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List of compounds that DON'T need a bow
I'm narrowing my thoughts down. There's many things I like from many companies. As of right now, I'm interested in a Prime or PSE Target/Hunter option. I'm thinking a scale tipper besides Prime supplying new string every 2 years is can I install & tune myself, or will I be paying a shop near $200 for new string, cables, set up. As I only target shoot at home, when I can, which isn't more than 100 arrows a week. Also I haven't hunted in a long time & won't unless a child wishes to learn. A string could last me a good while. It would be a plus though to know what bows do not need a press. I'm not stuck to Prime or PSE. Just wondering what compounds are in this bracket. Thank you.
After thought: This list I'm asking for. Can I put a new string on, and can I tune it correctly. No use if not set up properly. Thanks again
Man, if you only shoot at home, why don't you try a nice Olympic recurve setup with a sight and stuff, can get at a fraction of the price and you could definitely do all the string setup yourself!
I do want an Olympic target set up also. As of now I have a 55#@28" Tomahawk Diamond SS I love it but 40 yards is my max & that's pushing it for me with no sights. I can shoot my 70# Bear out to 60 and do well with no wind, Hexx arrows & junky 0.019 pins. I'm looking to move up. Ideally, I want a 40-45lb recurve & good sight. I know they shoot 77meters with them but I'm limited to 60 yards with a safe area I can find arrows if need be. I love them all & honestly enjoy the performance of today's compounds over my Tomahawk.
For what you are paying for strings to be installed, you could pay for a nice bow press in a couple of years.
Yeah, I guess you're right on that one considering last install was close to $100.0. If I went with a better string & had him fine tune it, I'd expect to pay more. I'm an amateur but enjoy the challenge. The shop owner is a PSE dealer & pretty amazing in his skills. Being I'm a lefty though I think I really should learn to set it all up myself to get the most. Heck, this is the money might come quick, or by the time I can get what I want, who knows what'll be out. If there's one thing I've learned it's top price isn't necessary but quality is for precision & repitition in shots. Tightest tolerance in everything. I'm not out there with calipers measuring my arrow groups, but I do get happy when they are right next to each other. Guy just posted a decent press for home usage and not a PITA if set up for one bow. It was only $160 I think shipped.
There's a dump in Oregon where you can get one for free! ;-)
Check out APA Archery as well. They are very innovative and don’t need a press just the little pin that comes attached to the bow!
I just paid 30 bucks for a portable bow press you can put in your pack.
Used one to re-install a slipped cable, don't know why it wouldn't work to install a string.
If only I was near Oregon! I'll check out the APA & portable. I want a brand new high tech target shooter that's solid, easy, smart in design. I wanted to trade my Tomahawk or other stuff for a decent recurve I could have good lefty sight mounted on. My Bear, with brand new 70# limbs on from factory will be back soon. I have a new carbon fiber 5 pin for it. We'll see. I think I want to keep that just in case I hunt or need it but get a more versatile or just Olympic class set up in both a compound & recurve. Wouldn't it be nice if these could be bought fully dressed around $600.00? And I also have an expensive lead slinging addiction. That's not cheap either initially.
Check out this guy he sells the apa bows and has quite a few in stock that he is discounting because of a tough year might be worth it especially since I believe his prices are in Canadian which would make an even better deal ! Atkins Archery & Custom Strings 2065 Lakeshore Rd 219 Woodslee, Ontario N0R 1V0
Spike78 sez..." Check out APA Archery as well. They are very innovative and don’t need a press just the little pin that comes attached to the bow! "
x10 on this. I have a Black Mamba 2. I looked at all the high end bows when I was in the market back in 2010. IMO...APA bows are light years ahead of the other bows when it comes to built-in innovations and they have many build options. You can still get a 32" DL and/or 90lb bows. I use the limb hanger fangs every time I'm in the stand. They made a bow press for string changes obsolete. Kinda surprised the other bow manufacturers haven't ripped off their innovations yet.
I've been looking at these APA bows & I greatly appreciate you fellas pointing them out. I'm not the type to believe you have to own a flagship or current years "new" technology. I'm much more attracted to simple & sturdy quality. I'll call this dealer who had a bad year. I'll simply ask what lefty can't you move. Any color as I can easily do my own colors if it's a hot pink one. As a target shooter for relaxation first, I don't need a super bowl & I really like the adjustability they advertise.
All in all it really stinks being a left eye dominant person as I live near 3 big shops & only about 1 hour from Lancaster Archery. Still, no one has lefty bows in stock like they do right ones, & of course, they aren't going to get one for a lefty just to try. This leaves the train of thought that you should try a bow before buying it almost impossible for all left eyed/handed folks.
ALERT FOR RIGHTYS:
Timbrhunter isn't kidding. I just talked to Atkins and unfortunately, no let bows in stock but; he said, "I have $1200 bows I'm dumping at $600."
As I said. Sucks to be a lefty. Anyway I told him I would be happy to buy from him when I can. I think I'd go with a micro viper or Rattler. I've kind of set a price point of no more than $800 ever after reading an article on bow mark up prices due to parents on colors, camos, designs, advertising. The fact that I never heard of APA maybe why I could afford one. Word will spread, they're a very nice looking bow & as said, options I also can't believe have been copied.
My sheep hunting buddy here in BC shot his Stone ram with his 7 or 8 year old APA this fall. He really likes it. It was a long pack out for us!
I bought my lefty bow there and I thought he might have one still guess not. Also I believe those prices are in Canadian so in U.S. you get a 30 percent discount as well.
All the same, I now know what to buy when I have money.
It was a toss up between Prime & PSE. APA broke that tie though Prime offers free strings every 2 years for life & PSE simpy is a good bow. When I asked the PSE dealer why he still uses an older model, he said because I hit ping pong balls at 90 yards with this, new doesn't mean anything. Learned something that day.