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    • gobbler716
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      What are your opinions regarding Martin Archery products? And, no, I do not work for them.

    • bobtieken
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      A first rate outfit with excellent customer service. Their recurves and longbows are a bargain.

    • gobbler716
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      Thank you!

    • codger
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      Ive owned several of their bows and all were well constructed nice shooting bows and they sell for very good pricing. ive owned four of their reucrves and one longbow that my brother still shooots i ourchased it over 20 years ago.

    • FUBAR
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      I like them

    • bigchief
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      Very good bows, just bought a 2012 Pantera and it is a very well constucted bow and shoots GREAT!!!!

    • archer38
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      I shoot a Martin/Howatt X-200 and I love it. Great shooting bow and although I got it used, I have priced out new Martin bows and they are very well priced.I just took a 250 pound Black Bear with my X-200 on the 1st and I plan to hunt with it for many years to come. I posted a pic with the bow in the photo galleries on here

    • pinemarten
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      Well I’m not thrilled with them at the moment. I decided to start shooting again this fall and my 27 yr. old Hoyt Ram Reflex is just too heavy for me. It pulls around 55 at my draw length. So I ordered a 40# Martin Jaguar along with an arm guard and some whiskers. First off they nicked me $28.00 for shipping which is robbery. Then it took nearly 3 weeks to get my order. Then I noticed they did not send the arm guard or whiskers. But those are just the minor things!

      The bow is a joke. It uses what must be some left over risers that are cut for an over-draw set up. No way to get a good traditinal rest mounted and the plastic one they include is an insulting joke. So when you call them they shove you off on their internet partner ShopTron who handles all returns and refunds etc.

      This may be the first time I need to appeal to my credit card company becuase of a crooked vendor. Yeah, I’m angry about it.

    • George D. Stout
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      Well you should have done a bit of research since you have plenty at your fingertips. The Jaguar is simply a compound riser with imported limbs….not really a Martin/Howatt bow.

      Also…I have been shooting plastic stick on rests for near fifty years and they work fine…perhaps you should expand your horizons and learn how they work.

      Not sure what you call a “traditional rest”, but there were plastic rests being used before your were born, I suspect. So it really sounds like you didn’t do much homework, or you would have found there are much better buys, like the Samick Sage, or Greatree Osprey, for the same or less money.

      I will also add, that there are some folks shooting the Martin Jaguar and doing it well….and with rug rests. I would personally tell you to call John Wert at Lancaster Archery, or even 3Rivers Archery to get some quality input regarding traditional equipment. Martin never built, and probably never will build a traditional bow….all of theirs are built in the Howatt factory under the Martin name.

      One more thing, “crooked vendor” is pretty strong language, so make sure it isn’t just frustration over your own poor judgement.

    • pinemarten
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      George D. Stout wrote: Well you should have done a bit of research since you have plenty at your fingertips. The Jaguar is simply a compound riser with imported limbs….not really a Martin/Howatt bow.

      Also…I have been shooting plastic stick on rests for near fifty years and they work fine…perhaps you should expand your horizons and learn how they work.

      Not sure what you call a “traditional rest”, but there were plastic rests being used before your were born, I suspect. So it really sounds like you didn’t do much homework, or you would have found there are much better buys, like the Samick Sage, or Greatree Osprey, for the same or less money.

      I will also add, that there are some folks shooting the Martin Jaguar and doing it well….and with rug rests. I would personally tell you to call John Wert at Lancaster Archery, or even 3Rivers Archery to get some quality input regarding traditional equipment. Martin never built, and probably never will build a traditional bow….all of theirs are built in the Howatt factory under the Martin name.

      One more thing, “crooked vendor” is pretty strong language, so make sure it isn’t just frustration over your own poor judgement.

      The sight window is cut at least a half inch past center. I could have built a birch ply spacer with some threaded brass studs to get it to where I could mount a traditional rest but I should’nt have to do that. They are foisting off surplus over draw style risers that will need a good bit of custom work to shoot properly. That in my book is crooked. When you consider it is an entry level type bow I wonder how many unsuspecting new shooters are stuck with those bows?

