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Old 12-05-2005, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Youth Bow Suggestions

A thread posted earlier by Whitey got me to thinking about Christ-mas presents for my 12 year old son. He's been asking for a bow and I was thinking this might be a good idea.

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12 years old
5'1"
140 lbs

What do you think would be the ideal bow for a boy this size?
Assuming you think a youth bow is best:What are the advantages in buying a youth bow vs an adult bow with the draw weight turned down? In otherwords, why a youth vs adult?
How long would a youth bow last before he outgrew it?
Does it make more sense to buy a less expensive youth bow, because he'll outgrow it? His younger brother is 10 years younger.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-05-2005, 03:26 PM   #2
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I would look into a Matthews Genesis. It has a reduced draw weight with no let off, which means there is no set draw length. It is an awesome starter bow that he can grow into and you can customize with all the goodies as you see fit. I am pretty sure you can bump the draw weight up when hes ready so he can use it as a hunting bow, just not real sure of that point. But regardless, when he is ready to graduate to a real bow, your younger son can fit right into the Genisis.
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Old 12-05-2005, 06:37 PM   #3
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Genesis is a good start but...

I think you'd have to get the Gensis Pro to be able to get to hunting poundage. Depending on what you wanted to spend the Browning youth bows offer some good choices and will top out around 40lbs. I personally want to look into a Hoyt bow that goes from 20-50lbs. which will last as a youth bow for a long time to come.
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Thanks to both of you, but, DAMM!! I think this must be the only thing in this world that everyone on this board doesn't have an expert opinion on.

Guess I'll have to take the info I got and do some research.
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Old 12-06-2005, 08:34 AM   #5
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I just bought the wife a Hoyt Rentec XL.


I have bow hunted since 1978 and it's the sweetest bow I have messed with! One thing I like about it is you can adjust the draw length without a press....loosen one screw, move it and you're done! It covers from the low 20's (don't recall for sure) up to 29" and has a peak weight of 50lb. The IBO on it is 280FPS....thats smoken for a 50lb draw weight. It's best feature is it's quite! I have shot/hunted with many different brands and quite is one major postive for any bow.

She had never picked up a bow before I bought her this bow three weeks ago and she is already shooting a four arrow group (thats all I let her shoot on each round) that you can reach all the way around with one hand.

I have delt with Viking Archery since I began shooting a bow and they are the folks I got this bow from. $329 for the bow only....rigged and ready to hunt/shoot $525....
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Thanks to both of you, but, DAMM!! I think this must be the only thing in this world that everyone on this board doesn't have an expert opinion on.

Guess I'll have to take the info I got and do some research.
Here is my experet opinion...don't waste your money on a bow and buy that boy a good rifle.(and scope)
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Here is my experet opinion...don't waste your money on a bow and buy that boy a good rifle.(and scope)
Why would I take the expert opinion of a guy that can't even spell "expert?" LOL
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Why would I take the expert opinion of a guy that can't even spell "expert?" LOL
I did that on purpose
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Youth Bow

My 7 year old shoots an Browning Micro Midas which is adj. 17"-27" I think and is 15-30 lbs. It can be upgraded with cams and limbs to go 30-50 I believe the guy at the shop told me for a nominal fee if we want when he outgrows it. My wife shoots an Micro adrenaline its like 18"-28" and 30-50. Both bows are easy, carefree, shooting, and killing machines. I looked at the Hoyt geneses and its a great bow but doesn't seem to have a solid wall. I didn't want to start any bad anchor point problems.
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