I have owned Precision Shooting Equipment since around 1985 having won
many Archery tournaments with one of their round wheel 48 inch length long
axle to axle compound bows. I added a custom built overdraw onto the
riser and used a Barners drop away rest and very light 1713 Easton Aluminum
arrows tipped with a cut down nibb field point that rendered arrow speeds of
172 feet per second which was extremely fast for 1985. Of course that
arrow speed is nothing compared to the blistering IMO arrow speeds today of
around 315 fps and more.
With the success with that bow, I quickly became
a PSE fan and shot nothing but PSE equipment and later in 1994 purchased
their top of the line aka Flagship bow, the Mach6 and purchased a lifetime
warranty for the bow which covered everything except maybe the bow string.
With heavy weight hunting arrows that weighed 562 grains, the bow would send
an arrow at around 235 feet per second which was plenty fast at the time.
I also purchased their top of the line Mach6 target bow and had them custom
fit their Mach5 carbon limbs to the Mach6 riser since they did not offer
their Mach5 target bow in a left hand model and the custom fitted bow
yielded arrow speeds around 300 fps if I am not mistaken. However,
that bow with the longer Mach5 custom carbon limbs had problems with the
cable swedge slapping the side of the limb cut outs for the cams and PSE
changed the limbs to a much shorter version of which I wasn't happy
with since I desired a 48 inch axle to axle bow for target shooting which
was much more forgiving than their 43 inch axle to axle Mach6 hunting weight
bow. That was about the end of my tournament shooting anyway and kept
that 1000 dollar bow as a wall hanger as a back up for my hunting bow.
The PSE Mach6 bow had hatchet type cams (Synergy) which was very hard to
break over but the 60 percent left-off was great once you got the bow to
full draw. That cam had an extremely long power stroke which means it
kept the full weight of the 65 pounds on the arrow for a much longer time
which yielded more kinetic energy which translates to more speed and energy
in the arrow. I harvested at least forty (40) deer with that bow and
think that PSE might have replaced the limbs on it at one time but not sure.
Everything was fine with that bow except it was a dawg to get to full
draw because of the hatchet type cams and right before our annual archery
season in 2008 I observed a problem with the limb. I am going to copy
and paste the details from my short story titled Murphy's Law that I wrote
about this bow and my dealings with PSE to get the bow repaired.
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.
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.
This is my target PSE Mach6 that I camouflage painted to use as my back
up until my repaired Mach6 was returned and did harvest a buck with this
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!
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..
After being totally disgruntled with the service
from PSE, I decided to go with the latest state of the art archery equipment
and I had already pulled back several different manufactures bows and shot
one of my friends Mathews bows and Mathews won out.
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 Alaskan.
In summation, I enjoyed PSE equipment for many years but
one extremely bad experience will totally wipe out all the positive things
for their products. I certainly don't plan to own any of Precision
Shooting Equipment's bows or accessories. Mathews Archery took the
lead in archery innovations while other competitors sat on their laurels and
have had to play catch up copying the new technologies that Mathews came up
with and re-inventing the wheel!
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter 05-30-13.