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:
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 true
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 by pulling 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
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 most consistent.
The above bow has a much better sight system but not an easy
thing to set up.
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
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 obsolete.
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
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
PSE 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
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 Stories.
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.
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