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New to Target Archery Needs Help

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After months of borrowing friends’ gear to shoot, I’ve decided to make the investment and buy my own bow. After initial research, I’ve discovered that I’m WAY over my head. About all that I DO know for sure is that I want a compound bow, probably with dual wheels instead of cams. After that I’m lost. What brand should I try for? I know Hoyt is fantastic, but pretty expensive. What about Merlin? How about Browning? Is that a "hunting only" machine? I know I’ll probably buy used to start, so getting a good one is paramount. Lastly, anyone know any good shops in the Western Massachusetts area to buy equipment? Any help from experienced folks out there would be appreciated.

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>What brand should I try for? I know Hoyt >is fantastic, but pretty expensive. What about Merlin? How about

The Merlins are really great! But AFAIK no wheels anymore. The top model, the Max 2000 use cams. But give the guys at Merlin a call or send an email. They always have good offers in bows from 2001 or 2000. I got a very good "Target Master" with flite wheels for a club mate last year. A new one, very forgiving, excellent performance AND very cheap!! He is very happy with that bow! >Browning? Is that a "hunting only" machine? I know I’ll probably buy

What I did see from Browning this year, was the longest ata at 37". That is to short for serious target archery. >used to start, so getting a good one is paramount.

That is the right decision! — Sven

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I know of places in Eastern Mass, but as for Western Mass you might be good to look into Central NY (albany area) for ranges and pro shops to talk to. There are lots of quality target shooters in that area, I remeber something in Latham NY that has a quality club. Han Su Kim – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text ->What brand should I try for? I know Hoyt >is fantastic, but pretty expensive. What about Merlin? How about > The Merlins are really great! But AFAIK no wheels anymore. > The top model, the Max 2000 use cams. > But give the guys at Merlin a call or send an email. They always have > good offers in bows from 2001 or 2000. I got a very good > "Target Master" with flite wheels for a club mate last year. A new > one, very forgiving, excellent performance AND very cheap!! > He is very happy with that bow! >Browning? Is that a "hunting only" machine? I know I’ll probably buy > What I did see from Browning this year, was the longest ata at 37". > That is to short for serious target archery. >used to start, so getting a good one is paramount. > That is the right decision! > — > Sven

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Thanks much Sven. I’m currently looking at a PSE Citation target bow and a PSE Mach 8 also. I can’t get the date on either machine, but they’re both in "very good" to "mint" shape. To sweeten the deal, I can get a VERY good price on either of them, and the Citation comes with a Check-it Micro adjustable target sight. What should I expect for something like this? Any clue? Lastly, I’m looking at a Hoyt SuperStar target bow in great shape for a fair price. What do you think? Which is the answer? I sure can’t figure it out.

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you can also check the USARCHERY website to see a list of sanctioned clubs – perhaps one will be nearby, OR you can contact someone that can in turn give you better information… http://www.usarchery.org/naapub/states/east.htm (howdy, there, HSK) – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – > I know of places in Eastern Mass, but as for Western Mass you might be good > to look into Central NY (albany area) for ranges and pro shops to talk to. > There are lots of quality target shooters in that area, I remeber something > in Latham NY that has a quality club. > Han Su Kim > >What brand should I try for? I know Hoyt > >is fantastic, but pretty expensive. What about Merlin? How about > The Merlins are really great! But AFAIK no wheels anymore. > The top model, the Max 2000 use cams. > But give the guys at Merlin a call or send an email. They always have > good offers in bows from 2001 or 2000. I got a very good > "Target Master" with flite wheels for a club mate last year. A new > one, very forgiving, excellent performance AND very cheap!! > He is very happy with that bow! > >Browning? Is that a "hunting only" machine? I know I’ll probably buy > What I did see from Browning this year, was the longest ata at 37". > That is to short for serious target archery. > >used to start, so getting a good one is paramount. > That is the right decision! > — > Sven

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Thanks for the locations Han, I’m familiar with some of the shops out east. Any ideas on what that premium target bow to buy is? I listed a few that I’m looking at, all used, and want to make the right decision. (i.e. I don’t want to get screwed.) One older Merlin, a Hoyt, and a couple of PSEs.

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> you can also check the USARCHERY website to see a list of sanctioned clubs – > perhaps one will be nearby, OR you can contact someone that can in turn give > you better information…

I SOMEHOW left off Anthony Belletini’s name on this last post – his email address is found on the link below – sorry for the kludged post…. – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> http://www.usarchery.org/naapub/states/east.htm > (howdy, there, HSK) > I know of places in Eastern Mass, but as for Western Mass you might be good > to look into Central NY (albany area) for ranges and pro shops to talk to. > There are lots of quality target shooters in that area, I remeber something > in Latham NY that has a quality club. > Han Su Kim > > >What brand should I try for? I know Hoyt > > >is fantastic, but pretty expensive. What about Merlin? How about > > The Merlins are really great! But AFAIK no wheels anymore. > > The top model, the Max 2000 use cams. > > But give the guys at Merlin a call or send an email. They always have > > good offers in bows from 2001 or 2000. I got a very good > > "Target Master" with flite wheels for a club mate last year. A new > > one, very forgiving, excellent performance AND very cheap!! > > He is very happy with that bow! > > >Browning? Is that a "hunting only" machine? I know I’ll probably buy > > What I did see from Browning this year, was the longest ata at 37". > > That is to short for serious target archery. > > >used to start, so getting a good one is paramount. > > That is the right decision! > > — > > Sven > — > TexARC > publicize the sport of Archery! > http://www.texasarchery.org > Outgoing messages scanned for viruses by Nortons AV 2002

– TexARC publicize the sport of Archery! http://www.texasarchery.org Outgoing messages scanned for viruses by Nortons AV 2002

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> After months of borrowing friends’ gear to shoot, I’ve decided to make > the investment and buy my own bow. After initial research, I’ve > discovered that I’m WAY over my head. About all that I DO know for > sure is that I want a compound bow, probably with dual wheels instead > of cams. After that I’m lost. What brand should I try for? I know Hoyt > is fantastic, but pretty expensive. What about Merlin? How about > Browning? Is that a "hunting only" machine? I know I’ll probably buy > used to start, so getting a good one is paramount. > Lastly, anyone know any good shops in the Western Massachusetts area > to buy equipment? > Any help from experienced folks out there would be appreciated.

Martin makes the best dual wheel bow, IMHO. You can check out their models on the Net. Fred — "The only secure Microsoft software is what’s still shrink-wrapped in their warehouse…" (Forno)

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