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    The Martin Bengal

    The Bengal Tiger is a ten foot long 500 pound silent killing machine. The Martin Bengal Compound Bow is a 32 inch ATA 4 pound silent killing machine. Either Bengal is a sinewy silent slick like oil on water shining in lethality machine. I usually shoot a monster machine known as the Martin Slayr (a 2004 edition). When the Bengal came out I was first in line saying ME! So you know how it applies to you my set up is as follows; draw length is 28 inches; draw weight is 58 pounds; I’m using a Copper John Dead Nuts Hunter 5 Pin, in Mossy oak; Copper John ScardyCat Pro drop away rest; a short X-Flite stabilizer; Carbon Express Eliminator 250 Hunter’s cut to 26 inches with 4 inch vanes; Carter release; and a peep.

    First of all this awesome predator bow shoots like the wind before a thunderstorm. When you draw this bow it will leave you smiling. It draws like smooth whiskey with none of the kick. The power is amazing. As I drew this bow the first time the arrow slid up into position and I brought and held it on target. As my mind watched the pin home in on the dot of my target I was surprised that the release occurred. I felt the swoosh of the string past my arm, but the bow was dead silent. Silent like the deadly predator it is….

    I was worried that I might spend several hours fiddling but I shot three ends and found it hitting right on the mark. I shot at 20 meters, and 30 meters for some idea of how steady it holds in my hands. My groupings at 20 meters cost me thee arrows the first few times around.


    After shooting separate dots for sighting in I had the infinite wisdom to shoot a group at 20 meters. Mama always said I like to play with fire. I shot six arrows into the bale and lost the fletching off one arrow. Just to make things interesting I shot another group (down to five arrows), and shattered the nock and took out the end of another arrow finally down to four arrows by the time I was done.


    I’ve been told this is supposed to be a bargain bow. It is a bargain. Let me tell you what kind of bargain. I’m scared to death of serving anything to the string so I took it down to my local Pro-Shop. Each of the pro’s walking around looked at it and said nice looking bow and asked if it was new. Thanks yes it is…. I’m the crazy guy with all the Martin bows. I started asking them what they though MSRP was on the bow. I got answers from $600 to $800 on first glance. Very interesting I was thinking to myself. They all came back for another look when I said MSRP was $399. Who’s crazy now?

    At the Pro-Shop I had them serve in the ScardyCat Pro rest draw string, and a new Peep. There were a few problems with the peep as the string would rotate substantially on draw. We figured it out and got it to work without a Peep Tube on the string and cable. When the Archery tech drew the Bengal back he let back down and looked at the bow. He drew it back again and then let down. I asked if anything was wrong and he just said “It draws really nice”.

    Talk about the big cat in the woods. The draw on this bow is buttery smooth. It draws back and snuggles into the valley like a kitten does to momma cat. It’s not until you release that you realize that you’ve got a tiger by the tail. The rest smacking down on the shelf is the loudest thing about this bow (note to self put some felt on the shelf). As you draw back the grip feels good pushing back into the bow hand. My form is not nearly perfect (hardly), and I anchor at three points (nose tip, jaw line with lower knuckle, ear nerve with upper knuckle) and bow hand relaxed. As I anchor and run my internal shot check list things settle in. The Bengal is substantially lighter than my Slayr and as I watch the pin settles and locks on the target spot. I would expect whistling and screaming banshees when I released but there is the smack of the rest into the shelf and a thud on the target.



    Quite a satisfying shooter to be sure.


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    Clap. clap, clap.

    Great post Selil, great review.
    Now if I can find where my Martin dealer moved to
    I can shoot 26", just send me yours to try out

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    Thumbs up Bengal Bargain Bow!

    Well, It is a bargain bow kind of! The price is great on the bow. They just make up for the price in arrows,knocks, fletching supplies, bag targets and so on!! HeHe! Seriously I think its one of the best bows out there hands down.

    BTW nice group there! Although if I were you I might think about the one arrow one dot system for pin sight in. It may save you some serious arrow money.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertyb
    Clap. clap, clap.

