Bow Report: Browning Illusion

Norb Mullaney puts the Browning Illusion through an in-depth test to find out more about this hunting bow.
Bow Report: Browning Illusion

Browning Illusion Bow Report

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Browning Illusion BowThere are a number of design features that distinguish the Browning Illusion from other bows currently offered to the archery community despite the fact it follows the general pattern of short axle-to-axle length, parallel limb action, generous brace height, and rather large cams. The “Hyperlite” limb pockets are a departure from the norm. The centershot alignment mark on the shelf, which decidedly aids in initial arrow rest setup, is a definite first. The unobtrusive internal draw stop nestled between the cam lobes of the Trance cam is another new approach that is worthy of note. Archers who have difficulty adapting their sights to cover the full range of pin settings will find the multiple sight mounting patterns a highly desirable solution to this problem.

Although a carryover from the PSE bows, this feature is a real plus.

The Illusion is built on a fully machined 6061-T6 aluminum alloy riser with an overall length of 24 inches. The grip’s pivot point is located about 3 1/4 inches to the rear of a line through the centers of the limb pivot points. The sight window has a usable length of 8 inches, with the main portion cut 1/2-inch past center. At the arrow pass there is an additional cut of 1/4-inch giving a full 3/4-inch clearance between the operating plane of the string and the riser. The single hole (tapped 5/16-24 UNF) for mounting the arrow rest or cushion plunger is positioned in line with the pressure point of the grip and centered 11/16-inch above the shelf surface. Twin stainless-steel bushings are set fore and aft in the handle below the grip section to accept a stabilizer and balance weights or other accessories. Dual quiver mounting holes are provided for attaching the quiver of your choice. In addition, there is a pair of tapped holes on the face of the risers just inboard of the limb pockets to allow mounting additional balance weights. *Read the rest of the report by downloading the PDF


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