Murphy's Law "If anything can go wrong, it will."
Click this link for some insight as to where and when the phrase was coined:
www.murphys-laws.com/murphy/murphy-true.html and my version is "If
anything can happen, it will happen" which is the same thing both with
negative conations and innuendos. Now arriving to my point which I do
ramble around having failed English in the 9th grade having to attend summer
school and guess that is a valid defense against my style of writing....not
really but it sounded reasonable anyway...the summer school part is very
Archery season in North Carolina is less than two weeks away
and seems like this year one obstacle after another has manifested itself.
Normally by now, I am in what I call a missile lock mode as far as
having fine tuned my shooting equipment and shooting skills with the bow and
arrow, however this year I got a late start which is not a total disaster
since a month of regular practice or two weeks at the least will get the
shoulder muscles back in shape with good form and technique returning.
I knew it was going to be tough when I could hardly pull my 60 lb. bow
back to full draw without having to muster ever ounce of strength I could
and then it felt like my shoulder was coming unglued. A few days
earlier, I spent several hours with an industrial model weed eater trimming
the back field that is too rough for a lawn tractor, bush hog, etc. and two days in a row
with that tool apparently rendered my left shoulder with some strained
aching muscles which did not take kindly to being torture tested
the cam bow back and holding it at full draw long enough to get a good sight
picture, sight alignment and effect a good clean release and of course
follow through. Thinking
back several months I remember lifting several 5 gallon buckets full of
spent .40 caliber brass from our Institution's firing range into the trunk
of a car, unloading and "toting" the heavy pay load
about 40 feet of which I am sure that had something to do with the strained shoulder
muscles along with the date on my birth certificate.
After a couple weeks of gritting my teeth and shooting about nine
(9) practice broadhead arrows every other day the stiffness and pain finally
got to a point where it was at least at the tolerable state and here comes
Murphy's Law out of the wood work as I will try and explain.
Several days ago while getting ready for a practice session from my 20 feet
elevated shooting platform at three deer 3D targets, I just happened to run
my fingers across the upper limb tip section that houses the cam axle
shaft and noticed it didn't feel just right. Upon closer observation,
I found there was a diagonal crack about 75 percent across the limb bearing
tip surface that renders the limb unsafe since it could easily come apart
from the heavy recoil of the antiquated 1994 PSE Mach6 Maxis bow and a metal
cam, axle and cables flying backwards into your face and head at break neck
speed is not a
pretty thought or sight. A practice 3D deer target pix below.
Don't laugh, I know I want win any tournament with that grouping.
Not a tournament group by a long shot but would be lethal on a deer.
The above pix after a week of practice every other day. Grouping will
get tighter within the next couple of weeks. Used the back-up PSE
Mach6 target bow recently "camo" painted.
This pix shows how uncompressed 17 yards looks like when you are 20 feet
high. It certainly looks further than it actually is.
I called one of PSE's authorized repair facilities and the person on the
telephone told me that PSE did not start a lifetime warranty on their limbs
until the year 2000 even though I told him I knew for sure that this bow was
their top of the line or flagship bow in 1994 and did have a life time warranty on the limbs,
etc. I further told the person I would call PSE direct and PSE advised the bow
limbs were under warranty and they did not have the serial number in their
system due to the age of the bow but said it was not uncommon for someone to
seek repairs on a bow of that age...go ahead and grin...the lady did make me
feel a little better...frugal is the word for the day! I got a return
authorization number and she stated it would be several weeks once they got
the bow before they could replace the limbs so plan B has to go into effect
which is to get my back up bows out and get to work.
