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#2954833 - 09/24/12 06:43 AM mathews mr8
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Any one shot one ? I am in th market for a new bow.this time I want something a little long a2a. And more brace heigh . To make it a little more forgiving. According to the spec looks like this bow would do that and have some decent speed too.
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#2954912 - 09/24/12 07:54 AM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: southernhunter]
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I shot one but I personally didn't like it. I'm picky with bows though.

I actually liked the MR6 better than the MR7 and MR8. In my opinion though...I think the MR series is the best series Mathews has put out in a long time. Just my opinion.

If I were getting a bow today and was going to use it strictly for hunting...I can tell you without batting an eye which one it would be: a Strother Wrath. It is simply an amazing little bow...but it is an inch shorter than the MR8 you like. If Strother paid contingency money for 3D shooting I would be sure be in their camp. They have some of the best looking and shooting bows I've shot in a long time. But don't pay nothing for winning shoots. It's all about the $ for me.

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#2955241 - 09/24/12 11:17 AM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: Crow Terminator]
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What didn't u like about it ?
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#2955365 - 09/24/12 12:42 PM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: southernhunter]
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The overall draw cycle of it didn't feel good to me. I also thought the backwall was soft/spongy feeling. Now granted the bow I shot was fresh out of a Mathews box so I'm guessing it may not have been in sync. After shooting and owning several of these binary/hybrid cam bows, I've learned the spongy feeling usually means one cam is a little more advanced than the other. When in tune and in sync the sponge feel goes away. I thought the MR6 held on target much better too but I do know the backwall on my MR6 was solid so that may have played a big roll in that.

The Wrath on the other hand....you wont believe the camo finish on those bows. Best I've seen. Drawing the Wrath on 70 lbs feels like most bows on 60. There's no hump in the draw cycle....it loads evenly and then you're at full draw. I shot it without any sound dampening objects on it and it was dead quiet and no shock or vibration. I picked an Elite Answer over it simply because I wanted a longer A-A for a target/hunting combo bow. The Answer is stiffer drawing and louder than either the MR8 or Wrath but it holds well and is pinpoint accurate. BUT Elite is where the money is in ASA contingency pay right now for amateur classes and that's why I shoot one. $1,000 for first or $500 for 2nd ain't bad.

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#2955422 - 09/24/12 01:23 PM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: Crow Terminator]
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crow, i have been wanting to get into asa for some time but always felt i was not good enough. i started out in archery about 10 years ago and aint had much help along the way. point being i have made alot of mistakes. from shooting form to picking out bows .the last bow i bought was a pse xs , as you know its 28 inches a2a and 7 inch brace height. i draw slightly over 30 inchs about 30.5 ,and the pse is max out at 30. so from point a to point b. i feel it was not a wise buy. though the bow is awsome in tight places such as a ground blind and shoots very well {IF}i can pull off the shot with out even the slightest mistake in form ect .point being i want to do it right this time . i had never really give thought to the wrath but after your suggestion, i took a look at it. the specs look close to what i was wanting .which was a longer a2a and 8 inch brace height.while maintaining decent speed. i have never owned or been around double cam bows. so i am alittle slow to buy one .we have two bow shops here and neither one is really all that helpful. more take your money push you out the door deal.so tuning is a conern i have. i would be glad to hear any other suggestions or advice you may have . i am going to see if i can find a dealer close to north alabama that carrys the wrath. thanks again .

Edited by southernhunter (09/24/12 01:27 PM)

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#2955536 - 09/24/12 02:35 PM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: southernhunter]
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ASA shoots are a lot of fun. Trust me...there are good shooters in all of the classes, but most that I have met, are just regular Joes there to have fun. You'll run into the diehard serious gurus that look at you down their nose...but they are vastly outnumbered by the folks there just for fun. I was caught off guard by it myself...I was expecting more of a serious atmosphere...and I was dreading it because I can't stand the all serious guys. LOL they are in the amateur classes and put more pressure on themselves than the Pros who are shooting for a living and not just for a first place check of $300 or so like the amateur classes. Give one a go and you'll see. When you hear folks on "that level of competition" sending arrows bouncing off trees and some letting out war hoops when they shoot a 12...you see that most are there for fun.

At your long draw length you might be better off finding a bow longer than 33 inches A-A. When your draw length is in that 29-30+ inch range, having a short A-A bow causes your string angle to get really acute at the nock end...and can cause a bunch of headaches with accuracy. You would probably shoot a 35+ inch A-A bow a whole lot more accurate than you would the shorter ones with 7-8 inch brace heights. There's a lot in the geometry of a bow that makes or breaks it in accuracy...and it's all dependent on the frame/size of the shooter. The Mathews Z9 is popular with longer draw archers but is a short A-A bow...but it has a 9 inch brace height which lessens the string angle a bit at full draw...so it's sort of like having a longer A-A bow. I bet you could take a bow like an Elite Pure or Strother Moxie and shoot better than you've ever shot before just because the geometry would fit your draw length better; not making it as tedious to tune and to have perfect form.

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#2955599 - 09/24/12 03:15 PM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: Crow Terminator]
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I am looking at a 2007 bowtech commander, guy says its never been shot, it's 36 a2a , 7.5 brace height. 318 ibo. He is asking 370 , I have heard lots of good and very little bad , I just hate to spend the money on a 5 year old bow , you know much about the bowtech commander. I heard it was real popular with target shooters
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#2957306 - 09/25/12 06:37 PM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: southernhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: southernhunter
crow, i have been wanting to get into asa for some time but always felt i was not good enough. i started out in archery about 10 years ago and aint had much help along the way. point being i have made alot of mistakes. from shooting form to picking out bows .the last bow i bought was a pse xs , as you know its 28 inches a2a and 7 inch brace height. i draw slightly over 30 inchs about 30.5 ,and the pse is max out at 30. so from point a to point b. i feel it was not a wise buy. though the bow is awsome in tight places such as a ground blind and shoots very well {IF}i can pull off the shot with out even the slightest mistake in form ect .point being i want to do it right this time . i had never really give thought to the wrath but after your suggestion, i took a look at it. the specs look close to what i was wanting .which was a longer a2a and 8 inch brace height.while maintaining decent speed. i have never owned or been around double cam bows. so i am alittle slow to buy one .we have two bow shops here and neither one is really all that helpful. more take your money push you out the door deal.so tuning is a conern i have. i would be glad to hear any other suggestions or advice you may have . i am going to see if i can find a dealer close to north alabama that carrys the wrath. thanks again .

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#2958025 - 09/26/12 09:17 AM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: Bowdacious]
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Look at the Bear Anarchy also. I think it is 35.25" a2a and it shoots sweet at a blazing 343 ibo.

Sounded like a salesman huh? \:D


Edited by redheadshooter (09/26/12 09:17 AM)
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#2958454 - 09/26/12 03:48 PM Re: mathews mr8 [Re: redheadshooter]
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How long you been in sales red? (Lol). Thanks for the info I will check it out .
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