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Im fairly new to archery but haven't been getting super technical until recently (Now that i have the bug). I listen to a lot of podcast with John Dudley and he was talking about the GTX Cams and he was saying its a very forgiving cam compared to most out there. From my understanding they use new(er) cams now.

Keep in mind I'm very limited due to my 31 1/4" draw length
So my question is:
Is the GTX cam the most forgiving of Hoyt?
If it is, then what bows use these cams.
If its not the most forgiving cam, what one is?

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My advice would be to spend some time on Hoyts site studying all their models. You'll be able to read up on all of them and find exactly what your looking for. Then take that knowledge to your local bow shop and get at it. Best of luck on getting where you wanna be.


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The GTX cam is only found on target bows, the other option on target bows being the Spiral cam which is more aggressive (and faster) and only has 65% let off. Target shooters usually shoot lower poundage and like the crisp feel of the higher let off. GTX has a mod that lets you change a mod from 65% to 75% let off.
Hunting bows usually have more let off because the hunter shoots more poundage, and needs to hold until the animal presents a good shot. The hunting cams have a more generous valley, but recently cams have appeared like the Turbo that are so aggressive that the valley disappeared. The new defiant cam is soft and forgiving (you see the lower ATA of 325) I like the Z5 cam a lot it is very nice, easy to draw, and has a nice valley. Another thing to consider is your draw length and what position you will need on the cam an "A" position will not roll the cam over as much as a "E" position. The "A" will be easier to pull, slower and have more valley. You will use a different position on a different ATA length bow with the same cam.
I also have a 31" draw my favorite bow is a 2013 Carbon Matrix with the RKT cam on the "E" position. This is the forth offering (and the last) in the Matrix series with a 35" ATA (they went down to a 34" ATA and a Z5 cam with the Spyder 34) The Matrix shoots better than most target bows, has a cam that is "just right" good valley, but crisp enough release. and it is very light and well balanced. These bows are very desirable and hard to find, but worth the wait. Hoyt makes LD bows that you can shoot, they are the same bows with an inch longer limbs to increase the draw length. In general look at the IBO speed rating of a bow, the faster is is, the harder it is to pull because there is no free lunch. Hope this helps.
 

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I for got to mention the GTX appeared in 2011 on the Contender and later the pro Comp. It has been replaced with a newer version, something like a SVX or something not sure because I only play with older bows because of the instant 50% depreciation. Bows change very little from year to year (despite what the advertisers try to convince you). I recommend that if you are serious about archery, buy a bow press and draw board and tools so that you can work on your own equipment, and buy older bows and play with them. That is how you will become proficient. You have to get them set up perfectly to you and it takes a lot of time and experimentation.
 

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At the risk of derailing this thread, I also have a question about Hoyt cams. What year did they start adding movable draw stop pegs on target bows? I know this year's cams do, but were they available in prior years? I have an older Vantage Elite with cam-and-a-half plus that has fixed non-movable draw stops.
 

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I know the XR cam has them in 2010, Fuel in 2011 as well as RKT in 2012 and Z5 in 2014, and Turbo in 2015, I will look and see if they appear anywhere earlier
 
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