Used bow choiceContributors to this thread:
ND String Puller 21-Oct-20
KY EyeBow 23-Oct-20
I am looking for a used bow, the choices from Craigslist have boiled down to: 1-Mathews Chill SDX 2-Mathews NoCam 3: Diamond Infinite Edge Pro.I need a bow that can be set to 50# (bad shoulder)
How about a mint condition LH Darton Ranger?
Should have specified RH!!! And the MAthews is a solocam, not nocam. My first compound was a Darton, that was way back in the 1970's, then I went to an OL Adcock ACS and used that until 3 years ago, when I sold it on Leatherwall.
Check out archery talk lots of used bows. Make sure it is your draw length or figure the cost of new cams or mods into the price.
Wow, TONS of bows!! The 3 above bows are on local Craigslist, advantage is face-toface contact and can inspect before forking over the $$. I'd like some opinions on the 3 bows I mentioned---does any of the 3 have a big advantage??? I am constrained by having bad rotator cuff that limits me to 45-50# at this time.
I bought my son an infinite edge and am amazed by the performance and adjustments available without a press. Wish they would’ve been around when I started but I’m too old. I will say that the string is very basic but that’s easily remedied.
From: ND String Puller
Not familiar with the Chill, what model is the solo cam Mathews? They have probably over a 100 different models that are solo cams. Like Johnmc said, a lot of them were draw length specific. Meaning you would have to buy a new cam $ to get your draw length. I’ve bought many bows off e-bay and archery talk None have been real surprises. I wouldn’t be afraid of it, just do your homework. Also ....there are certain models out there that are easy on your shoulder. I’ve heard a lot of guys talk about a certain Elite model that is easy on worn out shoulders. Mathews made a few also. I would search for one of them. I’m sure someone will chime in here and give you a specific recommendation. Best to find one that fits you perfectly and you don’t dread shooting it. You will be happier in the long run. Good luck sir!
What is your budget, I had a chillr and didn't like it, cant remember if it was smooth but I didn't like the grip and it was loud
I believe all the Matthew were cam specific as far as draw length goes. Out of those three I would probably lean towards the Diamond.
The SDX takes a mod to change draw length, goes up to 29" draw and cost is around 20-30 to change out. Solocam - lot of unknowns there as Mathews made tons of single cam bows. Changing draw length does require a new cam - about $120 retail to swap out (can maybe find one used cheaper). Edge pro is very adjustable. Nice little bow with a lot of adjustment for poundage and draw length - it is more of a beginner style bow, spongy back wall, moderate performance, etc. Would kinda depend on what the solo cam is but if it were me, I'd probably lean towards the SDX - make sure it has the 50 or 60# limbs though - that can get expensive to change those out - if you need 50# - you don't want to turn 70# limbs down that far..
The solo cam can be rough on a shoulder. I have shot Mathews for at least 25 years. Depending on price of the used bows, you can into a mid line new bow for 700 complete ready to shoot. Shawn
I know it wasn’t in your selection, but you cannot go wrong with an Elite for a smooth drawing, quiet bow. I imagine there are some on AT right this minute.
I like Hoyt’s. Buying used is the way to go. Can get some awesome deals out there
What's your draw length?
From: KY EyeBow
Look on Archerytalk.com You can get a really nice 2 yo top end model for half the cost of new. The caveat is you need to be able to work on them yourself.