Going to the "dark side" - 1st compound

Discussion in 'Beginners Archery Range' started by khel, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. khel

    khel Junior Member

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    Hi all,

    I've been shooting traditional bows only and I am quite happy and enjoy shooting them, but... I've decided to try hunting with compound as well :)

    Anyway, at the local archery shop I've been recommended Mathew's Ovation. I like the way it feels in my hands and reviews are rather good for this bow, but..... with 1 pin fiber sight, silencers and limb savers (or whatever they are called) it'll cost me around $800.... and that got me thinking if it really worth that much or if there's better/cheaper alternatives.

    Any ideas are welcome :)

    Thanks
     
  2. tnts79

    tnts79 Senior Member

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    Shoot a bunch of bows and pick the one you like best. That is the best policy when shopping for new bows, just shoot them, then let your wallet or wife decide which one from the ones you like! Good luck
     

  3. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    You can get a used, but in super condition, Ovation for $350 in the classifieds over on archerytalk.com.

    $800 sounds awful high for a bow that isn't made anymore.....:noidea:
     
  4. tnts79

    tnts79 Senior Member

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    Thats kinda what I was thinking too, i'm not real familiar with Mathews models but I new the Ovation was an older model. $800 is the upper end of the price range for the new 08's! Someone my be trying to pull one over on our new forum member....:mad:
     
  5. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    Unless you are shooting with fingers (which you might be) an Ovation wouldn't be my first choice in a hunting bow anyway.
     
  6. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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  7. khel

    khel Junior Member

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    Thanks a lot,

    I'll try to find a used one, as $350 sounds much better for a first bow :)

    And yes, I'm planning to shoot with a tab at least for some time.
     
  8. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    If you are wanting a Mathews, the Conquest 2 and 3, and the Ovation would all make good finger bows without breaking the bank.
     
  9. tenzero1

    tenzero1 Member

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    I would go to your local gander mountain and try thier bows out, there alot cheaper and they have some pretty nice bows also ebay has some good deals on bows as long as u find a good seller!
     
  10. sleepytrucker

    sleepytrucker Junior Member

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    no offence but stay away from gander mtn, bass pro and cabelas find a proshop the people at the big 3 dont no buss cables from bull cables and thats putting it nice
     
  11. Archerdad

    Archerdad Senior Member

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    ovations are good bows.
    8 bills for a used ovation is way high.
    conquests are faster and about the same specs.
    i had an ovation and with string silencers was very quiet and smooooth drawing also.
    good solid stable bow.
    i put crackers strings on mine and it was a shooter.
    now i wish i still had it.:frusty:
     
  12. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Evil Genius

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    Welcome to the forum...

    I think JCM nailed it...
    Look for a used Ovation, or Conquest...

    Good luck and keep us posted...and don't forget WE LOVE PIC'S...:D
     
  13. khel

    khel Junior Member

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    Thanks again, I've found a couple used ovations in $275-300 range for bare bow and in the process of negotiating details.

    Oh, and I have a couple of noobie questions, but.. will probably start a new thread on it.
     
  14. BowhuntnHoosier

    BowhuntnHoosier Bisquit.......

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    I love my Ovation. Its a smooth shooter. Good luck.