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    Ok-I need some really creative thinking because Martin tech support cannot help and I found nothing (surprisingly)on the Web. SOMEONE MUST BE SUCCESSFULLY SHOOTING THIS BOW WITH FINGERS!!!

    THE PROBLEM---
    I bought a new Scepter V which, like many newer bows, has a cable guard that comes out from the riser near the rest. I can barely wedge my fingers and a tab between the guard rod and the strings! I asked and Martin says I cannot:
    1. use an offset (bent) guard rod --it will torque the limbs or
    2. cannot switch the short string stop rod that comes out of the riser lower down with the cable guard.

    For a variety of physical reasons I cannot and do not want to use a release and/or peep.

    The most radical solution is to trim off the end of the cable guard rod to give me more room..... but by my measurements, I am 1/4 inch short of what I need.

    So far I think I will have to sell it (shoots great!) and try a Bowtech Specialist. According to the pictures it uses two short rods not placed near the rest. IDEAS? Thanks

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    The bow is not made to shoot with fingers and requires the use of a release.
    There is really nothing you can do to make it work they way you are wanting

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    I have a Septer V and it is an awesome finger bow, don't listed to people that don't shoot fingers, it is the only fingers bow Martin has.
    I won the Ca. State indoor with my Septer V.
    If your cable gaurd rod is not the curved one, just replace it, they don't know what they are talking about at the factory half the time when it comes to a fingers compound.
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    I also own a Scepter and have shot it exclusively with fingers. Contrary to the way most martin bows are made, the Scepter has that one critical factor for finger shooting (IMO), the longer ATA. And it's such a great bow to shoot.

    Now I figure my fingers aren't as large as yours but I can see your point. I was also a bit bothered by the rod placement at first. I'll take a look at my Rod placement, oddly enough it seems different on Don's picture.

    BTW Don if you ever come to Canada, I want some lessons!!!!

    Don't give up so quick, if you can have it work for you, the Scepter won't dissapoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durandal View Post
    I also own a Scepter and have shot it exclusively with fingers. Contrary to the way most martin bows are made, the Scepter has that one critical factor for finger shooting (IMO), the longer ATA. And it's such a great bow to shoot.

    Now I figure my fingers aren't as large as yours but I can see your point. I was also a bit bothered by the rod placement at first. I'll take a look at my Rod placement, oddly enough it seems different on Don's picture.

    BTW Don if you ever come to Canada, I want some lessons!!!!

    Don't give up so quick, if you can have it work for you, the Scepter won't dissapoint.
    You are right--Don's cable guard is ABOVE the arrow--he also shoots 3 fingers below-I shoot split fingers.

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    My cable guard is above the rest--I was mistaken---I noticed you have the original rod , not one with a bigger bend. I shoot split fingers and noticed that you shoot 3 fingers below which solves the problem--I have not done that because I lose range bow hunting. I will try it---will have to find a new anchor point. I would hesitate to use a radically bent rod--it may torque the limbs.

    Thanks for the ideas.

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    Actually, switching to 3 under will help give you better short range point on, as it moves the nock up closer to your eye.
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    I am shooting the scepter v with fingers... I had issues with the rod placement too. I moved my knocking point lower to help out. Also had to move my rest down a bit... But am having great luck now.... Don't give up on it.... Great finger bow.
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    Don, where the heck are you? These guys think you shoot 3 fingers under.......

    Scepter II Lover, how long of draw do you have? As long as the guide stays on the rod you good to go....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scepter II lover View Post
    Ok-I need some really creative thinking because Martin tech support cannot help and I found nothing (surprisingly)on the Web. SOMEONE MUST BE SUCCESSFULLY SHOOTING THIS BOW WITH FINGERS!!!

    THE PROBLEM---
    I bought a new Scepter V which, like many newer bows, has a cable guard that comes out from the riser near the rest. I can barely wedge my fingers and a tab between the guard rod and the strings! I asked and Martin says I cannot:
    1. use an offset (bent) guard rod --it will torque the limbs or
    2. cannot switch the short string stop rod that comes out of the riser lower down with the cable guard.

    For a variety of physical reasons I cannot and do not want to use a release and/or peep.

    The most radical solution is to trim off the end of the cable guard rod to give me more room..... but by my measurements, I am 1/4 inch short of what I need.

    So far I think I will have to sell it (shoots great!) and try a Bowtech Specialist. According to the pictures it uses two short rods not placed near the rest. IDEAS? Thanks
    Could you rotate an offset guide rod up, so that the end of the rod would above your fingers?
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    http://www.cascadianbowmen.org/
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    Martin 06 Slayer, Nitrous C, Shoot thru, 55lb, Quiktune 3000, HHA OL 5519 2X, Easton A/C/C
    Ben Pearson 1968 'Cougar' 62" 45#s @ 28" recurve, parallel shaft POC, Zwickey 'Eskimo' 2 blade

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