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    Talking Best Short ATA BOW

    Hi been think about buying a new bow and I'd like to know everyones thoughts on the smaller bows that are out there. I mainly bow hunt so I'm favor of a shorter bow---but I also want one that packs a punch.



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    take a look at the new merlin range - look at the Merlin 2006 thread, photos just gone up of the new camo.
    their new XS packs a hefty punch, I have the longer XT version and that is very quick 280fps+ @29" 60lb draw c/w 350gr arrow
    don't dismiss them they are great, give one a try when they get over there - check out Pinwheel12 he sells them

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    I am hunting with an Allegiance and am very pleased with it. It is a very fast as very shooter friendly "short" rig.

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    My Outback is pretty sweet!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herd97
    Hi been think about buying a new bow and I'd like to know everyones thoughts on the smaller bows that are out there. I mainly bow hunt so I'm favor of a shorter bow---but I also want one that packs a punch.

    herd97,
    you asked a question that will get you 100 differant answers. just about all the bow companies that would be considered top end bows make a short axle to axle bow that are great shooting bows wether it be the bowtech allegiance,mathews switchback,hoyt xtec,etc,etc,etc.

    the main thing you can do that will give you the most information on what bow you need to be shooting is to go to a shop or several shops and personally shoot as many as you can before you decide. if you shoot them all yourself then you and you alone will know the right one when you put it in your hands.

    while i may have my own personal favorite for a short ATA hunting bow, which by the way is an allegiance. when a customer comes in our store i try to put as many bows as i can in their hands in the length that they think they want to shoot and then let them tell me which one feels the best to them.
    sometimes they come in looking for a bow that is around 32 inches ATA and then shoot them all and end up buying a bow that is around 38 inches. sometimes its the other way around. but either way, like i said before. the best way for you to know is to put them in your own hands and shoot them and then you will know which one is right for you.


    good luck.

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    I agree with some of the post about the bowtech models. I have been looking for a new bow and shot the allegiance again today. I have shot the v-tec,swichback,AR34,and illusion. I have a short draw and was most impressed with the allegiance. I was set up with a 27.5 draw, 383gr. arrow, set at 62#. I shot a blazing 271ft. several times in a row. Along with great speed it shot very well. If you have the bow locally I would give it a try. If I had to pick today it would be this bow. My problem is I have been looking for several months and now the talk of 2006 bows is making me wait to buy.

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    2 words- PEARSON PRIDE!!! can't go wrong with it.

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    Switchback

    Quote Originally Posted by qkdraw
    I agree with some of the post about the bowtech models. I have been looking for a new bow and shot the allegiance again today. I have shot the v-tec,swichback,AR34,and illusion. I have a short draw and was most impressed with the allegiance. I was set up with a 27.5 draw, 383gr. arrow, set at 62#. I shot a blazing 271ft. several times in a row. Along with great speed it shot very well. If you have the bow locally I would give it a try. If I had to pick today it would be this bow. My problem is I have been looking for several months and now the talk of 2006 bows is making me wait to buy.
    I shoot a switchback at 27.5" at 58lb, similar arrow wieght, fingers, getting about 285fps out af it. Get a heap of finger pinch though, which is testing my target archery. Cant find a better hunting bow though, the sucker is fast and quiet, not unusual to get a couple of shots away before they know whats going on.

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    Switchback, LX or Outback-either one gets my approval.

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    I love my 05 patriot. there is no best, only what you think is the best. I shot a bunch of the higher end bows and I liked mine the best. Doesn't mean someone else will feel the same

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    V-tec, Switchback, or Allegiance, take your pick. Whatever company turns you on.
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    Don't forget the Defender. It's a great short AtA bow.

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    Get this one


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    Take a look at the pearson dagger.....


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    bow tech mighty mite

    great short tree stand bow. fast accurate and quiet. 30.5 atoa.
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    I'm pretty fond of my switchback.
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    Defender!

    Bowtech Defender! Its a great treestand/groundblind bow and it packs a serious punch! 29.5" dl, 375gr arrow, 70lbs shot 295fps. (over 71 lbs of kinetic energy!) and the best part is that it is as quiet as a church mouse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juano2001
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    no question

    the Browning Illusion is the hottest short ATA bow on the market right now.

    we have customers come in looking for other bows in mind. then they shoot an illusion and its no hesitation, they buy this bow.

    very smooth and very quiet. oh yea its fast too.

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    switchback

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    You want fast and short? Go Bowtech. They're pretty quiet too. I've got a Tech 29 (03 Model) 29"/71# that's under 30" and shoots an incredible 321fps with an IBO arrow and 284 with a 428gr arrow!! And the thing is whisper quiet!! The Mighty Mite is the next closest thing to it!!

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    I really like this Switchback

    Great accuracy for such a short axle bow. Deer dont have a chance
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