Best Target Shooting Bows

The best target shooting bows tend to be compound bows. These were first invented in the 1960s by Wilbur Allen.

Rather than using the standard bendable bow design of the recurve bows, these inventively adopt various pulleys and cables combined with stiffer composites to deliver high power from a compact design.

The result is an elaborate-looking bow rather than the simple appearance of the typical recurve bow used by archers for centuries.

Focusing on a target is easier with a compound bow because there are balancers to take some of the guesswork out of it. The drawstring also doesn’t need to be pulled back with as much force to deliver a powerful shot into the target.

During outdoor competitions, women shoot targets between roughly 100 to 230 feet away and men shoot targets up to 295 feet away. For indoor championships, the distance is typically sixtyfive feet. For people with a back garden which is long enough, it’s possible to set up a target range to practice at home.

Alternatively, a large basement makes for an ideal indoors range too.

Here are the Top 5 target shooting bows for use on the range (more on AMAZON)


Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro Bow Package

The Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro Bow Package is a compound bow with more pre-purchase options than most other products in this category.

Firstly, there are different models to suit a right-hand or left-hand orientated archer.

Secondly, the choice of colors is Black Ops or Mossy Oak Country, or Pink Blade which likely will only suit the ladies.

The bow is a multi-shooter for rapid release, has a tubular peep sight, a comfortable sling, and an octane stabilizer to help ensure more accurate shots. The complete set includes an arrow rest (Hostage XL), string loop (BCY), and various draw settings to suit the archer.

The DeadLock Lite Quiver is a useful way to hold your arrows without needing a separate over-the-shoulder quiver instead.

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For draw weight settings, the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro is adjustable all the way from just 5 lbs right up to 70 lbs. The level of flexibility in the draw weight is quite remarkable and clearly one of the major selling points of this bow. Given the degree of optimization for speed here, the speed (which is incredibly fast at the top draw setting) is tailorable for each archer accordingly.

The durability of the Edge Pro is a question perhaps of how much the product is used. For occasional archers who want something durable and reasonably fast, then while the maximum draw weight of 70 lbs won’t produce a 400 FPS super-bow, it’s no slouch either.

PROS:

  • Draw weight adjustable from 5 lbs to 70 lbs
  • Multi-Shooter bow
  • 5-inch light stabilizer
  • Wrist sling
  • Extended draw length
  • Right or left-hand orientation
  • Three color choices
  • Replaceable parts

CONS:

  • Not as durable as one would hope

However, for a frequent Archer, they should be aware that parts will wear down over time. Some people may prefer changing out the bow string for another one of their choosing which they feel is going to be more durable. In other cases, the cams top and bottom are perhaps the first part that’ll suffer from over-use. Don´t worry: Thats nothing a good repair shop could not replace. 


SAS Rage 70 lbs 30" Compound Bow 

The SAS Rage 70 Lbs 30'' Compound Bow is a non-nonsense looking bow that almost needs no introduction. It is available in a range of exciting colors from classic black to Autumn Camo Green, with versions that include accessories made of carbon, a Pro package model, and a Travel package model.

The Pro package is particularly impressive and comprehensive with their SAS hard case which is TSA approved, tough Carbon arrows, multiple Broadheads, a Trophy Rest arrow rest for fast shooting, a Quiver that detaches more easily, and an Aluminum stabilizer too.

This package is a good option for people who don’t wish to shop around to make modifications, find a case that’ll fit their bow and more.

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The overall design of the SAS Rage from Southland Archery Supply doesn’t disappoint. It has cut out parts that make its look quite distinctive. The limbs are both made from hard ABS plastic for durability over time. The parts used also contribute to the carrying weight of just 4.4 lbs which will please people who don’t appreciate lugging around a massive bow during their target shooting or hunting expeditions.

PROS:

  • Flexible ABS plastic compound bow
  • ​Draw length from 26-inches to 30-inches 
  • Axle to Axle length of 35-inches
  • Draw length 26-inches to 30-inches
  • 270 FPS speed
  • Light at 4.4 lbs

CONS:

  • Best used with 30-inch Aluminum and Carbon arrows; lesser arrows may underperform
  • Lacks the draw length wide adjustability of other compound bows

The draw length runs from 26-inches up to 30-inches, and there is a 35-inch axle to axle length too. The draw weight is adjustable by modifying the tightness of a bolt used for this express purpose.

The weight can be set as low as 50 lbs and as high as 70 lbs. The maximum speed is 270 FPS which will be plenty fast enough for more archers not wishing for an arrow to not stick hard into the target because it’s velocity was insufficient when reaching the target.


Bear Archery Attitude Compound Bow RTH Realtree RH 70lb A4AT11007R

The Bear Archery Attitude Compound Bow RTH Realtree RH 70lb A4AT11007R has Realtree APG Camo covering and is made in the USA.

It is a bow designed for right handed shooters, and one look at the design shows that it means business. For those people who care, the Bear branding is proudly displayed along the side of the bow too.

The quad limbs and cam design produce speeds of up to 310 FPS making this one of the fastest shooting bows on the market. There are string suppressors that work to offset the vibration felt after each shot and reduce the noise emanations too.

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The Trophy Ridge 3-pin sight is a nice addition, which also comes with a light. The draw length is adjustable from 25-inches to 32-inches (29-inches is the default). Draw weight is 60 to 70 lbs with lighter draw weights not possible and limited adjustability; adjusts up/down in 0.5-inch modifications.​

PROS:

  • Realtree AGP camo compound bow with fast 310 FPS capability
  • Smooth EZ3 cam
  • Only 3.7 lbs
  • Trophy Ridge 3-pin lighted sight

CONS:

  • Limited draw weight adjustment 

The 3.7-inch weight is lighter than some competitors and will suit people who prefer a less substantial model.​


Bowtech Carbon Knight Black Ops 60 to 70lbs RH RAK Equipped

The Bowtech Carbon Knight Black Ops 60 to 70lbs RH RAK Equipped is incredibly light at only 3.2 lbs because of its carbon design.

The draw length of the bow is between 27-inches and 30.5 inches, with the default set as 29-inches. The draw weight is between 60-lbs and 70-lbs.

The bow is ready to use out of the box; it only needs to be sighted correctly before proceeding.

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PROS:

  • Realtree AGP camo compound bow with fast 310 FPS capability
  • Smooth EZ3 cam
  • Only 3.7 lbs
  • Trophy Ridge 3-pin lighted sight

CONS:

  • Limited draw weight adjustment 

The binary cam has a new design that offers smoother tension and release for advanced hunters and target shooters. Despite the lightness of this bow, it is strong enough to withstand regular use.


Quest Radical Right Hand Package

The Quest Radical Right Hand Package is flexible compound bow that offers greater adjustability than most models. The model has a 4-pin sight for easier target viewing, a peep, stabilizer, sling, rest, suppressor, and quiver to hold the arrows.

The draw length is fully adjustable from 17-inches right up to 30-inches. This wide range of adjustment is quite unusual and allows for varied shooting and different distance targets.

The body is available in the color choices of either AP or AP Purple Dura fuse. Both are fairly light-hued coloring choices.

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PROS:

  • Lightweight at 3.25 lbs
  • Maximum 295 FPS
  • G5 Headlock 6-arrow quiver
  • G5 stabilizer
  • Axle to Axle 29.5 inches
  • Dual cam design with aluminum riser
  • Two camo-based color choices 

CONS:

  • Requires fine tuning to get the most out of this bow

With target shooting, choosing the right bow is critical. The selection process includes matching arm strength to bow weight, an appropriate draw length, and draw weight. Once the right selection is made, it only takes practice to improve your target striking abilities.