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    Ordered the saber last week and it's due to arrive tomorrow. Anyone have experience with this model? Any advice on tuning, arrows spine, etc. It's 40lbs and my draw is 29 so I'm guessing the actual weight on the string will be about 42 or 43. I've been shooting for about 7 months. I'm planning on using it for target, 3d, and possibly hunting. I have an x200 and a few others ranging in weight from 35 up to 50lbs. I like the look of this bow and the 64 amo seems it would provide a smoother draw and less finger pinch. Input?

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    I think I'm jealous

    I haven't really jumped into the traditional archery, but I have looked at the Saber as an option for when I do. Congrats on a nice bow, and welcome to the forum!
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    Welcome to the forum. These guys really know their stuff and are so willing to share their knowledge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranchoarcher View Post
    Ordered the saber last week and it's due to arrive tomorrow. Anyone have experience with this model? Any advice on tuning, arrows spine, etc. It's 40lbs and my draw is 29 so I'm guessing the actual weight on the string will be about 42 or 43. I've been shooting for about 7 months. I'm planning on using it for target, 3d, and possibly hunting. I have an x200 and a few others ranging in weight from 35 up to 50lbs. I like the look of this bow and the 64 amo seems it would provide a smoother draw and less finger pinch. Input?
    You're correct, with the Saber's 64" length, it will be a smooth drawing bow, and you won't be getting any finger pinch. Are you feeling finger pinch with your 60" X200? As for hunting with a 43# bow, Calif regs has one of the oddest critera for a legal hunting bow..."Any bow able to cast an arrow 130 yds" ... always made me chuckle, heck, just aim higher!! Enjoy your new 43#er.
    Wabbit, whats holding you back? If you really want to enjoy the 'mystical flight of the arrow' its time to get a stick and string. Compounds are way too fast to see much arrow flight, unless you're shooting very long ranges.
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    welcome to Martin Tech Fourm.... enjoy your new bow.. Picked up a Martin Diablo for my son, its a Great Bow
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkslayer4x5 View Post
    You're correct, with the Saber's 64" length, it will be a smooth drawing bow, and you won't be getting any finger pinch. Are you feeling finger pinch with your 60" X200? As for hunting with a 43# bow, Calif regs has one of the oddest critera for a legal hunting bow..."Any bow able to cast an arrow 130 yds" ... always made me chuckle, heck, just aim higher!! Enjoy your new 43#er.
    Wabbit, whats holding you back? If you really want to enjoy the 'mystical flight of the arrow' its time to get a stick and string. Compounds are way too fast to see much arrow flight, unless you're shooting very long ranges.



    Not really much pinch with the 60 amo to be a real bother for say, hunting. It should provide more of a benefit in a competitive situation with lots of arrows being flung. Got a 62 amo and I can feel the difference. I figure, two more inches beyond that would be even better plus that black carbon fiber look is nice. I've read about the 130 yard rule. On a good day with the right wind one might be able to throw an arrow that far. But alas, this is so cal. Good luck getting within 130 yards of anything with fur that isn't protected, spooked, or someone's pet.

    I read some other posts where people have complained about the stringer that comes with a martin. A two leather pocket version is what it looks like. I can see it might be difficult to do if both pockets are put over the limb tips. I figure, it might be easier to put just the bottom one on and put the loop of the stringer over the top limb below the bow string and use it like the other types of stringers.

    It should be here any time now...waiting...waiting....waiting.

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    the waiting is the hardest part....but well worth it the day it gets to you
    It's all fun an games till you put that big boy on the ground.. now its time to get to work
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    Just wanted to do a follow up on the saber takedown. It came in on the 13th and it's everything I expected. The only issue I had with it was the rubber lip on the left edge of the handle. I ended up trimming about a 1/4 inch of it off since feathers were striking it during release. I did replace the original string. Not because there was anything wrong with it. It held up just fine for a couple thousand arrows. I went with a FF string for the extra speed. Went from 190 on the chrono to 205. I also replaced the arrow rest with a wire and plunger to get a little more adjustability out of it for spine. Is it accurate? I won a trad (no sights) tournament with it today in San Diego. Second place shooter was using a Bear Grizzly. First one entered and for the length of time I've had this bow, just over a month, is as long as I've been learning to gap shoot as well. It likes 20/40 carbon express arrows full length with the 40lb limbs and 65 grain tips.

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    Glad you're having fun with it. I also changed the string on my Diablo last year. Hutch made me a superb string out BCY Trophy and the speed difference was incredible. 24 fps gain and with only 30 pound limbs. Now I've got 35# limbs, but haven't chrono'd it yet. Doesn't matter really as I'm only shooting 20 yards indoors at the moment and placing 1st or 2nd almost every week. The thing is so much fun I must have put 10,000 shots thru it since last June.
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