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mhardman
01-03-2007, 01:11 AM
I'm new to archery and purchased my oldest son a Martin Magcat from a local Dick's sporting goods. Took the bow to a VERY good local bow tech and had him adjust and check the setup. We have discovered that we need to change the cam module to achieve correct draw length. As measured he needs to have a draw length of 25 " or 23 1/4" at the burger button hole.

The cam module that is currently in is an F5. In digging round on the Martin site I have discovered this bow is a private-label version of the Jaguar Magnum. I can't seem to find a chart or reference for the cam module we need. I'm hesitant to trust Dick's at this point. When we purchased the bow we did NOT get any additional modules with it. Nor was there any additional documentation, etc. I did ask.

We (my sons and I) have a lot to learn, but think this will be great. I have been an upland bird hunter since I was 9 and am looking forward to a new challenge with my boys.

Any help, insight, very much appreciated. After I get him going... I, of course will be looking for a bow... any suggestions??? Thanks folks!

bcriner
01-03-2007, 01:24 AM
The bow should have come with an owner's manual and a complete set of modules.

I assume it has the dyna cam. Check out the cam charts on this link.

http://www.martinarchery.com/chart/2006chart/dynacam.php

Look at the M-62 magnum. You may need to contact Martin tech support and explain the deal. They will probably be able to drop you a set in the mail.

Clay

mhardman
01-03-2007, 01:38 AM
I'll check out the link and pursue calling Martin. I was a bit surprised when I was told at the store that what I had in my hand was what I got. Felt like we got a VERY good price on it. Again thanks!

-Mark


The bow should have come with an owner's manual and a complete set of modules.

I assume it has the dyna cam. Check out the cam charts on this link.

http://www.martinarchery.com/chart/2006chart/dynacam.php

Look at the M-62 magnum. You may need to contact Martin tech support and explain the deal. They will probably be able to drop you a set in the mail.

Clay

lrntolive
01-03-2007, 04:31 PM
mhardman,

I too purchased the MagCat at Dicks in Fairfax, VA. I received all the modules with it. No manual, but I downloaded the Martin Jag Magnum manual online. They are the same bow. You should find the module you need in the Jaguar Magnum manual. I believe it is an F-1. Also, you may need to adjust the cable on the Dyna cam to position three to make it shorter.

Here's the link for the manual: http://www.martinarchery.com/manuals/2006_BowManual.pdf

Also, Dick's isn't a bad place to buy the gear, as I purchased my bow for under $300 with everything on it, but I don't think they really know how to tune or set it up properly. Good luck!

mhardman
01-03-2007, 05:10 PM
I'm going round and round with my local Dick's store right now. They maintain... they neither stock the modules nor do they have the ones I felt I should have gotten with my bow. A phone call with a Martin representative indicated that the Magcat does NOT come with the modules as it is part of their "Gold" series and not their Pro series. Have grabbed the Jaguar magnum manual. I'd like to have all the modules in hand as my son is 13 and beginning to grow. I'm hoping he can use this bow for some time to come. Very pleased with the quality and price, but thus far not the service. Thanks for posting!

-Mark


mhardman,

I too purchased the MagCat at Dicks in Fairfax, VA. I received all the modules with it. No manual, but I downloaded the Martin Jag Magnum manual online. They are the same bow. You should find the module you need in the Jaguar Magnum manual. I believe it is an F-1. Also, you may need to adjust the cable on the Dyna cam to position three to make it shorter.

Here's the link for the manual: http://www.martinarchery.com/manuals/2006_BowManual.pdf

Also, Dick's isn't a bad place to buy the gear, as I purchased my bow for under $300 with everything on it, but I don't think they really know how to tune or set it up properly. Good luck!

mhardman
01-03-2007, 06:38 PM
I finally got to talk with someone at Dick's who knew what a bow is. They have the cam module I need and will be swapping it out tomorrow. I retract my thrashing on them. Also thanks to all you folks for the info.

-Mark

lrntolive
01-03-2007, 09:52 PM
mhardman,

Try to get all the modules. Mine came in a pack from F-1 to F-7 and an allen wrench. You should get all of them if you can.

Best of luck!

bfisher
01-03-2007, 11:37 PM
mhardman,

Try to get all the modules. Mine came in a pack from F-1 to F-7 and an allen wrench. You should get all of them if you can.

Best of luck!


Yeh, sweet talk the guy and then ask for the module kit. They all came with the bow at no cost to Dick's. Failing that try a Gander Mt. store or anybody else that handles Martin.

Barring that, the whole set is $20 (retail) and the Martin part # is 3056.

You asked about a bow for yourself? Try the Martin (of course) Bengal or Pantera. My choice is the Pantera and mine just finally got here yesterday. It's a shooter. I'm pleased and I'm hard to please.

Wish you and the bowy the best shooting.

bcriner
01-04-2007, 01:08 AM
Well, I know the Martin Jaguar's that were sent to Bass Pro Shops are Gold series bows and they come with the module packs. I don't believe whether or not it is a "Gold Series" bow or not matters. Now it may matter that the deal with Dick's and Martin may be not to send the modules. I am not sure.

lrntolive
01-04-2007, 03:56 PM
All I can say is that I bought the same bow (for myself) from Dick's in Fairfax, Virginia and got all the modules. Maybe different locations have different policies, but the one here had everything for me except the owner's manual.

Is the MagCat not a good bow for an adult? Mine has 60# draw weight and 28" draw length. I figure that's an adult size. Or is the MagCat so versatile anyone can use it? I just liked it because it was so compact. Makes it easy for a stalk or treestand hunt.


Well, I know the Martin Jaguar's that were sent to Bass Pro Shops are Gold series bows and they come with the module packs. I don't believe whether or not it is a "Gold Series" bow or not matters. Now it may matter that the deal with Dick's and Martin may be not to send the modules. I am not sure.

mhardman
01-04-2007, 04:19 PM
I gotta admit I liked the price on the Magcat and the bow is very well made. So that said a lot of bow for the price. And I do like the size and feel. So yes I too am considering one for me. It would be my first bow. Been a gun hunter all my life (small game and birds). Thanks for the input.

-Mark

southsoundjeff
01-28-2007, 10:03 PM
I've been bowhunting for years, mostly with antiquated equipment or secondhand junk.
My hunting buddy has always shot Martins, and is always proclaiming what a well-rounded bow they are. For the past month or so, I've been lurking on Martins web site, as well as the ArcheryTalk web site. I've seen responses to people from Martin engineers, offering to help upgrade some really old setups.
That's a FAR cry from the usual - "gee, that's not supported any more." - attitude most manufacturers offer.
To make a long story short, after doing an enormous amount of research, and handling a dozen or so bows, I'm heading out to purchase a Jaguar tomorrow.
It'll be my first brand-new bow, and I couldn't feel better about parting with my cash for one.
No other brand has the customer support that Martin does, or the resources available to the end user.
I feel confident that my purchase will be a good one, and I'll have a bow I can use for years to come.
-Jeff-

mhardman
01-28-2007, 11:42 PM
Hi Jeff, well when all has been said and done, we got the module chnaged out and the setup for my son was finished off by a local guy who is a Mathews dealer. Super nice guy and super knowledgable. The bow is working great and I'm saving my pennies. Although the local guy has some nice used stuff that I'm leaning toward as well. All in all I'm very impressed with the what my son has and how well this is working for him. We're looking forward to next fall. Best of luck Jeff.

-Mark