We spent a couple of days in Texas with Matt Carriker of Demolition Ranch. Before we left, we decided to have a Gun vs. Bow battle of supremacy. Watch the video to see who reigns supreme! A big thank you goes out to Delta McKenzie for supplying the Undead Fred zombie targets.
We recently set up our chronograph to test the speeds of the six bows that are part of the 2017 ArcheryTalk Hunting Bow Project. Each bow is set with a 60-pound draw weight and 29.5-inch draw length. We used the factory draw length settings - we did not measure each bow's draw length ourselves. We are shooting a 398-grain Gold Tip Valkyrie 4 Fletch arrow. The bows tested include the Hoyt Carbon Defiant 31, Prime Centergy Hybrid, Mathews Halon 32, Bowtech Reign 6, Xpedition Xplorer SS and Bear LS-6.
Just before we recorded the long-term review videos of our 2018 target bows, we decided to run them through our chronograph to see what kind of speeds they are producing. This year we were able to borrow a Mathews TRX 38, Prime Centergy X1 and Hoyt Pro Force. Each bow was set up with 60 pounds of draw weight and 29.5 inches of draw length. Each bow was shot using 350-grain Gold Tip Platinum Pierce arrows. It's worth mentioning that speed is not much of a factor for us when it comes to target bows. But for the unknown 3D shooters out there, it is a consideration.
In our latest 2018 Hunting Bow head-to-head competition, we pitted the Hoyt Carbon RX-1 against the Obsession Fixation 6XP in a FITA 720 round at 50 yards. We had just sighted in the Obsession two days prior to this and shot it really well, but for whatever reason we didn't shoot it very well during this particular test. The RX-1, on the other hand, scored fairly well.
It's hard to think of a better time to be an archer than right now. Archery participation, including bow hunting, is on the rise and the bow manufacturers have responded by building more and better bows. While modern flagship hunting bows are packed full of the latest and greatest technology, even entry level hunting bows offer better performance than anything available in the not too distant past. Since it seems that most every publication focuses on flagship bows starting at $900 and going up significantly from there, we thought we'd show you what was available for the bow hunter on a budget. With the help of Shooter's Choice in Waterloo, Canada, we borrowed a Diamond Edge SB-1, PSE Stinger X, Bowtech Fuel, Quest Forge and Bear Threat. Each of these bows comes with just about everything a bow hunter needs to get started, including bow, multi-pin sight, arrow rest, quiver and stabilizer. U.S. retail prices on these five packages range from $400 to $600.
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I wanted to see how the new Thorn Archery broadheads flew with field points, so I put together a little experiment. For those that don't know, Thorn Broadheads are fully contained, so no blade is visible or sticking out while the arrow is in flight. Many broadhead manufacturers promise field-point accuracy, but this design looked like it might actually deliver. To test them out, I shot the broadheads out of a bow that was not perfectly tuned. I used a PSE Evolve 28 with a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest that was only eyeballed. Just before shooting the broadheads, I shot one arrow through paper and got a slight low/left tear (I accidentally said high/right tear in the video). That would normally spell disaster with broadhead flight - at least in my experience. You can see the results for yourself in the video, but I came away very impressed. This video was recorded at Peel Archery Club - http://www.peelarchery.ca
Late on Easter Sunday night I went to my club to sight in the Mathews TRX 38 with my new Gold Tip X Cutter arrows for 3D. Once I was done, I found a previously enjoyed 3-spot target and started playing around at 20 yards. Before I knew it, the clean ends started piling up and I was in the hunt for my first ever Vegas 300. Unfortunately, arrow #25 didn't quite hit the mark and I ended up with a 299, but overall it was good news. I should point out that this was my first time shooting the new Ultra View Jesse Broadwater Edition grip on the TRX and clearly I am very happy with it. It fits in my hand much more naturally than the stock grip. This video was recorded at Peel Archery Club - www.peelarchery.ca
The Mathews TRX 38 was the first of the 2018 bows to arrive as part of ArcheryTalk's 2018 Target Bow Project. I've been shooting it for several months now to prepare for this final review. I had a chance to spend a few months last year with the TRX 7, which shares quite a bit in common with this bow. On paper, the main differences are a two-inch shorter axle-to-axle length and a half-inch longer brace height. But the real difference for me is the new 70V 70% let off mod. This offers up a slightly deeper valley, though it's still not what I would call an overly generous valley. If you get lazy at full draw, this bow will still punish you. I've got myself into trouble more than once by not staying strong at full draw, but overall I've been better able to execute good shots consistently with the TRX 38 than I could with the TRX 7. Like the TRX 7, the draw cycle is wonderfully smooth. There is zero noticeable dump into the valley with this bow – you just smoothly draw and end up at the wall. And though this bow uses cable stops, they offer up a fairly firm wall with just a touch of give, which is pretty much exactly what I am looking for. Because the valley is still fairly short, I don't feel comfortable shooting this bow maxed out at 60 pounds. It's a little too aggressive for my shooting style with that much holding weight. I like it backed down a turn or two and shoot most consistently at 55 or 56 pounds.
The flagship of the Gen-X lineup is the X-Won – a target bow that retails for $299. Since I was testing target bows that were priced from $1,400 to $1,800, I found the idea of a $300 target bow really intriguing, so I reached out to Gen-X and they were able to send over an X-Won for testing. The draw cycle on this bow is pretty nice. It's a smooth daw right into the back wall. The wall is on the spongy side, though. I find this bow likes it best when I pull aggressively through the shot. It will start to creep on me if I get lazy, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Teaching new shooters to stay aggressive should help promote good form, even if it can be a little tiring. Once I get my rest set up properly, I was slapping arrows at 20 and 30 yards with little issue. I have had some trouble shooting bullet holes through paper, but the fletched arrows seem to be grouping well so I can't complain. Once I move out to 40 yards, I did start to notice some fliers, but I'd put the blame on the shooter for those. I shot some FITA-style scoring rounds with this bow at 50 meters and 70 meters and the bow didn’t let me down. My scores were definitely a couple notches below what I was getting with the flagship target bows, but this thing is a shooter. If you give a pro like Jesse Broadwater this bow and give me the Mathews TRX 7, I have no doubt in my mind he would beat me…by a lot. And that's why I'd have no trouble recommending this bow to somebody interested in getting started in target archery. The X-Won is an affordable entry point into the sport and its versatility allows a young archer to grow with the bow. And if they end up getting serious about archery down the like, the high priced flagship bows will always be there.