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    Hello Everyone! I'm a first year bowhunter having taken my first deer ever during the Fall 2008 season... I'm totally addicted to bowhunting and archery. My plan is to get into 3D competition this year as well... because I have a hard time letting a day go by without drawing my bow! I currently shoot both compound and traditional. I shoot a Bear Lights Out 70# @ 28" and a White Wolf Custom Bows Longhunter carbon core longbow. The Bear is my primary hunting bow (though I hope to take the longbow out next season!) It is a great, compact, entry-level hunting bow. Now that I want to get into competition, I want to step up the bow. I will likely keep the Bear, but I am considering 2 bows right now: Mathews DXT and Elite Archery GT500. Both will bump up my arrow speed for flatter flight, both have a nice feel, good wall, snappy release, and group well. I like them both. The Mathews I would likely purchase from a family member who hunted it one season for a really good price (set up minus the sight). The GT500 would be brand new, bow only, but I am still getting a great price on it as well from a great local shop, so that is not so much my concern. What I am looking for a good stable bow that will be used for competition and occasional hunting (I will be hunting with the Bear or longbow mostly).

    I would really appreciate any advice anyone can offer about which bow is the better choice for 3D/hunting? Given, for me, they both feel great, does anyone have experience competing with either bow? Hunting with either bow?

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    Shoot them both and get the one that feels best to you. I like Mathews and their customer service is absolutely the best. Elite I'm just not so sure about. But in the end it all depends on what you can shoot the best. GOOD LUCK.


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    Of the 2 I would go with the GT500.....
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    [QUOTE=BUNNYMAN;219783]Of the 2 I would go with the GT500.....[/QUOTE]

    You feeing ok Bunny???

    They are both very nice bows. The GT500 is a little faster and has longer aTa which is why I would choose it for 3d and hunting.
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    The GT500. Longer ata generally makes the bow more stable = better 3D bow imo.
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    [QUOTE=Looney Bin;219785]
    Quote Originally Posted by BUNNYMAN View Post
    Of the 2 I would go with the GT500.....[/QUOTE]

    You feeing ok Bunny???

    They are both very nice bows. The GT500 is a little faster and has longer aTa which is why I would choose it for 3d and hunting.
    Feeling JUST FINE.......

    DXT is too short

    DXT is too light

    DXT doesnt have a rear stab hole (which is a big deal to me)

    GT500 is a perfect blend of weight and speed

    GT500 has a very stiff back wall

    GT500, has what might be the PERFECT grip area

    GT500 has a rear stab hole

    Now if you compaired the GT500 to the DLD, the outcome of my choices would be different......
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    [QUOTE=BUNNYMAN;219788]
    Quote Originally Posted by Looney Bin View Post

    Feeling JUST FINE.......

    DXT is too short

    DXT is too light

    DXT doesnt have a rear stab hole (which is a big deal to me)

    GT500 is a perfect blend of weight and speed

    GT500 has a very stiff back wall

    GT500, has what might be the PERFECT grip area

    GT500 has a rear stab hole

    Now if you compaired the GT500 to the DLD, the outcome of my choices would be different......

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    [QUOTE=Looney Bin;219793]
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    You have shot an elite gt500 who locally has them in stock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraElite 06 View Post
    You have shot an elite gt500 who locally has them in stock?
    give me a call.....I will PM you....
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    Pm Sent..........
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    Saw the P.M. before reading the post.
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    Do you own A DXT bunny?Well the silly rabbit has his opinion but yours is all that matters like others have said shoot them both and make your own decisions.I for 1 have owned them both and would take the DXT hands down.The bow has never been to short or to light for me.I think the shortness causing a severe string angle may come into play if you were a longer draw but as short as your draw is you should not have an issue.Elite has long since had string issues and speed issues as well si if you do plan on buying the Elite plan on buying a new set of strings and paying for a tune job.I have shot Elites since 06 and have recently stopped shooting them due to poor QC and CS.I have resumed my obsession with Mathews bows and to me the DXT is the best bow they have made to date.None of this matters though if you cannot shoot the bow well so which ever bow you choose I am sure will be the right bow for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trophytaker75 View Post
    Do you own A DXT bunny?Well the silly rabbit has his opinion but yours is all that matters like others have said shoot them both and make your own decisions.I for 1 have owned them both and would take the DXT hands down.The bow has never been to short or to light for me.I think the shortness causing a severe string angle may come into play if you were a longer draw but as short as your draw is you should not have an issue.Elite has long since had string issues and speed issues as well si if you do plan on buying the Elite plan on buying a new set of strings and paying for a tune job.I have shot Elites since 06 and have recently stopped shooting them due to poor QC and CS.I have resumed my obsession with Mathews bows and to me the DXT is the best bow they have made to date.None of this matters though if you cannot shoot the bow well so which ever bow you choose I am sure will be the right bow for you.
    I switched from Mathews to Elite. Lets talk about how the buss cable serving seperates on the DXT after how many shots. My elite string has not moved any and Im saying any. I have been shooting the XLR for month now everday. Cams have not moved from there mark. Elite bow compared to the Mathews DXT. For me its not even close. I haved owned them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trophytaker75 View Post
    Do you own A DXT bunny?Well the silly rabbit has his opinion but yours is all that matters like others have said shoot them both and make your own decisions.I for 1 have owned them both and would take the DXT hands down.The bow has never been to short or to light for me.I think the shortness causing a severe string angle may come into play if you were a longer draw but as short as your draw is you should not have an issue.Elite has long since had string issues and speed issues as well si if you do plan on buying the Elite plan on buying a new set of strings and paying for a tune job.I have shot Elites since 06 and have recently stopped shooting them due to poor QC and CS.I have resumed my obsession with Mathews bows and to me the DXT is the best bow they have made to date.None of this matters though if you cannot shoot the bow well so which ever bow you choose I am sure will be the right bow for you.

