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wildjim
01-29-2010, 12:28 PM
Hey from Baltimore Maryland

I am an old archer with renewed interest. Also my adult daughter is interested in archery. So I'll need some new equipment soon. Compound and target recurve bows. . .

I noticed a good deal on ebay, a new 2009 Martin Bengal for $289

I also noticed that the 2010 Martin Bengal has some changes to the cam?

Is it worth waiting for a 2010 model?

My main concern is reliability.

bfisher
01-29-2010, 07:53 PM
From what I've seen so far? Yes, I'd get a 2010, but that isn't a bad price for the 2009. What's the shipping and handling cost?

wildjim
01-30-2010, 03:43 AM
From what I've seen so far? Yes, I'd get a 2010, but that isn't a bad price for the 2009. What's the shipping and handling cost?

$289 plus $17 for shipping from ebay cjssportshop

I also found another on ebay from poor_fish for $319 and free shipping.

I'll wait for the 2010 model.

Also I may get a Martin Leopard for my adult daughter, she about a 23 inch draw. Is the Leopard a fair bow?

bfisher
01-30-2010, 06:54 AM
Both prices are good. Can't believe the shipping at $17. Usually this is where EBay sellers rape the customer.

As for the Leopard? Nice bow for somebody with a short draw length. The quality should be the same as with the Bengal and other Martin bows. Most of the bows share the same components such as limbs, strings, and such. The major difference is often with the length of the risers and in the case of the Leopard a smaller cam for the short draw length. And notice that it comes in pink camo. Nice touch for the ladys. I think she'd be happy with one.

JohnnyThunder
01-30-2010, 08:29 AM
Also I may get a Martin Leopard for my adult daughter, she about a 23 inch draw. Is the Leopard a fair bow?

Bought the Leopard last fall for my boy. He's 13 and kind of small for his age, but 23 inch draw is just about right for him. Because he's small, it had to be turned all the way down to like 25# before he could pull it and hold it and its still a little heavy for him, but he manages.

wildjim
01-30-2010, 11:15 AM
It seems everyone loves the Martin compound bows. . .

Also I read their customer service is outstanding.

I think I'll buy a couple of the 2010 models when I see a good price on ebay ; )

wildjim
02-04-2010, 01:06 PM
Pretty much decided on the Martin Bengal.

Now I am on fence as to what draw weight to purchase 60# or 70#

Does anyone have any advice?

drevilmike77
02-04-2010, 02:50 PM
what is wrong with a 09 Bengal?

CTShooter
02-04-2010, 03:30 PM
I have the 60# '09 with the CCS , the CCS adds about 5# to the draw weight, and I'm right at 65# @ 28".
Had it about a month now, I'm still impressed.

wildjim
02-04-2010, 03:46 PM
what is wrong with a 09 Bengal?

Nothing? That I am aware of but it seems they changed the cams on the 2010 model.

I was hoping for an experienced comparison between the 2009 and 2010 models as I am new since a twenty year gap in archery.

Now I am unsure of the draw weight to purchase for the long haul?

drevilmike77
02-04-2010, 03:53 PM
the both have the m2 cam dont they?

wildjim
02-04-2010, 04:01 PM
the both have the m2 cam dont they?

2010's got this?

This new Mag model is lighter than ever with its new CoreFlex limbs, a new ROTO Cup mounting system, and a new Acu-Trak Cam.

I am leaning towards a 70# draw weight, my draw length is 27-28 inches

treadwayc
02-04-2010, 05:21 PM
I just bought an 09. I don't believe there is a lot of difference. All specs are the same.

drevilmike77
02-04-2010, 07:54 PM
Thats why I just put a set of Nitrous cams on my Bengal! FAST!:D

wildjim
02-04-2010, 10:36 PM
Thats why I just put a set of Nitrous cams on my Bengal! FAST!:D

Amusing?

Considering I am not yet a Martin bow owner?

It would be helpful to read some of the actual differences between the 2009 and 2010 models as described from a Martin representative thereby displaying the declared great user support?

wildjim
02-05-2010, 03:38 PM
Is Hoyt the most popular target compound bow?

treadwayc
02-05-2010, 04:27 PM
Not sure they are the most popular, but they spend a ton of money promoting their products.

wildjim
02-05-2010, 05:56 PM
Not sure they are the most popular, but they spend a ton of money promoting their products.

