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Offline tikkaman

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« on: July 23, 2013, 10:50:13 PM »
Hey all, I've been given the chance to buy a used bow.  It's a Matthews switchback , 3 year old I think.  The seller told me to make an offer and I was thinking $400 but I'm not sure if that is a good offer.  He just left on vacation so that gives me some time to think it over.  It's ready to go with 5 arrows but I'd have to buy a release.  Hoping you all could give me some thoughts since I'm a novice.

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 11:43:33 PM »
That's a good deal if its been taken care of. That's a good bow. But before I bought it I would take it to a Mathews shop and have them look it over. They can inspect it for cracks etc and also make sure it will fit you without having to change out cams etc to get the proper draw length set. 

My buddy shoots the switchback and its a sweet set up. Just make sure the bow is clear and clean. That's half price of a new one.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 02:03:54 AM »
Russcat just summed it up very well


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Re: Becoming a bow hunter
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2013, 11:02:50 AM »
That's a good bow, Its older then three years though, more like 5 or 6. Make sure it is your right draw length.  If its not and you find that out after you buy it, a new cam is going to run you around 90 bucks for a new one.  Make sure it hasn't been dry fired too.  If it has that bow could blow up on you if its not inspected very carefully
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2013, 11:29:49 AM »
I think you can still order a switchback new. I have a buddy that is 6'6" with a long wing span. 2 years ago he went to buy a Mathews and the only one made that would fit him was the switchback. They had to order it.
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Re: Becoming a bow hunter
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2013, 12:19:57 PM »
Sounds like a good deal tik. You will enjoy it. Even though it is an older bow it is still a good one. A buddy of mine has one and loves it. I have the XT version and love it. You can't go wrong with a Mathews. We just bought my wife the Jewel and she loves it. Good Luck!!! %^$^
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 01:09:47 PM »
If it'll fit ya, I'd snatch that one up pretty quick, tikka!   
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2013, 09:25:58 PM »
Yep, 3 years old was a guess.  The seller and his father in law work together and he gave it to the father in law to bring to work tomorrow. I'll bring it into the local bow shop this weekend to get it looked over.  How do you measure draw length?  His wingspan is 73" and mine is 70.5".  Will I most likey have to get bigger cams?.  I hope everything checks out good on it
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2013, 09:31:26 PM »
I agree with the others excellent bow and that's a good price...Good luck I hope everything works out. You'll enjoy bow hunting...
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2013, 09:49:07 PM »
Yep, 3 years old was a guess.  The seller and his father in law work together and he gave it to the father in law to bring to work tomorrow. I'll bring it into the local bow shop this weekend to get it looked over.  How do you measure draw length?  His wingspan is 73" and mine is 70.5".  Will I most likey have to get bigger cams?.  I hope everything checks out good on it

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Re: Becoming a bow hunter
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2013, 10:13:07 PM »
That's a good bow. $400 sounds fair. I wouldn't pay more than that if it were me.
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2013, 08:44:29 AM »
Yep, 3 years old was a guess.  The seller and his father in law work together and he gave it to the father in law to bring to work tomorrow. I'll bring it into the local bow shop this weekend to get it looked over.  How do you measure draw length?  His wingspan is 73" and mine is 70.5".  Will I most likey have to get bigger cams?.  I hope everything checks out good on it

Most bows are adjustable tikka.    Your bow shop should be able to help you determine your correct draw length, measured from rest to anchor point, and make any necessary adjustments.   A basic way to get you in the ballpark for draw length is simply to take a tape measure and hold it in your bow hand at the base of your thumb and forefinger, assume your shooting position, and measure from hand to anchor point.
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Re: Becoming a bow hunter
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2013, 12:08:42 PM »
Another way to get your draw length is to measure your "wingspan" tip to tip and divide by 2.5
My wingspan is 73" and I shoot a 29" arrow.
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Re: Becoming a bow hunter
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2013, 12:16:41 PM »
Another way to get your draw length is to measure your "wingspan" tip to tip and divide by 2.5
My wingspan is 73" and I shoot a 29" arrow.

Yep its your wingspan divided by 2.5. so if your wingspan is 70.5 then your draw length is a 28 inch draw. 
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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2013, 08:39:12 PM »
I have an LX which came out 1-2 years prior to the switchback. it's probably a 6-7 yr old bow. that doesn't mean he bought it 6-7 yrs ago. it could have sat at the shop for awhile.

my bow only adjusts 1/2-1" so be careful. you don't want too long of a draw. you'd rather have it 1/2" short to have a solid anchor.

bring it to a shop for sure. there are guys that turn bows annually and sell them fully equipt for 1/2 price. you may find a great deal at the shop? good luck
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