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WildWilt15
08-20-2012, 07:09 PM
Well i was at the r100 shoot in michigan this weekend and won the steel challenge and have a free darton bow on the way to my house as we speak!! Anybody have experience with Darton bows? This works out great cause it gives me something to play with when my onza is on its way to washington.

Thermodude
08-20-2012, 07:19 PM
I shot Dartons a few years ago........the bows they are making today are very fast, nice bows!

WildWilt15
08-20-2012, 07:23 PM
I shot Dartons a few years ago........the bows they are making today are very fast, nice bows!

Ya i shot one at there booth and it had a little vibration and a hard drawing cam but it definatly was fast and accurate.

Thermodude
08-20-2012, 07:27 PM
They do have some shock but it can be controled..........Im sure you will like it. Not sure what rest you put on it but try a QAD ........goes with the bow well.

WildWilt15
08-20-2012, 07:40 PM
They do have some shock but it can be controled..........Im sure you will like it. Not sure what rest you put on it but try a QAD ........goes with the bow well.

Sweet thats what i have layin around at the moment off of the onza.

wannawhitetail
08-20-2012, 09:14 PM
They are nice, they are fast. I had a personal problem with the draw cycle, felt fine, but issues arose. I had an AS100, 55 lbs, and something in my upper arm got strained or something. Switched to another bow, it went away. A couple of weeks later, picked up the Darton, issue came back. Sold it.

A few months later I picked up a DS 2500, I think. Loved it, but the same pain returned. All I can figure is that something about the draw cycle, or how I draw just didn't work with them. I've never experienced the same strain before or since. Great bows, but they didn't like me.

Which model did you win?

WildWilt15
08-20-2012, 09:18 PM
They are nice, they are fast. I had a personal problem with the draw cycle, felt fine, but issues arose. I had an AS100, 55 lbs, and something in my upper arm got strained or something. Switched to another bow, it went away. A couple of weeks later, picked up the Darton, issue came back. Sold it.

A few months later I picked up a DS 2500, I think. Loved it, but the same pain returned. All I can figure is that something about the draw cycle, or how I draw just didn't work with them. I've never experienced the same strain before or since. Great bows, but they didn't like me.

Which model did you win?

Im not sure yet its a suprise:cool: But from what ive heard its gonna be a new older model they asked me what draw length and weight i wanted i figure i wouldnt ask what kind it was to keep the suspense up a little but its being shipped from here in michigan so it should arive this week i would think. Scott from darton called me early this morning to verify what dw and dl i wanted cause he wanted to get the bow out asap!

TEN RING
08-21-2012, 07:09 AM
I have owned a mavrick,pro 3000 & 3500 draw cycle is stiffer, short valley & a bigger grip they are fast and are one bow that is close to ibo speeds out of the box

elkslayer4x5
08-21-2012, 08:42 AM
Love my Darton, have had it since 1972, still looks as good as the night I got her! Of course I'm talking about a 60" 48# @ 28" Darton Fury recurve.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v728/deast-lr/DartonFury.jpg
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WildWilt15
08-21-2012, 08:44 AM
Love my Darton, have had it since 1972, still looks as good as the night I got her! Of course I'm talking about a Darton Fury recurve.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v728/deast-lr/DartonFury.jpg
http://images.imagelinky.com/1345557981.jpg (http://images.imagelinky.com/1345557981.jpg)

I wouldnt mind a new stick and string but i dont think thats whats gonna show up at my door lol!

droppixel
08-21-2012, 09:04 AM
Checked out their lineup on their site. Have some nice looking and appear to be fast bows ... but a 5" BH! That seems a little extreme no?

WestMichiganBowhunter
08-21-2012, 09:39 AM
7034Welcome to Darton.............
like martin, darton has great customer service.

I have a 09 - darton pro 3000 in 60lb limbs and it's wicked fast for a 60lb with 27.5 dl.....
I went to more of a speed bow but went with a 50-60lb limbed bow...and it's still faster than what i was shooting (bengal and black ice) at almost 70lbs....
i just asked myself why i'm killing myself trying to pull so much.

One thing with darton..........their bows will shoot IBO out of the box.
they stay in tune.....there fast, quiet and virtually vibe free, they do have a nice grip as well.
The cams are very smooth and basically hard to beat in the archery industry.
They really never have limb problems or really anything else, just really solid shooting bows.

If i could find a firecat in 60lb limbs at 27-28 dl, and that can shoot my 360 grain arrows between 290-300 fps............then i would gladly come back to Martin......
But for now i'm very happy at being back with Darton.
Ted's always treated me well.

droppixel
08-21-2012, 11:30 AM
7034Welcome to Darton.............
like martin, darton has great customer service.

I have a 09 - darton pro 3000 in 60lb limbs and it's wicked fast for a 60lb with 27.5 dl.....
I went to more of a speed bow but went with a 50-60lb limbed bow...and it's still faster than what i was shooting (bengal and black ice) at almost 70lbs....
i just asked myself why i'm killing myself trying to pull so much.

One thing with darton..........their bows will shoot IBO out of the box.
they stay in tune.....there fast, quiet and virtually vibe free, they do have a nice grip as well.
The cams are very smooth and basically hard to beat in the archery industry.
They really never have limb problems or really anything else, just really solid shooting bows.

