I shoot traditional bows and a Mathews Drenalin LD, but really enjoy shooting my old PSE Laser Magnum (49" axle-axle) and American Archery Cheetah (47" axle-axle) set to about 50# each. I have heard some horror stories about the swaged end cables on older compounds and have some questions - all pertaining to non-hunting use:
1. If there is no visible cable slippage out of the swaged end and the cable appears in good condition otherwise, do I have reason to be concerned about a failure due to age (such as possible dissimilar metal reaction between steel stranding and the swaged end material)? Have there been many failures of the old swaged cables? Did any of them occur in cables of apparently good condition?
2. If I want to shoot a non-swaged cable compound and desire it to shoot like those I mentioned (easy draw, significant holding force for finger release, and maybe....no "wall") where do I look? It looks like a Mathews soft 60% cam in a Conquest or a Hoyt Vantage would be good candidates. What else should I be looking at?
Obviously the longer the better for finger shooting. If I don't want the "wall", can I get a cam (or set the bow) to a draw length longer than I need, and then use a consistent anchor point (as in trad) and get the same feel as my old round wheel compounds? I understand that the valley varies from cam to cam and I want the draw to feel as close as possible to that of the round wheels.
I have some shoulder issues and have to stick to 35-40# trad or 50# with 50% release in my old compounds. My 60# Mathews Drenalin LD is not now entirely comfortable for my shoulder for repetitive shooting.
Thanks ahead of time for your assistance,