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  • sakodudesakodude Posts: 4,881 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Probably be OK.
    BUT! Bows are the one thing I will almost always use a pro shop for. By the time you buy it, then pay someone to set it up, you may be even money. Most bow shops (around here) will set up a bow for your specific needs if you purchase it there. And an incorrectly set up bow SUCKS.

    Good advice. It just seems everything I pick out at the shop is twice the price or more. Does make me nervous to buy a bow without laying hands on it first.

  • JermanatorJermanator Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    If I ever bow hunt again, it will be a recurve. I have always wanted one. The ones I have shot, have shot excellent for me.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    My friend from Nebraska shoots a now older Martin and likes it a lot. I personally witnessed him hit a buck at 63 yards with it. I, however, have no personal experience with their stuff.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • twatwa Posts: 2,245 Senior Member
    Seems like a great deal to me! I am a PSE guy myself, but specs. say is shoot 320 IBO, so that should be more than enough. If you do get it, get you a whisker biscuit (rest) some good sights and a rear peep sight and you should be good to go. Actually the Bass Pro and Cabelas both here in KC will set your bow up for you if you buy the add on's there, I am sure there are places like that near you. Very helpful in that department for sure.
  • sakodudesakodude Posts: 4,881 Senior Member
    The bow I had previously been in love with is a PSE vendetta XL but it runs quite a bit more coin. Going to try and hit a couple of local shops next week and see if I can find a martin to compare.

  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    Martin archery has been around a long long time. They were making some of the first compounds in the late 60's early 70's.
    As cpj said, even the cheaper bows are far advanced after 45+ years of tech being applied.
  • jbohiojbohio Posts: 5,618 Senior Member
    Should be a good shooter. It's fast, but, it's also big. 36.5" axle to axle is pretty long, but not a bad thing, IMO. Long bows are easy to shoot. 7.25" brace height is good, too.

    That being said, I'm with CPJ, always buy bows at the local pro shop. Look at Bowtech, Diamond. They should have a similarly priced bare bow.
  • sakodudesakodude Posts: 4,881 Senior Member
    I have one I bought used. Of course that was 20ish years ago:tooth: Seems the decent brand used one around here go for as much as the one I linked. I just don't know enough about them to know a good deal.

  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Posts: 8,606 Senior Member
    Go to a bow shop with an indoor range that let's you shoot different bows.
    In this process you will know which one you really like.

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • sakodudesakodude Posts: 4,881 Senior Member
    Go to a bow shop with an indoor range that let's you shoot different bows.
    In this process you will know which one you really like.

    Well that's what got me into this mess. A local shop was having an event demonstrating mostly high end Matthews, Bear, and PSE products so I shot them all. It made me realize just how antique my old bow really was.
    I started looking for less expensive bows that had similar specs which lead me to this post. Found a shop that carries Martin products so hope to pay them a visit next week.

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