For any new archer who is thinking about getting into archery, the seemingly simple task of choosing the best compound bows from among the many manufacturer’s, brands, and models on the market can be a daunting task, to say the least!
But, if a prospective archer was to first look at bow manufacturer’s web sites such as Bowtech, Mathews, and Precision Shooting Equipment (PSE), then they might very well decide to give up on the sport before ever getting started due to today’s excessively high prices for top of the line compound bows.
In fact, most novice archers are specifically looking for a moderately priced compound bow that, while it may not have all of the fancy features of a top of the line compound bow, will still perform well and shoot accurately. Therefore, below you will find five compound bows that all have MSRP’s under $400 and which are all manufactured by well-known bow manufacturers.
Plus, each bow and is constructed from high-quality materials and, some of them even incorporate some of the technologies used on their more expensive cousins. Thus, all five bows meet the criteria of a moderately priced compound bow that will perform well and shoot accurately.
1. PSE Stinger X
The PSE Stinger X is placed at the top of this list for good reason because it features a machined aluminum, reflexed, riser with a 32 1/2 inch axle-to-axle length combined with PSE’s signature X-Tech pre-loaded quad-limb design which does an excellent job of eliminating recoil while also working to eliminate annoying cam lean.
In addition, it also features PSE’s highly adjustable SX solo cam design which allows an archer to adjust the bow’s draw characteristics and peak draw weight range by selecting either the “Performance” or “Grow With You” cable positions.
Thus, by choosing the “Performance” position, you can set the bow to a specific draw length while retaining your desired draw weight and, by selecting the “Grow-With-You” position, the bow’s draw weight will rise as its draw length increases.
Consequently, the draw length of this bow can be adjusted from 21 inches to 30 inches and the draw weight can be adjusted from 50 to 70 pounds without the need for a bow press. Plus, with an IBO speed of 316 fps, it’s pretty darn fast!
2. Bear Wild
In addition, the Bear Wild also features Bear’s highly adjustable solo cam design which allows an archer to adjust the bow’s draw weight from 50 to 60 pounds or, from 60 to 70 pounds and, to adjust the bow’s draw length from 24 inches to 32 inches. Lastly, it has an IBO speed of 310 fps which is amazingly fast for a single cam bow in this price range.
3. Diamond Infinite Edge Pro
Also, the Infinite Edge Pro features Diamond’s highly adjustable solo cam design which allows an archer to adjust the bow’s draw weight from 5 to 70 pounds and, to adjust the bow’s draw length from 13 inches to 31 inches. Finally, it has an IBO speed of 310 fps which is amazingly fast for a single cam bow in this price range.
4. Martin Carbon Chameleon –
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Martin Carbon Chameleon features a machined aluminum, reflexed, riser with a 30 1/2 inch axle-to-axle length combined with parallel, quad, limbs for enhanced accuracy and less vibration.
Therefore, the Carbon Chameleion is likely to have somewhat less recoil than the Diamond Infinite Edge Prow while the quad limb design addresses the issue of cam lean.
Also, the Carbon Chameleon features a duel cam design which provides the archer to adjust the bow’s draw weight from 0 to 70 pounds while adjusting the bow’s draw length from 17 inches to 30 inches.
It has an IBO speed of 310 fps which is exceptionally fast for a single cam bow in this price range and, with an overall weight of just 3.6 pounds, it is very lightweight.
4. Quest Radical –
Quest Radical compound bow was specifically designed as a youth bow and features a forged aluminum, reflexed, riser with a 29 1/4 inch axle-to-axle length combined with solid but, more parallel, limbs.
Thus, the Quest Radical does a fairly good job of eliminating recoil in order to increase accuracy but, unlike quad limb systems, the Radical’s solid limbs do not address the issue of cam lean.
However, the Quest Radical does feature a highly adjustable dual cam design which allows an archer to adjust the bow’s draw weight from 15 to 70 pounds and to adjust the bow’s draw length from 17 1/2 inches to 30 inches.
With an IBO speed of 295 fps which is somewhat slower than the other four compound bows listed above but, with such a short axle-to-axle length and an overall weight of just 3.4 pounds, it is an easy bow to transport and maneuver.
So, when considering the purchase the best compound bows, aside from the cost of the bow, it is also important to keep in mind the five factors of the bow’s ATA or IBO arrow speed, the bow’s axle-to-axle length, the type of limbs it has, the type of cam system it has and, the overall weight of the bow.
That way, by taking into account all of these factors, you will be far more likely to choose a bow that you really like and will continue to shoot.
The five bows listed above really do represent the cream of the crop when it comes to inexpensive compound bows. Choosing one of them is perfect for a new archer.
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