Buckmaster G2 Review
Written by Jon Nystrom
I do a review about a bow I always scratch my head as to how to
start. The reason is because I am not technical minded when it comes
to bows. I have seen many articles on kinetic energy, arrow flight
and speed to name a few. When looking for a new bow its not because
I need one. Something has to catch my eye for me to be interested.
In this case it was an article written about the Buckmasters G2
(this article is reprinted at the bottom of this review). North
American Archery Group has an assortment of bows to choose from
including the Buckmasters G2. Now this article talked about all
the things a technical bowhunter wants to hear.
The grip is
solid, smooth and comfortable to hold. The
red striped limb savors are built right into the bow. The riser
is taller allowing for a bigger sight window. The camoed limbs are
stiffer making the return rate faster. The cam technology is one
of my favorites to talk about. If I ordered the wrong length or
my arms someday shrink all I have to do is replace a little hardware
and the bow is ready for a shorter or longer draw length. This bow
is lightening fast and is quieter than most bows in its category.
and quietness are what matter to me. I had to make a few adjustments
to make it quieter. Not because the bow needed it I suspect. I have
been told I am a little vein when it comes to making my bow quiet.
I have shot my fair share of bows. The grip on this bow fits like
a glove and the bow is light but powerful. 300 ft per second is
not out of the question depending on draw weight and poundage. The
ultimate test for me is performance and endurance. I hunted with
this bow in all kinds of weather. Snow, sleet, mountains or rain
can't stop it. When I transported it through an airline it came
out shooting straight as can be. The true testament to me is how
does it perform in the field. I carried this bow for up to eight
miles a day everyday for 6 days. Sometimes I forgot I was even carrying
it. After all the rain, bumps and bruises the bow performed magnificantly.
Here is a picture of a moose I harvested with the Buckmaster G2.
The picture speaks a million words as to how I feel about this bow.
Give the Buckmasters G2 a look. You won't be sorry. It is one of
the finest bows you will find on the market.
Buckmaster G2 for helping me harvest this Bull Moose.
By Staff Writer
Mike Mccombie - ArcheryWorld.com
We're not sure
how many of you remember the first Buckmasters bow that was introduced
but there was a lot of hype and a lean mean marketing machine behind
it's introduction to the market. It didn't take long before the
"buzz" caught on and reached a fevered roar. The Buckmasters
bow became the hottest selling product in the industry. A reasonably
priced bow with a ton of features typically seen on much more expensive
equipment sent the message home to archers, good price, high quality,
good value. There was one major problem for archery shop owners
and the manufacturer, no one made any money selling the bow! True,
the bow was priced to sell and sell they did but the margins just
weren't there. As a business proposition the original Buckmasters
was a big mistake but as a piece of ground breaking archery equipment
it was outstanding!
Enter the new
Buckmasters G-2! Recently Joe White, VP of Sales and Marketing of
the North American Archery Group asked ArcheryWorld.com if we wanted
to "Test and Tune" a new mid year product from Buckmasters,
a member of the NAAG group of archery companies. Mid year product
launches are rare as it is but even more rare is a nearly complete
new product. Usually a mid year product launch is a knock off of
another bow in the product line with some cosmetic changes. While
you could argue the point with the new G-2, there's no denying there
are enough differences that we all decided it was in fact a radically
Senior Editor and Feature Writer, Bob Peck said Joe White at the
North American Archery Group was sending me a Buckmasters G2 bow
for Test & Tune I gotta honestly tell you, I wasn't really excited.
Don't get me wrong, I have a dream job here at ArcheryWorld.com
a lot of folks would die for. I test all manner of new equipment
and tell my fellow archers what I think from a technical perspective.
I'm looking to cut through some or all of the manufacturer's BS
and tell y'all like it really, truly is. Not a bad gig. I hadn't
seen or heard anything about the Buckmasters new G2. I figured,
"ho hum" just another short axle hunting bow. I've seen
some of the older Buckmasters and they were an alright hunting bow.
