4 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Compound Bow

Whether you buy a new compound bow each year or once per decade, consider these four factors while you shop.

4 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Compound Bow

There are four types of bowhunters: One purchases a new bow annually; the next purchases one every few years; the third purchases one every 5-10 years; and the fourth has been shooting the same relic for a decade or longer and has no plans to change. I believe most bowhunters fall into categories one through three.

With fall in the windshield ahead, if it’s your year to buy a new bow, do it now. But first, consider these points before you shell out a wad of $100 bills.

    1. Comfortable Grip. The bow grip is arguably the most critical part of the bow because it serves as the vital connection point between you and the bow. It must fit your hand naturally and comfortably. If not, you’ll experience inconsistencies on the target and certainly during intense hunting situations.
    2. Bow Balance. Some bows balance differently. Unnatural has no place in the bow-buying scene, so if a bow doesn’t feel comfortable in hand, move on. Understand, though, that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Often all it takes to improve a bow’s balance is to accessorize it, especially with a stabilizer. Make sure to test out accessorized bows when you’re hunting for your next bow.
    3. Appropriate String Angle. Taller folks, I’m talking to you. A long draw length, say, 29 inches and longer, causes the bowstring angle to become acute at full draw, especially true with short axle-to-axle bows. It can present problems with peep-sight placement and levelness. If you shoot a long draw length, you’ll often be happier with a slightly longer axle-to-axle bow with a gentler string angle.
    4. Smooth Draw Cycle. When it comes to drawing a bow from awkward hunting positions, an effortless draw cycle with just the right let-off, valley and back wall for your preferences will help you shoot better. When trying out bows, find one that draws to your liking more so than others.

    Love Your New Bow and Shoot Deadly

    There are other points to consider, but the four I’ve outlined above, I think, are the main factors in being satisfied with your next bow purchase. You’ll shoot deadly and love your new bow until your next upgrade.

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