I was almost going to drop my cash for an older Martin Hunter. But I plunked it down on a new Martin X-200. Very happy I did. I love the thin grip and the bow shoots very well. Once I put beaver balls on the string, the bow went dead silent. The other reason I went for the X-200 was the shop selling the Hunter kept changing the price on me. So I drifted over to another store saw the X-200, and I'm so glad I did. This is more than a beginers bow to me. I won't have any problem going hunting with this bow.