To be kind, the old Buckmasters bows were not exactly what I'd call
a high performance hunting bow. To top it all off I had just finished
the review on the Parker Ultra 31 the week before I was sure that
nothing could compete with it in the short axle bow class. That
Ultra-Lite 31 absolutely rocked! I loved it! Well, I was wrong!
I fell out of love fast.
The G2 (second
generation) Buckmasters arrived tucked under the arm of the UPS
guy. Plastered all over the box was a macho face painted mean looking
dude. Hmmm, what's up with the attitude? Maybe it will be cool to
review a mid price bow for the "average Joe hunter". I
removed the G2 from its package. After a close inspection of the
G2, I immediately reminisced about how much this G-2 looked like
the Epic Extreme which we liked so much. I pulled the Epic off the
rack and compared the two. I noticed some similarities but I also
noticed many differences, many of which were for the better. This
is where it gets interesting. I'm thinking mid-year knock off but
no, not really.
of the bow is great and at 31" axle to axle this looks to be
a killer treestand bow. For those interested in how we characterized
the "look" well Like the mean dude plastered all
over the box this bow looks like it has an "attitude"
and sex appeal at the same time. The craftsmanship and engineering
that went into the G2 is obvious at first glance. We know Mike Derris
and some of the boys who are responsible for the design work and
they've clearly done a fine job.
One of the first
things you'll probably notice is the red striped Sims limb savers
that is built right into the riser. While this particular limb saver
is commercially available off the shelf from Sims, there is no doubt
the red anodizing is a custom deal for the G-2 and there is absolutely
no denying this second generation limb saver technology does an
outstanding job of just eating up vibration and recoil. We'll talk
more about that later.
All holes are
free of machining debris and camo dip thus ensuring there will be
no problems when it comes time to bolt on your accessories. We have
found that some manufacturers have problems with the dipping process
and there are clearly visible seams that result. Not so with the
G-2. They've done an outstanding job in this regard. The grip is
a beautifully laminated and checkered with G2 laser engraved into
its right side. The riser and limbs are dipped in Realtree hardwoods
camo pattern, which does an excellent job of breaking up the bow.
The fully machined perimeter weighted onecam and idler wheel were
free of machining burrs and finished in flat black anodizing so
there will be no chance of a glare spooking your game.
The G2 riser is similar to it's cousin the Epic Extreme but with
several very important differences. The fully machined aluminum
G2 riser is actually longer than the Epic but the overall bow length
is shorter. We found it interesting to note that the G2 riser has
a taller sight window giving the archer a better view of his quarry.
The sight holes are standard AMO as well as the rest holes. By the
way there are two holes. The riser houses an offset cable guard
rod to ensure fletching clearance on even the largest vanes. The
most noticeable feature on the G2 riser is the new built in Sims
next generation limb savers. These built in limb savers do an amazing
job of stopping almost all of the felt vibration when firing ultra
light arrows and are tucked neatly out of the way inside the riser
At the each
end of the riser you'll find machined aluminum limb pockets, also
fully equipped with Sims limb saver material assuring that the limbs
never come in contact with any aluminum. A minimum amount of limb
vibration reaches the riser. The Buckmasters collaboration with
Sims on this G-2 product has clearly paid off in a big way.
The limbs on the G2 are Buckmasters compression molded carbon air
quad limbs also dipped in Realtree hardwoods camo pattern. These
limbs are about inch and a quarter shorter than the limbs on the
Epic making them a little stiffer and thus making the return rate
faster as well. If everything I know about bows holds true, this
little bow should be a rocket!
The cam on the G2 is a Buckmasters Perimeter Weighted Onecam with
75% let-off (65% let-off is available). The Cam appears to be the
same cam on the Epic Extreme, but the upper idler wheel is slightly
larger. This cam does a great job at producing speed on the Epic
so it's reuse on the the G2 is no exception. The only difference
is the G2 is faster by about by 9-10 fps. Also a nice feature found
on the G2's Perimeter Weighted Onecam that you don't see on many
of today's compound bows, is a draw adjustment. This will allow
the user to "fine tune" his/her draw length. This is a
great feature since most of us don't draw exactly 28 or 29 inches.
