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Best Bows Under $400

Updated on March 20, 2014

What does a Quality Bow Cost?

Long forgotten are the days where you have to pay an arm and a leg for a good compound bow. The market for a "quality" compound bow would typically start in the high 700's to the low-to-mid 800's back when I was starting out in the archery/bow hunting industry. The high tech engineering, as well as the competition of many of these manufacturers has made this number drop down significantly. I can safely say today, that if you look around and do your research, then you would be able to find a quality compound bow for less than $400.

Luckily, I have taken all of the leg work out of this process for you. Below you will find the best quality compound bows that you can find on the market for under $400. They are all different in their own respects and they all excel on certain specifications; That is why we chose them for this list! Some are faster than others, some offer the shooter more versatility, and others give the shooter the luxury of a silky smooth draw cycle. Some may be similar, but no two bows are exactly alike. They all bring something different to the table. The only thing that binds these compound bows together, is that they are all a great bargain, selling for under $400.00.

The Contenders

PSE Brute X ($399.99)

The PSE Brute X is a steal at only $399.99. This bow is locked and loaded and ready to go. It shoots an incredible 320 feet per second. The draw lengths on this bow can be adjusted from 25'' to 30'' ensuring that you get that custom fit that will help you to perfect your shooting technique. The axel to axel of 31'' combined with the brace height of 7 1/4'' makes this not only a fast bow, but also one that is very forgiving. The let-off of 75% ensures that you will only be holding between 15-17.5 pounds when you are at full draw; this will allow you to get off shot after shot. If you are in the market for a smooth and quiet shooter that does not compromise on speed, then the Brute X is what you want to own.

Darton DS-600 Compound Bow ($399.97)

The Darton DS-600 is another one of those bows that are made to grow alongside the archer. With speeds of 310 feet per second, this bow is equipped for a nice day at the archery range or a rugged hunting trip. The cutting edge technology that accompanies this bow should command at least double the price tag for this type of compound bow. You can purchase this bow with a draw weight of 40/50/60/or 70 pounds. The draw length can be adjusted from 25''- 30'' so that you never have to over (or under) draw. The Darton DS-600 offers a higher let off than most of the bows in this lineup at 80%. If you are looking for a solid, built-to-last, everyday shooter that will grow with you, then I would recommend the Darton DS-600.

Bear Archery Legion ($399.99)

Many in the industry have called this one of the smoothest bows that is on the market, and I would have to agree. This initially confuses people because they do not usually associate a smoother feel, with a faster bow. Arrows race from the bow at 318 feet per second and you can get this bow in a 50/60 or 70 pound draw weight. If you can go with the heavier draw weight, then I would suggest it because this is the only other bow that offers you an 80% let-off in this lineup. With the smoothness of the cams and the 80 percent let off, I feel like you could hold this bow all day. If you want hassle free setup and an almost vibration-free experience, I would suggest the Bear Archery Legion

Parker Eagle ($299.95)

The Parker Eagle shoots like a dream. This is something that you typically do not hear people saying about a single cam compound bow with a speed of 310 feet per second. When I shot this bow, the first thing that I noticed was that It was extremely lightweight coming in at a mere 3.65 pounds. This bow was able to get quality groupings at 40 yards, with consistency. I can attribute this to the 32'' ATA and the 7 3/4'' brace height which are both very forgiving. This bow comes in draw lengths of 26''-31'' and adjustable draw weights of 50-60 or 60-70 pounds. If you are looking for an affordable option that is very forgiving then I would recommend the Parker Eagle.

Siege 55 ($149.99/$99.99)

If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, then I would recommend the Siege 55 Pound compound Bow. This bow is powerful with a 206 feet per second speed rating, but also very easy to maintain at the same time. The draw length of 29'' is better suited for medium to larger framed hunters. The Siege compound bow also has a draw weight of 55 pounds, which the 70% let-off makes quick work out of. The 41.5'' ATA will also ensure that you are not veering off course with your shot placement. The 4 pound net weight makes this the perfect option for you to take out on the field for your hunting trips. If you are looking for high quality and durability, then I would suggest that you take a look at the Siege 55 pound compound bow.

Parker Eagle

Camo Pattern Next Vista Cam Eagle High Performance Cam 26" - 31" (mods included) Draw Lengths 26" - 31" (mods included) Draw Weights 50-60 lbs, 60-70 lbs Let Off 80% Axle to Axle Width 32" Mass Weight 3.65 lbs Brace Height 7.75" String Premium Stone
Camo Pattern Next Vista Cam Eagle High Performance Cam 26" - 31" (mods included) Draw Lengths 26" - 31" (mods included) Draw Weights 50-60 lbs, 60-70 lbs Let Off 80% Axle to Axle Width 32" Mass Weight 3.65 lbs Brace Height 7.75" String Premium Stone

Bear Legion

Speed: 318 fps Weight: 4 lbs Brace Height: 7" Axle to Axle: 30.5" Draw Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs/70 lbs Draw Length: 26" - 31" Let-Off: 80% Color: Realtree Camo
Speed: 318 fps Weight: 4 lbs Brace Height: 7" Axle to Axle: 30.5" Draw Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs/70 lbs Draw Length: 26" - 31" Let-Off: 80% Color: Realtree Camo

PSE Brute X

Darton DS-600

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So, there you have it. I think that it is safe to say that there are a lot of different types of quality bows out there that fall under the four hundred dollar price tag. The trick is to look diligently until you find the best deal.

Each of these bows offers the shooter something different. Since we have already take out the leg work of searching for these bows, all you have to do is make sure that they are going to be suited to your needs. Some of the bows are better equipped for target shooting while others are made more for hunting enthusiasts like myself. Choose one of these that fits your goals and shooting style and you can't go wrong. Thanks for visiting!


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