Bought my first bow!

Bought my first bow!

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    Bought my first bow!

    I've gotten bored with rifle hunting. I decided to take the plunge into bowhunting. I tested out a bunch of bows at basspro (the staff was awesome and set up each one just for me) and decided on the Redhead Toxik. It shoots super smooth, no recoil, and dead on. I'm in love with it. The guy told me to about get the cheapest arrows I could because I would "make mistakes". I learned what the mistake is...don't shoot more than 3 arrows into one group, or you will break/robin hood them. Ha. I also grabbed a trufire buckle release. I liked the feel of the trigger on the redhead releases more, but when I got home and read the instructions, I found the trufire has an adjustable trigger, and I got it set up just the way I like it. The package came with a 5 arrow quiver, but I'll have to replace that as I plan on shooting Rage 2 blade mechanicals for deer. For hog I'll be shooting Slick Tricks. Also came with a truglo 3 pin sight with light, and a hostage rest. I'm not sure about the rest because the brushes still contact the vanes just a bit. Maybe the hostage pro would work out better. Either way, I'm pretty happy with my setup.
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    As someone who has only ever owned one bow, a re-curve I bought at a garage sale when I was about 12, I have no idea what half that stuff is, but it sounds fun. Happy Hunting.
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    I have mixed feelings on the mechanicals. They work great. But they usually broke when shot into a deer. The blades take a beating too. Bone is not friendly to them. I went back to fixed blades. Have fun figuring it out. If you can find any local 3D tournaments, they are great practice.
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    I love bowhunting. I have bow hunted for 33 years. Practice a bunch......once you hunt and get a deer or pig, you will be hooked for life.
    I have shot the 2 blade Rage since they have come out with nothing but excellent results. Lol, you will find out people either love Rage broad heads or hate them.
    Good luck and happy shooting!
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    Bass pro is great, went there after the gun show this weekend, My dad is a bow hunter (not me) but the bow section is awsome and the people there know how to help and answer questions. The kid in the department looked to be between 19-23 years old, but he knew everything about every product in the department... he was nice and could help anyone with anything there.. I almost bought one but all I need is another reason to spend money, between hand guns shot guns, Trap skeet and deer / pig hunting (gun) and golf.... I do not need another one haha... then there is blackpowder, another side I have not yet gotten into...

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    That Redhead Toxik looks to a nice rig! I'd swap the hostage out for a Whisker Biscuit costs a couple feet/second but doesn't effect trajectory.
    I still have my Archery Research AR34 from 10 years ago. It still kicks butt in the smooth/quite zones but I'm sure they're building them faster these days.
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    They get faster every year...this one's 311 IBO. I'm shooting 60# and 410 grain arrows (with head and fletching and all), so I won't be anywhere near that, but it's still got plenty of killing power. Maybe I'll shoot it over my chrono one of these days.

    I've been warned about the whisker biscuits. They are great if you only shoot a few arrows per year. I'm on the track of shooting a few hundred per week, and I doubt that will change anytime soon, so I don't want the WB tearing all my fletchings off. If I can afford it, I'll probably get a drop away later.
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    Bowhunting is a great way to change up your hunting as rifle has gotten boring for me. I shoot a PSE Bow Madness xs and Muzzy 3 fixed broadheads. A bow is kind of like an AR you can do so much and spend so much on them but they are fun and a great challenge.

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    I doubt I'll do a whole lot of accessorizing. After getting it tuned up right, it shoots great. I want to keep it lightweight. Not even sure I'll put on a stabilizer. I don't even know where to start when looking at them.
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    I would recommend the stabilizer as it helps reduce noise from the string which can be the differerance in a good shot or the animal bolting from the thwang of your string and you ending up with a wounded animal and bad shot placement you can order some pretty cheap from cabelas or bass pro. They also help absorb shock which can affect your shot.

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    Texas heart shots aren't kill shots with bows lol

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    I'll second getting a hunting style stabilizer. It will cost some weight, but helps balance out the rig and kills vibration. If you don't have a string stop on the back side, you might want to look at one. It really killed the vibration on my Matthews and tamed that twang that it had.

    The problem with the whisker biscuit is sometimes with the shooter. You have to shoot with the odd vane up, not down. The black part of the biscuit is tougher than the rest. I tore a few fletchings off before I turned them around.
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    I use the Hostage rest and don't have a problem at all with fletching contact. Do you know if the bow shop paper tuned your bow? If not, hang a sheet of newspaper vertically and shoot an arrow through it from about 2-3 feet away. Have your backstop about 3ft or more behind the paper. An ideal tear hole will have a perfect hole for the arrow shaft with corresponding equal fletching slits. If your shaft hole in the paper is oblong, this indicates that your arrow isn't leaving the bow squarely. To correct an oblong tear, you have to adjust the height and/or left/right positioning of your arrow rest until you get a clean paper tune. In extreme cases where you may run out of adjustment up and down on your arrow rest, you will need to move your nock point some.

    For more tips and some diagrams of paper tune tears and what they indicate, do an internet search on paper tuning a bow and you should be well on your way to solving any issues.

    For some more insight on where your fletchings may be contacting your rest, you can spray some foot powder on the back half of your arrow and shoot it. The powder will be missing where contact is made with your arrow rest.

    Good luck with your new "string gun"!

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    I remember when bow companies were fighting over IBO speeds under 300 FPS, life caught up to me and put the bow down for a year or two and after a couple more years I'm starting to look for a new rig. The big boys and even a couple small companies are above the 345 FPS mark. That is crazy fast.

    Archery Talk is a great forum to check out for tips and help in the fine art of arrow flinging.

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    Was on an Ontario black bear hunt in August. Nice guy took a 329 lb bear with a bow, shooting the rage. Stevie Wonder could have followed that blood trail.

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