If i could find a firecat in 60lb limbs at 27-28 dl, and that can shoot my 360 grain arrows between 290-300 fps............then i would gladly come back to Martin......
But for now i'm very happy at being back with Darton.
Ted's always treated me well.

How are they as far as tuning and getting them set up? Pretty straight forward?

WildWilt15
08-21-2012, 11:41 AM
Ya Ted was very nice and helping people without darton bows, and i shot their 5 inch bh bow at there booth, it was 70 pounds i usually shoot around 60-65 and i pulled it back it had a very stiff draw, and as soon as i hit the back wall i went to relax and it almost ripped my arm out of the socket lol so if that bow happens to show up at my door, ill throw it up for sale not that it didnt shoot good i just dont like speed bows with under a 6 1/2in bh. Either way a free bow is a free bow and you cant beat em for the price:cool: i just hope its something i enjoy shooting and can keep in my lineup of bows. As i look through their bows i see some awesome speeds out of their longer bh bows, other then their speed bow i shot one other i enjoyed shooting it was a little shorter a2a i believe it was the ds 2800 it was a real shooter but the guys were busy and couldnt tell me much about any of the bows i was trying out.

Thermodude
08-21-2012, 12:02 PM
Ya Ted was very nice and helping people without darton bows, and i shot their 5 inch bh bow at there booth, it was 70 pounds i usually shoot around 60-65 and i pulled it back it had a very stiff draw, and as soon as i hit the back wall i went to relax and it almost ripped my arm out of the socket lol so if that bow happens to show up at my door, ill throw it up for sale not that it didnt shoot good i just dont like speed bows with under a 6 1/2in bh. Either way a free bow is a free bow and you cant beat em for the price:cool: i just hope its something i enjoy shooting and can keep in my lineup of bows. As i look through their bows i see some awesome speeds out of their longer bh bows, other then their speed bow i shot one other i enjoyed shooting it was a little shorter a2a i believe it was the ds 2800 it was a real shooter but the guys were busy and couldnt tell me much about any of the bows i was trying out.

I sure hear ya about the free bow thing, a few weeks ago through a sponcer I aguired a Strothers Wrath.......this is one sweet rig ! If any of you get a chance to shoot one go for it, very nice bow! Still shooting the Pantera also , I've got some big plans for it this winter.......gonna be getting in touch with Hutch for sure !

WildWilt15
08-21-2012, 02:15 PM
The Suspense was killing me, so i had to make the phone call to darton to find out more info on the bow i won. The bow i have coming in the mail is a darton pro 3500, dont know much about this bow looked it up online still looking for the specs on the bow i seen pictures and its a nice looking bow! should be here within the next two days!!!

TEN RING
08-21-2012, 03:01 PM
the 3500 was a little thiner grip than most of the other dartons but take the grips off and sand the back side off the side plates on a flat surface if 220 sand paper just alttle will make a big differance

WildWilt15
08-21-2012, 04:36 PM
How are they as far as tuning and getting them set up? Pretty straight forward?

X2 on this

WildWilt15
08-21-2012, 04:36 PM
the 3500 was a little thiner grip than most of the other dartons but take the grips off and sand the back side off the side plates on a flat surface if 220 sand paper just alttle will make a big differance

Great info thanks!!

Skbengal
08-21-2012, 05:04 PM
I took a look at Darton's 2010 catalog. It shows the pro3500s as a nice looking, dual cam bow. It lists the stats as:
DW 50,60, or 70#
DL 25"-30"
ATA 33 13/16"
BH 6''
weight 4.1 lbs
let off 75%
Speed 338-343 fps
Looks to be a fast bow. About the same class as the onza, just a little shy on the bh. Congrats on the new bow. Remember to post pics!

boobowbender
08-21-2012, 05:52 PM
They are nice, they are fast. I had a personal problem with the draw cycle, felt fine, but issues arose. I had an AS100, 55 lbs, and something in my upper arm got strained or something. Switched to another bow, it went away. A couple of weeks later, picked up the Darton, issue came back. Sold it.

A few months later I picked up a DS 2500, I think. Loved it, but the same pain returned. All I can figure is that something about the draw cycle, or how I draw just didn't work with them. I've never experienced the same strain before or since. Great bows, but they didn't like me.

Which model did you win?

Were you using the same release? I tried switching from my tried and true winn free flight to a scott silverhorn and i started developing pain during the draw cycle. anyone want a scott silverhorn $30(buckle)tyd.

WildWilt15
08-21-2012, 06:07 PM
I took a look at Darton's 2010 catalog. It shows the pro3500s as a nice looking, dual cam bow. It lists the stats as:
DW 50,60, or 70#
DL 25"-30"
ATA 33 13/16"
BH 6''
weight 4.1 lbs
let off 75%
Speed 338-343 fps
Looks to be a fast bow. About the same class as the onza, just a little shy on the bh. Cograts on the new bow. Remember to post pics!

Thanks for the info!! and of course pics to come it should be here early tomorrow if it does im going to try to get it set up to shoot a 3d course at my club later that day if not ill be using the cheetah. If i do get it setup ill have pics and a review to follow on it later that night im actually pretty excited after looking at the specs on the bow!!

Thermodude
08-21-2012, 06:50 PM
Man good luck with it.......Im sure it will be a shooter !

WestMichiganBowhunter
10-27-2012, 01:14 PM
sold the firecat............went back to the Darton Pro 3000

can't beat it!!!7256