08-19-2008, 05:12 PM
Went out today and did some shopping/comparison on new bows. Shot the Parker Wildfire XP and the Buckhunter XP. Also shot the Primos Bear Showdown. All bows were package bows and equipped with some accessories from the factory. The Wildfire was super fast and quiet, felt good in my hands and the first two arrows I shot with it damn near were touching. The Buckhunter XP was nice, much the same feel. I didn't like the camo pattern on it. It had a loud noise upon arrow release. It could be because whomever shot it before me had them turn it down to about 50 lbs. I was assured that when the limbsavers were added and the poundage cranked up it would quiet it down. I shot the Bear and was pleased with it also. It was a little noisy, but I'm sure after it was finished and set-up it would be fine. I didn't like the factory peep, but the major drawback was the 60 lb peak weight. I wasn't impressed that the string loop snapped on the fourth shot, but that was easily fixable. I decided to go with the Wildfire XP. It felt the best in my hands and it was the one that I felt I would end up shooting the most accurately. It was already the most quiet, and definatley the best looking. I like the Xtreme Parallel limb design and was impressed that I really got no bad feedback on any of the websites where I researched it on. It already has a 3 pin wraparound fiber optic sight, whisker biscuit, 1 piece quiver, string leeches and limbsavers on it. I added a loop for my release and a Limbsaver stabilizer. Of course I needed new arrows. I have been shooting Gold Tip XT Hunters, but the shop recommended Eastons ST Carbon Excel. I told them that I was going to shoot Rage 2 blades and they are going to equip my arrows with Blazer viens. I'm going to pick it up Friday and will post a report on how it shoots.