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hoshour
06-24-2012, 12:19 PM
I have bowhunted whitetail in NC for several years with a 10 yr old Buckmaster and I never shoot over 35 yds even though I can consistently hit a pie plate at 40 yds. I have not tried 50.

Now that I am starting to hunt out West I am thinking of upgrading my bow to extend my range out to 50-60 yds.

Here's the kicker: I almost always buy things used. So, what is the best used bow for Western bowhunting for under $400? I realize prices vary.

Also, what would you pay special attention to when checking out a used bow and is where is the best place to find them?

hoshour
06-24-2012, 12:27 PM
I should clarify that the 3 most important things to me are long-range accuracy, forgiveness and stability by which I mean I want my settings to hold up even if I drop my bow. Some might call that toughness.

ssliger
06-24-2012, 12:51 PM
I bought my first bow used from my local pro shop. People selling their bows take them in to the pro shop. The guy that runs the shop puts them out with a tag with name and phone number, sometimes a price. You can shoot them all you want. Then you make a deal with the owner. It was painless, I was able to shoot 6 bows and found the one i felt most comfortable with. As for the first part of your question, you need to shoot bows to find which one you like. Every single person will tell you theirs is better than others but each person is looking for different things. I purchased a brand new bow last year. I shot Mathews, Bowtech, Martin and Hoyt. There was pros and cons for me on each bow. It came down to which one felt the best to me.

Jon Boy
06-24-2012, 12:58 PM
Archery talk always has ridicolous deals on 1 year old used bows. I picked up a new mission maniac 2 years ago for 450 bare bow. I shoot every day and out shoot most people at the local range that are running brand new mathews and hoyts. It all comes down to perfect practice for those longer distances, or any distance for that matter.

Maxhunter
06-24-2012, 01:07 PM
I'd recommend a Hoyt Alphamax, Maxxis or, CRX. Get them in either the 32" or 35". All are very forgiving bows. Like stated go to Archerytalk.com there some killer deals on the classified.

Darktimber
06-24-2012, 02:51 PM
At 400.00, you don't have to buy used. Some of last years models can be had at that price now. You can pick up a G5 Quest smoke for 389.00 on e-bay right now brand new. I have one of these bows and can tell you they are a good solid bow for the money. IBO 324 @ 7" brace. Killed a bull at 40 and a buck at 62 last year with one.
You can also pick-up some of the Martin closeouts in this price range. I have a Martin too and they are a great bow that can really take a beating. You can get a pantera or onza in that price if you look around. These are just a few of the brands out there right now in that price range. Just look for last years models. Hope this helps. Good luck and God bless.

hoshour
06-24-2012, 09:24 PM
Thanks guys, and Darktimber I will take all the blessing God will give me and try to pass it on. All this is meaningless if that relationship isn't right.

HuntinFool
06-26-2012, 10:12 AM
I got an almost brand new mint condition 2011 Hoyt Alphaburner a couple months ago off of Archerytalk for $400 shipped tmd. I have seen them go lower also.

miller1
06-27-2012, 04:20 PM
Look for a used Elite GT500, pefect for long range, very forgiving and stable, also you get a lifetime warrenty even buying it used.

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TooFarEast
06-28-2012, 06:40 AM
Look for a used Elite GT500, pefect for long range, very forgiving and stable, also you get a lifetime warrenty even buying it used.

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x2 ... Elite Archery are the only bows I know of that have a warranty that is transferable if you buy it used. They are sweet bows and it is what I will buy used when I am ready to upgrade. You can find some on ebay and also Elite has a forum which would also be a good place to find a used bow. I almost bought a GT500 on ebay for $400, but couldnt afford it at the time. I shoot lefty so it is difficult for me to find a used bow. Good luck

dito
06-28-2012, 03:14 PM
I'm always trolling the AT classifieds looking for deals. I've bought two bows off of there so far and been happy with both.

Darktimber
06-30-2012, 07:20 PM
x2 ... Elite Archery are the only bows I know of that have a warranty that is transferable if you buy it used. They are sweet bows and it is what I will buy used when I am ready to upgrade. You can find some on ebay and also Elite has a forum which would also be a good place to find a used bow. I almost bought a GT500 on ebay for $400, but couldnt afford it at the time. I shoot lefty so it is difficult for me to find a used bow. Good luck

Obsession bows also have a fully transferable lifetime warranty on them.

N.Y.ArcheryMadMan
07-01-2012, 07:28 AM
In the Last 5 Years the Bows have Come along way's... A Couple of key things you already might know. One a longer Axle to Axle is more forgiving. Two Check your Brace Height a Bigger Brace height is more Forgiving. Third with shooting longer distance like that you will want a faster Bow, This will help with a flatter Shoot and put the arrow out there. Fourth Go with a Drop Away Rest this will also Help with your forgiveness. But, In the same breath make SURE it is properly installed or it will NOT be Forgiving. Fifth Try to get a Archery Target (bag) hang it up Stand 3 to5 feet away from it Close your eyes and practice on your release and form. Sixth Using everything I have said Pick 3 to 5 Bows that you are intrested in then Post those bows on Forums Like this and ask about the Prowess and Con's.... I don't care Who the Manufactor is. There is always every So often that they have Produce a High End Bow that has not preformed the way that they thought it should and the Bow has issues.

ChadH
07-22-2012, 08:01 PM
Look for a used Elite GT500, pefect for long range, very forgiving and stable, also you get a lifetime warrenty even buying it used.

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Can't go wrong there. Here is an Elite XLR for $400 I thought about buying. I think it is still for sale, it has black limbs but a BLUE riser though (a little duracoat could change that, I want it for indoor and 3D if I get it so it doesn't matter to me). http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?topic=94091.0

You should be able to find a LOT of high end bows a couple years old for that price. Here is another link as an example.... http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?topic=100143.0

Shoot, I have a first year PSE X-Bow I'm getting rid of for WAY less than that, so I am pretty sure you can find a NICE bow, close by where you live, for $400 or less. I would suggest looking at your local state hunting forums, or Bowsite classifieds, or even some pro shops carry "trade ins" (not that many do, but a few).

The Elites are AWESOME because they shoot great AND have a liftime, transferable warranty.

hoshour
08-04-2012, 09:18 PM
Thanks for all your comments, guys.

Based on feedback here I went and shot some Elite bows and wow, I was really sold. Not only the transferrable warranty, important because I buy used but the ease of draw and arrow speed were beyond my expectations.

I ended up getting a great buy on an Elite GT500 and trading it plus a little cash for a 2011 Elite Pulse. All-in, accessories, shipping and all I spent under $500 and got a very fast, sweet-shooting bow with a lifetime warranty. Thanks again.

ivorytip
08-05-2012, 10:17 AM
pse brute x. solid bow

ChadH
08-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Thanks for all your comments, guys.

Based on feedback here I went and shot some Elite bows and wow, I was really sold. Not only the transferrable warranty, important because I buy used but the ease of draw and arrow speed were beyond my expectations.

I ended up getting a great buy on an Elite GT500 and trading it plus a little cash for a 2011 Elite Pulse. All-in, accessories, shipping and all I spent under $500 and got a very fast, sweet-shooting bow with a lifetime warranty. Thanks again.

Great choice, now go stick a big one and show us the pics!:D

hoshour
08-13-2012, 09:40 PM
Great choice, now go stick a big one and show us the pics!:D

Thanks, I'll do my best. I am working a ton of hours so I may not get to hunt as much as I'd like, plus I missed getting drawn on both deer and antelope this year. Thinking either archery elk in CO or black bear in MT.