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#1111157 - 01/03/09 02:46 PM old bow or new bow
bellwood
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Guys- I have not bow hunted in about 8 years, but my bow is a 20 year old PSE Spirit. I'm getting back into it next season and would rather not drop $600+ on a new one and all that goes with it. Assuming I put in the practice time, am I at a disadvantage compared to today's technology? I'm worried about arrow release noise and speed of arrow. Any advice much appreciated, thanks.
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#1111177 - 01/03/09 03:09 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: ]
stik
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that old pse will kill a deer just as dead as a new one. there are many limb saver products that help quieten a bow. carbon arrows will help some with the speed issue but many deer are killed every year with recurve/long bows shooting under 200 fps. practice is the main thing. unless you just want a new bow, what you have should be fine.
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#1111188 - 01/03/09 03:24 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: stik]
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Odds are you string and cables need to be replaced. So you would really need to figure the cost of a new set of them and having them installed. So you need to ask yourself do you want to put that money in a 20 year old bow. You can get out for under $600 easy if you want (for bow and accessories) and will have a bow that will kill deer just as good as the most expensive. I would look a the Mission bows, some of the lower end Parkers or the PSE Brute. You can catch deals on the accessories you need on ebay or other places.
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#1111260 - 01/03/09 04:31 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: TheAirMan]
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Bows are much better than they were 20 years ago . You can fix up your old rig with new strings , etc. , but it still won't shoot like the newer rigs .
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#1111351 - 01/03/09 05:51 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: bellwood]
bellwood
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Thanks for the replies gents, i think i may tune up my old bow and practice a lot.
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#1111360 - 01/03/09 05:56 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: bellwood]
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If the limbs are worn or dry rotted be very careful drawing it for awhile. Had a friend almost loose an eye when a limb snapped. Think about pawn shops, you can get some awesome bows completely set up dirt cheap!
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#1112316 - 01/04/09 02:44 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: bellwood]
turkeyhunter64
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I've got a 10 yr old PSE Carrea and it will shoot just as good as the new bows and I keep my money. Would be nice to have a new one but why spend the cash. Shoot what you got and if you are not happy then look at tradeing.
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#1112348 - 01/04/09 03:02 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: turkeyhunter64]
Radar
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I would recommend shooting a few new bows at the pro shops , then deciding for yourself if you think a new bow is worth the money . ;\)
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#1113699 - 01/05/09 12:05 PM Re: old bow or new bow [Re: bellwood]
LCU
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 Originally Posted By: bellwood
Guys- I have not bow hunted in about 8 years, but my bow is a 20 year old PSE Spirit. I'm getting back into it next season and would rather not drop $600+ on a new one and all that goes with it. Assuming I put in the practice time, am I at a disadvantage compared to today's technology? I'm worried about arrow release noise and speed of arrow. Any advice much appreciated, thanks.


Some bows have come a long way in 20 years.
Old bows kill game,but some of the modern compound bow improvements are huge.
Go to a dealer and shoot a few to see if the difference to you is worth spending money on. May not be worth it to you,but yes they have changed.
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