Re: Mathews vs. Mission
I took a brief look at the mission bows, while I was looking for my new bow this past summer. I had shot for 3 years a PSE Axe 6. My old pse was a good bow for me to start with. It gave me a good base line for what I wanted to upgrade to.
What are you shooting now?
I wanted a forgiving bow with decent speed, I wanted it light, packable and quite. I wanted a nice smooth draw and most of all a solid back wall. My biggest gripe about my pse was it wanted to go go go. And it had a shorter brace height. So it was not as forgiving.
My heart still pounds out of my chest when I see a deer I want to shoot. So I need all the help I can get.
I guess now on to the actual bow selection. I have found that you don't need to spend top dollar on equipment to get the job done. I have savage rifles that will out shoot my fathers Cooper rifles every day of the week. His look nicer but the deer don't care about that. lol
I looked at all the bows in my local shop. PSE, Mission, Mathews, Diamond, Bowtech and Bear. I had looked at the G5 and Martins at another shop. I made a decision I would go after the bow that fit me the best. With in my spec's. I hunt from a tree stand 100% of the time in archery and most of the time I am walking in deep. So I need it compact.
I drew and shot and played with more bows than I can remember. But I kept coming back to the Mathews. Price is killer. I know. That really was hard to get over. Especially when you start adding your accessories. However, I wanted a bow that would last, Life time warranty is great! I really liked how smooth it was and quiet. The fit and finish is outstanding and accurate to boot. The Mathews Creed XS is what I got. I am short 5'7". With a 27.5 inch draw length. This bow fit me the best. Was the smoothest and the lightest.
I wouldn't do my shopping online. Get to a bow shop with a big selection. Work with someone who will take their time with you and "fit" a good bow to you. I learned a lot by shopping for my new bow and it has paid off with better accuracy and more confidence with my shots.
The mission bow has standard options for a bow in its price range. I would search for many different bows in that price range and see what fits you the best.