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    Ok..not straying from Elite,just wanted to ask if anybody had any experience with Martins bows...how do they hold up? I have a buddy interested in one. Any and all info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Different class of bow IMO!
    Nothing wrong with a Martin bow. Just more like a price point or entry level quality compared to Elites.
    IMO! scores or targets probably wont care though. havent for the last 10 years truth be told, 300 is a 300 right?
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    Not bad bows, but not great either.
    If you are familiar with mechanics tools, this is a good comparison...
    Elite is to SnapOn what Martin is to Craftsman.

    Like they say, the devil is in the details, and details are where you are going to see a big difference.
    Martins fit and finish is usually pretty crude, and the dip does not hold up well.
    They also use horrible strings and cables, so your buddy is gonna have to shell out close to $100.00 extra right out of the gate for a decent set.
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    Not the best, but certainly not the worst. Fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired after being spoiled with the excellent finish on an Elite.
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    Martin doesn't make $800 bows. They make bows worth $350-$500 tops. For the money you can get them for, they are great bows. If I had the choice of any bow in the world, they would not be near the top.

    I bought an '07 Bullet-X, new in 2008 for $275. Loved that bow!! Only shot like 280 but loved the draw and overall feel of it. But thats Rytera, not Martin. Did have a limb splinter on it and had new limbs in no time straight from Martin, not the go through the dealer and wait a month bullcrap.
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    They have really gone down hill ever since George Ryals stopped designing for them.

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    Martin has been around for a llloooooonngggg time. They were considered one of the "big three" when I started archery mid 70s: PSE, jennings, and martin. Bear was around, but mostly a hunting bow for mass retail.

    Given that, never owned one, but thought about it from time to time with certain models. The Scepter is well recognized in the dot community. Still see a few people shooting their shoot through system. They have some speed bows that advertise impressive numbers and even their dot bows are advertised w/ decent speed. There's Rytera, which is a brand X martin. Thought about buying an Alien Z recently. Actually made an offer to a guy selling them on AT, but never came about. Glad it didn't. Liked the specs, A-A, and draw adjustment. Didn't like the roller guard and lack of stabilizer bushing in the riser.

    Forget about resale value. Martins do NOT hold resale very well. Would suggest not buying new off the shelf. Save the money and look for a left over or slightly used.

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    I wouldn't waste my money on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L-train View Post
    They have really gone down hill ever since George Ryals stopped designing for them.
    Who dat????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippy (aka Slippy) View Post
    Who dat????
    George Ryals IV, GRIV, now in Hoyt. I shot his Scepter III and Cougar III with FuryX and NitrousX shoot through cams with success. Their limbs were laminated, not very common on moderately priced bows at that time, but I had to go through 2 pairs of the straight model to get "good" ones. Their more expensive recurved limbs didnīt work well for me on shoot through configurations, where no lateral pull shows the true straightness of limbs throughout the draw cycle. Fit was fine, finish a little lacking (but still same functionality and you had a lower price point). I still keep my PB at 70m with the CIII NitrousX, 351, as well as a feeling that my bow arm tennis elbow injury was caused by the vibrations on that very same bow after the shot (this was not a parallel limb design; they had it as an option -changing limb pockets- those days, but the BH was too big to my likings if using them).
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