Looking For The Best Compound Bows? Find Out Below Which is Right For You…
There are many different options when it comes to compound bows, making it hard to know which one is going to be best for a beginner. This guide is hopefully going to help teach you about the best compound bows, answering some common questions about them.
Compound bows are very common and popular in target archery as well as hunting, mainly because of the speed, accuracy and power that you are able to shoot. The reason you are using the bow will no doubt impact on which one is ideal for you. Other things will also impact on your choice such as draw weights, let off % and pricing.
Here at The Archery Guide, you will be able to see which we feel are the best compound bows. Hopefully this will help make it clearer to you and give you a good understanding as to which one is most suitable for you and your needs.
The Best Compound Bows 2018
There are many compound bows available and below you will find more information on what to look for in a decent bow. If you are just looking for the best compound bow, here are our top choices.
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|PSE (Ready to Shoot) Stinger Extreme RH...||5/5||Click For Price|
|Genesis Original Bow - RH Camo||4.8/5||Click For Price|
|Bear Archery Cruzer G2 RTH Compound Bow...||4.6/5||Click For Price|
|RAPTOR Compound Hunting Bow Kit: LIMBS...||4.5/5||Click For Price|
|SAS Rage 70 Lbs 30'' Compound Bow (Black...||4/5||Click For Price|
The Top 3
Below is a quick overview of the top 3, if you want more detailed reviews, you can find them at the end of the guide.
What To Look For When Buying A Compound Bow?
There are so many different compound bows available but not all of them are going to be suitable for you. Below are different things that you will want to consider when finding the best compound bows, for you and your needs.
The Purpose Of The Compound Bow
The first thing to think about is what you are actually going to be using the bow for, this will help to narrow down different ones. As an example the compound bow you use for target archery would potentially be very different to one you use for hunting.
By knowing how you plan to use it, you can make sure you buy the best compound bows for your goals.
Your skill level would impact on the bow you get, if you are a beginner then you are not going to want to get a bow that is aimed at more advanced archers. The other way round if you are experienced or have the strength.
If you are looking to go bow hunting with your compound, you need to make sure it’s not too light in weight. This will result in you not being able to humanely hunt your prey. Its also very important to make sure the bow doesn’t make too much noise, as this will make hunting very hard.
Bowfishing has become very popular with compound archers, but you need to make sure it has the power to go through the water but not too much that it prevents you from getting the fish and arrow back!
Your budget will play an important role in your buying decision. One of the great things about compound bows is that there are options for people with a variety of budgets. Unlike recurve bows, it is harder to find a compound for less than $150. This is understandable because of the more features a these bows do have. You can get an okay bow for $200+, although naturally options will be limited. You might also find you will need to upgrade sooner or later.
If your budget can stretch you to mid range then you would probably expect to spend around $350-$450. You will find that you have plenty of choices of compound bows to buy, allowing you to find one that is ideal for you and your requirements.
You could spend around $750 for the top range bows, these do tend to be of high quality and something you will be able to use for years. I would only consider spending this amount of money if you do have a lot of experience. If you are new then i’d’ be tempted to go more mid range, as you will potentially save money in the long run by not needing to upgrade if you got a cheaper bow first. If you are a beginner then I would recommend sticking to the low to mid ranged prices.
Which Hand Are You?
Should you get a left handed or right handed compound bow, this would depend on your eye dominance as well as your own personal preference. It can be confusing but the hand you hold the bow is not actually your strongest hand. If you are right handed then you will be using your right hand to pull the string back, as this is typically where the strength is needed.
Left handed compound bows are not as common as right handed, therefore you might find your options are a little more limited if you do need one. (This is just something to bear in mind)
Let Off %
When using a recurve bow, when you draw the bow you need to hold the string and overtime this can become harder and harder due to the increased weight. The let off on a compound bow is the point when you have pulled it back a certain percentage, the weight on the string decreases so you can hold it drawn.
This is essential when hunting as you might need to keep the bow drawn, helping to target and aim more effectively. Even if you are not into hunting, this can still be very useful when doing target archery or field archery. More often than not the percentage is around 60% – 75%.
Eccentric Systems (Cams)
Eccentric system is a mechanical system that these bows are designed on. It works by uses the string combined with cables and harnesses. The cams come in a different range of styles and it is these that help to control the let off, the draw and even the speed of the arrow when shot.
Originally the compound bow used a two cam system but it had some flaws in the fact that it causes the arrow tail to go high or low. You would not normally find two cam systems anymore and therefore you would want to avoid them.
The 3 cam systems are;
The single cam uses a cam on the bottle and idler wheel on the top. These are used as the cable can be stretched but still has great accuracy, although they don’t work well on all draw lengths so this could limit you. Hybrid bows are very much like single cam but it does use two cams that are combined.
Binary bows are the most popular system as it uses cams on the top and the bottom of the bow, this means that you get great accuracy and power.
If you are hunting you will no doubt want your arrows to shoot quickly, this is more important when hunting than during target archery (as the target is not moving!) The shorter the brace height, the quicker the arrow will tend to shoot. To measure the brace height is the distance from the string of the bow to the back of the handle.
The draw length is the distance that the string is drawn back. With compound bows you do need to full draw them and this is more important than on a recurve bow. You therefore need to make sure you get it just right. The benefit though with compounds is that you can mechanically adjust them, which is why they tend to have a min and max draw length.
To find your draw length put your arms out and measure the span from one fingertip to the other and then device this by 2.5. Its also worth noting that the lower the draw length, the slower the arrow will be shot.
You also need to look at the draw weight and make sure that it is one that you can manage, usually a child would have around 15lbs, where as the average adult would be 40-55 lbs. If hunting is your goal then you would want to be able to manage a draw weight of 40lbs.
The draw weight can also be adjusted with a compound bow, you just need to make sure you do draw the bow fully.
Styles Of Riser
You want to be able to keep the bow as light as possible, which is even more important when hunting. Most are made from Aluminum as this is light, if you want it even lighter then you might want fiberglass or carbon fibre. This is then used to attach any accessories needed, IE Sights, arrow rests etc
Which Are The Best Compound Bows? – A Detailed Look
Below are more in-depth overviews of the best compound bows, you will be able to find some basic information, pros & cons and then ratings of each one. Hopefully this will help you see which one is best for you and your needs.
Adam has been enjoying the sport of archery since 2010, intially getting the bug for it whilst on holiday and trying it out in an activity center. Since his very first eperiance of holding a bow and arrow, he fell in love with it and can now be found at the range or in the great outdoors as often as possible.
His main go to bow type is a recurve but he loves shooting from compounds as well. Adam created The Archery Guide as a way to help others get into this great activity and to share his knowledge/experiences.