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PSE Mach 34
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Contributors to this thread:
Scoot 15-Jan-24
Boreal 15-Jan-24
pav 15-Jan-24
Mo/Ark 15-Jan-24
Pop-r 15-Jan-24
Scoot 15-Jan-24
hybridbowman 17-Jan-24
midwest 18-Jan-24
hybridbowman 19-Jan-24
midwest 19-Jan-24
From: Scoot
15-Jan-24
Anyone shooting one? Thoughts? I really like the specs on this bow, but nobody near me has one in the store. I'm going to the Twin Cities in the next couple weeks and hoping to test drive one there, but haven't been able to yet. I'd love to hear thoughts on it from those who have shot one.

Also, can anyone tell me the difference between the Evolve cam and the EC2 cam? How do they differ in terms of draw cycle and performance?

From: Boreal
15-Jan-24

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I shot it at my local shop and ordered it in charcoal/elevated II with the EC2 cam. I brought it on an elk hunt in northern Idaho and the lightweight was a real pleasure in the mountains. From what I understand, the EC2 cam is basically an evolve cam that is widened to accommodate the EZ220 spacer system. I also have an Evoke 35 with the evolve cam and the draw and back wall is pretty much the same. I've hunted with it a bit this fall/winter and the carbon riser is really nice when the temps get cold.

From: pav
15-Jan-24
Hey Scott. My experience is with the 2023 model PSE Mach 34. My primary focus was finding a super smooth draw. Shot several bows last winter and the decision came down to the Hoyt RX7-Ultra and the PSE Mach 34 with the EC cam. At the time, PSE offered three cams for that bow E2, S2 and EC. The EC cam was by far the smoothest draw of the three. Unfortunately, I have not shot the EC2 cam...but I'm guessing by the name it is similar to the EC cam.

From: Mo/Ark
15-Jan-24
EC and EC2 are the same cam. As mentioned, just a different spacer system. Same great feel. I have the 34 I bought last Feb. Took it to alberta chasing moose all over creation. Was great to have the weight savings for sure. I hunted yesterday in -5 w/-22 wind chill. Drew on a coyote, who wouldnt stop unfortunately, but it sure was nice not grabbing that frozen hunk of aluminum. It wasnt warm, but it sure wasnt aluminum. It holds and shoots great for me.

From: Pop-r
15-Jan-24
You can tell the difference in the temp of it when it's -5?! I may have to have me one of those! Lmfao!!

From: Scoot
15-Jan-24
Pop-- actually yes, it's very different holding a metal vs carbon bow at cold temps. ... and yes, even at -5.

From: hybridbowman
17-Jan-24
I received mine by December 2023 EC2 cam 31” DL /70# (letter “c “on the DL mods) set at 80%let off Great bow with a smooth draw cycle and very steady and forgiving. It is an easy bow to shoot very accurately and light to carry all day. Bullet hole paper tuning was easy and fast and even didn’t t need any EZ shim shifting. S2 /E2 cam were significantly stiffer (30” max DL on S2) on the draw cycle and you need definitely practice to avoid the arrow jump at the end of draw cycle with these S2/E2 cams. Speed gain is around 10 fps faster. 2024 Mach 34 are EC2 cam only and let off 65-75%. Pretty sure I would love a 75% let off. Maybe they still can make it with 80-90 % let off on special order though. Really a great bow.

From: midwest
18-Jan-24
Surprised to see that letoff in the specs.

From: hybridbowman
19-Jan-24
Lower let off has 2 main advantages : it enhances the back tension at full draw as you need to pull more to keep the bow open on the wall and you will pull better through the shot at release (meaning you will produce a strong shot) and second it reduces what it ‘s call the lock time at release. Lock time is the tiny time between the moment you pull the trigger on your release and the moment the arrow leave the bow. The higher is the let off the longer is locking time and any movement during this time might affect accuracy. For my 50+ yards shooting I am significantly more accurate at 75 or 80% let off than 90% and pulling at full draw 14# over 7# at full draw on a 70 # bow is not a big deal. For hunting purpose and close range shooting there is no significant benefit for low let off though

From: midwest
19-Jan-24
I think most target archers have their bows set with lower letoff for the reasons mentioned. Just surprised to see it in a production hunting bow. Rare to see anything less than 80%.

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