How long before new bow?

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RE: How long before new bow?

Postby Gafrage » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:56 pm

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I don't think getting a new bow every year has anything to do with needing it. It's just what some people "want" to do. If anyone can shoot a bow to death in one year they should consider a different brand. A new string every 2-3 years is all you need, if you take care of it.


I mean NO disrespect to anyone on these forums, at all.  If you take care of something, there really is no need to get something new that often.  That's just my opinion.  Sure SOME of the bows do make some leaps and bounds, everything does with the technology we have available (examples listed above).  In reality, it's an investment.  Re-investing your stocks yearly isn't a good idea.  Whenever I speak, it's from a financial aspect.  So I apologize if I'm biased that way.  If people want to do it, great.  Do it, but I don't think it'll help you harvest more deer.  Be smart with your money, do the research first, then once you purchase something, take care of it, not the obsessive/drive your partner away obsessive.  Trust me, that doesn't work out so well.  That's a whole different topic though. 

I guess the way I look at it is that I get new line for my fishing rod.  I don't get a new fishing rod every so many years, I replace the line on it though.  Just like a bow, I replace the string on it every few years.  It shoots deer, my rod catches fish.  A new fishing rod won't put me in a situation to catch more fish, just like a new bow won't put me in a new location to find more deer, or to cover my scent.  Regardless of how often anyone decides to get a new bow, if you don't shoot it enough you won't be familiar with it.  Just like shooting a shotgun and patterning it for Upland Birds.  Or driving your truck in the snow, or driving your boat.  Like I said, I mean no disrespect.  I just don't think it's justifiable to purchase one as often as some of the people are mentioning.

Edit:  Not everyone has 400-600 bucks to drop on a new bow (Hoyt especially) that often.  If you stick with a bow that has a good reputation, you'll be happy, and satisfied for a decade.  I might be pushing the limits on my bow, but I've taken good care of it and it has taken great care of me.  Just like a good dog.  :)

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RE: How long before new bow?

Postby JPH » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:14 am

While I fall on the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" side of this, I do agree that bow technology is growing far faster than gun technology.

The compound bow has only been with us for what, 35 years? Compare that to how long we've had the bolt action rifle.

I have no doubt that you gain an advantage by buying a new bow every 3-5 years. I only question if the advantage is worth the cost and that is an individual consideration.

For me, shooting reasonable groups at 35 yds. is okay, bu tI'd like to shoot tiny groups at 40. Once I get there, I'll feel better about sitting on my bow. My only problem is the cost.

Mathews, if you are out there I'd let you sponsor me. [;)]

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RE: How long before new bow?

Postby fireflyparamedic » Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:50 am

I shoot the new G5 Quest bow. Just bought it this year. Last bow of mine was the Hoyt Rebel. Big difference with my new bow. I've heard from two sources now that saw the Quest is alot like the Mathews but a bit easier on the wallet.


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