First of all, hello from the new guy. I've come here looking for a place where I can learn more about archery, as I've just picked up the addiction this year. Currently, I am using a buddy's old bow (High Country Max Force). I didn't want to buy a bow until I had a chance to get some shooting under my belt, and my plan now is to purchase a bow next year.
At this point, my shooting will be limited to practice and hunting. I am interested in doing some 3D shooting, but not in any competitions (at least not in the forseeable future).
A few of my friends/aquaintances have Mathews bows - most are Outbacks, one Switchback, and one Legacy(?). They all love them and swear by them. My neighbor has a Hoyt V-Tech that I think sleeps in the bed between him and his wife. I also hear lots of good things about Bowtech. So my question is, for a beginner like myself, where should I start? I don't want to break the bank, but I don't want to be left wanting more in only a year. I have looked at Reflex and PSE also. I am willing to spend $600 to $800 on a bow, but would like to remain below that if I can get a good bow. I have shot both a Swithback and an Outback and they make the High Country look like a relic. They are both extremely smooth and quiet. My problem is that I don't want to buy a Mathews just because that is what all my friends have - I'd like to get the best bow for the money. I'll buy any brand, as long as it works for me.
Thanks in advance for your opinions.