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    Posted: July/17/2012 at 22:41

 

Last year was my first bow hunting season and all I can say is WOW, I love it! I absolutely love everything about bowhunting.  I could go on and on but that's not why I started this topic. Last year, when it was time to purchase a release I got overwhelmed!  There were alot of options. Ultimately, I ended up with a Scott's Shark release.  I was just wondering what do you guys use?  
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There are tons of good ones available these days, and it's really hard to recommend one because archers have different shooting styles.

For bowhunting, I like the "hook" style, open jaw releases designed for string loops.  They are easy and fast to load, if you get a short one with not much distance between the trigger and the hook, they don't require shortening up your bow's draw length like some releases with long heads can.  They also release the string cleanly and with little friction because of the way the hook pivots when the release is triggered and because of this, they don't wear out string loops very rapidly.  I use the Carter LockJaw 2000, and have used it ever since I bought it in 2000, but that release hasn't been available in years.  There are several releases of this style made today that I'm sure will work just as well, however.  Since I haven't been shopping for a new release in a long time, I don't keep up with the different brand names of those currently available.  But, since string loops are the dominant nocking style these days, releases with hook type connection designs make the most sense to me for hunting releases.  I shoot with back tension, holding hard against the "wall" and pulling through the shot.  I don't trigger the release by punching or squeezing my index finger; I lay my finger over the release trigger and slowly increase back tension until it triggers the release.  This gives me a surprise release, improves my accuracy, and helps prevent target panic setting in.

For target, I use a Zenith back tension release.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DCAMM94 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July/18/2012 at 08:51
+1 on the open jaw release. I love my Carter "like mike". My backup is a carter "two shot". I also like the Scott sabertooth, but IMO, it's not in the same league as my Carter's.
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scott, I have no idea of the model. Its just fit me.
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Ted, you may like Timney's new hook release.
 
Timney Triggers Archery Hook Trigger Timney Triggers Archery Hook Trigger
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I use True Fire double caliper setup now but I like the TRU T handle.  Thinking about picking one of these up.


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That's awesome guys. Yeah, I didn't even hear about other brands like carter, etc until I got different catalogs from various archery supply companies.  The two major brands that I can remember were tru-ball and scotts. Both seemed to well made but the scotts just "fit" me better.
 
I have been reading up on the back tension releases. I think it will help me.
 
 
Thanks for the responses and keep them coming.  
 
 
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Velly intellesting! 

I wasn't aware that Timney had entered into the archery realm!
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Neither did I... I will definitely check into it!
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I have never been able to get comfy with a back tension releases in a tournament or hunting.


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I don't use a back tension release for hunting, because I may have to take a hurried shot.  However, I still shoot conventional trigger releases with back tension to avoid punching the trigger.  I just hook my index finger over the release trigger without squeezing it, keep it in that position, and pull against the bow's "wall" until the release fires.  Even in hunting situations, I can do this rapidly and deliberately and still not punch the trigger.  I had to battle through a target panic problem a few years ago, and learning to shoot with back tension was the cure.  Sooner or later, unless you have super-human mind control, you're gonna have problems with target panic to some degree if you command trigger your release.  Almost all archers face it if they shoot long enough.  It happens because your mind is trying to focus on two things at once -- aim and command the trigger.  Then, when your sight pin is hovering over the target, your mind is thinking "NOW!", as it crosses the spot, and you start punching the trigger without focusing on all the other things you need to be doing to ensure good form.  This then leads to torquing the bow, dropping your bow arm, suddenly tightening your grip, and other problems.  Aiming then becomes secondary.  Learning to shoot with back tension will improve your accuracy, because you're no longer thinking about triggering the release, so your mind is free to concentrate on aiming alone.  This gives you a surprise release and prevents you from doing all sorts of weird twitches with your muscles when anticipating the shot. 

Shooting a back tension release and shooting with back tension is difficult to learn at first.  I had a tough time with it.  Luckily, I got coaching from a pro archer.  Believe me, it may be a PITA to get used to, but it's worth your time to learn to shoot with back tension.  It will take you to another plateau in archery that you will not be able to get to consistently by index finger triggering your release.  All the top professional target archers use back tension -- even if they aren't using a back tension release -- for that reason.  Once you master back tension, believe me, you'll never go back to any other method; I promise you.
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Thanks RD for that wonderful explanation!  Excellent

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I use a trufire hardcore. I've also used trufire edge. both very nice hunting releases. for target I have a Stan Quattro
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Scott caliper release. The old larger square bodied type I can't remember the model.  It's so old it has a buckle without Velcro. The strap is a little ragged and the holes that the buckle hooks into are a little stretched out but I've used it for the best part of 30 years with no issues.
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jst bought my first release. tru fire edge. hope it does well!
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I use a TRUBALL Stinger or a Hardcore.
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I use a Scott trigger release that is comfy and built to last, not sure of the name of it but it is leather with lots of padding and a buckle. I know some would scoff at a buckle but it just feels more secure to me over velcro.
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