Funny the guy that told me about Hoyt said that Mathews spent more money promoting the their products than designing them : )

kbaird83
02-05-2010, 07:17 PM
i have a 09 bengal and i'll tell you its a awesome bow. plenty of speed and very very accurate. easy to draw and whisper quiet. so far im very very impressed with it. i bought the 60# bow and with the limbs cranked down im shooting 63#. one thing though if you buy one get the sts system for it you wont regret it. the bow has a very smooth draw cycle, a very solid back wall, is light, and has zero felt vibration. you wont be disapointed.

kbaird83
02-05-2010, 09:32 PM
checked them out. side by side same limbs, both weigh 3.5lbs, both have roto cup, same IBO speed, same let off, and same axel to axel lenght. only difference i see is different cam (?) and a 1/4" shorter brace height. i like the M2 cam thats on mine. i'd save the money and get the 09. you really dont seem to be gaining anything with the 2010 except the price tag. they look identical. just buy the 09 and tell everyone its a 2010.

kbaird83
02-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Funny the guy that told me about Hoyt said that Mathews spent more money promoting the their products than designing them : )

they both spend insane amounts of money on marketing. in my opinion the larger companies such as mathews, hoyt, bowtech, diamond, ect dont make a better bow they just have better marketing. plus the hoyt/reflexs are ugly with the hand guard deal and the new mathews risers look like they got the design from a milk crate. my bengal and my high country are the best bows i have ever had and both arent marketed very heavily.

wildjim
02-05-2010, 10:46 PM
they both spend insane amounts of money on marketing. in my opinion the larger companies such as mathews, hoyt, bowtech, diamond, ect dont make a better bow they just have better marketing. plus the hoyt/reflexs are ugly with the hand guard deal and the new mathews risers look like they got the design from a milk crate. my bengal and my high country are the best bows i have ever had and both arent marketed very heavily.

Yeah I noticed right away that the users are the marketing for Martin Archery, that is impressive!

I am also looking and the Martin Shadowcat but I can find an actual retail price yet. I assume its too early and 2010 model distribution isn't yet in full swing.

The current 2009 Martin Bengal price and review make it irresistable.

treadwayc
02-06-2010, 05:05 AM
The guys I shoot with shoot PSE x-force, Matthews Reezen, and Hoyt Katera. They are amazed at the Bengal, are surprised they haven't heard more about it, and really can't believe what I paid for it. I bought the 09 bengal. Just couldn't see paying the extra money for a '10 when there were no real differences other than the renaming of the cam. What the big 4(PSE, HOYT, BOWTECH, HOYT) companies spend on advertising can't help but drive up the cost of their bows.

bowgramp59
02-07-2010, 02:52 PM
do yourself a favor and get the 60# your shoulders will last a lot longer.

drevilmike77
02-08-2010, 05:13 AM
I would save some cash and get a 09 Bengal. They are a smooth shooting bow with a solid wall and no hand shock. Plus they look nice too!

1035

bfisher
02-08-2010, 04:48 PM
Mike,

You have to quit posting that picture. It's giving me ideas and my wife is ready to kick my butt now. That is a sharp looking. I do think you need to get a pic that is in better focus though.

CTShooter
02-09-2010, 01:35 PM
Send it to me, I'll take some really nice pictures of it, of me shooting it, of it hanging in my bow rack......

Seriously though, is that a "stock" bow that can be ordered?

bfisher
02-09-2010, 01:54 PM
Send it to me, I'll take some really nice pictures of it, of me shooting it, of it hanging in my bow rack......

Seriously though, is that a "stock" bow that can be ordered?

I don't know the man personally nor have I seen the bow except in the pictures. I can tell you straight up it's a custom job. He had the riser redone, and from the looks a very nice job.

drevilmike77
02-09-2010, 08:20 PM
I need a new camera. I had the riser powder coated. Ill post new pics in march. Going to have my Nitrous cams installed down at Crackes Shop. :D

brushrat
02-10-2010, 09:17 AM
I need a new camera. I had the riser powder coated. Ill post new pics in march. Going to have my Nitrous cams installed down at Crackes Shop. :D

nitrous cams on a bengal.....i would love to see that!:)

Montalaar
02-10-2010, 12:33 PM
Me too. And i think we will soon. :P

CTShooter
02-11-2010, 12:00 PM
How did you get all the plastic logo pieces off before getting it coated? Or did you just mask them?

For the price of these bows, I'm thinking of having a camo for hunting and something "special" for target/3-D

brushrat
02-11-2010, 12:09 PM
How did you get all the plastic logo pieces off before getting it coated? Or did you just mask them?

For the price of these bows, I'm thinking of having a camo for hunting and something "special" for target/3-D

or just buy a bengal and use it for everything!:):)

CTShooter
02-11-2010, 06:40 PM
or just buy a bengal and use it for everything!
I did, I bought the camo :D, now I'm thinking about something in metallic blue, kind of like potato chips, can't stop at one.
Can you tell I really like my Bengal?

drevilmike77
02-12-2010, 05:38 AM
How did you get all the plastic logo pieces off before getting it coated? Or did you just mask them?

For the price of these bows, I'm thinking of having a camo for hunting and something "special" for target/3-D

I called Joel and he sent me new ones and a new gold coin. He also sent a new VEM for the raiser.

wildjim
02-12-2010, 06:33 AM
Does anyone use the Martin Bengal for target with good results?

drevilmike77
02-13-2010, 09:58 AM
I shoot 300 league every week with mine... works good:p