Cougar II MT-6 need some guidance please
I'm new to this site, new to bows, but not new in general, I'm actually getting pretty old. :rolleyes:
So my 11 year old son wants to learn archery, and we are on the hunt for a compound bow for him, and as I wish to join in and practice with him, I am in search of a bow to learn with. My friend has given me his old bow, a Cougar II MT-6 as shown. This has taken me about 3 days of net searching to figure out what it is..including a call to Martin Tech. I thought it was a Tiger, as it plainly says Tiger on the limbs, but after removing the little assembled by Jeff Mason sticker, I see it is actually a Cougar II MT-6. Very confusing having a current youth bow, with the same name as an older adult bow. So, not sure why it has limbs that say Tiger, with the Cougar model sticker, perhaps you Martin gurus could help with this. It looks like it is in very good condition, but I think it will need a few things to be ready to shoot. I don't see a cable rod on it, (is this a key item), it will need an arrow rest (whisker biscuit??) and maybe a new site. I'm 6'2" and need about a 29" draw. This bow looks like it is just right for my size.
Anyway, is it worth it to rebuild this bow to a functional outfit or would I be better off to look for something newer? Was this a good bow in it's day and is it still a viable shooter? I am pretty sure I will get hooked once I start, but I don't want to shell out big $$ right up front, as I want to focus on a new bow for my son first. Are sites, rests etc. pretty much universal as far as mounting, bolt holes etc.?
Cougar II MT-6 need sonme guidance please
Nice old bow, but that's the problem, old. From what I can see there is no guide rod nor place for one. What it was, there was a offset guide rod mounted in a plate and the plate went under the mounting plate for the sights. Sorry, I just sold my last one a month or so ago. Big mistake as I should have kept it for myself...
So you lack clearance for what would be a normal set up today. Best I can offer is find a stick on tab to hold arrow or a inexpensive flipper rest. Best then would be feathered arrows.
The Cougar is also of the round wheel world, so very little letoff and more than likely you will have a spongy wall.
Probably one of the Bodoodle rests I have would work if you could get vane clearance and until you get a guide rod that isn't going to happen.
I've sold quite a few of these type older bows. Most go for $10 to $25 and are bought for fishing bows. One, fishing arrows really don't need vanes. Two, if boating and the bows takes the deep six there is no big loss, except if you have one of those fancy fishing bottle reels.