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BOW Info Needed ** Merlin?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by CalvinMD, Sep 13, 2010.

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  1. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I have an opportunity at what seems a great deal on a very nice hunting bow...It is a Merlin Storm 3D (from England) Is anyone familiar with them as to quality/ toughness / quiet operation and serviceability/ ..i'm also looking at a Bear Showdown which I'm sure is a great bow but at a much higher cost...this will give you the level bow I'm interested in...any other suggestions? tips ..thanks
     
  2. Sky Buster

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    Where are you going to get the Merlin serviced?
    Parts availability?
     
  3. CalvinMD

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    Thats exactly why I am asking....what is their rep/ are they popular at all on this side of the pond??
     
  4. tammike

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    Buy a Hoyt and you will never regret it.
     
  5. shooterIII

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    Or a Mathews.
     
  6. hrosik123

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    I use a High Country and haven't been let down yet. Good luck Chuck Hrosik
     
  7. Trapshooter

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    Buy a Hoyt
     
  8. claybrdr

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    Mathews is #1 by far. I'm still shooting an older Q2 that has had string and cables replaced and is still good as new. Still killing deer! Been tempted to jump into one of the annual new models that keep coming out but the older ones shoot so fast and flat that I see no need.

    "Catch us if you can"
     
  9. C Prince

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    Calvin,

    They are popular with the competition shooters more than hunters. You can get them serviced here. They have an office in Rindge, NH (603) 899-9888.

    Chad
     
  10. FIB

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    I would have to agree with the shooters that recommended purchasing a Hoyt or Mathew's. They are both excellent quality bows and dealers/service is readily available. I've owned both and still have a Mathew's Z7 that I bought last year. One advantage that Mathew's has over Hoyt is that Mathew's are the Harley Davidson of bows in that they hold their value better than any other bow.
     
  11. BAD 303

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    There are several better options for a bow than buying a Merlin which will have very little value or parts and service available. If you do a search on google you will find thousands of good used Hoyt,Mathews bows. I will tell you the best bow for the money used is an Elite. They have been in business for about 5 years and have a lifetime warranty to whoever owns it and their customer service is awesome if needed. Look for an Elite Z28 if you want an all around target/hunting bow. Hoyt would be my next choice in bows. But you can not find another company that has a lifetime warranty on used bows. Elite also has their own website to maybe help you out some with questions.
     
  12. bubba68

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    Wow - lot's of advice, but no one asked any details about you and how you shoot. (Draw length, release, fingers, hunting or target primarily, do you like a hard wall, a long valley, etc., etc.) (Personally, I've used a great target bow for hunting for years, and it kills deer just as easily as paper targets.)

    Here's the best advice - (same as buying a trapgun) shoot it first if you can. But, also, go to Archertalk.com. Great forum. You will find a lot of information on there about ALL types of bows (both hunting and target). And, you will find a lot of very helpful people that have tremendous experience with Merlin bows (and Mathews and Hoyt, etc., etc.). There is a pretty faithful following among the Merlin bows. Never shot one myself, but very interested in trying someday!

    Go to the forum and ask around - you will get the answers you need.

    Good luck.
     
  13. Sky Buster

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    Look for bows that offer Binary cams. One cam bows are
    old technolgy. Bowtech,Parker, Quest and Martin just to name a few.
     
  14. Bill Hom

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    I own an Archery Pro Shop in Ca. My suggestion to you is go to your local archery pro shop and check out what is there, shoot what you can. Don't get caught up in advertising hype as there is very little "TRUTH IN ADVERTISING" when it comes to bows. Look for one that is user friendly. Stay away from speed bows as they tend to be harder to shoot unless you are a very experienced archer. In my experience,I have found inherent problems with both single cam bows and binary cam bows. I prefer cam 1/2 and twin cams for ease of tuning and staying in tune. As for merlin bows, they are like owning an English car. One of the best bow buys in todays market is the Hoyt Turbo Hawk, well built,easy to shoot well and is module adjustable in case you find that you need a little more or a little less adjustment for draw length. Hoyt is also offering a $50 rebate if you purchase before Oct 1 2010. If I can answer any of your archery questions feel free to contact me. Bill Hom
     
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    Bill above has given some valuable info. All bows are not created equal but the vast majority of the Big name bows are fine. I shoot a Hoyt Vipertech with the cam and a 1/2 as he mentioned. It is a very forgiving very tunable bow. I had a Mathews Z-max solo cam before that and it was a very good bow as well. The riser height will tell you something about the bows shot forgiveness. The higher the number of riser height the more forgiving the bow(look for something around 7-7 1/2 riser height). A riser height of say 6 or below is gonna be very hairy on the forgiveness scale. Don't get caught up in the smallest bow hype either. I wouldn't recommend going for a super long compound but the super short bows are not gonna gain you much. In other words don't pay an extra $100 for a 1" shorter bow. Find a bow shop that isn't just pushing one model or brand in your face. I've found those shops to be more interested in helping you instead of themselves. Good Luck---Matt
     
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    I don't do compound bows. As you know, I don't hunt either. Carry on.
     
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    recurvy--I have an old Browning recurve that was my dads. He killed many a whitetail with that old bow. I have shot it before but its been years. I have a great respect for recurve and traditional bow shooters/hunters.----Matt
     
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    I've been visiting the bow sections of sports stores for a few years now, looking at the new stuff and tempting myself. My bow is old and I would really like to have a new one. I just keep finding TRAPSHOOTING stuff and horse stuff that I want more, so I have never brought myself to spend the money yet. I'm afraid that I would get out of control and want a Black Widow, like a friend in Maryland suggested. They are not cheap.
     
  19. kraiza

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    I have been shooting bows all my life. My best to date would be my new Hoyt Carbon Matrix. I still have my Hoyt Trykon as a back up. Hoyt make a great bow.
    I had to Bow Teck and they were good also, but for me the draw in a tree stand was just to hard to get started to pull smoothly and I would jerk around. On the ground I had no problem. Sold them.
    Mathews makes a good bow also. Remember Bows are kinda like guns. You need then to fit your needs and be able to pull them back very smoothly. If you are not in good shape the high end speed bows can be a bear to pull and shoot good. So go to a good pro shop and try a few. You my fine the best bow my be the lowest price bow on the rack.
    Also don't go in the shop and say give that 70# bow. The new bows today at 50# will do the job.
     
  20. claybrdr

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    I recently backed my Mathews Q2 off from 70# to 63# and really can't see much if any difference out to 25 yards, which is as far as I can put them all in a six inch group. Killed a doe last year at 20 yards and as usual on a broadside shot, completely exited her far side.
     
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