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New Hoyt Charger

Well, since paying off my truck last Dec. and the added disposable income from that combined with money I had been saving for some time. I concluded my last outdoor/hunting related big purchase (always gonna be smaller one like ammo/broadheads and such)for this year. After doing some internet research and talking with Evan, a bow tech at Bill Pelligrino's Archery Hut in Springs, I purchased the Hoyt Charger and am really pleased with this bow. I had my sights set on a Hoyt Vector since reading up on them in last years hunting mags and then the Hoyt Spyder this years upgrade. Doing some reading on different archery forums I found many guys were really impressed with the Charger and said for the price it was hard to beat. Many said you were getting a higher end bow for mid level price. The folks at the Archery Hut concurred with this assessment. I shot both the Charger and Spyder and though I'm far from having years of archery experience under my belt to me there wasn't any drastic difference between the two. I really liked how the Charger felt and shot. Evan, a really helpful and knowledgeable guy, got the one I purchased tuned up for me and ready to shoot. I outfitted mine with a Spot Hogg sight, a G5 quiver, and a plain old whisker biscuit. I haven't used and don't plan on using a fall away rest. My feeling is I don't want something that can malfunction or break when on the side of a mountain chasing elk. You may lose some speed and or a smidgin of accuracy, but in my view the security of a sturdier tool is the better choice for me. Evan advised me to wait on getting a stabilizer and to shoot it awhile without saying you don't really need one with this bow. He seems to be correct as my accuracy is good out to fifty yards with it. I had left my Bear Charge with them to get restrung and will probably pick up a stab at that time to try it and see if there's a difference. I picked up some Gold Tip Hunter expedition 7595/340 arrows for target shooting and some higher end Gold Tips for hunting. The Charger has and IBO rating of 325 fps and mine with a total arrow weight of 381.4 grs and set at 70 pounds is chronoing (I got a chrono and tested in the backyard) at a consistent 307 fps. I'm really digging this bow and if I pull my deer tag this year will be using it to hunt antelope, elk, and then deer! YeeHaw!!! Also, picked up my wife a Mission Craze which the folks at the Archery Hut got all tuned up for her and she's gonna start shooting with me. May even getting her out chasing elk with me on some future hunts! In summary, I think the Hoyt Charger is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get a bow with comparable features to a higher end model but wanting not wanting to spend the higher end price. I went in ready to purchase a Vector or Spyder and walked out very happy with the Charger and with the money saved outfitted it quite nicely.

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Nice rig !!

SoCo,

It looks like a nice rig for sure and you set it up quite nicely ! Yes

On a side note about the stabilizer... I would throw one on just because it will help your bow and if you get use to shooting it without and then throw one on it will change everything. Archery is all about doing everything the same every time. It will change the torque of the bow in your hand and multiple other small things.

Another couple quick question for you as a new (almost new) archery hunter and shooter. Why so much weight (pull) ? Is it comfortable pulling that much weight for you and can you shoot a 100+ arrows a night at that weight ? The only reason I ask these questions is because there are a lot of guys out there that shoot heavy weights to improve perfomance or because they think they have to (for elk) and it is not necessary. You want to be able to draw that bow back smooth and straight under all types of conditions. Especially if you have that monster 200"+ muley in front of you.

Get in lots of practice this year and good luck on drawing the deer tag !

Quinton

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Hey elkkill

Thanks for the good words and your input, it's valued. I have to admit in regard to your question on my draw weight I like to max out my velocities whether shooting a bullet or arrow. If I can maintain accuracy of course. Regarding the arrow its not so much for the kinetic energy, rather for flattening the trajectory. In terms of how the 70 lb draw feels, I can tell its there but it doesnt kill me. I can totally understand your point of the ease of a lighter smooth draw in a hunting scenario when a smooth fluid movement won't scare game or give you away. Also im definitely throwing a stabilizer on it and see your point on that. Again, thanks and I hope to get a big muley in my sights this year!

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Elkill made some great points.

Another reason to use a stabalizer is the stabilization it adds to your form on longer shots (50yds+).
Add it now, so it won't make a big difference later, as stated.

Good luck with it this fall.

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Thanks

Bone collector, I agree with your and elkkills recommendation and will definitely get a good stab thrown on. Good hunting to you as well!

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