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Z7 Reveiw

Alright now this reveiw is a little fuzzy. One of my archery buddies is a mathews fan (well im sorry for him) anyway he bought a brandnew Z7 for he younger brother for his wedding present (I thought this was very nice). At the batchler party and after few drinks??? he thought it would be a good idea to give him his present (wrong) His brother was so happy when he looked at his New Z7 that he would like to draw it back (not such a good idea) He pulled it back and dry fired it !!! after only putting his hands on it for all of 60 seconds. All the vibration dampners flew off it and the string cut one of the cams pretty deep and screaded the string, this is all the visual damage that can be seen. So we told him today to call Mathews and tell them what happend and they said hes not the first idiot to do this and the damage that happend was common to dryfireing the Z7.They are going to send him all new parts for no charge but he has to pay to have it put back together, I thought Mathews was fare for doing this. Now i seen a mathews DXT dryfired and it cam unstrung and tossed all the dempners off it, that was the only damage.
What if your in the back country and accidently do this, your hunt is done! I feel much better packing a Hoyt, a much tuffer bow for abuse, go to hoyts website and check out the abuse they afflick on them and with the 1500 dryfires
Theres still no excuse for being a dumb a*s and dryfiring you bow no matter what brand it is!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Z7 Reveiw

The first thing that I was taught about shooting a bow over 45 years ago is that you do not dry fire them period. It is always interesting watching somebody that has no clue of what he is doing draw a bow back and wonder how he is going to let the tension off of it without dry firing it.

It is nice that Mathews stepped up to the plate when it wasn't their problem and fix it for him. That is one more company that knows what the meaning of customer service is.

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I love my Z7. It is a great bow that feels good and shoots great.

Criticizing a bow because it was dry fired is like criticizing a car because it was run without oil.

I can't imagine any reason that a bow would be dry fired in the back country. Just don't draw it without an arrow.

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CVC i've seen the Z7 in action, no dout it a fine piece of equiptment. Its attractive, smooth, lite and fast , even faster than the maxxis, But not as tuff, this was the point i was making.
Sometimes in the backcountry when hunting in heavy thick scurbery the leaves, twigs, vines, get cought between the cam and string when draging your bow thru the brush, it just happens, its apart of the persuit end of chasing elk in the forest. Some times you have to draw your bow back a few times to get the debrie out and aline everything back up into its normal posision.
As tecnology advances one day all bows will be able to be dryfired without damage and for now hoyt is leading the way.

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Well my friends brother got his Z7 repaired and brought it over to shoot with us, as i watch him fire some arrows i ask to try it out. I shot a couple arrows at 30yds to see if i could use his pin set-up and it was fine, so i went back to 60yds and launched 4 arrows with broadheads and stacked them together cutting some fletches off a arrow already in the target. His bow is very smooth and quiet. The only thing i noticed was it was top heavy, what i mean is it wanted to fall forward when you held it in front of your self, He will need quite abit of weight on his stablizer to ballance it out. Has any body felt this? But when you draw it back its not as noticable, other than that his bow shoots lasers. I was wondering about the red color on the cams and bow, it sure looks good but this could be visable to a turkey? Oh well its to late for this spring season overhere.

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Love my Z7 and killed a turkey with it these year. My first turkey with a bow. It was a 90 yard running shot, almost dark........

Nah, it was about a 15 yard shot from a blind. Turkey never knew what hit him.

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