Buying Guide: Best Compound Bow Models and Features
Bows have evolved quite a bit over the centuries. From the pre-historic short bow, to the medieval long bows and recurve bows, and finally in the last hundred years, the compound bow was invented. The compound design features a system of pullies and leavers, which helps create the artificial torque needed to deliver arrows, at a fraction of the effort. It has a distinct advantage over all other bows, in both ease of use, as well as power, versatility, and aim. Here is a list of the best compound bows on the market today, along with some key attributes to look for when making your choice.
|Picture||Name||Draw Length||Draw Weight||Price||Rating|
|Genesis Bow Kit, Right Handed, Black||25 inch axle to axle||10 to 20 pounds||$$$$||4.7|
|Bear Archery Right Hand Warrior III Bow Set||25.5-Inch axle-to-axle length 21 to 23-Inch draw length||24 to 29 pounds||$$||4.5|
|Bear Archery Right Hand Warrior III Bow Set||25.5-Inch axle-to-axle 21-23 inch draw length||24 to 29 pound draw weight||$$||4.5|
|Barnett Outdoors Team Realtree Banshee Quad Junior Compound Bow Archery Set||24- to 26-inch draw length||25 pounds||$||4.5|
|Infinite Edge Bow Package||25 inch draw||30 pounds||$$$$$||4.4|
|Diamond By Bowtech Core 40-70# 25"-30# Right Hand Compound Bow Package||25-30 inch draw||30 pounds||$$$$$||4.1|
Attributes to Look for When Choosing the Best Compound Bow
Accuracy: Obviously the most important attribute of any ranged piece of sporting equipment is how accurate it is. When looking at bows, keep in mind that most of the ineffective bows have been weeded out of the market, and now there are only the cream of the crop available to purchase, thanks to extensive regulations and the cost to produce, its really hard to mess it up.
The accuracy in a sense, is somewhat dictated by the shooter themselves, its a team effort. No matter how quick you are at firing, if you can’t hit the broad side of a barn, what good is it? So, how can you determine the accuracy? First, take a look at its brace height. The longer the brace height, the more accurate it should be, with most braces being between 6 and 7 inches.
The Noise: This is entirely dependent, on whether you are hunting or not. Competitive archers who only shoot at targets don’t care much whether the bow is quiet, but if you’ve ever gone hunting, you’ll know exactly how important a quiet bow is. Deer especially are notorious at jumping at the slightest bit of noise from the string.
Bows are much quieter and faster than they use to be, but you still want to make sure the string is as shock-free as you can make it, and usually the more shock free a bow is, the more accurate it will be as well.
With this in mind, look for vibration reducing accessories when purchasing your bow, and shock observers. Most bows already have these on them, although you may need to do some queries to look at possibly alternatives.
The Weight: This is HUGE. Bows have come a long way, with most compound bows weighing between 3 and 6 pounds. They are made of light weight, synthetic material today which accounts for their light weight. In the past it was hard find a single piece of equipment below 10 pounds, today you might be able to install everything and it will weigh less than 8 pounds.
Weight is extremely important, for two reasons. The first reason, simply carrying it around can be an obstacle. When carrying around this compound “contraption”, it can be just about the most cumbersome thing that someone can carry. Compound bows are much more compact than they use to be, but they are still a nuisance, and a heavy one just makes your quality of life while carrying a living hell. Secondly, when you actually are getting into position to line up the shot and fire, if it is heavy it can add a lot of strain on the arms. A few years of steady use should help alleviate some of this strain(along with boosting your muscles up), but holding a bow at length can cause your muscles to destabilize and ruin your shot. So get one that is light and easy to handle!
The Speed: If there is one attribute that you can probably get away with skimping on, its the speed of fire. This is a combination of the archers strength, along with the torque itself, and as well as the arrow. Here is a tip, forget about this. Unless your shooting deer at extremely long range, in which wind plays a huge factor, don’t pay any mind to this, because quick bows are expensive.
What about the Cam?
The cam is the system of pullies and levers that the bow uses in order to develop its torque. Cams use to just come in one flavor, a single cam system, although today there are many different kinds of cams, and they are all about the same in terms of ease to use, and to tune. These include the binary cam system, and the cam and a 1/2 system, and the only true difference is how it feels to the user.