I like a lot of bows…a lot. Various bows stand out for various reasons, from comfort to technology to materials used, several have unique features I appreciate. Sometimes though a bow stands out due to just an overall quality build and predictable performance.
Much like a Cadi, you know you are not getting the cutting edge mid engine performance of a Supercar, but you can depend on a well built vehicle and a predictable and comfortable ride. To me the V3X 29 is that rig for hunting whitetails.
I have circled back around to the V3X after owning one when they first came out then moving on to buy and try all the flagship bows for 2022. The PSE Levitate stayed because it was built by a good buddy of mine, and at 86lb it will be my Cape Buffalo bow, but the rest have moved on. All great bows really but the V3X 29 has held my attention for a great white tail rig.
It is short but just long enough to be shootable at distance. Not the first bow I would choose for a 80 yard shot, but dang few times have I drawn on a whitetail beyond 40 yards. It is extremely quiet, more so than any other bow I have heard. I like that. A silent bow to me is a definite plus and a sign of a well built rig. It is also fast. Not quite as fast as the Levitate or xf30 but plenty quick. My arrows are 462 grains and chrono’ed out at 292fps at 29/70. That’s over 85ft-lb of K.E. for a bow for deer, performance that would be unheard of in a silent, easy drawing bow 15 years ago. The valley isn’t great. It is on the short side, but good enough. The grip isn’t my favorite either, but side plates and shadow creek pads might change that, we will see.
To pair with the bow I picked what I thought were great whitetail type accessories.
I went with the integrated QAD rest as I will take the full containment security of the QAD when in a tree with the wind blowing over the extremely slight accuracy advantage of a Hamsky. The sight is a black gold custom whitetail special. 4 pins and a 2inch housing as some of my best bucks have been take at last light and that larger housing and corresponding larger 1/4 peep gives me the best chance at seeing everything. Setting the 3rd axis on the whitetail special is a bit of hillbilly and luck, and it is not exactly on but I will take a handy and compact shooting sight on a rig where most shots are 30 yards and in.
The arrows are the discontinued Hexx. I had several around with the 75gr brass insert so I used those. Paired with a B3 Meg, the G5 Megameat and the A2 head for when I am in the blinds and might have to take a frontal shot I think I am good to go. Obnoxious pink and orange vanes and strobing nocks finish it out and on a whitetail setup I will take lighted nocks every day of the week.
6in Mathew’s stabilizer out front, and absolutely no side/back bar for a whitetail rig.
The bow is silent and shoots hard and to me a Cadillac of a whitetail rig!