Bowtech Destroyer 350 Review

Bowtech Destroyer 350

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Bowtech Destroyer 350 Review4.854 out of 4 user reviews

Pros

  • One of the top quality speed bows
  • Smooth draw cycle with a nice valley and a very solid back wall
  • Very quiet bow
  • Little vibration and hand shock - one of the quietest speed bows
  • Modular-adjustable eccentric system (bow press is required)

Cons

  • Relatively stiff draw cycle with a little hump at the end
  • Plastic grip will not appeal to everyone (can be replaced)

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Editors' review

The Destroyer 350 is a very fast and great shooting bow with aggressive styling and high performance. This is the flagship bow of the 2010 Bowtech line. Although the draw cycle is relatively stiff, many archers say this rig is surprisingly smooth for a speed bow. With extremely low levels of shock and vibration, the Destroyer 350 is one of the quietest speed bows out there. When it comes to shootability, this rig is almost identical to its great shooting brother (the Destroyer 340), and is 10 fps faster.

Grip

While the plastic grip is reported to be comfortable and functional, it looks cheap for a great quality bow. Many shooters agree that a wood grip or side plates would make this bow a perfect rig. While not everyone likes the way this grip looks, it is very functional and performs nicely. If you don't like the grip you can always replace it with an aftermarket one.

Eccentric system

Powering the Destroyer 350 to reported IBO speeds reaching 350 fps is Bowtech's new OverDrive Binary Cam. This eccentric system offers draw lengths adjustable over a 25"-30" range in 1/2" increments. While the draw length can be adjusted through a set of interchangeable modules, a bow press is required to change them out. The let-off is 80%.

Draw cycle / Shootability / Quietness

While this is a relatively stiff drawing bow, it's also smooth enough for a speed rig as confirmed by many archers. While there is a little hump closer to the end of the draw cycle (before it drops into the valley), the back wall is very solid. Speaking about shock and vibration, the Destroyer 350 is one of the quietest bows among top speed rigs. We were very impressed with the amount of positive reviews and comments in regard to the lack of shock and vibration on this bow. A lot of people firmly agree the Destroyer 350 is one of the quietest speed bows out there.

Destroyer 350 vs. Destroyer 340

Bow Bowtech Destroyer 350 Bowtech Destroyer 340
Version 2011 2011
Picture Bowtech Destroyer 350 Bowtech Destroyer 340
Brace Height 6 " 7 "
AtA Length 32.375 " 32.375 "
Draw Length 25 " - 30 " 26 " - 31 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 350 fps 340 fps
Weight 4.1 lbs 3.9 lbs
Let-Off 80% effective 80% effective
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Some archers like to compare the Destroyer 350 with its slower brother from the Destroyer series: the Destroyer 340. Basically, the Destroyer 350 has a shorter brace height (6"), is 10 FPS faster than its 7" brother, and could be a better choice for archers with short draw lengths.

When it comes to shootability, many archers note that for long draw length shooters (28"+) the Bowtech Destroyer 340 might be a better choice due to its forgiving brace height, shifted draw length range, and a better string angle. On the other hand, short draw length archers (up to 28") may not feel any difference at all. That is why, such people often prefer the Bowtech Destroyer 350 because it's 10 FPS faster.

Another thing to compare is the draw cycle. While both bows are smooth for their speeds, some archers agree the draw cycle on the Destroyer 340 is a little bit smoother.

Summary

To conclude, the Destroyer 350 is a very fast and great shooting rig with minimal vibration, shock, and noise at the shot. This is a lightweight and well balanced rig that has a smooth (but relatively stiff) draw cycle for a speed bow. While the eccentric system is modular-adjustable, a bow press is required to change the draw length. Due to its aggressive styling, the Destroyer 350 is probably not the best choice for beginners (unless beginners are happy to put the time and effort into learning how to shoot this bow well). On the other hand, this bow is a great choice for experienced shooters who like top quality speed rigs with great performance and without noise.
Bowtech Destroyer 350 Review4.854



User Reviews

  • 4 reviews
  • ( out of 4 reviews for all versions)
  1. Fast, Quiet, Smooth and Innovative!

    Version: 2010 Bowtech Destroyer 350

    Rating:  

    Pros: Very quiet and smooth for the amount of speed it has. For such a short brace height it is also very forgiving.

    Cons: Short valley and paint chipping slightly on the limbs.

    Full review:
    This bow shoots very very well. I am a shorter draw length and this bow gives me the speed I need while still remaining quiet and smooth. The valley is very short but with that much speed its a given. I shoot at 26 inches with 340 gr. gold tip xt hunters and rage 2 blade 100grs and I have great groupings. Overall I love this bow and how it shoots and looks.

  2. Awesome Bow would recommend this bow to anyone!

    Version: 2011 Bowtech Destroyer 350

    Rating:  

    Pros: Bow shoots great. Grouping is great at 70 yds i can put 3 arrows in a 2 inch group. Bow is quite, light, and fast. AWESOME!!

    Cons: Plastic grip looks cheap but is comfortable. Paint chipping off of the riser. Draw cycle is a little stiff but well worth the money for this bow.

    Full review:
    I have a 28" DL @71Lbs and i shoot Victory HV carbons w/ 100gr muzzys, I have the ripcord code red rest on my destroyer 350. My speed on the Chrono said 320fps. not too bad for a 28" draw. I am very impressed with the bow and its tunablity. It is also very accurate. It takes some getting used to with the shorter brace height. I have the 5 pin black gold sight setup on it and my last pin is set up at 70 yds. I can easily shoot 3 arrows in a 2 inch group at that range. Awesome bow.

  3. Fast, very fast, and accurate.

    Version: 2010 Bowtech Destroyer 350

    Rating:  

    Pros: Speed, minimal vibration, low shock.

    Cons: Dont like the compression string ties on the outsiside of the cams.

    Full review:
    I got my arrow grains to exacly 350 grains. The IBO is 354. Thats super. Have all the top quality acsesories on this destroyer. HHA Optimizer with 6x lens, QAD Bone collector rest, Donker 6" disk stabilizer, Specialty archery peep with #2 verifyer, Octaine 2 peice magnetic quiver, and shoot gold tip velocity pro arrows with blazerX2 vains. I couldnt be more pleased. Happy shooting.

  4. Accurate, low-torque riser, super quiet, great feel, but top heavy, paint chips easily

    Version: 2011 Bowtech Destroyer 350

    Rating:  

    Pros: Easily paper tuned out of the box! (Bullet holes), Accurate to 48m, Beautiful feeling grip. Low grip torque. Super quiet.

    Cons: Very top heavy, riser paint chips easily, Limb edges chip easily

    Full review:
    WOW! 1 inch groups achievable at 10,20,30,40m (but only with good form with tiny pin gaps (58lb, 320 grn arrow). Far less grip torque than my 2009 PSE X-force Dreamseason (which won’t papertune). More stable in the hand than my PSE 2011 Vendetta (which has less Reflex!). Feels absolutely beautiful in the hand like my Guardian. BUT its very top heavy. I switched from a light plastic sight to a quality metal one and that made it worse. Added a stabiliser to balance out the top weight and that made it roll forward even more after release, decreasing consistency so you need very light accessories. I added some lead weight into the cut-out just beneath the grip for minor improvement in the stability. Its a fantastic bow BUT poorly balanced.


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