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Guys, it's time for me to buy a new bow -- My Golden eagle orion is getting old , and heavy -- I bought it back in the late 80's and took deer with it all the way up till last season

 

Anyway, I went over to Heritage Guild in Branchburg on Saturday Morning - looking for some help to 1st find my draw length and talk a little about what is new and worthwhile out there 

 

Bow guy had no time for me, a young red headed girl gave me a draw length arrow and had me pull it in my bow but thats it -- Told me 30" or 31" 

 

 

 

Just so happens that a Hoyt Charger came up for sale on the Facebook forum this morning -- Long draw set at 31" 

 

I chatted with the guy, and met him tonight -- that bow was way too long -- 31" draw put the kisser in the middle of my cheek 

 

 

 

So I'm looking for a bow shop that has time for a guy who doesn't mind spending some money,  I'm gonna have this bow for awhile

 

I'm in middlesex Borough -- zip code 08846 -- I don't mind driving and hour either way for the right shop -- 

 

Suggestions?  Recommendations?  

 

 

 

I don't know what I want,  Something new, light, smooth --  I really had my eye on the No Cam but I did see it at Heritage -- got to hold it but thats it -- As I said they had no time for me...

 

After seeing the no cam and holding it I think it's too long, and it sure is ugly -- but I didn't shoot it and feel the smooth draw and shot everyone says it has

 

I'm not against carbon fiber for the weight but I really don't know where to begin...

 

Thanks for any guidance,  Jer

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That is typical of most bow shops and the usual as we get closer to the seasons. I have had good luck with getting service at field and stream in Wanaque.

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Also most bow shops hire bow techs with mystical skills. Once you find out who this person is you must post glowing reviews on them and how they are the only one to touch your bow. I am told Rob from Targeters has these skills but have not made it thru the right of passage to met him.

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http://bowandreel.com

 

Garden State Bow and Reel

2760A Route 23 

North Stockholm, New Jersey 07460
 
Not the best website, but my go-to for all of my archery needs.  I take all of my bows and the kids bows there and have never had a problem.  It does get busy, 4-5 people deep on bad days, and you will have to wait for service.  But they are that good and lots of people trust their gear to them.  There are a few posts on this and other sites about them.
 
It's about 1h 10m from where you are, approximately.
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Strictly Archery, route 57, Washington is a good place. So is Simon Peters in Andover. Both  are worth the drive.

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http://bowandreel.com

 

Garden State Bow and Reel

2760A Route 23 

North Stockholm, New Jersey 07460
 
Not the best website, but my go-to for all of my archery needs.  I take all of my bows and the kids bows there and have never had a problem.  It does get busy, 4-5 people deep on bad days, and you will have to wait for service.  But they are that good and lots of people trust their gear to them.  There are a few posts on this and other sites about them.
 
It's about 1h 10m from where you are, approximately.

 

Second on Dino over there.  Once you get set up you can take some shots out back of his place. 

 

(I am adding this to say that some of the "compoent products" like hunting heads, knocks, etc are a bit over market price wise but it's probably a matter of convenience.  I order most of that stuff online these days)

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Strictly Archery, route 57, Washington is a good place. So is Simon Peters in Andover. Both  are worth the drive.

 

 

Simon peters in Newton --  Rt 206?

 

Is strictly archery gonna be new guy friendly -- I've heard they can get a little moody -- I'm pretty sure thats the shop my cousin uses

 

It's not even that I'm a new guy -- been bow hunting since the late 80's -- I just don't know squat about these new bows -- I've never shot a modern compound bow -- In fact I've never shot a compound bow other than my golden eagle

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Dino is another guy with mystical powers. He also has mystical hours. Never seems to be at the shop when they say he will be.

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Strictly Archery? He said he wants help. Think soup nazis when you visit.

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Strictly Archery gets my vote. Ray set me up with a new PSE a year ago, he is very knowledgeable and had a good experience with them.

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Sportsman Center in Bordentown is good also. When I lived in NJ I traveled there to have my PSE worked on. Brian is the owner and was very helpful, they really push Hoyt there but If I were you just set a budget and get your hands on as many as possible to see what feels good. I went with a Creed a few years ago and dropped $1500 for everything I wanted and have 0 regrets. As far as draw Im 6' and shoot 28" 30-31 is long you wanna feel that backwall when your at full draw. Good Luck!!

