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Best Bows for Under $400

There's no need to spend big bucks to arrow a deer this season.
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Shopping for a bow? Whether you're new to the sport or an arrow-flinging vet, some pros would have you think a good rig will run you a grand or more. Don't believe 'em. These bows and the accessories that follow (page BB8) will have you completely set up for much less.



1. Alpine
Impact X-treme

Cost: $339

Weight: 3.3 lb.

Axle-to-axle: 34 in.

Draw wt.: 50-70 lb.

Draw length: 26-30 in.

Brace height: 6½ in.

Color: Realtree Hardwoods Green HD

Let-off: 65-80%

IBO Speed Rating: 290 fps

Comments: Attention to detail and design innovation make this short bow a true
mid-range performer. (208-746-4717;
alpinearchery.com)



2. Diamond
Rapture

Cost: $399

Weight: 3.6 lb.

Axle-to-axle: 33 in.

Draw wt.: 50-70 lb.

Draw length: 26-31 in.

Brace height: 7½ in.

Color: Mossy Oak New Break-Up

Let-off: 65-80%

IBO Speed Rating: 300 fps

Comments: Impresses with speed, adjustability and quality of
construction at a
reasonable price. (877-269-2776;
diamondarchery.com)



3. Fred Bear
Realtree Vapor

Cost: $299

Weight: 4.4 lb.

Axle-to-axle: 34¼ in.

Draw wt.: 40-70 lb.

Draw length: 28-30 in.

Brace height: 7¼ in.

Color: Realtree Hardwoods HD

Let-off: 65-75%

IBO Speed Rating: 302 fps

Comments: A truly sweet shooter. The perimeter-weighted cam and finish add to this bow's unique appeal. (866-556-2754; fulldraw.net)


4. Martin
Jaguar Mag
Dyna Cam

Cost: $279

Weight: 3.9 lb.

Axle-to-axle: 32½ in.

Draw wt.: 40-70 lb.

Draw length: 25-30 in.

Brace height: 7 in.

Color: Mossy Oak Break-Up

Let-off: 65-75%

IBO Speed Rating: 300 fps

Comments: An aggressive cam system and 7-inch brace height make this bow both swift and accurate. (509-529-2554;
martinarchery.com)



5. Parker
Buckhunter

Cost: $269

Weight: 3.6 lb.

Axle-to-axle: 35½ in.

Draw wt.: 40-70 lb.

Draw length: 27-31 in.

Brace height: 7 in.

Color: TreBark Big Woods

Let-off: 65-80%

IBO Speed Rating: 286 fps

Comments: Distances itself from the field with quality construction and features found on high-end models. (540-337-5426; parkerbows.com)

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