Forgive my ignorance. I have recently gotten into archery. I have taken lessons and rented a compound bow from my local archery range. I love the sport and am dying to buy my very own compound bow. The rentals at my range are pretty horrible. I have been reading up on everything compound bow related and am ready to drop some cash on a new setup for myself. My interest is in competition archery, and maybe some 3D archery as well. I completely understand that you need to "try the bow" before you buy the bow. The feel of the bow is a huge factor. I am very aware of that. Same as buying my motorcycle (LOL). The bike picks you...you don't pick the bike. I feel that buying a bow is similar.
My question is this... In my research, it seems that unless i'm willing to spend $500 or more - there isn't much out there for me. That's a big investment in a sport that I have just recently gotten into. Bows such as the HCA Eliminator, PSE Phenom, Maitland Zeus and Session are kinda out of my price range.
Does there exist a good $300-400 competition bow that I could purchase for basic indoor paper target/competition shooting that could carry me for a year or two before I want to upgrade?
Doesn't seem like one exists...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.