    WHAT A TOOL

    HE ASKED FOR AN OPINION......

    I GAVE HIM MINE!

    I dont need to OWN a DXT, I can shoot the SHOPs DXT, ANYTIME I want to....and for as long as I want to.......

    YOU KNOW WHY I DONT??

    I WONT OWN A MATHEWS WITH THERE GRIP ANYMORE.......(or without a rear stab hole)

    MY DLD has a Shrewd grip on it......I LOVE THE BOW.......

    it has a REAR STAB hole......(AGAIN THIS IS A BIG DEAL TO ME)

    I never thought I would hear a BIGGER MATHEWS FANBOY, THAN Bowhuntnhoosier.......you have taken the cake.....

    Did you say any of the Mathews shooters place with a DXT this year???

    THERE IS A HUGE REASON FOR THAT.....

    THE GT500 gives him more room to move around in classes......

    THE DXT would make a great ground blind bow, IF thats what you want to do with it......

    I have shot the DXT a bunch, trying to get it to shoot anywhere near my DLD, or the GT500, and it just isnt in the same class....


    AGAIN FOR A HUNTING BOW-IT WOULD SERVE HIM WELL......

    BUT HE ASKED ABOUT IT FOR BOTH HUNTING AND COMPITITION!!!!!

    try reading next time, and answering unbiased, like I did.......

    I dont OWN EITHER BOW, BUT HAVE SPENT TIME SHOOTING BOTH.......

    I wouldnt OWN either, but thats NOT what he asked.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Boone View Post
    I switched from Mathews to Elite. Lets talk about how the buss cable serving seperates on the DXT after how many shots. My elite string has not moved any and Im saying any. I have been shooting the XLR for month now everday. Cams have not moved from there mark. Elite bow compared to the Mathews DXT. For me its not even close. I haved owned them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUNNYMAN View Post
    WHAT A TOOL

    HE ASKED FOR AN OPINION......

    I GAVE HIM MINE!

    I dont need to OWN a DXT, I can shoot the SHOPs DXT, ANYTIME I want to....and for as long as I want to.......

    YOU KNOW WHY I DONT??

    I WONT OWN A MATHEWS WITH THERE GRIP ANYMORE.......(or without a rear stab hole)

    MY DLD has a Shrewd grip on it......I LOVE THE BOW.......

    it has a REAR STAB hole......(AGAIN THIS IS A BIG DEAL TO ME)

    I never thought I would hear a BIGGER MATHEWS FANBOY, THAN Bowhuntnhoosier.......you have taken the cake.....

    Did you say any of the Mathews shooters place with a DXT this year???

    THERE IS A HUGE REASON FOR THAT.....

    THE GT500 gives him more room to move around in classes......

    THE DXT would make a great ground blind bow, IF thats what you want to do with it......

    I have shot the DXT a bunch, trying to get it to shoot anywhere near my DLD, or the GT500, and it just isnt in the same class....


    AGAIN FOR A HUNTING BOW-IT WOULD SERVE HIM WELL......

    BUT HE ASKED ABOUT IT FOR BOTH HUNTING AND COMPITITION!!!!!

    try reading next time, and answering unbiased, like I did.......

    I dont OWN EITHER BOW, BUT HAVE SPENT TIME SHOOTING BOTH.......

    I wouldnt OWN either, but thats NOT what he asked.....
    Hey just cause you got those tiny girl hands and can't seem to make the grip work for you don't drag me into this. I gave him the best suggestion as any. Shoot them both and see what works best for you. Now go back to your bunny show and leave me outta your arguments.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by BowhuntnHoosier View Post
    Hey just cause you got those tiny girl hands and can't seem to make the grip work for you don't drag me into this. I gave him the best suggestion as any. Shoot them both and see what works best for you. Now go back to your bunny show and leave me outta your arguments.....
    I wasnt putting you down.......

    Its O.k., Frank, I too was like you, once upon a time.....thinking that Mathews was the only good bow made......

    in time you too grasshoppper wil get better informed.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUNNYMAN View Post
    I wasnt putting you down.......

    Its O.k., Frank, I too was like you, once upon a time.....thinking that Mathews was the only good bow made......

    in time you too grasshoppper wil get better informed.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
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