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#3514949 - 12/25/13 12:53 AM Mathews
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Will eventually save up and buy a new (used) bow. I already shoot a single cam bow. Would like to buy a Mathews. Specifically the Switchback XT. Why should or shouldn't I buy it? Is there something better for the money or is it a good choice? Just looking for opinions.
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#3515212 - 12/25/13 08:36 AM Re: Mathews [Re: catman529]
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Best bow Matthews ever made in my opinion . And I don't like Matthews bows . But if I got another one it would be a switchback for sure .
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#3515476 - 12/25/13 11:42 AM Re: Mathews [Re: bowhunter163]
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As said a lot of people think it's the best bow Mathews made & you will be getting a quality bow. So if that what you want go for it. However, there are some disadvantages I guess you would say, or downside to buying one. When you find one, you will pay for it. It won't be like a buying another brand bow that old. Also, you won't have a warranty. So if your limbs break or something a week after you get it there you are. Myself, before I would pay what you will have to for a sbxt, I would buy a new Mission by Mathews. You won't get there top model for it but you should be able to get a new bow with a warranty for what you will pay for a sbxt.
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#3515507 - 12/25/13 12:06 PM Re: Mathews [Re: TheAirMan]
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You will pay for it for sure. But as TheAirMan said, you will be at risk of buying a bow that is several yrs old. Most people wouldn't have taken the time to grease the limb bolts, etc. You don't know what you are really buying either...what if they dry fired it, or done this or that to it? It could have warped axles, it could have bad bearings. There are a lot of things that it could have wrong with it. And you might luck up into a really good one. But you just don't know. I don't mind buying used bows IF they are still in production. But I wont buy one that's no longer in production and especially if it hasn't been in several years.
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#3515530 - 12/25/13 12:32 PM Re: Mathews [Re: Crow Terminator]
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MQ-1 best hunting bow Mathews ever built IMO....
I would not be afraid to buy used if in good shape.. You can usually look at one and tell... Most bows are carried way more than they are shot. Some just sit in the house... I good quality used bow is a much better investment than a new bow IMO... Buying a new bow is a losing proposition, bought like buying a new car. They lose value very fast..
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#3515598 - 12/25/13 01:21 PM Re: Mathews [Re: Roost 1]
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To me it depends on the situation. If you were talking about buying a 2 year old z7extreme to a new Creed, I would probably agree. However, the sbxt is an old bow now. Bow companies have come a long way since then. I personally can't see any advantage in paying what a person would have to for a sbxt when they could get a new bow with a warranty for the same amour of money.
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#3515612 - 12/25/13 01:27 PM Re: Mathews [Re: Roost 1]
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I'd say go for it if you plan on doing some work to it. It will be out of warranty which is kinda of a big deal. Otherwise shoot as many different bows as possible and buy from a bow shop that can set it up for you.
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#3515644 - 12/25/13 01:53 PM Re: Mathews [Re: UTGrad]
Eric Kilby
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If I buy another used bow it will be the switchback xt first thing I would do is take it to a archery shop and have it gone through greased and put back in spec... after that I wouldn't have a worry in the world about it
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#3515755 - 12/25/13 03:46 PM Re: Mathews [Re: Eric Kilby]
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if I were going to buy a Matthews that one would be about the only one I would own. but I would look at buying a new bow, for a few reasons yes they are higher but you know what you are buying, two you can let the bow choose you not you choosing the bow. three that is a pretty old bow. 4 if you are going to look at used bows there are several on this site and on archery talk much newer and imo better bows for very good reasonable prices. I would stray away from buying a 6 year old used bow. also you can get a very good new bow for around the same price as a used switch back. but by all means that's just me if your dead set on it go for it. check it over good and take it to a pro shop or someone that knows what they are doing get it tuned and back in spec. and I think you'll be good just check it over good.
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#3516616 - 12/26/13 08:57 AM Re: Mathews [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
MQ-1 best hunting bow Mathews ever built IMO....


I would give that honor to the zmax. still hunting with mine after 15 years. if I bought another Mathews, it would be a DXT.
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