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Old September 22nd, 2018, 05:02 PM #1
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Playing with the Kodiak Magnum

I've been fussing with the '69 K-Mag I got a couple weeks ago trying to find an arrow it likes and get used to it. Gotta say, these short, light bows sure are twitchy. I finally settled on 30.25" Beman Centershot 500s with 50g inserts and 85g tips.

I noticed with this bow, I developed an almost immediate flinch expecting it to somehow bite me. Couldn't say why. I did catch my arm just above my guard a couple times but nothing to justify my reaction.

I finally settled down today and got it together, which made shooting it a lot more fun. I'm used to my Bear Takedown, which is 8" longer, so a good bit smoother. But the KMag is by no means hard to draw. It's just SO much lighter in the hand that, combined with its short length, any little twitch or mistake in my form or release is immediately apparent. This is NOT a forgiving bow. But when I finally did my part it was a fun little bow.

This was my last group today. I stopped as soon as I saw it. I figured I should stop with a good one when my confidence was up. It's only 10 yards, but not bad.



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Old September 22nd, 2018, 05:46 PM #2
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Old September 22nd, 2018, 08:06 PM #3
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Those shorties are difficult to shoot. Much more difficult than a long bow.
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Great bow and nice shooting! When I started bowhunting that was the bow to have.
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Those shorties are difficult to shoot. Much more difficult than a long bow.
You're not kidding. Really takes some getting used to. It'll probably be more like my "plinking" bow, as well as hunting bow if I ever get time to get back into it. The TD will always be my main squeeze, I suspect.

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Nice shooting! I've been playing with a '65 Bear Grizzly. It is less forgiving than my Black Widow PSA, but the short length and 43# limbs sure make it easy to handle. Considering how light and short these old Bears are, they are surprisingly smooth and shoot hard.
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I think beyond the obvious differences in length and weight-in-hand, the biggest thing that stands out to me between the Kmag and TD is the grip. I know earlier versions of the TD have a beefier grip, but my 2018 TD has a really thin one. The grip on the KMag is really thick. Neither is bad, but the difference is pretty huge.

I have to be a but more conscientious to get my hand on the TD just right. The thin grip gives lots more options but few feel right. The Kmag pretty much only gives me one way to hold. It's bug enough it pretty much fills my whole hand and there's not much room for alternative grips without it being REALLY wrong. So I guess that's one good thing about such an otherwise twitchy bow; at least the grip isn't hard to figure out.

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