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    I have grown more and more interested in these bows lately, people winning in my area are shooting these, i understand thoroughly that its about the shooter, not so much the bow, but what im asking is anyone that owns one of the newer ones, the pro-3800 (last year) or the DS-3800 (new for 2011) what can you say about them? what did you gain from going to one, what are the benefits of this bow. I've been shooting an XLR8 for around a year, im trying the DS next week, just want peoples opinions.

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    my buddy has one and switched from bowtech to the darton 3800 and his scores has jumped quite a bit since the change.
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    darton bows look bad boys but might u can check out elite archery they have transfer warranty if u are buy a 350 fps used bow and u wont have a problem but i have been think about darton but warranty will not go to new onwer if someone buy a used 3800 well ELITE is in my mind right now..

    Darton have good look 3800 but i rather soild limbs way to go with ELITE

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    A guy won M.B.R. in the I.B.O. with a pro3800 last year saw it in the shooter of the year profile. But like you said it has a lot to do with who is shooting it.

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    Default I don't own one but..

    I have shot one.

    Very solid bow, held well without any extra help, smooth draw, nice feel at the shot, very quick.

    If I was in the market for a hunting or BHFS class bow it would be near the top of my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTClark View Post
    darton bows look bad boys but might u can check out elite archery they have transfer warranty if u are buy a 350 fps used bow and u wont have a problem but i have been think about darton but warranty will not go to new onwer if someone buy a used 3800 well ELITE is in my mind right now..

    Darton have good look 3800 but i rather soild limbs way to go with ELITE
    You might be one of the only people I have ever seen that continually makes that a concern or a factor in your purchase. I can count on ONE finger the # of times I have had to call a company (other then Martin) for a warranty issue in the past 14 years....and that bow was used and I still got a replacement limb and no the company wasn't one with a transferable warranty. Last year I wanted a new set of limbs for one of my Hoyts...they would could have been covered also (another used bow) but I wanted to change from 3000 to 2000 limbs so I paid for them.

    I'm not going to buy a lesser bow or one that I don't shoot as well or like as much as something else because I can get a transferable warranty....and I don't know many people that would either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown Hornet View Post
    You might be one of the only people I have ever seen that continually makes that a concern or a factor in your purchase. I can count on ONE finger the # of times I have had to call a company (other then Martin) for a warranty issue in the past 14 years....and that bow was used and I still got a replacement limb and no the company wasn't one with a transferable warranty. Last year I wanted a new set of limbs for one of my Hoyts...they would could have been covered also (another used bow) but I wanted to change from 3000 to 2000 limbs so I paid for them.

    I'm not going to buy a lesser bow or one that I don't shoot as well or like as much as something else because I can get a transferable warranty....and I don't know many people that would either.




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    I have to echo Hornet on this: transferable warranty is nice, but how often is it really needed? Seriously, I got my first bow 52 years ago, and in that time and all the bows since, I have needed to use the warranty ONE time. Elite bows are nice and shoot well, but so do most others.

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    If i buy a bow it's because its the best shooting bow for me, i went back to the XLR8 last year, dropping a shop and bow sponsor because i shot the monster better.....Greg poole has it right when he says he will not accept a bow sponsor, he shoots what he thinks is the best for him at that time.
    Thats the only reason im shooting the monster, i have 6 robinhoods in my 7 years of shooting, 5 of which are from the monster......you cant buy that kinda confidence, i will only switch to another bow if i truly shoot it better, and it just fits me.....i entertain the idea of new stuff all the time, but will only commit to the change if i benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgoss33@gmail.com View Post
    I have grown more and more interested in these bows lately, people winning in my area are shooting these, i understand thoroughly that its about the shooter, not so much the bow, but what im asking is anyone that owns one of the newer ones, the pro-3800 (last year) or the DS-3800 (new for 2011) what can you say about them? what did you gain from going to one, what are the benefits of this bow. I've been shooting an XLR8 for around a year, im trying the DS next week, just want peoples opinions.
    Have not shot the latest the 3800, but the 2010 Darton 3800 is a marvel of engineering. My only gripe is its brace height, it is 6" which is not a big deal for me, but somewhat limits the scope of re-sale market, because people have this notion of short BH bows are not forgiving. If I were Darton designers, I would move the BH to 6.75", and that would probably boost its popularity by a great margin.

    The new Bowtech bows we tried have issues with speed variation, same arrow shot three times gets speed reading varied by 2.8fps from one reading to the next, whereas, the 2010 Darton 3800 only has variance by 0.4fps!!

    Perhaps that is one of the contributing factors, JMO.
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    My 14 year old son just joined the Darton staff and purchased a Pro 2500 last fall. His score have went up by 15-20 points on 5 spot. He is shooting 57# at 318 FPS and average spot score is 295.

    My self the transferable warranty means nothing to me. Customer service is more important.I don't sell of my bows too often and when I do it is sold as a used bow. When you buy a used car ii is sold as used and don't normally carry a warranty.
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