Mathews makes a good bow no question, but so do a lot of other companys.
I own a PSE and a High Country. Both are good solid bows and both kill deer (and bear) just as dead as a Mathews.
What you really want to do is go to multiple pro shops and test fire different brands. What is more important in this excercise is to feel out the shops owners. Like I said there are lots of really good bows out there. As far as finding a GOOD bow shop owner that will go the extra mile taking care of there costomers? That is worth looking for and buying the brand that they sell and starting a relationship. The big chain stores have great deals and coustomer service but when you accidently break your bow at 9:00 the night before opening day they are not going to open the shop special to help you out!
Just my 2 cents on buying a bow.
I have to agree with everyone..I still shoot the Mathews Outback just because i've gotten so comfortable with that bow. My dad and brother both shoot Bowtech though, which are def. awesome bows. You def. need to go to your local shops and test shoot a few different bows. Get one you feel comfortable with..
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