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August 2, 2011
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By Shane Chuning

I was pretty impressed upon firstglance at this bow. It basically is a single cam Destroyer at a good price point with the same reflexed riser and nice clean lines in appearance. Fit and finish was top notch with no noticeable machining marks and camo pattern was flawless as well. The overall balance is slightly top heavy but not to the point of being awkward. Coming in at 3.95 lbs puts it right there at the middle of the pack in the weight category making it a well rounded overall bow for all your hunting situations. After looking it over I went right into my arrow selection and overall tuning process.

The Diamond Dead Eye specs are as follows IBO speed is 343 fps, let-off at 80%, Draw Length 26”-30”, Draw Weight 50, 60 and 70lbs, Brace Height 6 1/8” and Axle to Axle length at 32”. The bow I tested was at 70 lbs and set in the 29” draw position. Actual measured draw was a ½” long so true measured draw came in at 29 1/2 inches. Peak weight was at 72 lbs and holding weight 20 lbs which is about 5 lbs over the stated 80% let-off. I used the new Gold Tip Kinetic XT’s in the 300 spine with overall arrow weight right at 433 grains.

The tuning process went very well and I had it shooting bullet holes through paper in about 3 shots. I also did a walk back tune to verify my center shot and confirm proper grip position for this particular bow. I have found the reflexed risers very touchy when it comes to proper grip. Once you get them down it’s not a problem and that’s where paper tuning comes in. It will show you grip flaws for each and every bow you shoot. Centershot came in right at 13/16 of an inch with nock height at 1/8” nock high. I shot two separate arrows through the chronograph. The first was the Gold Tip Kinetic XT 300 weighing 433 grains with chrono speeds in three consecutive shots coming in at 293 fps. The second arrow I shot was a Easton A/C/C in a 340 spine weighing 400 grains at 305 fps. In these specs the 300 spine selection would be your best option.

The overall feel upon shooting the Diamond Dead Eye was fairly shock free with very little vibration. Draw cycle was a little stiff at the 72lbs which I generally shoot every year. I found it to be fairly smooth for a speed bow throughout most of the draw cycle. My biggest complaint would be the hard rollover at the end of the draw cycle just before you get to your wall which is very solid for a single cam.

To sum it up this bow has a lot to offer at a good price point and I would not hesitate to take this out in the field this year. If you’re in the market for a new bow this year the Diamond Dead Eye is worth taking a look at.

August 2, 2011
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It's a good looking bow, and quite fast for a single cam. As you said the price point is more reasonable than the destroyer. I think I would consider the hard rollover at the end of the draw cycle a drawback.

August 2, 2011
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NIce to see more bow write-ups on here. Thanks!

August 2, 2011
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Yes, it does sound like a really good bow.  I've always liked the ones with a single cam.

August 2, 2011
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All the talk about bows in the forum has gotten me interested in archery, even though rifles are still my main interest – I think I'm going to check this one out.

August 2, 2011
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i know, I shot a bow as a boy and got my son into it as well.  I was thinking of getting a hand crossbow too just for shooting inthe city limits or the garage for some target practice heh

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August 2, 2011
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Very cool sounding bow.  I was in SW the other day at the archery counter and the sales guy was telling me about this bow.  I cant wait to see it in person.  They did not have one in stock that day.  Im headed there shortely so maybe today.  CH buy a bow and practice you wont be sad or disapointed.  I shoot almost weekly in my backyard and it doesnt cost a dime once the initial price is over.

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August 2, 2011
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Very well written article sounds like a good bow other than the rollover at the end of the draw cycle but would still be nice to get one

August 3, 2011
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i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?

August 3, 2011
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THanks for the great review Shane. That is a real nice looking bow. Wonder what is wieghs fully equipped. THat's quite a stabalizer on there. Is that stock?

August 4, 2011
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chrisj42 said:

i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?


I haven't shot it, but those who have tell me it is fairly dead in the hand thanks to the included stabilizer.

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August 4, 2011
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The bow sounds great. If I had one my husband and I could bow hunt together.

August 6, 2011
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chrisj42 said:

i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?

All bows will have some sort of felt recoil to some and then again not to others. Some of us grip a bow likes a pistol and by doing so you will get more of the felt recoil or vibration. With the proper grip most of your bows today are very friendly on recoil and vibration due to limb geometry. The more your limbs are parrallel the less you will feel recoil and vibration. Due to the energy upon release transfered up and down on your parrellel limb bows. Your older bows the energy was tranfered in a outward motion giving you the noticable recoil upon the shot. 


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yotebooter said:

THanks for the great review Shane. That is a real nice looking bow. Wonder what is wieghs fully equipped. THat's quite a stabalizer on there. Is that stock?