I have two back up bows although not really back up bows in the true
sense since one bow is identical to the Mach6 hunting bow but this bow has a
bright blue anodized riser and silver in color cam wheels and bright grey
colored limbs that shine like a new copper penny not conducive to take in
the woods hunting. The other bow is at a six (6) year old Mathews
Conquest target bow which I painted the bright anodized red riser and limbs
to a camouflage pattern for such emergency usage. Mind you that I
shoot left handed and it is extremely difficult to find an off
the shelf left hand bow available on short notice without having to special
order one since there is not that much demand for left hand bows in
relationship to right handed archers. The problem with this rig it was
originally designed and made for the target shooter and the draw length was
1/2 inch shorter than my draw length and had a string loop requiring a
different release aid attachment system since I have been shooting with a
loop release aid system for decades. When I purchased the bow second
handed I also purchased a couple release aids that would work with the bow
and my draw length and had it roughed in but not fine tuned and with less
than two weeks before opening day, I have some serious shooting and bow set
up to do and hopefully will be locked in enough to make clean and humane
kill shots, otherwise I will set this season out.
Pix or two showing my back up bows, however I am going to hold off on
using the target Mach6 bow since I don't want to repaint it this late before
the season opens but will do so if necessary depending on which bow groups the best and
The above bow has a much better sight system but not an easy thing to set
The above Mathews Conquest target bow has the Solo cam on it and doesn't
have the arrow penetration of the heavy Maxis cams of the PSE Mach6 bow at
the same draw weight but does have a little better let off approaching 70
percent and has a little more cable noise but the main thing will be how
consistently I group either bow and running out of time. Murphy's
Law is never asleep!
Usually when something like this happens it turns out to be a very
productive season in spite of all the things that go wrong and can go wrong.
I have experienced this at least twice since 1979; my main hunting bow
coming "unglued" right before the archery hunting season comes
in and have recovered each time.
In addition to the mechanical troubles with the bow and the
physical problems with yours truly let us not forget the
surging price of shelled corn. With all the increase in
the crude oil price which has bled over into all the other
markets and with the devastating floods out mid-west, it didn't take the
price of corn futures to reach an all time high recently increasing our
local markets of shelled deer corn from $ 5.50 per 60 lb. bag to the $9.00
dollar mark and higher in some places selling a 50 lb.
sack for that price. Most of the local corn being sold was still in
the silos last year but guess they have to make what they can too! To add
insult to injury, our local farmers this year have experienced an extremely
dry spring and had to replant many fields and then the corn is looking good
and then the torrential rains have been relentless making it just about
impossible to get the corn dry and the fields dry enough to harvest the
corn....problem is the corn will probably "mill-dew" before it
can be harvested. Let's not forget the Ethanol production that is
running the corn futures up as well! It wasn't too many years ago when
most of us simply hunted natural food plots and white, red and willow oak
groves waiting on Mr. deer to come along and munch on those acorns but times
have changed with every four wheeler with a sack of corn on the front or
back rack to help even the odds in the hunter's favor.
Hopefully there will be a rainbow in all this and will keep a good
positive mental attitude and get fine tuned within the next two weeks doing
everything I can to make it happen!
Pix of a writing spider argiope aurantia and our grand son
Travis Lee Huneycutt who got into this pix taken in 2003...has nothing to do
with Murphy's Law but thought I would web publish pix the same.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 09-01-08
Take a look at the Mach6 Maxis target model bow after a coat of permanent
paint rendering the bow ready for hunting:
Hopefully, this ole antiquated bow will allow me to harvest some deer for
the freezer this season. I shortened the draw length up about 1/2 inch
and cranked the weight back up to make up for the difference. These
old bows loose some percentage of let-off when you do that but will have to
live with it.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 09-08-08
Addendum to this story posted on 09-14-08. Below is pix of opening
day 3 point buck harvested yesterday 09-13-08. Will add a short
hunting 2008 Archery page later.
I earned this buck...not a dry thread on me.
PS: I received my bow back from PSE of which the new
limbs were ill fitting, cams way out of sync. and after sending them a
"nasty gram" aka email, decided to switch
over to Mathews totally and ordered a Drenalin LH 29"D @ 60 lbs. I harvested 40
deer with the Mach6 and time to put them out to pasture. My ole
shoulder and elbow cannot take the shock and abuse from that Gorilla bow
anymore. Current bow technology has made that type of bow design
Pix below of the PSE Mach6 received back from PSE sans the
string and cables ready for making a take down version...ooops, I think this
voided their lifetime warranty!