    • JTop
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      gobbler716 wrote: What are your opinions regarding Martin Archery products? And, no, I do not work for them.

      I had alite practice with my 50# rebel today and it felt good. If you stick with their wood bows, you’ll get a quality product. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”:D

    • pinemarten
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      JTop wrote: [quote=gobbler716]What are your opinions regarding Martin Archery products? And, no, I do not work for them.

      I had alite practice with my 50# rebel today and it felt good. If you stick with their wood bows, you’ll get a quality product. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”:D

      Amen to that. I was hoping that lots of shooting with a lighter bow would get me back in shape for my hoyt. And yes, one of their hunter recurves would have been a better choice.

    • RedTape
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      Excellent company. My first traditional bow was a Hatfield and it still shoots great. My Dad got a Serengeti several years ago and after about a year one of the limbs started developing a small crack in the finish. Since Martin didn’t have a Serengeti in his draw weight, they gave him a more expensive bow at no cost.

    • Goraidh
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      I still shoot a Martin Longbow that I purchased in the 1980s. Love it!

    • handirifle
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      I have owned 4 of Martins “traditional” bows. Loved every one of them. Research what you’re buying and enjoy it when you get it. By the way, every web site I have ordered from shows you what shipping charges are BEFORE you make a final commitment to buy.

      If a company is selling products far lower than everyone else, they usually make it up with shipping charges. There is no free lunch.

      I sent one bow back of the 4 I owned, it developed a slight splinter in a glass edge. They replaced it free, even though I had been shooting it in 3D tournaments for 6 months.

    • Stumpkiller
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      I think very highly of the Damon-Howatt shop work and am very pleased with my mid 90’s Dream Catcher.

      The older Hunters are an excellent buy for a great performing and, usually, an accurate bow in most archers’ hands.

    • LocDoc
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      I just finished shooting my 80’s something #65 Martin Hatfield. It still smokes a heavy cedar arrow with barely a whisper. I had a Howatt Hunter I carried for many years until it cracked on me at a 3-D shoot about 7 years ago. Since then, I have tried many different makes and models of recurve, custom and production, but was never really satisfied. None could ever compare with the Hunter. Which is why I have decided to order a new one.

    • Ralph
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      I’ve kicked my tail many a time for seeing stars years ago and trading my Martin Mamba off. I bought the bow for $50 and now it would cost me $500 to get another.

      I too have an X200 (#45) and it is nice shooting, I just have a problem with the big old fat riser it has. I prefer a smaller grip.

      It was a gift from my wife many years ago so it stays and gets shot occasionally. Someday one of the grandsons is gonna figure out that life is not just a series of one game controller after another and come back to archery. Hopefully.

    • SDMFer
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      I shoot a 70# Barta Bow that is made by Martin. While some long to own multiple bows, I have no desire to get another. If for some reason I needed a new/second bow I wouldn’t think twice about another Martin made bow.

    • Dave Nash
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      I have two Martins and I love them both.Well made and straight shooters.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’ve owned two Martin/Howatt bows and they were both great shooters, well-made and good looking. The ‘Mamba’ I owned was a fast and hard-hitting bow – I only sold it in order to make a down payment on a custom I was lusting after. I still own a ‘Savannah’ which is a joy to shoot and I’d put it up against a lot of other hybrids that cost significantly more.

    • Etter1
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      I love martin/howatt bows. In my limited experience, they are my favorite mass production recurves out there. For the money, or possibly for much more, I doubt you’re going to find a quieter, more forgiving, or accurate bow out there than the Martin Hunter.

    • horserod
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      I sure wish I had my 53# Super Diablo back…..It was probably the best bow I ever shot back then. I was deadly accurate with that bow…….Gosh, how we make big mistakes from time to time……:( Horserod

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