 

Your welcome,

I never weighed it fully equipped but maybe thats something I can add in feature articles. As for the stabilizer yes it is stock and I feel anything under 8″ really has little benefit for what a stabilizer should do. Which is hold steadier on target and reduce recoil/vibration. A lot of us became accustome to those little 4 and 6″ stabs that really had very little benefit. I encourage you to try out the different stabilizer length at Sportsmans Warehouse or a Archery Pro Shop. Pay attention to your pin movement when you shoot with a short stab verses a longer one you will be surprised and I bet you will see the benefits. One of the better stabs out there right now is a Stokerized stabilizer. I would like to see Sportsmans carry these in the feature.

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paul said:

It's a good looking bow, and quite fast for a single cam. As you said the price point is more reasonable than the destroyer. I think I would consider the hard rollover at the end of the draw cycle a drawback.

Yes it is a draw back but with increased speed that usually happens. I shoot so many different bows and in most cases your muscles will get accustome to just about any draw cycle out there. It then just comes down to personal preference. 


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Great information Shane your expertise is greatly appriciated!Smile

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ontarget7 said:

chrisj42 said:

i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?

All bows will have some sort of felt recoil to some and then again not to others. Some of us grip a bow likes a pistol and by doing so you will get more of the felt recoil or vibration. With the proper grip most of your bows today are very friendly on recoil and vibration due to limb geometry. The more your limbs are parrallel the less you will feel recoil and vibration. Due to the energy upon release transfered up and down on your parrellel limb bows. Your older bows the energy was tranfered in a outward motion giving you the noticable recoil upon the shot. 



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chrisj42 said:

i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?

All bows will have some sort of felt recoil to some and then again not to others. Some of us grip a bow likes a pistol and by doing so you will get more of the felt recoil or vibration. With the proper grip most of your bows today are very friendly on recoil and vibration due to limb geometry. The more your limbs are parrallel the less you will feel recoil and vibration. Due to the energy upon release transfered up and down on your parrellel limb bows. Your older bows the energy was tranfered in a outward motion giving you the noticable recoil upon the shot. 



I recently realized that keeping it very level makes a huge difference.  However my last comp shoot on the last 2 targets of the second round were way off with some sort of crazy sound.  is this due to me getting too laxed and not stabilizing my bow? (Do you think and sorry if you feel I got off topic)
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I cant stress form enough.  I took a new bow shooter out yesterday and improved his shooting tremondously.  I am by no means an expert but have learned the value of your form.  My friend was complaining about groupings all over the target.  I watched him shoot and realized that he was gripping the bow to tight and not bending his arm enough.  As soon as he changed his grip and arm angle he started to rub arrows out to 30 yards.  When we started he was lucky to get a 8 inch group at 20.  A level bow with correct grip and arm angle should solve some of your issues.  As far as the sound did you look at your arrows, sounds like they maybe damaged.

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August 10, 2011
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chrisj42 said:

 ontarget7 said:

chrisj42 said:

i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?

All bows will have some sort of felt recoil to some and then again not to others. Some of us grip a bow likes a pistol and by doing so you will get more of the felt recoil or vibration. With the proper grip most of your bows today are very friendly on recoil and vibration due to limb geometry. The more your limbs are parrallel the less you will feel recoil and vibration. Due to the energy upon release transfered up and down on your parrellel limb bows. Your older bows the energy was tranfered in a outward motion giving you the noticable recoil upon the shot. 



ontarget7 said:
 

chrisj42 said:

i think the look of the bow is nice and I like the write up.  How much, if any, recoil does the bow have?

All bows will have some sort of felt recoil to some and then again not to others. Some of us grip a bow likes a pistol and by doing so you will get more of the felt recoil or vibration. With the proper grip most of your bows today are very friendly on recoil and vibration due to limb geometry. The more your limbs are parrallel the less you will feel recoil and vibration. Due to the energy upon release transfered up and down on your parrellel limb bows. Your older bows the energy was tranfered in a outward motion giving you the noticable recoil upon the shot. 



I recently realized that keeping it very level makes a huge difference.  However my last comp shoot on the last 2 targets of the second round were way off with some sort of crazy sound.  is this due to me getting too laxed and not stabilizing my bow? (Do you think and sorry if you feel I got off topic)
 

Having a good sight with a 2nd and 3rd axis does make all the difference in the world specially on your farther shots. Along with uphill and downhill angled shots its a must. As for the noise. What bow are you shooting? Something might be coming loose. There is a lot of force that goes into every shot and it is a safe practice to always look over everthing on a regular basis including your arrows.


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I am thinking after this season it might be time for me to start looking at getting a new bow. The hardest part is there are so many great bows it will be hard to choose

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sounds like an awsome bow I shoot a bowtech right now and next summer I think I am going to start looking for a new bow sounds like it would be a nice one to have. I started bow hunting 2 years ago and it has became my favorite thing to do I cant wait for the hunt on saturday.

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300wsm said:

I am thinking after this season it might be time for me to start looking at getting a new bow. The hardest part is there are so many great bows it will be hard to choose


Hopefully you have some good shops in your area that will let you try out different bows. Trying to decide which bow you want is a fun problem to have.
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