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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

  • Jeff

    I bought a Rampage XT and it is an EXCELLENT bow. I would recommend it to anyone. I was leary because I am a lifetime Darton man, but for the price, I got mine on sale for $629, it was perfect!

  • Larry

    I love the bowtech cant be beat

    • john s

      Bowtech is overated the cheaper bear bows and pse bows shoot just as good as the expensive bowtechs if not better.And yes i have shot all of them i have been shooting since i was twelve i am 39 now.

  • Mel

    I bouht the Rampage XT early this year and I'm extremely pleased. It is a light, smooth and quiet as any bow I have shot. I have been a Browning shooter since the mid 1970's and have been looking for a replacement for several years. HOYT has a great bow here (great price at $550 on sale) and I can't wait to hunt with it this year.

  • TM Riel

    The Parker Inferno should be there. It offers more bow than these bows and has the best warranty..Lifetime , doesn't matter if you're the original owner or not and made in the USA.

    • rfnorman

      Got the Legion the other day. Have to say I am impressed with the feel and performance of this bow. Feels great in my hand. The draw is butter smooth. And, it is extremely accurate, quiet as a mouse. Hitting bulls from 30 yards within 20 minutes of set-up. Love that it offers up to 31 inches of draw length. At 6' 4", that really helps with holding steady. The included accessories are not bad either. I swapped out the rubber tube peep for my G5 hunter and the whisker biscuit for my NAP Apache, but the rest works just fine for me. Love the bow so far.

  • Tony Johnson

    What about the 2012 Bear Mauler? It’s better than the Bear Legion and sells for $599.

  • greg

    I’ll buy it

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