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  • Review: Prime STX 36

    For the last few months now I've been shooting a Prime STX 36 and thought I would give my views on this bow.
    Finish
    When I first saw these bows I was a bit underwhelmed with the design. It’s simple looking, not like the Hoyt HyperEdge or Mathews TRG. However in the hand I really like the design. The edges are smooth and everything is minimal. The pocket design is very straight forward but does the job. The edges nicely rounded. The top of the cage always grabs me too.


    I have the all black one. While I wanted the all white, this is the one I ended up with, and that’s fine by me. I’m coming to the realization that I prefer black bows. It’s a flat black but smooth. Not anodized (I assume paint or a film dip) but seems strong.



    No machine marks can be seen.
    The White is my favourite. The white limbs are fantastic!
    The blue (pictured below), red and purple are all really striking. Again seem to be a film dip.



    The limb finish seems durable as well with no marks as yet from my bow stand.

    Riser Design
    Last year I shot the Mathews Chill X and then Hoyt Pro Edge Elite. These were certainly two of my favourite bows. After a few months of shooting some other bows, which performed well, that I never got comfortable with I decided I wanted a 35-26” short riser bow again. The STX 36 geometry reminded me of my Chill X in how it felt in the hand but with a more traditional limb angle. Straight away it felt right.
    The shoot through is nice and wide so I can use 4” feathers on my X-Jammers no problem. It’s also got a nice shape around the grip which doesn’t dig into my hand.
    It has a low stabilizer mount which the bow seems to like.
    The hole for the bow sling is large enough to fit my sling through (my Victory wasn’t big enough)
    The Flexible cable guard is spot on. Doesn’t get in the way of the sight picture at all.



    Grip
    The grip is an integrated grip pretty standard these days. Its nicely rounded and very comfortable. Quite similar to the older Hoyt grips.



    Cam Design
    I’m going to say this could be the best cam I have used to work on.
    The Binary design keeps the cams in time without any hassles. Its just always right.
    The cable stops slide into position. So I got my draw length and holding weight right with one and then in the draw board moved the other into place. Perfect.
    Because of the sliding cable stops I have the holding weight spot on for what I like. The wall is solid but still a little give to keep the aim on target. (too hard a wall and it moves for me)
    Also has an optional limb stop for those that like that feel.
    Being a Prime the cams have their twin track system. The tracks are part of the same cam so they do not work independently of each other. What this does is keeps the string and cables all pulling down the same line. Combined with the flex guard and the shoot through riser there is no feeling of bow twist at all.



    Draw
    Love it. No humps or drops. Just easy to draw without any sudden difficult spots.

    Adjustment
    The Cam system is interesting in that you have 3 cam sizes and then modules.
    The modules are the same regardless of cam size (yay!) and if you change the cam size you also change the limb rockers and the string harness. This means that the strings and limbs stay the same (yay!)
    You will need a press to change the modules however and if you change modules the draw stops must be moved to have an effect.



    Release
    The bow is quiet to shoot. I have no limb dampers and no string stop on mine and it’s quiet to shoot. The bow doesn’t have a violent kick. Not parallel limb dead, there is still some feedback, but it’s not an pleasant.

    Speed
    Not a speed burner, but it’s not meant to be. With my 350 grain Maxima Blu RZ’s we chronoed it at 280fps (58lb 29”). So fast enough.

    Tuning
    Have not done much to it. I set the nocking point square and have done a walk-back for centreshot. Nothing else has been required. It’s shooting my 400 spine Maxima and CXL’s great and my 300 spine X-Jammers as well. Everything seems to work from this bow.

    Stabilizers
    I feel like I’m still getting this right. At the moment am using
    Front: 33” Doinker with 4oz (was 8oz but I dropped a weight by accident and it seems to be shooting better)
    Back: Low mounted 15” Doinker with 1” quick disconnect and 12oz
    Was using twice that weight until a few weeks ago but dropped it back due to lack of shooting.

    General thoughts
    I wish I had this bow last year when I was shooting a lot more. After November I have not been shooting mush so my shooting is a bit down lately which makes it a little hard to do the bow justice. However in that time I have shot some of my highest scores with it in only 8 weeks of having the bow.
    I shot a 298 24x Vegas with it in league a few weeks ago using CXL’s (8.8mm arrows) and a 298 22x with X-Jammers in league also. I’ve had some bad rounds too but that’s normal for me.
    I’m really liking this bow. I’ve been quite unsettled with my gear for a while but have been liking this setup a lot. It’s kept me from going back to my Chill X which has been a personal favorite for years

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  • #2
    I have the Mx version. It has really helped reducing the rotor cuff aggravation I used to get with the Specialist. It is much heavier though.

