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    wildjim
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    Default 2010 Martin Bengal vs 2009 Martin Bengal

    Hey from Baltimore Maryland

    I am an old archer with renewed interest. Also my adult daughter is interested in archery. So I'll need some new equipment soon. Compound and target recurve bows. . .

    I noticed a good deal on ebay, a new 2009 Martin Bengal for $289

    I also noticed that the 2010 Martin Bengal has some changes to the cam?

    Is it worth waiting for a 2010 model?

    My main concern is reliability.

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    From what I've seen so far? Yes, I'd get a 2010, but that isn't a bad price for the 2009. What's the shipping and handling cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfisher View Post
    From what I've seen so far? Yes, I'd get a 2010, but that isn't a bad price for the 2009. What's the shipping and handling cost?
    $289 plus $17 for shipping from ebay cjssportshop

    I also found another on ebay from poor_fish for $319 and free shipping.

    I'll wait for the 2010 model.

    Also I may get a Martin Leopard for my adult daughter, she about a 23 inch draw. Is the Leopard a fair bow?
    Last edited by wildjim; 01-30-2010 at 05:08 AM.

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    Both prices are good. Can't believe the shipping at $17. Usually this is where EBay sellers rape the customer.

    As for the Leopard? Nice bow for somebody with a short draw length. The quality should be the same as with the Bengal and other Martin bows. Most of the bows share the same components such as limbs, strings, and such. The major difference is often with the length of the risers and in the case of the Leopard a smaller cam for the short draw length. And notice that it comes in pink camo. Nice touch for the ladys. I think she'd be happy with one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildjim View Post
    Also I may get a Martin Leopard for my adult daughter, she about a 23 inch draw. Is the Leopard a fair bow?
    Bought the Leopard last fall for my boy. He's 13 and kind of small for his age, but 23 inch draw is just about right for him. Because he's small, it had to be turned all the way down to like 25# before he could pull it and hold it and its still a little heavy for him, but he manages.

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    It seems everyone loves the Martin compound bows. . .

    Also I read their customer service is outstanding.

    I think I'll buy a couple of the 2010 models when I see a good price on ebay ; )

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    Pretty much decided on the Martin Bengal.

    Now I am on fence as to what draw weight to purchase 60# or 70#

    Does anyone have any advice?
    Last edited by wildjim; 02-04-2010 at 04:58 PM.

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    what is wrong with a 09 Bengal?

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    I have the 60# '09 with the CCS , the CCS adds about 5# to the draw weight, and I'm right at 65# @ 28".
    Had it about a month now, I'm still impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevilmike77 View Post
    what is wrong with a 09 Bengal?
    Nothing? That I am aware of but it seems they changed the cams on the 2010 model.

    I was hoping for an experienced comparison between the 2009 and 2010 models as I am new since a twenty year gap in archery.

    Now I am unsure of the draw weight to purchase for the long haul?
    Last edited by wildjim; 02-04-2010 at 04:59 PM.

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