
Thank you for all the help, I definitely want to stay with a Martin and I'll keep searching and definitely get my hands on a few before making a decision.

Arrow Splitter
06-21-2014, 10:29 PM
Welcome to the forum, and good choice by the way. :cool: Of course, you could own a PSE or any other brand and still be a member here anyway.:)


06-22-2014, 01:08 PM
Everyone has a favorite, but IMO, the best all around bow for anyone who doesn't live to shoot & tune his or her bow (considering things like price, versatility, & the ability to shoot it well after it sits in the closet for 7 months) is.....

Slayr or Slayer - Vipro / MPro (single cam)

250 for a great hunting/3d/target bow....if you can find one. Again, many fine bows exist & this is merely my opinion.

Take care & have fun shooting whatever you end up with.