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Don't overlook the Owl's Nest where they will treat you well.  About an hour for you, Jeremy.  I'll even meet you there if it's the right day.  Some other good shops mentioned as well.  My good buddy and his son both use Garden State Bow and Reel in Stockholm and like that shop a bunch.  Strictly Archery is a top notch shop, but for some reason they rub certain folks wrong.  They are also never shy with their prices.  But if you go bow shopping, I'll join you as I'm a year away from pulling the trigger on a new Hoyt myself.  

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Strictly Archery? He said he wants help. Think soup nazis when you visit.

 

Like I said, I'm pretty sure I've heard this before...

 

Don't overlook the Owl's Nest where they will treat you well.  About an hour for you, Jeremy.  I'll even meet you there if it's the right day.  Some other good shops mentioned as well.  My good buddy and his son both use Garden State Bow and Reel in Stockholm and like that shop a bunch.  Strictly Archery is a top notch shop, but for some reason they rub certain folks wrong.  They are also never shy with their prices.  But if you go bow shopping, I'll join you as I'm a year away from pulling the trigger on a new Hoyt myself.  

 

Maybe next week Brian -- I know your going to get busy soon --  I'll be sure to let you know -- I just blew my fun money --  Aimpoint PRO on sale @ LA police gear $360 at the end of last week -- Said it was backordered for 60 days and Wouldn't be charged till it ships -- well it shipped today  -- and another couldn't resist sale at Primary arms tonight  -- Snugpac "the cave" 4 man 4 season tent $296 -- I've been wanting a bigger 4 season tent for cold weather up in NH and this gets awesome reviews

 

yes, simon peters is on 206.  they can get a little busy but they will take care of you.  nice selection too.  same can be said for strictly archery.

 

http://www.simonpetersport.com/products-compound-bows.php

 

I would try simon peters first, get there early before the crowds.

 

 

I'm thinking I want to try here --  They have some sale stuff posted on Archery Talk for what seems to be decent prices --  and the hoyt stuff is set up with a bunch of different draw lengths -- I should be able to get a good idea what it is I'm looking for --  Figure I'll call 1st, explain what I want to do, and ask them when they want me to come in

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Strictly Archery, route 57, Washington is a good place. So is Simon Peters in Andover. Both  are worth the drive.

 

Yup

Simon peters in Newton --  Rt 206?

 

Is strictly archery gonna be new guy friendly -- I've heard they can get a little moody -- I'm pretty sure thats the shop my cousin uses

 

It's not even that I'm a new guy -- been bow hunting since the late 80's -- I just don't know squat about these new bows -- I've never shot a modern compound bow -- In fact I've never shot a compound bow other than my golden eagle

Yes.  Tom and Ray are the best around.  It's the only place I'll take my bows.  They are super new guy friendly, just don't walk in there acting like a big shot.  They'll chew you up and spit you out if you do. 

 

Strictly Archery? He said he wants help. Think soup nazis when you visit.

 

Big shot?

Strictly Archery gets my vote. Ray set me up with a new PSE a year ago, he is very knowledgeable and had a good experience with them.

Yup. 

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Here you go for all of you middlesex county guys.

 

Dominic Araco

WAAC'D

Woodbridge Arms and Archery

23 Queen Road, Iselin NJ08830

www.woodbridgearms.com

 

732-855-5887

732-301-4867

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http://bowandreel.com

 

Garden State Bow and Reel

2760A Route 23 

North Stockholm, New Jersey 07460
 
Not the best website, but my go-to for all of my archery needs.  I take all of my bows and the kids bows there and have never had a problem.  It does get busy, 4-5 people deep on bad days, and you will have to wait for service.  But they are that good and lots of people trust their gear to them.  There are a few posts on this and other sites about them.
 
It's about 1h 10m from where you are, approximately.

 

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Dino spent an hour with my daughter setting up her bow.  He's the man!!  :up:  :up:

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Many good pro shops around....I've been dealing with Targteers for all my archery needs since I started hunting in 1980. I deal only with Robert the owner, the key is get there when they open to have him help you, he is so damn good people wait and wait for him. I moved from the area and still drove over an hour for his work and knowledge. About 3 weeks ago I treated myself to a new bow, I got there before Rob opened the shop, within 2 hours I was walking out the door with my bow, all set up and I just needed to dial it in, which I did last week. As far as draw length, do you shoot fingers, release aid with direct contact on string or string loop, these will determine your length.

