|BEFORE AND AFTER
Our North Carolina archery season comes in this year on September 10, 2005
and I have struggled to get my shooting skills up to par. A couple
months ago I did some serious handgun reloading which apparently took it’s
toll on the ole elbows and tendons making it difficult to get my 1993 PSE
Mach6 hunting bow back to full draw and holding it steady enough for a good
sight picture, sight alignment, release and follow through. Any one of
the above aspects of what it takes to make a good that is not correct will
foil the shot! Also, the early “hatchet cam” on the PSE bow is a
“dawg” to cam over and the kick of the bow upon release was paining my bow
hand something terrible.
Realizing my archery equipment by today’s standards and new technology is
pretty much obsolete; however being somewhat frugal with limited resources I
have maintained the rationale that the equipment is still harvesting deer
which is a true statement and why upgrade for the sake of getting something
new. All anyone has to do is look at the vehicles I drive and it is
very much self evident…..go ahead and grin now because I know you are
Being right handed with a dominant left eye means you shoot left handed
equipment and here is another potential problem. Left hand products do sell
but dealers normally do not carry a complete line but a few basic items.
For the most part, you have to order something and it is like purchasing a
“pig in a poke” with the outcome uncertain.
Finally, I decided to find something which has less shock and my
buddies told me about their Mathews bows which have very little hand
shock/kick. To make a long story short, I shot John Gaddy, Cris
Cranford and Frankie Cranford’s bows, all Mathews mind you and they were 100
percent correct, there is little if any felt hand show upon releasing an
I ran across an early Mathews Conquest Pro that was left handed, the correct
draw length and within my normal bow weight range and got a good deal on it.
Problem was, it was a target model with a bright red anodized finish on the
aluminum riser and a chrome idler upper wheel which would definitely spook
game by reflecting light and would stick out like a sore thumb.
Below are a couple pixs of the before and after conversion using a couple
colors of spray paint. It should be noted that I spray painted (camouflaged)
bows and guns long before they were ever available from the factory. I
still have an early Remington BDL left handed rifle with my signature tiger
strip camouflage pattern and once painted a Belgium Browning auto loading
shotgun that sported a mahogany stock and on it.
Not a bad looking bow to be about five (5) years old! Notice I
installed a Bracklyn Hi-Tech scope mount with an Ultra-Dot scope on this bad
boy! This next pix might break your heart:
The camouflaged pattern on the bow should do the job. I did miss a
place near the sight but is should not give away my position while hunting.
I told John Gaddy that I had to quite shooting the Mathews bow and he asked
why…my answer was “I am tearing my equipment up, arrows that is from hitting
them”! I could hear him grinning real big. I did exaggerate and
embellish just a little bit!
Later, Bill aka Mickey Porter August 11, 2005
As Paul Harvey has said many times, “And now, The Rest of the Story”;
The ole adage, “It is hard to teach an old dog a new trick” is very much
true, not an absolute but close none the same and in my case it
probably fits most of the time. Let me explain a little to present my
case. I have been using my ole PSE Mach6 hunting bow since the 1993
hunting season and as most know, I have bragged on that bow which at the
time was probably a few years ahead
of the pack with US Patents for their pivoting limb pockets, posi-lock
accessories mountings, and extruded aluminum rise with CNC machining, etc.;
the list goes on! I do believe PSE like other Archery manufacturers at
or near the top of the “food chain” in archery sales got a little complacent
and a allowed a new cam patent and the right financial backers with a top
notch advertising campaign put them bringing up the rear in sales and
To get to my point with all this rambling around on the keyboard here, I
have been using the Mach6 bow and a Scott rope release aid as it seems
forever. Most serious bow hunters will tell you of the disadvantages
of using a rope release for hunting purposes but after years of using the
same rope release aid during tournaments and hunting, it is like second
nature to use and it has not caused me to spook or miss a deer.
I practiced with the Mathews Conquest Pro bow and using a new caliper
release aid attached to a loop on the string because the bow draw length
requires the loop since the Mathews Conquest Pro can only be shortened in
draw length without changing the cam,
idler wheel and string and buss cable and even maybe another limb.
Going to a new type release aid just did not agree and was down right
awkward to say the least and doesn’t make too much sense to change setups
this close to archery season.
I solved part of my problem by replacing an old X-Ring hydraulic stabilizer
on the Mach6 with a Sims Limb Saver S-Coil stabilizer and a set of Sims Limb
Savers on the limbs of the bow……this cut the vibration and recoil of the bow
hand shock way down but my draw length was way too long. I installed a
new Wonder String ¼ inch shorter but the draw was still too long and after
twisting the string up even shorter the peak bow weight went down along with
the percentage of let-off. I had a spare set of 40 inch split cable
buss harness and installed the buss cables and the peak bow weight went back
up and got the 65 percent let-off back and after several times “tweaking”
the buss cable length to get the cams back into time, everything felt right
again. You definitely have to own or have access to a good bow press
to change your buss cables.
I shot the bow some yesterday after getting it set back up and it felt
pretty good and my broad heads were in the kill zone; not tournament groups
but good enough to harvest game.
This morning, I got my regular camouflage hunting gloves out to get a little
more realistic with my shooting practice and I was very impressed. My
draw length was right on the money and my arrows were grouping very well.
In fact, I was impressed enough to get the little digital camera out and
take a pix. The deer target is about 15.5 yards from my tree stand
which is around my average bow kill but my broad head arrows were hitting
and passing completely through the shot out vitals of the 20 yard deer
The picture below speaks for itself. Don’t grin as big as I did!
You will notice that one of the plastic vanes from one of the arrows was
sliced off and on top of the deer’s back. The vane landed about five
(5) feet beyond the deer target and I positioned it on the back of the
target for the camera as it was not in camera view at this angle.
I am getting a little antsy and have less than a month to get it all
together before opening day arrives. Don’t think the 3-D deer target
center replaceable cores will make it due to the horrendous slicing by the
125 grain Thunderhead broad heads!
Good hunting to all. Written by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 08-14-05.
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter 07-02-13.