There is a couple things to think about. One is the redds system. The bumpers are the same one on the S5 and they seem to wear out quickly, if you have them try to keep a string width space between the string and the bumpers for longer life. I shot both the redds / S5 and the thetinker style with the 3/8 bow stoppers, I prefer thetinker style. I have over 200 shots on thetinker style and no noticeable wear. So if you would change there is money down the tube right there. If you know someone who machines you could easily have them made up. Mine were free
So all I had to buy was the rubber bumper and a 2 stainless set screws. A total of $12. I didn't care for the cheek piece either but you may. What I did find as a good cheekpiece was the better 1/2" black pipe insulation. If you put a piece of double sided tape on top of your stock the insulation holds fine. So that's another savings. From what I understand the serving wear is better on the 355 than the 380 but I do not have personal experience with that. Then onto the anti-dryfire scope mount. I feel its just another piece on the bow that can fail, my way of thinking. I have a shot sequence I follow all the time to make sure I don't have a dry fire but even if you would Im sure excal would take care of you.
automated11 wrote:Not sure about it but I heard that there might be issues with limb longevity by using the 380 without the redds.
I am happy with my Equinox for now, but I must say I have been thinking about a Matrix 380 Xtra. Now you made some very strong points for me.
I may want the Matrix 355 instead, since I don't want the The Guardian Anti-Dry Fire Scope Mount, Tact-Zone Scope, or the R.E.D.S. (Recoil Energy Dissipation System). My thought is if Excalibur didn't put these items on the Matrix 355 then its not needed. I also agree if someone takes these items off a Matrix 380 then they may be voiding Excalibur's warranty.
I would need a new camo dipped Deluxe Munch mount, cheek piece, because it is night and day for me for proper eye to scope alignment. I would also keep the 1 inch stock X-Tender since I defiantly need it for proper L.O.P. I would sell my Equinox with the Lite Munch mount, new Tact-Zone Scope and transfer my Leupold VX-I 2-7x33mm scope to the Matrix 335.
Are 18 inch Diablo arrows the same shafts used for 20 inch Firebolts, if so I would just cut mine down and add the weighted inserts?