By Shane Chuning
My first impression upon opening the box and picking it up was the overall weight. I felt it was much lighter than the Bear Carnage that had a shorter ATA of 32”. It felt well balanced with the top of the bow wanting to lean back towards you, which I like because once you put accessories on it they usually balance out very well in your hand. The finish had some very minor flaws but overall good in appearance. I would like to see more definition in the camo pattern in the future with sharper cleaner lines. The grip felt very comfortable with a nice repeatable feel to it. Grips are a very important part of accuracy and some out there just aren’t that repeatable and this is not one of them. Now it’s time to get this set up with rest, sight, etc. to see how it really performs.
Let’s start off with the Bear Anarchy specifications. This bow has an Axle to Axle length of 35.25”, brace height of 7.25”, peak draw weight ranges from 50/60/70lbs this particular one being 70lbs. It has a wide range of draw length and can be adjusted from 25”-31.5”, which is nice to accommodate those longer draw archers. The Anarchy has an IBO speed rating up to 340 fps with a let-off of 80% and mass weight of 3.8lbs.
I started my set up with the right spine arrow and in this case I chose the Easton Injexions in a 330 spine cut to 28” raw shaft with a 100gr tip. This worked perfect with my draw length at 29” and bow set to 70#. My total arrow weight was right at 436gr and FOC at 10.3%. On a side note you can bump up your FOC with these shafts by taking off the factory cresting on the back of the shaft. With these same specs by taking it off would put you right about 12.75%. With this current set up it did fall short of IBO speed and came in at 10+ fps slower and probably the only thing negative I could come up with in regards to performance.
I then chose the new Trophy Ridge Micro Revolution rest to mount on the bow. This rest seemed relatively lightweight but yet sturdy in structure. It set up very easy with only one slight adjustment in my drop away cord length and where it was tied to my down cable. I started at the 3” recommendation from the bow shelf down but it required a little more than that for proper vane clearance. Overall I find this rest to be very quiet and at a great price point for drop away rests. From there I mounted a Trophy Ridge Micro Cypher 5 pin sight. This is made with their new Ballistix Copolymer System which is 25% lighter than aluminum and I must say they are very light indeed.
Now the tuning begins and just happens to be my favorite part of this great sport of archery. I first eyeballed my centershot to get it close to where I needed to be before I start my walkback tuning. Then I set my nock height to 1/8” nock high initially and started from there to my walkback tune. Upon doing this back to 20 yards I made slight adjustments to my centershot and ended up with a centershot measurement from the side of my riser of 13/16. When I walkback tune to 20 yards I am very picky and use a medium point black Sharpie. The adjustment I make while doing this to fine tune my centershot is very small and probably down to millimeters in measurement form. By doing this and being that picky, I am usually on the money out to 50 yards.
From there I decided to take a bareshaft and a fletched arrow and do a little bareshaft tuning at 20 yards. My first shot with bareshaft was slightly high and right of my fletched arrows at 20 yards. I then wanted to adjust my nock height first and lowered my nock height to 1/16 of an inch. Then back to 20 yards again to shoot both bareshaft and fletched arrows. This corrected my nock height and both were now impacting at the same elevation. During this I made small adjustments to my sight as well so my impact point was the same in elevation. Now it was time to correct my left and right impact point from my fletched to bareshaft arrows. The Bear Anarchy is a solo cam style bow with an idler wheel on top and a split yoke, so to correct this and bring my bareshafts to the left and impact the same as my fletched, I put 3 twists in the left side of the yoke. I then shot these same arrows again and the bareshafts are flying identical to my fletched at 20 yards. I am thinking so far this bow is tuning very well and will be a solid shooter. It is relatively quiet and had very little vibration on the shot, even without a stabilizer. It has been a pleasure to tune and shoot the Bear Anarchy so far and now it’s time to take it back for some long range tuning. I figured with how easy it was for bareshaft tuning the long range was going to need very little adjustments, if any at all. I went back to 60 yards and I was on the money left and right impact, made slight adjustments in my sight and tried again. I was shooting solid 4” groups at 60 yards and was done tuning at this point.
Things I would consider changing in the future are the Camo pattern definition, IBO speed ratings closer to real world speeds, cam timing reference point and better quality strings that offer zero peep rotation. Overall I would give this bow props in overall balance, light weight but still very stable, repeatable grip placement, smooth draw, quiet and very shock free on the shot. When in the market for a new bow the Bear Anarchy is definitely worth taking a look at.