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frankm
03-05-2010, 08:59 AM
Hi, I saw that the Jaguar is a 60 inch bow. How come it says it comes with a 55 inch string? I thought the string should be 57. Any idea?

Thanks!

bfisher
03-05-2010, 11:28 AM
The standard for most bows for string length is 4" shorter than the bow. Martin ight have come up with 55" for their own reasons. In any case, 57" would be too long and the brace height would be too low.

That being said, if you buy a string you still get one marked for 60" AMO.

frankm
03-05-2010, 03:36 PM
The standard for most bows for string length is 4" shorter than the bow. Martin ight have come up with 55" for their own reasons. In any case, 57" would be too long and the brace height would be too low.

That being said, if you buy a string you still get one marked for 60" AMO.

Hey, thanks for the info. But, it seems like you're telling me to buy a 60" AMO string which would be 57", when you just said that would be too long above. Am I confused?

bfisher
03-05-2010, 06:35 PM
Hey, thanks for the info. But, it seems like you're telling me to buy a 60" AMO string which would be 57", when you just said that would be too long above. Am I confused?

A 60" AMO string should come out of the package at 56".

frankm
03-07-2010, 10:40 AM
Oh, cool. Thanks!

frankm
03-22-2010, 05:40 PM
I just picked up a new string. The bow is 60" and the string is 14 strand 56" long. But, I put the string on without twisting, and the brace height is 8 1/4". The specs say it should be 7". Do you think this will be okay? The string is to AMO specs. Or do I have to get a 57" inch string for this?

frankm
03-22-2010, 06:33 PM
Nevermind, it's stretchin'. LOL, it should be okay. I'm such a newbie!

bfisher
03-22-2010, 06:53 PM
Frank,

These are things you can play around with to customize the bow to your liking. A slightly higher brace height will reduce the power stroke a bit so you'll lose some speed. Normally though you'll gain a little forgiveness and the bow shold shoot a little more quiet.

If you are shooting a multistrand string you can go a little longer (say 56.5")and add twists to the string. This can make the string more table as the strands get bundled together tighter so act more as a unit.

It's been many years since I shot a traditional bows and have forgotten a lot, but the general concensus is that you can do a lot of playing to get the feel you want.

Good luck. I hope that string works out well for you.

frankm
03-22-2010, 10:44 PM
Thanks, good advice!

frankm
03-23-2010, 08:18 AM
Interesting. I emailed Martin and they said to use a 57" inch string as it should be 3" less for this bow. Yet, I left the 56" string on overnight. The brace height is now at 7 1/2" which is the upper end of the brace height of 7" to 7 1/2".

bfisher
03-23-2010, 08:22 AM
Interesting. I emailed Martin and they said to use a 57" inch string as it should be 3" less for this bow. Yet, I left the 56" string on overnight. The brace height is now at 7 1/2" which is the upper end of the brace height of 7" to 7 1/2".

Just to ask, but do they reommend Dacron/B50 or fastflight material for this bow? The former will stretch more and should settle in, but it is slower. Speed isn't an issue though. If the limbs are not designed for fastflight you could damage the limbs by using it.

frankm
03-23-2010, 11:21 AM
I've heard you can use it, but I didn't ask them.

DeepRiverBowman
03-24-2010, 05:23 AM
I asked Martin about this and they said the Jaguar is FF compatable. I shoot a FF string on mine and have no problems.

mike

frankm
03-24-2010, 08:12 AM
Since the FF doesn't stretch like the Dacron, what length string was it?

DeepRiverBowman
03-26-2010, 07:13 AM
I'm shooting it with a 56 1/4". With the 57" string there is a lot of contact with the limb tips. With the slightly shorter string there is less contact and it is much quieter.

mike

frankm
03-26-2010, 07:47 PM
How's your brace height? The 2009 Jaguar spec said it should be between 7 and 7 1/2". The 2010 spec said 7". I'm wondering if you have a different brace height and how it affects your shooting?

Mine seems quieter now. I've now shot 100 arrows thru my 2010 model and the brace height is now about 7 3/8". I figure it'll settle into 7 1/4" after about another 100 arrows. This is 1/4" above the recommended brace height. But, if I would have put a 57" string on, the brace height would be about 6 1/4", about what I experienced with the string Martin sent with this bow. It would take at least 30 twists to get up to 7". Is there any benefit to trying the 57" string based on what I just told you? Martin recommended it, but it seems like this bow is made for a 56 1/2" string, not a 56" or 57".

DeepRiverBowman
03-27-2010, 02:30 PM
I agree, Frank. I'm shooting with 56 1/4 and could probably shoot a 56 1/2 and be closer to the recommended BH. My BH is 7 3/4. It's over the recommended height, but is quieter and shoots well.

Like all traditional bows, recommended BH is just that, "recommended." We all shoot a little different and therefore no 2 bows will tune and group the same for different individuals. Maybe that's why they send a 57" string - so we can twist it up to what works.

mike

frankm
03-27-2010, 05:16 PM
That's a thought. Maybe they do send too long a string cause you're supposed to twist it up. hmmm...