This is always the best part of testing bows, at least for me it
is. The G2 is not only a short bow but this thing is packed with
more performance than bows price much higher. I must say when I
first fired the G2 it seemed ok not much hand shock and the arrow
seemed pretty fast. Then I put the bow on the scale and found out
the bow was set at 70lbs and I thought, wait a minute, my arrow
only weighs 300grs. This is bad, very bad, because I just shot the
bow at under five grains per pound which is not only bad for the
bow but can be very dangerous. Trust me. I did not plan this accident.
Sometimes great discoveries just seem to happen. Take dry firing
a bow by accident to find out that someone did an excellent job
of figuring out how to absorb vibration and noise. Shooting the
G2 at this extreme was that kind of discovery. I didn't notice much
vibration and the bow was still quieter than most of today's modern
compounds. Wow! I'm thinking the G-2 is amazing and I haven't even
put it through it's paces! By the way for you techies out there
that care, it shot 324 fps @ 29" 70lb draw which is 4.285grs
per pound. Please remember! ArcheryWorld.com or Buckmasters DO NOT
approve of or condone shooting any bow below 5grs per pound. It
was a careless mistake that could have turned ugly but it didn't
and we learned something very valuable.
After the big
discovery I start to get excited about reviewing the G2. After changing
the draw module to the 30" module reduced my draw weight and
grabbed my 540gr arrow. At AMO specs of 30" draw, 60lb draw
weight and a 540gr arrow the G2 repeatedly shot 241fps. After turning
the draw weight up to 70lbs it was time for the IBO test. This time
firing a 5gr per pound arrow through the chronograph the G2 shot
311fps and repeatedly 310fps. I was impressed since Buckmasters
only advertised 309 fps. In this day of over inflating speeds to
make sales and a truckload of buzzwords and techno hooey, it's refreshing
to see a company advertise exact specs! When your product is this
fast, I guess there's no reason to lie to make it seem like it's
faster than it is. O.K I know what you're going to say: "There's
fast and inaccurate and then there's fast and pinpoint. Which one
Like you, we
wanted to know if all that speed is controllable. We used our Hooter
Shooter shooting machine donated to ArcheryWorld.com by our good
friend Tina Johnson at Spot Hogg. The G2 shot a respectable group
of roughly 2 inches at thirty yards. Not being happy with the results
I removed the G2 and did a little tuning work and reinstalled it
in the Hooter Shooter. This time the results were much better. The
G2 consistently slammed arrows together at thirty yards. It doesn't
get much more accurate than that unless you're tubing arrows. Even
off the hand, the G2 was extremely accurate and easy to control
with almost no hand shock.
In most cases "you get what you pay for", But in the case
of the G2 you get a whole lot more for your hard earned money. Like
the old Buckmasters that burst onto the scene a few years back,
the G2 packs the performance and accuracy of a bow priced much higher
and in some cases packs even more than these bows.
The G2 has the
all the right engineering and vibration dampening to make this an
excellent target bow or an awesome hunting bow. We are completely
confident the G-2 could do either task with ease. The fact that
Buckmasters is dead on when it comes to their specs is another unexpected
bonus. If you really stop and think about it, why would you want
to do business with a company that lies to you to get you to buy
I couldn't find
any visual or functional flaws with the G2 and the manufacturer
was so honest in their advertising specs I gave the G2 a 5 star
rating. I would recommend this product to anyone at nearly any level
of proficiency. I guess it comes down to is whether or not you want
a bow that will do what it says it will do, or a bow that won't
come close to doing what it's advertised to do, but everyone else
is shooting it. Our sincere congratulations to all the people at
Buckmasters on a job well done!