I got my hands on my first Sniper LT of the year last night, and did a little tuning. I thought that I would post up what I think about the bow for those who are interested. I'm not going to go into as much detail on this review because a lot of the characteristics are consistent with the Knightmare, in which I did a fairly detailed review on already.
Finish- Much like every other Obsession bow that I have seen, the finish is flawless. Kudos to Kolorfusion as they seem to have it going on with their finish. This bow is done in Predator Camo, and looks fantastic.
Specs- The factory specs on this bow are:
I was a little disappointed with how the bow was shipped from the factory. The bow was shipped at the following specs:
Of course you can see the ata and bh were off by 3/8" and 1/4", but I'll clarify on the other specs a little better. This bow has 28" mods on it, but actually measured 28-1/2", which is the longest I have ever seen an Obsession come in. It is a 60-70 lbs bow, and came in at 71.8 lbs. I made up a 358 grain arrow, and shot it through the chrono at 308 fps. At 28.5" dl, 71.8 lbs dw, and only a d-loop on the string, that puts the IBO at about 323-324 fps. Well off of the rated IBO speed.
I am not one to really worry about exact factory spec when I am tuning a bow, but I do believe that any bow should come from the factory at factory spec. Otherwise the manufacturer should change the bows specs to match the way they are being shipped out. I'm not labeling Obsession saying that every Sniper is being shipped out like this one, as this is the only one that I have seen so far. I'm just posting on the bow that I currently have in hand.
Tuning- When the bow fell so short on IBO I talked to the owner about it, and told him that in order to get this bow in spec and hopefully hit IBO, that he would probably need a new set of strings. He decided to go for it and gave me the go ahead to see what we could do.
When I got finished tuning the bow it was at almost exactly 28" dl, pulling the same 71.8 lbs, and shot the same 358 grain IBO arrow at 312 fps. This speed is with a loaded string, and 1/2" shorter draw length. This puts the IBO at about 336 fps. Much better!! The owner of this bow (who will probably chime in lol) was present during the tuning process, and saw first hand the changes that were made, and the resulting speed gains. One thing to note here is that the BH is still at 6-3/4" after the tune. This bow is not a true 7" brace height bow.
The bow paper tuned at 13/16" from the riser which is right down the center, as have the other Obsessions that I have tuned this year.
Feel- The Sniper LT is a very well balanced bow. At the shot this bow is much like the other Obsessions, very quiet, and with very little hand shock. Although I will say that the 2013 bows seem to have a little more vibe at the shot than the 2012's did. I didn't weigh the bow, but it is noticeably lighter than the other bows I have in here right now.
I'll have to say that when I saw the bow's performance from the factory, I was disappointed. But after some tuning the bow did hit it's IBO and even felt much better on the draw. The part that I am still disappointed in is the fact that new strings have to be installed for the bow to do what it is supposed to do. Having to pay for new strings on a brand new bow isn't cool. I have emailed Dennis and Angela, and sent them plenty of pics of before and after but haven't heard back from them yet. I think that they should send a new AB string and cable set, built to the lengths that I have, so that the bow will be what it is supposed to be. I'm sure that Dennis and Angela will do whatever it takes to make the customer happy, as I have ZERO complaints so far with their customer service.
Overall, I think that the Sniper LT is an awesome hunting bow. I think that you would be extremely pleased having this bow in a tree stand or ground blind with you. I hope to see many more of these bows, and I hope that they come from the factory spec'd out correctly and hitting IBO. Obsession seems to have a really solid lineup again this year.