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Author Topic: Factory Or Custom Made ???  (Read 968 times)

Offline Weekend Warrior

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Factory Or Custom Made ???
« on: March 22, 2007, 05:01:00 PM »
If you had a choice of a top of the line Martin  or a custom bow at 28 @ 50# ...At around the same price.

 Other wood choice....

 Would the custom bow any better shooting wise, or would it be just because it's custom made???

Which would you choose ???

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 05:05:00 PM »
I would rather buy a good used custom bow than a new production bow. I think you would get more for your money. If you buy a production bow and shoot it, you now have a used production bow. The used custom will retain its value better and you will also have a better bow.

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Offline James Wrenn

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 05:07:00 PM »
It would depend on who was building it. :)  There seems to be a custom bowyer in every other garage now days.  :)  Some are no where near building a bow as good as Martin builds.Others can build a good bow and dress it up for you.Custom does not in any way automaticaly mean better.jmo
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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007, 05:10:00 PM »
the custom bow made to fit you it will probably be worth more in the long run and they usually look nicer for the same price I know of bowyers making custom bows starting at 400 and I am sure ther are others that are cheaper than that...

also the new factory bows just dont have the feel of the older factory bows...
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Offline bowman_79

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2007, 05:11:00 PM »
You can get some really pretty custom made bows. For the price of a hatfield, you are probably limited on the fancy side. I have a hatfield and its been a great bow. It is factory made, but at the same time not really. If you wanted to spend $200 more, you can get some really good eye pleasers that are just as great at shooting. If money was an option, I would pick the hatfield, but thats coming from a martin owner.

Offline robslifts

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2007, 05:12:00 PM »
the custom bow made to fit you it will probably be worth more in the long run and they usually look nicer for the same price I know of bowyers making custom bows starting at 400 and I am sure ther are others that are cheaper than that...

also the new factory bows just dont have the feel of the older factory bows...
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Offline bentpole

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2007, 05:19:00 PM »
Weekend there's a Hornes one piece MT bow on the classifieds. the bow is 2 months old the seller has taken 325.00 off the original price this bow is the same length as a Martin Hunter model. If I were you I would check out this bow . If i didn't switch to hybrids I would buy this recurve. Just my 2 cents.

Offline Weekend Warrior

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2007, 05:25:00 PM »
I would really would love to shoot a hybrid bow.. I have been thinking about a hybrid...
 Ky Klassic is soon maybe I can try one out there...

Offline Golden Hawk

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2007, 06:00:00 PM »
As earlier stated. I'll take a good used custom over a new production bow any day!
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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2007, 06:30:00 PM »
I would go with the custom, there is a diff., sometimes a BIG diff. Alan

Offline Shawn Leonard

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2007, 06:40:00 PM »
I have to agree with James Wren, if ya do your research ya can buy a great custom, but a production bow can shoot and do shoot as well as most any custom out there. Performance wise there is little difference in a real good production bow and a real good custom, but ya can get more wood choices and limb options in a custom. Martin on the other hand will build ya a bow pretty much to your specs. if ya call them. Remember a lot of the bowyers out there use CNC machines, Morrison, Blacktail, Black Widow and lots more. Do what ya feel best doing, I myself would buy two nice used bows custom or production or one of each for what ya pay for one new bow! Shawn
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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2007, 07:27:00 PM »
i agree with Leroy a good used custom any day.
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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2007, 07:35:00 PM »
WW: Too bad about the weekends-only status. Not to worry. If you don't die young, you'll get old and have more than weekends to play with! There are two kinds of folks here in evidence among previous posts nad neither one necessarily more correct than the other including my own humble self; just different, to wit: Purely utilitarian "best bang for your bucks," versus "process over product." After 53 years of doing this, I just happen to be of the latter persuasaon, so I go with the "used custom over new factory, at about the same price" school. I mean, a really well-made bow, factory or custom will outlast all of our arm and shoulder muscles ... so who should care if a fellow archer has broke a bow in for us? Since most modern "traditional" bows are technically near-perfect, it comes down (to me at least) to aesthetical appreciation for the art of the bow, and an even more subtle desire to support the Ma and Pa bowyer who does it -- yes, for profit! but also on "spare" time because of pure love for the making and shooting and art or bowyery -- as opposed to purely for commercial reasons. You want "the best-shooting bow for your money," and we all like a new bow (new is always appealing, yes!) -- if that's your case, well, look around and go for it. Understood and no trubba. If you want, rather, a deeply soulful satisfaction, buy from Ma and Pa, new or used. I been there. Just bought a Thunderhorn and am tickled as a kid on Christmas eve. My 2 sents. Whatever. Have fun.

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2007, 08:11:00 AM »
In r/d longbows, I like the Martin Savannah. I didn't settle for it, I chose it.

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2007, 11:32:00 AM »
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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2007, 12:59:00 PM »
There is a reason that there are a lot of good custom bows for sale. They just keep being recycled from one owner to another. If you are a person that likes to buy "new" then Martin would be a good answer for you. But with their prices going up I would much rather get a well cared for custom bow. The fit and finish is going to  be superior, the design is great among most bowyers today, and you have more to choose from. Like most things it comes down to personal preference.   I never buy new trucks..I let others take the hit with depreciation.

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2007, 02:53:00 PM »
Hands down for me, a used custom bow that fits your style of shooting any day over factory bows.
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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2007, 03:24:00 PM »
Unless your figuring on buying a Rebel ($229) or an X200 ($289) I don't see how you could get a "better" bow cheaper going with a Martin.

I just looked up the prices on the 3Rivers sight (for referance)

Hunter - $449

Mamba - $449

Dreamcatcher - $619

Hatfield T/D - $699

Savannah longbow - $459

Bamboo Viper longbow - $669

You could get a REAL nice custom for $450 - $700

The only possible reason to go with a Martin is if you want/need a bow NOW!!!!! Still.....There are bowyers out there with only a 2-3 month wait.Also,I you would be interested in an "in stock" bow,most bowyers could probly send you one right away.

(Please do not take this the wrong way,Martin bows are VERY good quality bows.I just believe that they are WAY overpriced!!!!!)
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Offline throwit

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2007, 05:48:00 PM »
I say buy what you want.  If you dont care about showing off to the boys on the 3d course than any bow that fits you will do the job.  You could probably save some dollars buying factory made stuff. My self I like to show off my equipment. I say "if I cant shoot that great at least I look like I can".  I have a Fred bear mag 48 that kills for me no prob.  Just not an eye catcher.  I think if you really look at it all bows are factory made.  You phone x-bowyer and order x-model he makes it is still factory made no matter how much he "changes" for you.  Just different size factories!!

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Re: Factory Or Custom Made ???
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2007, 05:58:00 PM »
If you buy a custom bow, then your getting a bow built just for you,  right? If you buy a used custom bow form someone, you're getting a bow built for someone else,  right?  not much different than getting a bow built for anyone. Since the bow you're buying wasn't built for you.
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