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7 Great Bows For Under $600

by Bill Winke   |  March 15th, 2012 8

Let’s assume you want to retire your old bow. You have been saving for a year and finally have $600 in your pocket. Which one should you buy? Are any of them worth it? Well, let’s go out into the marketplace and find out.


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Bear Archery is one of my favorite stops on my tour of the shooting lanes at the annual Archery Trade Show. Starting with the Truth series that came out several years ago, Bear has maintained a string of good shooting bows at very competitive prices. This year's flagship bow is the Anarchy, and it is definitely a sweet shooter. But you don't have to give up very much in terms of performance or features to save a few hundred bucks and arrive at the very affordable Legion. With a suggested retail price of just $399, it is among the most affordable bows on the market. The Ready to Hunt package is just $499, still well within my budget.

Elsewhere in this feature, I talk about what not to cut, and one of the key items is the feel of the bow. If the bow feels bad in your hand, there is practically no price low enough to justify the purchase, not when feel is such an important part of accuracy. The Legion has a nice, narrow grip and a smooth draw cycle. The bow feels great, and its speed makes the cut. The Legion features a pair of string stoppers to reduce bow noise.

When I shot the Legion, I was impressed with its lack of recoil. It is a short bow at just over 30 inches, so it was also very light. But it shot nicely; smooth and quiet. And you can't beat the price -- literally!

Advertised IBO Speed: 318 fps
Axle-to-Axle Length: 30 1/2 inches
Brace Height: 7 inches
Weight: 4 pounds
Price: $399.99

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