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#3280484 - 07/02/13 09:40 AM Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme
Jarred525
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Well, I have joined the Matthews ranks for the first time and acquired a Z7 extreme. Thought I would come to the "experts" \:\) and ask advice on setup. The only thing the bow has on it is a QAD rest. Here are the things I would love your input on what I should go with:

Rest - Stick with QAD?
Should I go with Focus Grip?
Stabilizer?
Sight? Considering IQ
Arrows?
Broadheads? Considering 100 grain Ramcats after positive experience with them last year.

Any other input/lessons learned are appreciated. Thanks!

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#3280485 - 07/02/13 09:41 AM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: Jarred525]
Jarred525
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I should add 28.5 inch draw, 65 lb draw weight.
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#3280488 - 07/02/13 09:48 AM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: Jarred525]
UTGrad
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Rest: QAD is a good rest
Grip: I had a Focus grip on my Mathews but either will work fine.
Stabilizer: B Stinger stabilizers are a good choice. I like my stabilizer to extend past the riser and limb pockets.
Sight: Black Gold sights have the brightest pins and are rock solid.
Arrows: Gold Tip Prohunters or XT
Broadheads: Grim Reaper, Slick Trick, Muzzy, Magnus, etc

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#3280588 - 07/02/13 11:40 AM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: UTGrad]
TNDeerGuy
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Whatever you do make sure it is setup and timed correctly, that is the most common error I see on Mathews, and it is so simple I just don't understand why I see, and have to correct, so many out of time from these dealers.

Rest: I am very partial to the Ripcord Code Red...it is easy to install, tune and it has a great track record.

Grip: I shoot better with the Focus grip due to the size of my hand—I have a tendency to torque the fat walnut Mathews grips. Do you change or not, depends on the size of your hand and do you torque with that big grip or not.

Stabilizer: I use a $20 4.5" Limbsaver S-coil on my Reezen and my brother has the same thing on his Z7—there is no need in a longer stabilizer than that, as Mathews are already top heavy and there is no sense in adding to that, and as much vibration and noise dampening as Mathews already as you are not going to achieve much more dampening than what is already there—truth be known, mine is on there to anchor my bow sling. \:\)

Sight: Personal preference...I like Extreme Raptor 4-pin sights, but Black Gold makes a good sight as well.

Arrows: Admittedly, I am partial to Easton because they are reasonably priced, hit like hammers and offer the widest range of spine deflections. The problem with Gold Tip is they have very limited offerings for stiffer spines. Your ideal spine is going to be around .3100-.3200 and Easton will be your best bet. The Gold Tip offerings are the lighter weight arrows. I would use the Easton Carbon Aftermath 300, if it was my setup.

Broadheads: Personal preference, but there is not a single mechanical I will recommend to anyone, because off the loss of energy and the risk of failure because of moving parts. These are the broadheads I recommend: G5 Striker, Slick Tricks, Muzzy MX-4 or MX-3 and Magnus.

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#3280602 - 07/02/13 11:58 AM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: TNDeerGuy]
Jarred525
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Great input, keep it coming. One thing I forgot to ask about is quiver? Thanks.
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#3280603 - 07/02/13 11:59 AM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: TNDeerGuy]
DKO77
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x2 on alot of TNDEERGUY's advice
--Ripcord /QAD- very good rests
--Cheap lightweight stabilizer, limbsaver or truglo deadenator
--No need for the focus grip, just whatever fits better
--Sight is your preference, I personally wouldn't use the IQ because as stated before I would rather concentrate on the deer than looking at retina and leveling bubbles, just practice good shooting form and you should be fine for most hunting situations
--Also depending on price Truglo and Apex have some good sights, and if you want to bump up the price (and quality), Spotthogg or BlackGold.
-- Arrows, I would also go with Eastons, I always shot the ST Epics which i don't even know if they make any more. Also, if you can get them , Carbon Impact makes a very good arrow, I shot the same arrows for years.
-- Broadheads , I'm a fan of the Ramcats too, them bad boys just look wicked , fly spot on with field tips and cut a mean hole. All a matter of preference because I know people don't like bent blades which will happen but hey , to each his own. Good luck this year and hope this helped a bit.(Keep us Updated)

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#3280617 - 07/02/13 12:16 PM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: DKO77]
TNDeerGuy
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qwik-ee quiver.....cheap and you'll be taking it off as soon as you get in the stand anyway—better archery things to spend money on than a quiver.
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#3280746 - 07/02/13 02:59 PM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Just a note a stabilizer doesn't "stabilize" unless it puts the weight out away from the bow. A short stabilizer like the Sims S Coil does not stabilize because the limb pockets are further from the riser than the stabilizer itself. Short stabilizers can dampen some hand vibe if there is any but are not true stabilizers until they extend out beyond the bow.
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#3280768 - 07/02/13 03:22 PM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: UTGrad]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
Just a note a stabilizer doesn't "stabilize" unless it puts the weight out away from the bow. A short stabilizer like the Sims S Coil does not stabilize because the limb pockets are further from the riser than the stabilizer itself. Short stabilizers can dampen some hand vibe if there is any but are not true stabilizers until they extend out beyond the bow.


Incorrect....
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#3280771 - 07/02/13 03:27 PM Re: Help Me Setup My Z7 Extreme [Re: UTGrad]
fasteddie
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Ripcord and QAD are both great. I have had a couple issued with the newer QADs since January but if its older than that you are fine. I am very partial to Spot Hogg sights. They are a tad pricy but the best sights I have ever had. I Really like the new Easton Bloodline shafts that replaced the Epic and if you want a .001 arrow the Easton Hexx is hard to beat also.
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