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WestMichiganBowhunter
09-11-2012, 04:00 PM
looking at buying a 2009 firecat that has new limbs and 2011 nitro cams and strings..........
i figure it's a good thing that it has the upgrades....
should i assume that the limbs are barnsdales....?
and are the cams a bit smoother....?
and do the cams have a built in adjustable module......or will i need different mods for my 28 inch drawlength?

just want to know what i'm looking at here.
he said it's pretty quiet, not as quiet as his mathews z7......but the z7 isn't as fast either...

droppixel
09-11-2012, 04:34 PM
nothing is as quiet as a mathews :confused: take that for what its worth ...

I'm sure it will be good to go. The limbs, idk think 2011 they introduced the Powertuf and the Nitro should have the adjustable module.

Arrow Splitter
09-11-2012, 06:17 PM
looking at buying a 2009 firecat that has new limbs and 2011 nitro cams and strings..........
i figure it's a good thing that it has the upgrades....
should i assume that the limbs are barnsdales....?
and are the cams a bit smoother....?
and do the cams have a built in adjustable module......or will i need different mods for my 28 inch drawlength?

just want to know what i'm looking at here.
he said it's pretty quiet, not as quiet as his mathews z7......but the z7 isn't as fast either...
It is good that it has updates. The limbs are not likely Barnsdales. As DP said in 2011 it was the Powertuf limbs. The Nitro cams seem to be nice and smooth, and yes they have rotating mods that will go down to 27" DL. I think overall you'll be very happy with it.

A.S

Ehunter
09-11-2012, 07:09 PM
I have a 2008 Firecat that's been updated. The draw is smoother, the bow is just as quiet as before. It was very quiet to begin with. It doesn't have the speed that it did before at the same settings, but not much slower. I think I can tinker with the cams a bit and get it back closer to what it shot before though. All in all, I'd put it up against almost any hunting bow out there for shootability. If it's not as quiet as your friends Z7, I'd say the cams are a little out of time or something.
It should come back with the Powertough limbs and Nitro cams. They use the adjustable modules.

Arrow Splitter
09-11-2012, 07:15 PM
All in all, I'd put it up against almost any hunting bow out there for shootability.I totally agree.:cool:

A.S

bfisher
09-11-2012, 08:06 PM
Having owned and shot a 2008 FireCat with Cat cams and now having several Rytera bows with Hybrix cams I have to be honest and say I can't tell any difference between draw cycles on any of them. The Hybrix cams are identical to the Nitro cam, FYI. Just a different name. And as other alluded to, the bow will most likely have Power Tuff limbs if they are part of the 2011 update. All in all, the cams do draw pretty smoothly for a speed cam and once you have the draw stop set correctly the back wall is very solid. All these mentioned cams have the same module, a rotating one that can be adjusted in 1/2" increments.
As EHunter said, if the cams are timed right the bow should be pretty quiet. Maybe not as quiet as your friends Z7, but I think there;s a slight price difference. About $200 of that is for the name and another $100 for the advertising (magazines, TV shows, etc).

Rockyhud
09-11-2012, 10:14 PM
A while back a friend came to our home to shoot with me on our rural back yard range. He commented on how quiet my 08 Firecat was during the shot. Later, he was visiting his brother in Florida who has a Mathews bow (not sure which one). While he was there he listened to his brother's bow and thought my bow was quieter than his brothers, at least from memory of what mine sounded like. I've also had a few others tell me they too think mine is remarkably quiet. About the only bow that I've shot that I thought might be quieter, or at least as quiet, was a $950 BowTech Invasion. It was nice to shoot but for the rather large amount of cash I'd have to shell out and for the very minimal, if any, improvement in shoot-ability and/or quietness I happily decided to stay with my Firecat. All in all I think it's a heck of a good bow that's especially hard to beat for the money.

A year ago I shot a Z7 while on a business trip to WA. It was a nice bow - no imperfections anywhere. It was also smooth and quiet. But, it was also nowhere near as fast as my Firecat and not that much quieter and way MORE costly.

So, based on what this 09 Firecat has I have little doubt you'd like it a lot.

WestMichiganBowhunter
09-12-2012, 06:34 AM
wow, thanks for the input guys....

let's hear some more

WestMichiganBowhunter
09-14-2012, 07:17 AM
anymore input.....

Hutch~n~Son Archery
09-15-2012, 03:00 PM
Nope, now you just need to go buy one!!!!!;)






Hutch:cool:

TEN RING
09-15-2012, 06:26 PM
I think the nitro cam are one of the most shootable speed cams out there

Arrow Splitter
09-15-2012, 06:59 PM
anymore input.....
Yeah....When are you buying it?:p

A.S

WestMichiganBowhunter
09-19-2012, 07:02 AM
i passed it up.
seen some close up pics..............it's pretty beat.
The riser is really knicked up...alot of scrapes
even the newer limbs have abrasions on it....

didn't trust the how it looked and the buyers description is a bit misleading....and i found where he listed it before on AT under a different name and that description was a little more telling. I dug deep into his archery talk (AT) thread posts........and I decided to stay clear of that firecat.

I'm going to stick with my Bear for now...it's a safer move right before the opener.
In fact....there isn't crap listed on AT for Martin. UGH!

elkslayer4x5
09-19-2012, 08:38 AM
Barry still has two bows left, maybe something he has will do it for you, you can bet that they are in good shape!
http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/showthread.php?24777-2011-amp-2012-Martin-Bows-FS

Arrow Splitter
09-19-2012, 03:31 PM
Yeah, you could always get a Rytera Seeker.:cool:

A.S

TEN RING
09-19-2012, 07:15 PM
not knowing how much you want to spend but you can get a newer firecat for the $300+ ranges