 

Targteers is located in Saddle Brook, Rt.46 west....about 2 miles from the GSP

 

Mathews Z2, HHA sight, Mathews QAD hdx rest, Kwikkee Kiver, Carbon Express Maxima Arrows 250s, kisser button, string loop, G5 Striker broadheads, Axiom stabilizer

 

This bow is quick, accurate,zero vibration, 30" ATA perfect for treestands or blinds .....with everything I didn't break the bank

 

The Z3, is a few dollars cheaper, basically the same bow

 

 

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Is strictly archery gonna be new guy friendly -- I've heard they can get a little moody

 

 

  Yes indeed they are moody.. So much so I stopped using them because I never knew if I was gonna get treated like family or get my head ripped off when I went there.. And if you didn't buy your equipment from them STAY AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE.. just trust me on that..

 

I've had experience with Simon Peters and Garden State Bow.. :up:

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Heavyopp, how did you make out? Buy anything?

 

 

I haven't done squat -- at least not with a new bow 

 

Had my golden eagle out and shooting -- also shot the crossbow some 

 

Hooked up with Stan from AW nature labs and got a spot set up with pinch point and a block -- been topping it off with corn and have 4 bucks daily 

 

I'm gonna start the season with my golden eagle -- It's been reliable for decades and shoots just fine -- I'm still capable at 47 to hold full draw for 30 seconds so I'll be OK

 

Maybe once I knock down another deer or 2 I'll get serious about a new bow again -- Besides  I have a pistol permit about to expire and I hate using them for toilet paper...

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I've bought things from Easton and branchburg heritages guild and Simon Peter but the service at strictly archery far surpases any shop I've been to. I did not buy my bow from them but have brought it in for service now a few times

Ray is a great guy to deal with and treats me great every time I go in there. You get what you pay for. they are not cheap but the time they put into your bow making sure it shoots great when you leave is worth the price. What others have said on here is certainly true if you go in there talking out your butt they will let you know it. There are many shops in this area but strictly archery will have my business for now on. Make an appointment and Ray will spend plenty of time with you explaining the bows and helping you find the one best for you

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  Yes indeed they are moody.. So much so I stopped using them because I never knew if I was gonna get treated like family or get my head ripped off when I went there.. And if you didn't buy your equipment from them STAY AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE.. just trust me on that..

 

I've had experience with Simon Peters and Garden State Bow.. :up:

 

It's funny because I've been using them for many years now and always have Tom do all of my work, but both Tom and Ray treat me like family every time I walk in the door, whether it's to make a large purchase or to just shoot the shit for a few minutes and buy some field points.  Hell, sometimes I just pop in to say what's up to the guys.  I've purchased bows from them and I've also had them set up and tune bows that I've purchased from other places and I've never been treated poorly otherwise.  In fact, the very first time I went there it was with a bow that I had purchased at another place and they took me right in, talked me through everything and I was there for hours trading hunting stories and flinging arrows.  I'm the same DL as Tommy, so he was letting me shoot his bows and we were just having a good time. 

 

I really think that the people who've had bad experiences with this shop are the know-it-all types or people who walk in with a chip on their shoulder for one reason or another.  I've been in that place a million times and every time I'm there I see customers both new and old come through the door and those guys treat them all with respect and take top notch care of them. I have seem them be pretty blunt with a handful of know-it-all types as well, but that's how it goes I guess.    

I've bought things from Easton and branchburg heritages guild and Simon Peter but the service at strictly archery far surpases any shop I've been to. I did not buy my bow from them but have brought it in for service now a few times

Ray is a great guy to deal with and treats me great every time I go in there. You get what you pay for. they are not cheap but the time they put into your bow making sure it shoots great when you leave is worth the price. What others have said on here is certainly true if you go in there talking out your butt they will let you know it. There are many shops in this area but strictly archery will have my business for now on. Make an appointment and Ray will spend plenty of time with you explaining the bows and helping you find the one best for you

Well said. 

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