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Elite Archery – Elite Pure vs. Elite Pulse



I had a chance to stop by the Elite Archery booth while at the ATA Show this year and take a few shots with all of the bows in their 2011 lineup including the Pure and the Pulse. Elite is known for having fast, smooth bows that are easy to draw and they didn’t disappoint with this years lineup.

First up was the Elite Pure, a 36″ axle-to-axle bow with a 7″ brace height. With these two specs alone, I knew this would be a very forgiving hunting bow, but would it have the speed? Shooting between 326 fps to 330 fps the answer is a resounding YES!

I felt right at home picking up the Pure and wrapping my hand around the slim grip that Elite is known for. This really helps minimize any sort of torque your bow hand would put on the bow and helps you shoot more consistent.

The draw was easy and smooth with a steep valley into the wall – some people don’t care for this, but I really like the feel of it, especially for hunting situations. With over 80% let-off, once you’re at full draw you don’t have to worry about going anywhere. There is no fight in this bow and you can really hold it for comfortably for long periods of time – perfect for when you have to draw on a big buck quickly, but then have to wait for the shot. The down side to this is that it makes it more difficult to let down the bow once you’re at full draw if you decide not to take the shot. You’ll have to slowly ease up while feeling like nothing is happening and then all of a sudden the bow will let down fast – it sounds scary, but once you let the bow down a few times you’ll know what to expect and be able control it.

Both the Pulse and the Pure share the same cam – the EFX. The EFX cam is an incredibly smooth and fast cam with high let-off, making it ideal for hunting. The Pulse is slightly shorter than the Pure with a 34 1/4″ axle-to-axle length, a tad heavier at 4.3 pounds vs. 4.1 pounds for the Pure, and has a 1″ shorter brace height making this bow slightly less forgiving. Is the trade off worth it? That depends, do you like speed? If so, the Pulse will get your heart racing as it launches arrows over 340 fps.

One thing I like about the Elite bows that sometimes goes unnoticed is the flat riser shelf. This ensures that the riser shelf won’t interfere with any type of rest you put on this bow so you’re not limited by what works with the riser shelf.

Elite also partnered with Stokerized Stabilizers, one of the hottest stabilizers on the market, to effectively reduce vibration while at the same time balancing directional forces at full draw – it’s a deadly stabilizer.

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NAP Introduces the Killzone 2-blade Broadhead



One of the newest additions to New Archery Products’ (NAP) family of broadheads is the Killzone. The Killzone is a rear-deploying 2-blade broadhead with a 2″ cutting diameter. New technology allows both blades to open and work together in unison for increased reliability. Another advantage of this design is that it allows the broadhead to gain maximum penetration while avoiding any single blade deployment or deflection upon impact or during penetration of the cavity.

With no o-rings or rubber bands to hold the blades in place bowhunters don’t have to worry about the blades prematurely opening. The rear-deployment design is also the least restrictive when it comes to penetration which means it doesn’t rob much of the arrow’s energy upon impact. Two blades also require less energy to push through an animal than 3 or 4 blade broadheads.
The blades on the Killzone feature NAP’s Diamized blade technology which NAP claims is one of the sharpest blades in the industry. Another thing that bowhunters in states like New York will appreciate is that the blades on the Killzone fold back, so it is not a barbed broadhead and is legal in most states including states like New York where barbed broadheads are illegal.
The Killzone is a 100 grain broadhead and available in three models: Cut-On-Contact tip, Trophy Tip or Deep Six. Sold in a 3-pack, the Killzone also includes a practice head that is designed to be easily removed from your target and will not tear it up as the real broadhead would.
The Killzone is set to retail for $39.99. A 3-pack of replaceable blades and tips will also be available. The blades are easily replaced and come with blades, replacement screws and wrench. Practice heads are also sold separately and will be in a 1 pack for $9.99.

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Muzzy Introduces New DX-3 Broadhead



I’m really excited about Easton’s new Injexion arrows with the smallest diameter of any hunting arrow on the market (just .236 compared to .294 for a standard diameter carbon arrow). The smaller diameter arrow shaft allows for increased penetration and decreased wind drift. The smaller diameter arrow, however, required Easton to develop the Deep Six insert.

Deep Six inserts, which use a non-conventional thread pattern (40 threads per inch instead of 32 threads per inch), provide 25% more thread engagement to keep points secure inside the insert. Additionally, the inserts are made from stainless-steel instead of aluminum for a 25% increase in strength. It also means your standard broadheads won’t work with the new Deep Six inserts and only specially designed broadheads will work. One such broadhead is the new Muzzy DX-3.
I had a chance to stop by the Muzzy booth at the ATA Trade Show and get my hands on a DX-3. Speaking with the guys in the booth I learned just how painstaking of a process developing the new DX-3 was – moving 1/10 of a grain from one end of the broadhead to another while still maintaining the 100g final weight was no easy feat.
The DX-3 is in essence a modified MX-3 with a slightly thicker ferrule and a tapered end to meet the shaft diameter for less friction and drag during flight. The same .025″ blades found on the MX-3 are used on the new DX-3 which also has a cutting diameter of 1-1/4″.

