Martin Jaguar take-down recurve.

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by amoroque, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Hey guys,
    Just got a new toy today. Its the Martin Jaguar take-down recurve. I've assembled it today and pulled it back a few times. Seems to be a quality bow especially for $175 bucks.
    And it came in a black plastic case with a few arrows an arrow rest, arm guard and tabs.

    I'm thinking about going old school and using it for archery deer/elk season instead of my compound. (If I can get in enough practice in the next 5 weeks).
     

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  2. Dillinger

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    1) That's cool. :D

    2) I didn't know they made a take down recurve. Can I see another picture of it put together?
     

  3. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Here are a couple other pics.

    I will let you know how it shoots, if there are any problems etc, after I hit the range.
     

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  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    That's pretty nice. These things have come aways since I was shooting them about 100 years ago. :eek:

    Looking forward to hearing a Range Report on it.

    JD
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations! We will require range reports and many photos. :D
     
  6. JonathanGlass

    JonathanGlass New Member

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    nice, I had the Martin Jaguar compound for a while until I had a little accident and both my limbs got cracked, still have the riser and am still trying to get the recurve or compound limbs for this thing
     
  7. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Cool, you guys got it, I would be happy to do a range report!


    I heard that you can contact Martin and get replacement Limbs. I also heard from the guy at the bow shop that, many limbs made from many other companies will fit the frame.
     
  8. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Before I got into customs I had a Mamba recurve by Martin, very nice bow with a really smooth pull. I'm sure you'll enjoy your Jaguar.

    However, the strongest limbs available for it are only 55#. I wouldn't use a bow that light for deer (especially not the huge red stag we've got down here) and certainly not elk. It might be enough for small whitetails, though.
     
  9. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Thank you for the info Franciscomv. Arrow penetration is something I would like to check out at the range. I'll post some pics of compound vs recurve at different yardages and see what the penetration difference is.

    I have heard of people hunting elk with 45 lb recurves?
     
  10. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I've never hunted elk, so you might want to double check with somebody better acquainted with North American game, but based on their size I'd feel better with a few more pounds.

    I'm not saying you can't hunt elk with a 45# bow, but I prefer to have a bit more power just in case. My hunting bows start at 60# (I only shoot traditionals) I really like that draw weight, it's pretty fast from a well designed recurve or longbow and coupled with some well chosen arrows and broadheads it performs well on anything around here. For big critters that hit back, I go a bit heavier.

    Don't go rushing out to get a 80# bow, though. Hitting what you aim at and being comfortable with your bow is much more important than getting more weight. Practice, practice, and then practice some more. Shot placement is everything. A well placed arrow from a 50# bow always beats a miss with an 80# one.

    Invest in good arrows and broadheads, no need to get the most expensive super high tech stuff, go for the tried and tested. Play around with broadhead weights to get the most out of whatever draw weight you settle for.

    Did I mention practice? One of the great things about archery is that arrows can be used over and over again, no expensive ammo to worry about. :) Being a take down, the bow you bought gives you the advantage of using light limbs to learn and practice and a set with heavier draw weight to hunt with. I'm a big advocate of using a very light draw weight to learn. Consistency in your technique is of paramount importance if you're going to shoot recurves instinctively. Each time you draw the motions should be exactly the same, that way your brain can focus on hitting the target.

    And remember the old saying "train as you fight", in this case it would be "train as you hunt". Shoot from different stances, try not to know the exact distance to the target and don't use FITA style targets. You're training to hunt, not to punch paper at the Olympics. Find something small, I use round red stickers about 1" in diameter (I've got some bigger ones for longer distances). Always use the same type of marker. Get used to it, and later on when you hunt just imagine your marker on the animal's vitals.

    I think I picked up this "red sticker" technique from Jay Kidwell's book "Instinctive archery insights". It's quite good. I recommend it.

    Sorry if this sounds like a bit of a lecture. It's not meant that way. I just want to share what worked for me. Like I said before, I'm no expert. I'm just an avid bow shooter.
     
  11. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    I have the smae Model Martin

    Hello all, RON L here - SERE SURPLUS


    I recently aquirefd the same Model Mertin "Javilin" Take down bow!I got it in a trade fro goods and am Very happy wit the Looks and feel of the bow! Mine is in 50 pounds and I hunt up to medium size deer with it, as long as I go a good Broadhead, as most bows kill by blood letting not by Pondage alone! I probabaly will not use the Bow this year as I planned as I damaged my left shoulder or rotator cuff and till they figure out whats up wth that a bow is not going to work for me? I see these as in so many martin products as well made and I like the Take down feature as well and find it's compact and easy t assemble and sure once locked in and set to use! Martin offers this model as a Backpacking option or to those like myself that like a bow to be easier to pack and bring along! I like a Compound bow, but too many cables, pullies and the like? This is simple enough for me to assemble and dis-assemble withuyt the help of a Bow shop or machine to do so? Thats how I see it, they are not hard to find and as as bows price goes reasonable?

    RON