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Specialist, or Shadow Cat. Gonna shoot barebow fingers. Or any other suggestions and why? Thanks.
 

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Hoyt makes plenty of nice finger bows, you should try one of them also before you make your decision. Just a suggestion. I know a lot of guys like the Shadowcats on here though, I almost bought one, dont think I would have regretted it one bit from what I here about them.
 

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Depends on your Draw Length. I have not shot the Specialist, as I have a 30.5" DL and with it's ATA of around 37" I risk finger pinch a little too much. I am (or at least was) a Bowtech fan though, and shot Constitutions for quite a few years. Mine were always fast, accurate and reliable.

The Shadowcat is a nice bow, it seems to provoke quite a lot of discussion and I'm not really sure whey, as it is pretty ordinary in many respects. It holds well, is fast, accurate, reliable and with the Nitro 2.0 cams fitted, it is pretty easy to live with. I have two and like them both.

It is worth considering Hoyt, Mathews, PSE, Athens and Alpine too, they all have finger bows in the range. Then of course there is the classified section of AT......, to much choice :)
 

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Have a Shadow Cat on the way. Any setup tips. I will run 29.5 draw,60 lbs on it. It has the 1.5 cam.
 

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The only thing that seems to be a characteristic is that you may need to set the arrow rest up quite close to the riser. Both of mine are set this way and Don also has two set up the same.
 

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had a brigadier and sold it. bought a shadowcat. the shadowcat was quite a bit faster, more comfortable. just mho, but i like the SC better. i did have a limb problem which martin took care of, even though i wasn't the original owner.
 

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I would go with the Shadowcat between the two. I have had the opportunity to try a Alpine Concorde, and that is my next finger bow when my shoulder gets better.
 

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I just picked up an Alpine Concord and it is sweet! They are a great bow for the money!
Sounds great.

What about let off? Are you able to get to a more finger friendly percentage?
 

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This is from Alpine Archery:

The letoff comes from the factory at 75% but can be adjusted down to any holding weight you want by a simple adjustment to upper control harness. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at the factory and I will explain this to you. Thanks for the interest in our product.

I just recieved mine this week - got a great deal I could not pass up. I am really wanting to shot it but my shoulder is not ready:(
 

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It's good to see that reply.

When I asked the same question, just after the Concorde was launched, I was told let off was fixed at 80%. Looks like they've had a bit of a rethink since then.

I can always look after your bow until your ready. I'll keep it safe....promise.
 

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I am absolutely thrilled with how my Concorde shoots, even with the 75% letoff. I don't have much problem getting off the string. I am actually going to hunt with mine. It stilll has a little bit of twang upon release, but some string leaches should fix that.
 

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I have 3 shadow cats and love them. I highly recommend them.
 

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I shoot barebow and I find the hoyt ltd the top pick for me. If you are 28 dl and over I would go with the shadow cat the bowtech is to short ata Thats out of the 2 options you asked. If you are a shorter draw Go with the bowtech. One day I would love to get my hands on a barnsdale see how that goes. I am not really a barebow shooter these days but I still play with them time to time I did shoot barebow for 20 years. If your a string walker you will be doing your self a big faver going with the longer ata bows.
 
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