The Muzzy DX-3, coupled with the Easton Deep Six System, produces less wind drag than other larger broadhead-arrow combinations, resulting in increased accuracy and deeper penetration. When the same amount of energy is concentrated in the smaller Deep Six/DX-3 package, the result is devastating. The DX-3 also fits Easton’s Axis and Full Metal Jacket with Deep Six inserts. The Muzzy DX-3 has an MSRP of $29.95.

I’m really looking forward to shooting the new DX-3 and comparing the penetration against a MX-3 on a standard shaft. I have a feeling there will be a very noticeable difference in penetration. Now I just need get my hands on some Easton Injexion shafts!

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2012 Bowtech Insanity CPX and CPXL released at the ATA Trade Show



Following on tradition, Bowtech once again unveiled it’s new flagship bow at this years ATA Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio.

Advertisements with the phrase “Contain the Insane” were showing up everywhere and fueled anticipation for the unveiling of Bowtech’s latest creation. At 9:00 am on January 10th it happened – the Bowtech Insanity was unveiled to an enthusiastic crowd on the showroom floor at the ATA Trade Show.

The Insanity comes in two versions, a 32″ model shooting 355 feet per second and a 35″ model shooting 340 feet per second.

Featured on the Insanity bows is Center Pivot Extreme Technology, which resists shooter induced torque for greater forgiveness and accuracy. The OverDrive Binary Cam System to eliminate cam lean issues and provide exceptional tuning to produce cleaner arrow flight for greater accuracy.

HardCore limbs boost efficiency for more speed without a harsh draw. On typical limbs, most of the bow’s energy is stored near the outside of the limb, while the core stores minimal energy and serves as little more than a spacer.

HardCore Limbs put the core to work, storing energy not only near the surfaces, but also inside the limb. By sharing the workload, stress is reduced, producing exceptional durability. The carbon core is also significantly lighter than other limb materials available today, which produces a tighter physical response for increased energy efficiency, less noise, and less vibration.

The FLX-Guard greatly reduces cable guard torque to produce better arrow flight and easier tuning for greater accuracy. As the archer draws back, the cable guard flexes inward absorbing the cable guard torque that would normally be transferred to the riser. This also reduces lateral nock travel which increases the tuneability, forgiveness and accuracy of the bow.

The Carbon Rod String Stop is made of carbon, an extremely strong material with vibration-dampening properties. It is positioned directly in line with the stabilizer to effectively transfer vibration from the string to the stabilizer. This optimizes bow balance and dissipates noise and vibration efficiently.

Both bows come standard in Mossy Oak Treestand. Alternative finishes include Mossy Oak Infinity, GORE Optifade Forest or Open Country, Realtree APG HD and BlackOps. Target colors AnoRock Onyx and Inferno area also available. All finished except Mossy Oak Treestand include black limbs.

The insanity CPXL has a longer axle-to-axle length for added stability and forgiveness, which makes it the perfect fit for archers with a draw length up to 32″. The Insanity CPX will have a suggested retail price of $999 and the CPXL will retail for $1,049.

I had a chance to shoot the Bowtech Insanity side by side with last year’s Invasion at the Bowtech shooting lane. Shooting the Insanity was exciting as the bow really put some heat behind the arrows as it sent them down range.

One thing that stood out to me when drawing the bow was the short valley. Upon releasing the arrow I felt a lingering vibration throughout the bow. However, this was a bare bow so some vibration is to be expected and a hunting rig outfitted with a stabilizer and other accessories should significantly decrease if not completely eliminate any vibration.

Another notable mention was the overall balance of the Insanity. When shooting last year’s Invasion, the bow slightly kicked back after the shot. The new design of the Bowtech Insanity makes the bow extremely well balanced and the Insanity remained steady even after the shot.

Overall, I think Bowtech did a good job with the Insanity and there were noticeable improvements over the Invasion, specifically in the overall balance of the bow. The bow was fast, the grip was slim and the bow was easy to keep on target. The valley was short, however, and I did have one draw where I let up a little while at full draw and the bow pulled me forward.

If you have a chance, take a trip to your local Bowtech dealer and shoot the Insanity to see what it’s all about.

Brace Height: 6″
Draw Weights: 50, 60, 70, 80
Draw Length: 25.5-30 inches
Axle to Axle: 32″
IBO/ATA Speed: 355 fps
Kinetic Energy: 98.0 ft.-lbs. at 70 lbs.
Effective Let-Off: approx 80%
MSRP: $999
Brace Height: 7″
Draw Weights: 50, 60, 70, 80
Draw Length: 27.5-32 inches
Axle to Axle: 35″
IBO/ATA Speed: 340 fps
Kinetic Energy: 89.9 ft.-lbs. at 70 lbs.
Effective Let-Off: approx 80%
MSRP: $1,049

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