Hey there guys and gals of AT! Im new to the site and to bow hunting/shooting. Ive always wanted to get into it, but never really pursued it. I am looking for a little info on things I NEED vs Want in a new/slightly used bow. I have shot a hand full, Carbon Knight, Faktor, Ballistic and a few others. As of now im pretty sold on the Ballistic. Its a package deal from a pro shop that includes the warranty for 649. It feels good, great draw. I guess what im asking is a 2 part question: 1st, package deals vs bare bow. I love the Ballistic, but I can already tell I will want to replace the rest and stabilizer right away, then the sight before hunting season. Would it be a better value to buy a bare bow and put everything on it? It would end up costing just a bit more it seems and I really dont wanna wait to shoot...ITS TOO FUN. 2nd question is performance based. Im testing all the bows @ 60#'s, which feels good. It gives me a great base to compare all the bows I shoot without wearing myself out. Unfortunately, I think it takes away from the speed, which I dont know how important it is, and distance...i think. I would like to be able to shoot in competitions when I cant hunt so I would like to know what performance specs I need to have to be competitive (i know a lot is due to practice), as well as accurate when I hunt. Like I said, im new to bows and these may be silly questions, but any and all info on brands to stick with or avoid would be great. Thanks in advance!