Before the band saw and PortaBand saw operation and final pix an extreme
modification of the PSE Mach6 before deposit in the land fill where it
has been long overdue. Man, I feel much better releasing all that
anxiety and didn't use any profanity either.
The "floating" plastic rockers between the limbs and pivoting limb
pockets were positioned wrong which was the main problem for improper limb
fit allowing one limb to be longer than the other. I am glad it
was a shoddy repair otherwise I would probably kept that monster a
few more years as frugal as I can be at times.
As soon as my Mathews Drenalin arrives and get it set up, the other PSE
Mach6 will be lucky not to meet this same fate since I have a Mathews
Conquest4 in reserve also. I probably will, since I will be shooting a
caliber release instead of a rope release!
Additional Note: Since I "vented" enough over the
repair, I gave my other PSE Mach6 to a friend at work to see if his son
could use it since he is right handed but has a dominant left eye and has to
utilize a very long sight pin to try and make the right hand bow work for
him. I told him if he couldn't use it to do what ever he wanted to
with the bow. Keeping that bow would be like keeping a Boro in the
same stall with a Triple Crown Winner. 11-02-08.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 10-15-08..
Pix below of Mathews Drenalin bow set up and ready to go. The bow
is a dream to shoot and slapping arrows at 17 yards; quiet and fast even
with the heavy 2315 30.5 inch length arrows I am shooting with a 125 grain
Thunderhead 3 blade broadhead. The bow is extremely light as well even
fully "dressed out." I have a QAD pro series HD rest on there
and a HHA XL5500 sight and a 1/4 inch diameter peep sight. I have
retired the ole scopes for now, the EOTech Holo archery version and the
UltraDot scope with the Bracklyn mount. I actually put a store bought
bow (wrist) strap on there and my good friend Ed Terry will be totally surprised
since he has ribbed me for years for using a fifty cent boot string for a
bow strap on some top of the line bows when they were new. Purchased
this rig from S & S Graham Archery in China Grove, NC and Rick did a super
job setting the bow up...he had it practically dialed in when my good friend
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC arrived at their business and John purchased an identical set-up but his was right
hand whereas mine was ole south paw left hand. I did reposition
the sight on the bracket to give me a mid-range setting adjustment
at my normal anchor. I think this is the first time someone has
actually installed accessories on a bow for me.
Below pix a close up of the rest and sight: I will have to modify
the above bow press for parallel limb design.
The HHA XL5500 with ten feet of .030 fiber optic is plenty bright and has
a rheostat to control the brightness of the pin.
There is way too much back ground clutter behind my bow press for picture
taking but oh well....my ole
school bow press had to be modified (shortened) to accept the shorter axle to axle bows.
We have a little over one week of our regular archery season left here in the
Central Region of North Carolina and might hunt with the Mathews Drenalin
after muzzle loading season is over if I don't get a chance to harvest
anything before then.
The Mathews bows are ahead of the pack in my option and not to much more
expensive than the top of the line bows of some of their competitors if not
about the same price in most cases. Bill aka Mickey Porter 10-29-08.
Below pix of 7 point buck taken with the above bow on 11-11-08. I
changed the HHA XL5500 sight and using an Impact Archery Cosmic sight
instead. Short story under the
2008 bowhunting page under Hunting
Below is pix of a four shot group shot this morning with my practice
broadheads after hunting. The Mathews Drenalin bow is a dream to
shoot...quiet, fast, no shock or recoil and easy to draw even when damp and
cold. I could draw the bow back the other morning when it was 20
degrees F. and still hunting with it during our regular gun season.
Nothing, I have ever shot compares with the Mathews Drenalin 33 inch axle to
axle bow. One of the four arrows in the group is buried up to the nock
in the target!
A big difference from the first pix on this page of arrows shot with the
PSE Mach6. Currently, I do not own a PSE bow, only a Mathews Conquest4
and the Drenalin with a couple ole wall hangers like an early Jennings
Arrowstar and Bear Alaskian.