As some of you know, I’m planning on buying a new bow this January (Lord willing).
I have done my own extensive research, and in the process, I have actually been accused of being an “engineer”. Sad to say …I’m much worse….I’m a supervisor!
Admittedly, I started the process with some harsh…preconceived notions. I initially started out thinking I wanted a Mathews Monster.
But after shooting (and Chronying) several bows at 63Lb, 29”DL (Monster, Monster XLR8, Z7, Reezen 6.5, XFGX, Axe6, Axe7, AlphaBurner, Maxxis 31-35, Rytera Alien-X, Air-raid), I quickly changed my mind.
Out of all those bows, I had picked the Reezen6.5 for speed, smoothness, forgiveness etc.
I live 35mi from the BowTech Factory, and had also tried to shoot a destroyer, but they never had one at the BowTech Factory ProShop.
Some of you may also remember my criticisms of Bowtech (and my public apology).
I still wasn’t convinced on Bowtech and had misgivings…until today when I went in to the Factory ProShop today and actually shot one.
They had one Destroyer 350 50-60Lb set up at 29” DL. So I took my five 28” 400Gr Easton Carbonaeros 340 arrows into their range, and shot them at 10 yds. I wasn’t paying too close to the placement, because I was honestly expecting to not like the bow.
Only… I did like it.
It was VEEEERRRRYYYY Smooth draw. The best I have felt yet, except for the Z7 maybe. But the 29” DL felt a little short for me and had them put it on the press and change DL to 30” (max for the D350). I then had them double check the DL and the Poundage (I had them do it twice to be sure). 30” and 62.5Lb. (yes, on a 50-60Lb bow).
BTW, this causes me to believe that Mathews & PSE both overstate their draw length.
I then took it to the range and shot my 5 arrows, at 20yd, only this time I was testing the grouping (like I had done on all the other bows). Remember, the bow wasn't sighted in for me, otherwise these arrows would have been in the buulseye.
But I’m sorry to say, that of the 5 arrows, 3 of the fletches were destroyed, because the grouping was so tight. I couldn’t have grouped them much better if I had stuck them in with my bare hand. I was expecting to shoot about 15-20 arrows (like I had on all the other bows), but I’m sorry…I didn’t bring a fletching jig! No wonder they called it the Destroyer!
We then chronied my 2 remaining 400gr arrows at 62.5Lb, 30”DL….305fps! WOW!
I AM CONVINCED THIS IS THE BOW FOR ME.
I am just telling you the way it happened, and this is the Bow I’m now planning on buying this January (Lord Willing). I’m still saving up the money.
Here’s some funky cell phone pics of the demo bow I shot today. I should have brought my camera, but I honestly didn’t expect to be impressed. Folks…I was simply flabbergasted!
On a side note: Notice the string stop! I checked...the boot does not twist on the shaft like Mathews. It's fixed very firmly in place. Well Done BOWTECH!