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Paradox
03-24-2011, 03:30 AM
Hello all

I'm a new guy to this forum but have been shooting Martins since the 70's. I'm looking at getting a new bow to replace my much loved Jaguar compound that I bought in 2001. After 10 years of shooting the same bow....I'm having some serious sticker shock whe looking at my options. I can't believe some of the prices on new bows. So with that said, it appears to me that Martin is still one heck of a bang for the buck. I've been considering a new Exile and have found a deal on one with the accessories for what I'd consider a very reasonable price. Would I see a big difference between my Jaguar and the Exile? What do you think of the package deal accessories (Mostly the capture rest and sight)? Also, how is draw length adjusted on the Exile? Any input would be greatly appreciated.......Oh and I can't believe how Martins are bashed on some other forums. I've never had anything but good experiences with Martin and their customer service.

archerx7
03-24-2011, 04:14 AM
The Exile is a fine shooting bow. Some of the benefits you'll see over your old bow would be less vibration, less noise and a bit more speed. The accessories on the package bows are more than adequate, but you'll probably want to upgrade them down the road at some point.
The draw length on the Acu-Trak cam is adjusted by use of modules, you should get a full set with the bow.

Welcome to the forum.

Arrow Splitter
03-24-2011, 04:59 AM
Oh and I can't believe how Martins are bashed on some other forums. I've never had anything but good experiences with Martin and their customer service.

Welcome to the forum, Paradox.
I (and a lot of others on here) don't care for AT with its members that think that if the bow doesn't cost at least $700, it's junk.:rolleyes: They just like to think that their bows are better than Martin.:rolleyes: In reality, they don't know what they're missing.:cool::p
I understand why you like your Jaguar, because I own one myself (2007), and even when I get a newer bow, I'm not going to part with it.
I also agree with everything archerx7 stated.

A.S

Paradox
03-24-2011, 05:29 AM
Gee............how'd ya know it was on AT:rolleyes: I'll be keeping my Jaguar as well....it still shoots great but I just got the new bow fever this spring. I've got to do my part to stimulate the economy.

Arrow Splitter
03-24-2011, 05:32 AM
Gee............how'd ya know it was on AT:rolleyes: I'll be keeping my Jaguar as well....it still shoots great but I just got the new bow fever this spring. I've got to do my part to stimulate the economy.

Probably because I was one of the Martin defenders in the recent thread "Why aren't Martins more Popular"(I'm Deer Predator over there).;) In the end, the opposition gave up.:cool:

A.S

Paradox
03-24-2011, 06:15 AM
I started reading that thread but only got 1/2 way through before I was distracted with something else. I guess I should go finish reading it. There sure were a lot of Martin bashers in there though. I personally think that any modern bow is like Japanese motorcycles........there are really no bad ones. It's a matter of personal preference and what price range you have in mind. None of my Martins have let me down over the years and the fit and finish were decent on all of them. I don't believe Martin would still be around if they made a bad product. A bit off topic but I also have one of their recurves and it is the best shooting bow of my entire collection.......and I have a substantial collection of traditional gear.

Arrow Splitter
03-24-2011, 06:44 AM
I started reading that thread but only got 1/2 way through before I was distracted with something else. I guess I should go finish reading it. There sure were a lot of Martin bashers in there though.

Yeah, you should go read the whole thing. In the end even a Hoyt guy was defending Martin.:cool:

Paradox
03-24-2011, 07:47 AM
LOL.......I'll try to get back to it today. What do you guys think of the NAP 360 rests that come with the package? I've read a lot of negative reviews of them. Should I just bite the bullet and upgrade to a drop away? I know a lot of people seem to like the Whisker Biscuits as well.

mudpig
03-24-2011, 08:42 AM
Martin makes an awesome product. In December I purchased a Silencer from a local shop for $550. Shooting my bow next to the "other" M manufacturer and H brand. My bow shoots as good if not better than their $900 bows and mine doesn't look like a waffle iron. So happy with my 45-60# Silencer, I just ordered another Silencer (55-70#) online for $479. Just got it from the big brown happy machine yesterday and waiting for the rest of the parts to arrive!!!! Gotta love them.;)

mudpig
03-24-2011, 08:49 AM
Paradox, I've been extremely happy with the Alpine Whisperflight drop away rest and the price for them is about $40. For my new bow I purchased the QAD Ultra Rest LD ($100). I haven't gotten it all together yet to shoot it, but I like the fact that it's full capture and you can let down your draw without dropping the rest like the Alpine unit does.

gravedigger
03-24-2011, 09:22 AM
the exile is a nice bow,mods and draw stop to get you in a good dl.its a short a2a bow.i think 31 1/4.really fast shooting bow.my buddy just got one,and he loves it.i use a hostage rest because i drop my arrow in and go.it dont fall and i just like it.i have never used fallaway rest so i cant comment there.all and all it a good bow.but go out and shoot a few and see what you like.happy hunting....and good to have ya on the forum

Paradox
03-24-2011, 09:35 AM
I really appreciate all the input. And I did finish reading that thread on AT. Boy there sure are a lot of opinionated folks over there. I have to say that over the years I've owned a few other brand bows besides my Martin.......Jennings, Darton, Bear. Nothing glaring ever stood out with the quality. The only complaint that comes to mind was a Jennings Buckmaster 2000. The flim dip was missing in a few spots. Bear/Jenning offered to redip it for me but I just used a permanent marker. The bow shot great. Pretty forgiving. I couldn't shoot my Darton to save my life so I sold it. I guess it just didn't fit me but it was nicely made so I can't bash it for my lack of shooting form....lol. All in all I think the manufacturers produce a decent product. All mechanical things can have issues.

Arrow Splitter
03-24-2011, 10:40 AM
All in all I think the manufacturers produce a decent product. All mechanical things can have issues.

Try telling some of the AT members that.LOL:p

archerx7
03-24-2011, 11:27 AM
LOL.......I'll try to get back to it today. What do you guys think of the NAP 360 rests that come with the package? I've read a lot of negative reviews of them. Should I just bite the bullet and upgrade to a drop away? I know a lot of people seem to like the Whisker Biscuits as well.

The NAP 360 is a decent package rest, just make sure the nock point is set correctly or it will wear the arrow support pretty quick. For a single cam bow, the Trophy Taker Pronghorn SL is a very good, well made, simple drop away that is relatively inexpensive.

leeindy
03-24-2011, 01:34 PM
get a sliencer for 499. there a killer bow. basically identical to the firecat 400 but with a slightly different riser.

polaris754
03-24-2011, 02:09 PM
well its like this what ever u dont like send it to me i am very forgiveing , the key word is i have no money !!!!!!!! :rolleyes:

Paradox
03-25-2011, 08:18 AM
OK Guys.......Ordered my Exile package this morning from Bowzmart. They even throw in a free Plano hard bow case and with free shipping, I consider that quite a deal for $399.00. Polaris, you'll be first on my list for unwanted archery accessories:D