    As a matter of interest, how far us the centre of the rest from the button hole? And is the centre if the grip offset to the left from the string when viewed from the back?

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    • #3
      Like to see more detailed reviews like this on AF.
      Thanks Marcus.

      Damn nice bows, no gimmick nonsense. Always on my shortlist.
      Style before fashion

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      • #4
        I picked one up in the Purple a couple of weeks back from Marcus. This finish is second to none, it seems to be paint rather than film dip.
        I found the recommended centre-shot position a little too far our for my shooting, so bought it back about 1.5mm and she shoots sweet. I agree with Marcus on most of his points above and I too am still playing with stabilisation. Currently I have 3oz on 33" and 9oz on 12" mount low and about 10 degree out. I shoot the bow with the B cam and have been playing with different holding weights. I started with 54.5/17, and am now trialling 54.5/12.5. The 54.5/17 so far has shot the nicest, but its a pretty short valley, and I've had some creeping issues lately which don't really go well together. I like the idea that by simply changing the limb rockers out your can tweak the draw weight as well.
        Coming from a PEE, I wasn't really sold on the Hyper Edge and decided to start fresh, I tried a STX39 for a couple of weeks and loved it, but really wanted a shorter bow so ordered the 36. From order date to delivery was about 3 weeks which in my books for a new bow is outstanding.
        I give big props to this bow and it should definitely be on the to try list.
        Shoot X's

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
          Like to see more detailed reviews like this on AF.
          Thanks Marcus.

          Damn nice bows, no gimmick nonsense. Always on my shortlist.
          I agree with Ozzy good to see a honest help review on archery items ( even if I cant afford them)
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          1 The price you paid
          2 The price you told her you paid
          3 The you pay when she finds out the real price you paid

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          • #6

            As referred to earlier, everything is straight down the middle. The easier bow i've ever had to tune. I've been shooting it for field for the last few months as have by far exceeded my personal bests. I shot the STX 39's all of last season and being only a tad over 27 inch draw this appealled to me from a comfort and string angle perspective. I thought i would go back to my 39 for the indoor nats this year, however, after spending some time inside, this will be the bow i take.
            It took me a while to get the stabilisation right, i started with 30 and 12 inch bars around 8 and 22 ounces respectively mounted high and relatively straight back. To me this just became unsteady shooting angles, so i moved the bar low and shot it like this in Redding. It aimed well like this, but i felt some problems getting left/right grouping issues after playing with the flexis to get perfect arrow flight out of the bow. As if tightening it all the way down caused a little bit of torque against my natural grip. So for IFAA nationals i chucked on another bar. So weight at the moment is 5 ounces on the front, 8 on the sight side and 13 on the grip side, with it kicked out an extra 2 marks on the mount further than the other. This levelled out the torque i felt i was getting and took away the left/right variences.
            So far been a great bow to shoot and giving some excellent results. Get out and shoot this new breed of Prime Target bows!
            Carney Archery

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            • #7
              Are you guys running custom strings and if not how are the stock strings holding up ?.

              I must agree about the cams being super smooth, I have the 39 with a 30 inch draw and letting down is a breeze.
              I just picked up a perfection off the forum and while the cams also have no lumps or dumps it feels at least 5# heaver right through the draw.
              Kev

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              • #8
                I'm running the stock strings. I always like to on new bows I'm trying to see how they go. So far they seem quality.

                One nice thing is that Prime supply new strings for your bow every two years.
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                • #9
                  Review: Prime STX 36

                  I'm running the stock strings, on the Purple model they come in a two colour Flo Green/Purple with black servings. Exactly what I'd get a custom set made up in, so thats a bonus. They appear to be really well made. I like the idea of new strings every two, except I haven't ever had a bow that long
                  Last edited by vinnie; 29th June 2016, 01:20 PM.
                  Shoot X's

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                    • #11
                      Nice bow
                      My S7 crashed and I lost all my photos


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by vinnie View Post
                        My S7 crashed and I lost all my photos
                        http://www.androidcentral.com/things...s-sd-card-slot

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                        • #13
                          Review: Prime STX 36

                          Originally posted by Andy! View Post
                          Yep, had a 128GB card in and zilch. I might as well have thrown it over a bridge, same result
                          Shoot X's

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                          • #14
                            Bought the Rival a month or so ago. Best bow i have ever pulled back.



                            That back wall makes me moist.

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                            • #15



                              Here she is in all her glory at the range tonight. Played with the stabilization again tonight, now get 9oz out back a little tighter to the bow. Holds well


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