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DSTIEBS
02-17-2008, 08:00 PM
Can anyone tell me how I can find the Model year the bow was made. I bought a Martin Cougar lll with the straight limbs and the Fusion cam in mint condition. It is 55-70 lb pull with a 29" draw. I must be getting weak because it was set for 70lb and I had all I could do to pull it thru the let off point. I dropped it back down to 55lb which I can handle. I used to shoot 70 lb 20 years ago and decided to get back into bow hunting. I think it is the 2003 model but would like to be certain. Dave.

Montalaar
02-18-2008, 02:38 AM
Should be the 2003 version as long as i can guess from the module and string char. The scepter III ist available only in 2003.







bfisher or flytier will know.

bfisher
02-18-2008, 05:53 PM
Yes, if it's a Cougar III with Fusion cam then the year of manufacture is 2003.

You are finding something out. 55-70, and trying to shoot 70# doesn't work as we get older. You're not getting weak. This is called the natural progression of the aging process. Whereas I used to shoot about 67# when bows only had 35% letoff or so I now find myself shooting real close to 50#. For hunting a deer just doesn't care.

Enjoy your bow.

flytier17
02-18-2008, 10:30 PM
I am perfectly fine shooting low 50lb bows. With the high energy speeds and high penetrating arrows, this is not an issue on any modern bow, unless you are pursuing very big game.

flytier17
02-18-2008, 10:31 PM
You may consider ordering new limbs for a different peak weight. While the bow is fine to be shot @ fully backed off, it is not as effecient, an dalso harder to tune when this is done. Ideally, you should have limbs that max @ 55, or 60.

DSTIEBS
02-29-2008, 07:35 PM
Thanks to you all for the info. I will take it down to the Martin Dealer and let him tune it up and have done to it what it needs or if to costly, trade it in.:)

bfisher
03-01-2008, 11:00 AM
Wish you luck with the bow. And with the trade if you go that route. There aren't too many places take trades any more.

buck hunter
04-10-2008, 06:29 PM
probaly 03 or 04

scepterman30x
04-11-2008, 07:18 AM
Should be the 2003 version as long as i can guess from the module and string char. The scepter III ist available only in 2003.







bfisher or flytier will know.


Not true. Scepter 3 was also available in 04.

Montalaar
04-11-2008, 07:51 AM
With the Fusion cam? Sure?

scepterman30x
04-11-2008, 08:33 AM
I dont think the Scepter 3 was offered with the fusion cam as a std. feature.

Also his oridinal query was for a Cougar not a Scepter. That might be where you confusion is.

bfisher
04-11-2008, 09:48 AM
I think Monty is right on that one. The bow was available in 2004, but with Nitrous cams. I believe 2003 was the last year for the Fuzion cam.

Barry

scepterman30x
04-11-2008, 10:47 AM
All I am saying is that the S3 was offered in 03 and 04 whatever the configuration.

But the main point I am getting at is that the original query was for a C3 not an S3 unless i am not reading something the way it should read.

P.S. E-mail verbiage may come across more harsh than I really mean for it to sound.

Montalaar
04-11-2008, 12:57 PM
Uhm.

omg.

I have just seen the problem. I did some research and i always have problems with the C3 and the S3. Often times i write a post and see just before submitting it that i used the wrong letters. My fault.

bfisher
04-12-2008, 06:02 PM
All I am saying is that the S3 was offered in 03 and 04 whatever the configuration.

But the main point I am getting at is that the original query was for a C3 not an S3 unless i am not reading something the way it should read.

P.S. E-mail verbiage may come across more harsh than I really mean for it to sound.

You're a good man to have around. Believe me when I say "no offense taken" or anything of that nature. We're just archers trying to help archers. And none of us have all the answers all the time so the more the merrier.

Your opinions and expertise are as welcome here as the next guy's. Passing of information is how many of us learn more. Propogation of the sport is very important.

I agree with you that we have to read posts with some fore thought, and hopefully with some humor once in a while. 35+ years I've been shooting compound bows and am constantly learning new things---from experts and novices alike. It's fun.

dbd870
04-13-2008, 07:11 AM
You are finding something out. 55-70, and trying to shoot 70# doesn't work as we get older.

All too true.