Well Bill has been tweeking on his bows and has come up with a new Bow, only a prototype now but will probably be in production soon. I was curious as I love my Quest and asked Bill some questions on the Peerless.
Seems he wanted a bow that was better at the lower draw weights so he designed this bow, it has static tips and the riser has some deflex, other than that it is a Brack pure and simple. Lo and behold he had one sent to me to test.
Now I ain't no scientist but I do know what I like and do not like when it comes to bows so I told him I would give an honest opinion.
Got the bow a few days ago and have been playing with it. String was already set up so basically just put the string on and began shooting. It likes my AD Nitro Stingers with 300 gr up front.
I was amazed at how quiet it is without silencers or bow hush. Bill said it would not be as fast as my Quest but for the weight and with the arrows I am shooting it is pretty darn fast. Now my quest is 64#@28 and this bow is 46#@28 I draw 29" so it is 49 or 50 at my draw.
The craftmanship is beyond reproach as are all of Bills works of art. All in all a great bow that functions flawlessly.
I just cannot get a good release with a bow much below 55# but adjusted to this bow pretty well. Shot some groups from 10,15,20,25,30 and 40 yards and it performed very well. My groups out to 30 were pretty tight but opened up a bit at 40, but that is me, I need to practice more at 40,LOL.
Now this is my honest opinion and is only my opinion. I love my Quest and have another on order so not anything against Bill's bows I love them!
Quiet, pretty darn fast for a 50# at my draw.
Not as stable as my Quest, did not care for the deflex in the riser and the bow is lighter in physical weight than my Quest,which I did not care for, same riser woods and limb lams as my Quest and the grip was smaller.
Bill has a winner in this bow for those that prefer a deflexed riser and static tips. It does what it is supposed to do and I understand he is still tweeking the limb design making it shoot even better.
So all you Brack fans will have a new choice in the near future from one of the best bowyers out there.
Sorry but did not take any, it is a prototype not in production and was not sure Bill wanted me posting pics of the bow. He was away on an elk hunt so could not ask him. The bow is now on the way to another person to test it.
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TGMM Family Of The Bow NRA Life/Patron member NAHC life member Retired CPO US Navy 1972-1993 Posts: 6621 | From: Guam | Registered: Jul 2003
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I was privledged enough to recieve the Peerless after Danny. Here are my thoughts:
Brackenbury Peerless T/D recurve. 62" 46# @28" Zebrawood riser, Bamboo core with Zebrawood back veneers and Brown glass on the belly. String: Dyna 97 Flemish. Brace height: 7 3/8" I did not scale this bow but compared to my other 45-50# bows, the weight seems accurate. I used 30" Carbon Express Heritage shafts with 125 gr brass inserts and 125 gr heads.
The grip is slightly smaller filling than my Quest but still very much a Brack grip. It does create a constant hand placement every time, but I felt slight pressure on the inner pad of my thumb. Drawing the string back is smooth back to my 29" anchor. It does not have the earlier preload on the limbs like my Quest. I'm not sure I like the lack of preload, it almost feels "weak". Of course the bow length could contribute to this being that my Quest is 58" and the Peerless is 62". The strings catwiskers came off in shipment and I never got around to installing more. There is a ever slight feel of hand shock, I say slight because I believe no bow has zero hand shock. I am thinking now that a set of catwiskers would have no doubt removed any evidence of the hand shock. Speaking of silencers, I was very impressed with how quiet this bow shot without them. Much quieter than my Quest.
The bow is not one of those heavy risered clunkers that is a brick to carry. But instead it has decent mass weight that still is semi light in the hand. It is very stable through out the draw, no limb twitching here and doesn't cause the shooter to torque the bow. In fact the Peerless made me a better shooter. It became a tack driver in mere minutes for me.
I do not have a chrono, but I'm pretty in tune with high performance bows. I have to say that performance is very important to me. I donít like to sacrifice the other important qualities of a bow but I have sold more than one because of it being a dog. The Peerless impressed me very much. I felt like it was throwing an arrow equal to and faster at times than my other bows weighing 4# heavier. Is it the limb design? Just a juiced up bow? I donít know but I am interested in getting a set of Peerless limbs for my Quest riser.
I wonít get into the craftsmanship of this bow. I expect pretty much perfection when we are talking about high end bows and this one meets all my criteria.
Bottom line.....for me. I will put it's qualities into placement: the first thing I will mention is its FAST; then I gotta say it's Quiet; next would be it's Accuracy and Stability; and lastly although it's smooth I donít like the feel of the first 3", its just too much like drawing nothing.
I like recurves in the 58" -60" lengths. I am curious how different a shorter Peerless bow would shoot.
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TGMM Brotherhood of the Bow Posts: 1539 | From: Northwest Vermont | Registered: Mar 2003
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I am really excited because I just realized that I am now in 5th place on Bill Howland's delivery list, so I am eagerly expecting my new Peerless about two years after I originally ordered my bow (I ordered a Non-Typical but have since bought two used ones and changed my order to a Peerless as soon as I experienced the pure joy of shooting one of Bill's prototypes).
-------------------- TGMM Family of the Bow Posts: 3212 | From: Oklahoma | Registered: Mar 2008
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I am a novice a traditional archery, but I did get to shoot two of Bill's Peerless prototypes. I haven't shot very many different traditional bows, but I was impressed with both Peerless' I shot. They are both smooth, fast and quiet. I really liked them both.
-------------------- Tom - Fish Carver Posts: 283 | From: Washington | Registered: May 2009
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