    Great post Selil, great review.
    Now if I can find where my Martin dealer moved to
    I can shoot 26", just send me yours to try out
    come on robert.....you can get reylamb to pick you one up in snowshoe and bring it home....just give him your order...i know that lancaster will be there....and i know they will have em in stock....tell em OBT sent ya and get the special discount
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    Quote Originally Posted by onebowtie
    ...tell em OBT sent ya and get the special discount
    Only $499....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmuley
    Only $499....
    EXACTLY.....i work on commission
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    You have a way with words selil. Great post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelc
    You have a way with words selil. Great post!

    The Bengal can make a poet out of anybody. I'm going to try it out on a 3d course next weekend if I can get the time... And some more arrows.

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    Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Selil
    The Bengal can make a poet out of anybody. I'm going to try it out on a 3d course next weekend if I can get the time... And some more arrows.
    Have you clocked it in a chrono yet?
    What is the finished weight of your arrows?

    I am (-) this close to buying one from Crackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmuley
    Only $499....

    His PM offered it at only $498.99 ( I am going to get a REAL DEAL)

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    Colorful way with words

    Looks like yours shoots like mine.
    Sure does make it easy to set your pins getting groups like that doesn't it?
    I'm thinking they made it $399 to make up for all the arrows it goes through.

    Wait until you shoot broadheads. Mine throws them just as accurately.

    I had a non-archer standing 12-15 feet off to the side and he said all he heard was the arrow flying and hitting the target.
    Granted this is AC season so the neighborhood is loud and our old ears aren't what they used to be, but still, as much speed as it kicks out it would be understandable to produce some noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RxBowhunter
    Have you clocked it in a chrono yet?
    What is the finished weight of your arrows?

    I am (-) this close to buying one from Crackers.

    Rx

    I don't have a chronograph yet and my hints to significant other have been ignored. I need to weigh the arrows since I refletched them. I'll do that in in the morning.

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    Here are my chrono readings. You should be able to figure out what poundage and arrow weight does from this. These are in line with another report.
    Problem is that we're both 29" so you can't figure out how much draw length does.
    http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=359821
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    Looks like my postal scale isn't going to work for weighing arrows. Any suggestions on a cheap scale for weighing arrows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selil
    Looks like my postal scale isn't going to work for weighing arrows. Any suggestions on a cheap scale for weighing arrows?
    Define cheap
    With a little creativity you could work something out to hold an arrow on this.
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...dexId=cat20067
    And that would be probably be better than this, http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...l&N=4887&Nty=1
    and you probably won't find any cheap powderscales cheaper than that.
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    Spend a little more and go with the RCBS rangemaster. Well worth the price difference.

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    pics

    any pics a full draw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selil
    Looks like my postal scale isn't going to work for weighing arrows. Any suggestions on a cheap scale for weighing arrows?
    I bought mine from user name Kioman or Koiman (sp?) He sells them in the classifieds fairly often. I think I paid about $30 shipped! Nice little scale.

    Thanks for the link MYK. I remember reading that thread before. Nice post.
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    Cool pic of the new Sam and very cool post. Your new bow is very easy handle and also very easy to break over the let-off I give you new Martin Bangel .

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    still waiting on mine.. 3 weeks now..

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    Modular bow...

    that is rivoted together...I'll pass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdlanders
    that is rivoted together...I'll pass...
    well, this thread went 21 posts before someone had to give an opinion with out facts..

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    Rivets? Where? I'm looking at it I don't see any. I see incredible craftsmanship, but rivets....??????

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    Modular bow...
    that is rivoted together...I'll pass...
    You mean what holds bridges and buildings together? Are you afraid of those too?
    How about that 3/16" pin that holds your cams on? How about that 5/16" bolt that holds your limbs on?

    We know it is a great bow right out of the gates. There is no way the bows could be this accurate if the connections weren't solid.
    I've shot it at over 70lbs. I shot it at 70lbs very close to 5gpp and it didn't make any more noise than when it was shooting over 7gpp. That's not the sign of poor connections.

    It's got the same warranty as all the other Martin bows.
    With Martin's warranty service it automatically has the test of time guaranteed one way or another.
    Even if there was something to worry about, the fact that it's a company like Martin removes those worries.
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    Never mind the fat man holding the bow

    Here's a picture of me shooting at full draw.
    Last edited by Selil; July 23rd, 2007 at 01:10 PM.

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