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?? For Great Northern Shooters out there

Messages posted to thread:
charlee 10-Oct-18
1/2miledrag 10-Oct-18
paradocs 10-Oct-18
Barber 10-Oct-18
charlee 10-Oct-18
warchild 12-Oct-18
Orion 12-Oct-18
Jim 12-Oct-18
From: charlee
Date: 10-Oct-18

For the Great Northern shooters out there, Lil Creep, Critter Gitter, Bush bow ... Do you prefer THE JACK KNIFE system or regular one piece styles and WHY and if you've shot both do you notice any difference at all in the way they shoot or perform? I Just ordered a Lil Creep and am considering adding the Jack knife. Thanks in advance

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 10-Oct-18

I've had fireballs, bushbows, and critter gitters. Only one was a jacknife and I liked it the least. With my hand size, the bump was perfectly lined up with my middle finger, and going above it or below it was uncomfortable. That is my experience.

From: paradocs
Date: 10-Oct-18

I've had about 20 different GN bows over the years; started whittling down the herd 4-5 years ago. Now have 3; 2 identical Lil Creep flatbows and a Ghost. All have the Jackknife hinge, and doubt I'd ever have one without it. FWIW, I have a small hand, and the hinge fits perfectly between my middle and ring finger...almost a mini-locator.

From: Barber
Date: 10-Oct-18

The Great Northern bows I have or have owned have been one piece. I did get to shoot a jackknife two weekends ago. I couldn’t tell a difference. My next one will have that feature. But I shoot open / loose handed so the hinge I never noticed. My friend likes it because he said it gives him a locator grip like said above.

From: charlee
Date: 10-Oct-18

Thank you , excellent info...wish I had one to hold, and see how it fits before I do or don't take the $225 plunge.

From: warchild Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Oct-18

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I've had 6 Great Northern bows, 2 of them had the Jack Knife and I prefer it. The bump fits between my fingers perfectly and the take down system is perfect for travelling to shoots or hunts. This is my new Critter Gitter and I am already bummed that I didn't go with the jack knife. My son wanted Identical bows and talked me out of the jack knife.....shouldn't have listened. Great choice of bows, Great Northerns are the best!

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Oct-18

I've had a number of GNs over the years, a couple of Ghosts, but mostly Critter Gitters, the older ones that are 64 inches long. That's my favorite GN.

I find the 60- or 62-inch bows physically lighter than I like. I've had the jack-knife feature and could tell no difference in performance. Didn't particularly like it though. I prefer the limbs to remain rigid/straight when I unstring the bow.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Oct-18

If you travel to hunt, especially by plane, then you will like the jack knife feature. Oh and what was stated about the hump being between your fingers is true.

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