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The 20 Best Hunting Bows Under $500

The 20 Best Hunting Bows Under $500

Bowhunting editor Todd Kuhn rounds up the 20 best bows that cost less than $500. The gallery includes compounds for kids, women and men.
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from ottawa rogue wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

why are all bows nowadays so short? I'm 6'4 wiht a 80" wingspan (32"DL) and there's no way i could shoot aome of these bows.
i guess i'll just have to stick with my '89 oneida, it's plenty fast enough (305fps@70lbs 32"draw) and quiet. just watch out for that lower limb been there done that ONCE :D

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from Deerhunter25 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I just got a Mission Craze and absolutely love it. It is an awesome bow and reccomend it to anyone. Absolutely ready for deer season!

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from HunterDan wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I bought the Mission Craze and shot my first deer with a bow, a 3-point with 13" antlers. It's a great bow, easy to use in a tree stand. I highly recommend it.

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from HunterDan wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Just looked at a Mission Craze at my local archery shop. I was drooling! I'm probably going to spring for it. This is an incredible bow, smooth draw. Certainly worth the 299.00.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I'm with 6phunter!! I used to work in a sporting goods store in Montana, and had a gentleman ask how much to bore-sight his rifle. When I told him it was a convenience we supplied for our customers, he went out and returned with a Weatherby rifle that had a Swarovsky scope mounted on it. I would venture to guess he had what amounted to about a month's salary (for me) tied up in that setup. I'd almost be willing to bet he DIDN'T take it out and FINISH the sighting-in process, and I could most likely shoot just as straight (if not BETTER!!) using my military-surplus .06 and 4 power Leupold!!

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

MR.DEIOMA,you certaintly hit the bulls eye.I once watched a fairly decent skeet shooter but a not very likeable man rush his shots and failed to score.Afterwards he blamed the mediocre 1100 remmington for his misses.The next shoot he was carrying a KRIEGOFF a very expensive gun at the time,and still rushed his shots ,posting another score similar to his original.In my hunting experience I'VE learned that a quiet shooting bow is far more deadly.BTW I bought that mediocre 1100 remmington that day at a very resonable price under his frustraded condition,and shot several straight strings and filled my game bag on more than one occasion.

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from Robert Deioma wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@bkmorgan50 - If your bringing home 2-3 deer a year that's not the bow sir, that's the hunter. Well done. And of course when you have something that works for you, stick with it. Heck I need a hunting mentor. lol.

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from Robert Deioma wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@mformica - You're right, That can be a great way to find a great bow since a lot of guys who "Must have" the newest best thing out there trade in often, but sometimes you end up buying someone else's nightmare. I personally prefer being the first owner of my shooting equipment, bow, rifle, pistol etc.

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from Robert Deioma wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

A number of comments: OL - Can we get this info in a nice chart so we can make easier comparisons? That would be cool. And Just curious why these rigs didn't get the same field testing and star ratings as the expensive bows? I would love to get that feedback as well.

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from Michael Formica wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Isn't the best $500 bow, a fully outfitted 2 year old $1000 bow that someone traded in?

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from bowhunter113 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

i can't believe they didn't mention the bear apprentice.bought one for the wife , her first bow nad only shelled out about 300.00 at bass pro, and it has sights, quiver,d-loop,and rest. and it is pink camo. maybe someone should have researched a little deeper.

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from bkmorgan50 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Wow - I'm still getting 2-3 deer a year with my old Darton that I bought for $135 back in 1985...

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from bkmorgan50 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Wow - I'm still getting 2-3 deer a year with my old Darton that I bought for $135 back in 1985...

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I'm with 6phunter!! I used to work in a sporting goods store in Montana, and had a gentleman ask how much to bore-sight his rifle. When I told him it was a convenience we supplied for our customers, he went out and returned with a Weatherby rifle that had a Swarovsky scope mounted on it. I would venture to guess he had what amounted to about a month's salary (for me) tied up in that setup. I'd almost be willing to bet he DIDN'T take it out and FINISH the sighting-in process, and I could most likely shoot just as straight (if not BETTER!!) using my military-surplus .06 and 4 power Leupold!!

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from HunterDan wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Just looked at a Mission Craze at my local archery shop. I was drooling! I'm probably going to spring for it. This is an incredible bow, smooth draw. Certainly worth the 299.00.

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

MR.DEIOMA,you certaintly hit the bulls eye.I once watched a fairly decent skeet shooter but a not very likeable man rush his shots and failed to score.Afterwards he blamed the mediocre 1100 remmington for his misses.The next shoot he was carrying a KRIEGOFF a very expensive gun at the time,and still rushed his shots ,posting another score similar to his original.In my hunting experience I'VE learned that a quiet shooting bow is far more deadly.BTW I bought that mediocre 1100 remmington that day at a very resonable price under his frustraded condition,and shot several straight strings and filled my game bag on more than one occasion.

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from bowhunter113 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

i can't believe they didn't mention the bear apprentice.bought one for the wife , her first bow nad only shelled out about 300.00 at bass pro, and it has sights, quiver,d-loop,and rest. and it is pink camo. maybe someone should have researched a little deeper.

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from Robert Deioma wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

A number of comments: OL - Can we get this info in a nice chart so we can make easier comparisons? That would be cool. And Just curious why these rigs didn't get the same field testing and star ratings as the expensive bows? I would love to get that feedback as well.

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from ottawa rogue wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

why are all bows nowadays so short? I'm 6'4 wiht a 80" wingspan (32"DL) and there's no way i could shoot aome of these bows.
i guess i'll just have to stick with my '89 oneida, it's plenty fast enough (305fps@70lbs 32"draw) and quiet. just watch out for that lower limb been there done that ONCE :D

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from HunterDan wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I bought the Mission Craze and shot my first deer with a bow, a 3-point with 13" antlers. It's a great bow, easy to use in a tree stand. I highly recommend it.

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from Deerhunter25 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I just got a Mission Craze and absolutely love it. It is an awesome bow and reccomend it to anyone. Absolutely ready for deer season!

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from Robert Deioma wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@mformica - You're right, That can be a great way to find a great bow since a lot of guys who "Must have" the newest best thing out there trade in often, but sometimes you end up buying someone else's nightmare. I personally prefer being the first owner of my shooting equipment, bow, rifle, pistol etc.

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from Robert Deioma wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@bkmorgan50 - If your bringing home 2-3 deer a year that's not the bow sir, that's the hunter. Well done. And of course when you have something that works for you, stick with it. Heck I need a hunting mentor. lol.

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from Michael Formica wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Isn't the best $500 bow, a fully outfitted 2 year old $1000 bow that someone traded in?

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