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Ever bought bow without shooting it first?

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Those of you that have bought bows without shooting them before whats your opinion?
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Yes

I bought my bear Instinct without shooting it first, I knew I wanted a short a2a single cam, got a good deal on year clearance and pulled the trigger. Got lucky, fits me well and I shoot it well.

My next bow, if it all possible, I would like to handle and draw a couple times before I buy it.
 

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actually did it twice and got lucky both times. my first one was a reflex excurtion that i bought online from bass pro shop. got it, loved it. was a great beginer bow. my next time was the one i have now, a hoyt ultra elite that i bought on here. again got it and loved it, but i already knew that i liked the way hoyts shot so it wasnt a big surprise. would i do it again, maybe, depending on how much i want the bow. i would say it is not a wise thing o do because i could have easily gotten it and just absolutly hated it, but i did love it.
 

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I think I always buy them before I shoot them. :confused:
 

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About 50-50 for me. Just depends on if I can test shoot one and its within reasonable driving distance.
 

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Yes. One for me, one for my wife, and one for a buddy. All have worked out great so far. :darkbeer:
I usually try to shoot bows before buying ones that are for me though, I just saw deal and jumped on it the one time. :embara: :wink:

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Bought my Caribou from an online store with the understanding that I could return it if not happy. I shoot deflexed riser finger bows (42" min ATA & 8" min BH) and no one stocks them locally. Have bought a few used over the years from these types of classified ads and have been happy.
 

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I bought a 07 Commander without trying one as no one in my area had one at the time.
It's a miss for me as I not really liking the longer AtA. I'm use to short AtA bows that I use for treestand hunting or stalking. My little BEAR bow will have to do til next year.

Next time I'll try the bow out first. Maybe a Martin!
 

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Have done it a few times, there are a few guys on here who's opinion I rate highly and will buy a bow unseen if they say it's a shooter.
 

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Of the four bows I have owned in the last three years, I have never shot one first. One brand new Martin I sold before I even shot (deal on Ebay), Bowtech Extreme VFT, Guardian, Allegiance, and a Black Ice for my wife have all been purchased here on the classifieds. Only Guardian was a disappointment. I wish I had the luxury of shooting bows first but there are no reputable shops within 100 miles so lots of research and opinions of members here on AT.
 

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I'm a lefty, too. Not to many shops have them in stock. Maybe Ned Flanders' leftorium
 
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