I love—and even prefer—shooting flagship bows with top-end accessories.
But I’ll confess that during many seasons in my life these high-end compound bows have been out of my financial reach. I’m a poor working stiff just like most people out there; I’ve got a mortgage, insurance payments and all the other trappings of modern living.
So in that spirit, here are some affordable compound bows—each costs less than $600 fully setup. That means a bow and all the accessories necessary to shoot it. Each setup has what it takes to bring down big game cleanly…and to keep your wallet from hurting too badly.
- Bear Archery has reinvented itself in recent years, which means new technologies and big bang for your buck. Nowhere is this truer than in the company’s mid-priced models. The all-new Authority brings together many Bear technologies. It includes a silky-smooth, 80-percent let-off, EZ3 single-cam system with comfortable draw cycle and let-off and dual sealed bearings delivering the goods at an impressive 315 fps. It holds energy-efficient Bear Flared Quad Limbs found on many higher-priced models, producing parallel-limb geometry for quiet, shock-free shooting. These are held by Zero Tolerance limb pockets for further silence and vibration elimination. The Authority includes Dual String Suppressors, aluminum-alloy riser, torque-free grip and Realtree APG finish. It weighs only 4 pounds, includes quick 6 ¾-inch brace height and maneuverable 31-inch axle-to-axle measurement. It's offered in peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds, and draw lengths from 24 ½ to 31 ½ inches, making it a perfect choice for adults and youth or female shooters. The RTH (Ready To Hunt) Authority package includes Trophy Ridge Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, TR 5-pin fiber-optic sight, TR Ridge Quiver, stabilizer and braided sling, and factory-installed peep and string/D-loop. MSRP: $400 bow only; $500