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New (to Me) Bow - Bowtech Fanatic 3.0

Discussion in 'Archery' started by ReSyC, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. ReSyC

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    Hi all :)

    Whilst I dabble with air rifles, archery is my main sport/hobby/passion. I've been taking it easy for a while after a shoulder tendon injury. Typical isn't it - no injury or strains in 15 years of shooting including 100lb warbows, and I damage my shoulder playing baseball on a work away day a few days before a tournament :confused::facepalm:

    It's healing nicely so I'm going to train over the winter to get back on form and build my strength back up, but my usual bow of choice for 'serious' archery (Bowtech Insanity CPXL) is a little too much at the moment with a very harsh draw which wouldn't do my shoulder any favours, so I went shopping at Wales Archery Specialists for something a little smoother...


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    Picked up a Bowtech Fanatic 3.0 in anodised red and fitted it out with accessories robbed off the Insanity as that isn't going to be used for a while.

    Sureloc Supreme sight
    MAC 10Zone scope
    Specialty peep
    SF Elite carbon blade stabilisers
    Trophy Taker II rest with a Launchtec blade

    It's set at 50lb which is a bit lighter than I usually shoot, and the cams are FAR less aggressive than the Insanity which makes for a much smoother drawing bow. Not as fast, but kinder on the shoulder. You can see the difference between the cams on the Fanatic (left) vs the Insanity (right).


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    Tried it out at the club last night after a rough setup by eyeballing it and it's already shooting great.

    I'm a huge fan of Bowtech's cam design and split yoke (the cables that split and attach to the axle, either side of the cam) which makes them a doddle to tune compared to some other brands (*cough* HOYT *cough*) :D

    Shooting through paper to check the arrow was coming out straight showed a very slight tail-left tear. Put the bow in the press to take the pressure off the strings and one twist on each left-side yoke cable to move the string over just a smidge = bulletholes, arrow coming out of the bow dead straight with no wobble or fishtailing.


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    Still needs work to fine tune the cam timing, weight balance on the stabilisers etc but that can wait. I haven't been shooting regularly for a while so I'm going to spend some time building my strength and form back up and then I'll get to work dialling it in properly. You can't tune better than you can shoot ;)

    Not sure what to do with the Insanity. Don't intend to sell it so I may just dial the limbs back a fair bit to lighten it up a little and fit it back out for Bowhunter style 3D archery with a multi-pin sight and a bow quiver.

    I had it set up that way a while ago. It looks good in that style and shoots well as it is technically a hunting bow and not a dedicated target bow like the Fanatic.


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    Nice mate, very nice, I’ve just sold my mybo origin and will be visiting merlin tomorrow to pick up a bow tech carbon icon from them. It’s more suited to the 3D shooting I’m doing and so much lighter than the mybo.
     
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    Looking good mate
     
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    Nice :)

    I haven't seen one of those in the flesh yet, though I did shoot a Carbon Knight when they first came out a few years ago and its a very similar rig. Really light and punchy, but that's a good thing because it means you can tailor the weight balance on the stabilisers/bottom half to get the hold you want at a lower mass weight.

    I haven't had chance to shoot a Mybo yet. The only guys I know who shoot them are left handed so I cant try their gear out typically, and Merlin is a long way to go from here :( Their gear has always been really nicely made though with top quality machining and attention to detail.

    What arrows are you using for 3D? For Field I normally use CX Nano XR's but for 3D with my CPXL (and my Bowtech Guardian & Commander before that) I picked up a dozen Easton Flatline Surgical hunting arrows and they were awesome :)
     
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    The icon is really just an updated version of the knight, I like it as it’s a tad shorter and a fair bit lighter than the mybo. The mybo was brilliant. I’m not great but was shooting 5 inch groups at 60yds with the hunting sights I have on it. As for arrows I’m just using bear paw penthalon bandits at the mo. They’re cheap but actually all I need for 3D, though I’ve been toying with the idea of switching to gold tips too.
     
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    Another good arrow to consider is the Easton Carbon One. I've got a few sets of them in different spine and they are an outstanding arrow for the money, on a par with far more expensive options.

    Quite light, narrow profile so still decent in moderate wind and tough as nails. They run to about £10 each with components and you would swear they are priced too low for the quality and consistency.
     
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    Saw those mate, another that's worth a look.
     
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    Got up the club today after the remembrance service to get the bow set up properly and after some tweaking to get the centreshot alignment all sorted out, I started getting some rough sight marks.

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    Started at 10 and then worked back in 5m increments as far as 30m today. Getting great results out of this new bow, this was at 30m on a 40cm target.

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    Fatigue started to kick in quite quickly though, I haven't shot regularly for some time and it noticed :/ Started to drop low and lazy shots so I put the bow away, no point practicing poor shots so I waddled on back home for a Sunday roast dinner :thumb::p

    Hope everyone has had a good weekend :)
     
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    Very nice mate, it was a nice day to be out. I was out first thing at my club. Nice and frosty, even the roller shutter door on the lock up was frozen. Took a little opening. Enjoy your new bow.
     
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