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What rest for hunting?

Postby Hanes » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:59 am

Would like to get my nephew a new rest for his bow. He started bowhunting last year and is currently running a whisker biscuit.
Requirements: Must last him for a long time.
Reliable
Accurate(if that exists)
Options looked at from google research:
Limbdriver Pro V .
Hamskea Hybrid Hunter( very highly rated overseas). Bullet proof.
QAD HDX
Mainly for bowhunting, a bit of 3D on the side.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Philip Roets » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:31 am

Hanes, there is nothing wrong with a whisker biscuit. For hunting especially walk and stalk hunting they are great. There is a reason it is the most used rest in the USA. The bristles need to be replaced about every 2 years if you shoot a lot. Using it along with Blazer vanes far back on the arrow the rest helps to stabilize the arrow a bit as it blasts through the disk.

I have a WB on my kids' bow but they are to small to hunt with it yet. Personally i have a QAD HDX and wont replace it. They give excellent after sale service and the rest works really well even with walk and stalk hunting, just make sure the felt is in good nick to prevent arrow noise. My very heavy FMJ arrows tend to make a sound when the felt is warned out.

The others i have not shot personally but know the Limbdriver Pro is very highly rated.




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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby sPRINGHAAS » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:12 am

I use the QAD and I am very happy with it. And it is definitely accurate.

Had a Ripcord previously which was also a great performing rest, but the containment bent causing the rest to get stuck and not drop away... that cost me a nice gemsbok :(
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Guardian » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:27 am

First, what bow does your friend have?

The Limbdriver Pro V is a proven rest and works very well. It adjusts very easily and accurately, and keeps the arrow up the longest. I've been using them on all my bows the past few years although I prefer the Limbdriver with the forked steel tongue (not the V drop) because it is more accurate and absorbs some vibration from the arrow.

The QAD and Ripcord are both pretty good and have many happy customers. I had a Ripcord many years ago which served me well, but also cost me a nice kudu bull when the felt on the dropper got wet and my arrow squeaked when I drew. The kudu didn't wait to find out what caused the noise.

But in the end a whisker biscuit is also a very trusted and proven no-nonsense hunting rest.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Hanes » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:31 am

I was told the whisker biscuits don't tune well as it contacts the arrow and fletchings. So it cant be tuned as well as a drop away and more influenced by bad form. Told to me by a staff member at a bow shop.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Philip Roets » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:49 am

From personal experience, I do not agree with the guy who told you it cannot be tuned. The whisker biscuit is much cheaper than any of the other you are looking at, which will mean less commission to the staff member. He would want you to buy the most expensive one.

The only one i would change my QAD for is the Limbdriver, or consider changing I should say.





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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby SV MAD » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:03 am

Hi
Nothing wrong with whisker biscuits.

If you want to go a cheap, but still a good rest, way, you can consider the NAP quicktunes. Very nice etc. and not so expensive.

I have shot with one before, and got good results on a hunting setup.

Currently I have a Limbdriver micro elite on my hunting bow, and the spothogg rest on my target bow. Either way, as long as he has a rest, he is sorted.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Bernhardt » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:32 am

Hi Hanes

I just once shot a Whisker biscuit and liked it, but it makes sense that it will be more sensitive to form as it basically carries 90% of the arrow length (just not part that stick out infront of rest on full draw) in the shot. if you tend to move your hand before the arrow left the whiskers you will have an influence.

I bought a brand new NAP Nighthawk, 2 weeks ago for less than R1k. I am very pleased with the rest and have shot a 3" grouping at 80 yards with a new bow that I am not used to.

On my hunting bow I have an NAP Apache which is also a great rest, but more expensive. I had an Ultra rest and a limbsaver which is also great rests. I had issues with the limbsaver, but think it was a dud.

But value for money is the Nap nighthawk
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Guardian » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:41 am

Hanes wrote:I was told the whisker biscuits don't tune well as it contacts the arrow and fletchings. So it cant be tuned as well as a drop away and more influenced by bad form. Told to me by a staff member at a bow shop.
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I agree with Philip and SV Mad on the Whisker Biscuit being a fine rest and tuneable.
The fact that the full length of the arrow gets supported by the rest during the shot, does not really affect the arrow more if your from is bad. When the fletches pass through the bristles of the rest, it actually pulls the arrow straight and causes it to stabilise quicker compared to a drop away rest where only the resistance of the air on the fletches will stabilise the arrow after a while.

NAP has always made very good products for more than 30 years. The NAP Nighthawk looks like a very nice capture drop away rest at a good price. If you want a drop away rest and can get one, it seems like a good buy.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Eraser » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:54 pm

I use the Pro V for the last 3 years and can not fault it.

At a time I looked at the Hamskea rests and still think if you have the money it will be a rest for life.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Volmaan » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:49 am

Short and sweet from personal experience:

Pro-V : Great rest,earlier ones were noisy but the new ones are quiet.Very accurate.The rest V-arm tends to break on some after many shots.Not a fully self contained rest
Hamskea Hybrid Pro: Built like a tank and accurate,fairly quiet.Not indestructible though-the hard plastic on my blade broke off at the tip after about a 1000 shots but was easy to replace with a new one.
QAD: Owned two where the cocking lock mechanism stopped functioning after a while.
Ripcord: Had 2 Code Red's fail but they fixed the problem.Currently has one on my Reign 7 and so far no problem.Fully self contained on cocking and very quiet
Trohy Taker Smackdown Pro: Excellent rest and bullet proof.

Only real drawbacks I have heard or had on Whisker Biscuits is you loose speed (very little) and they are a bit heavy on vanes especially some designs but otherwise they work well
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby Pietiebun » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:46 am

I have a truglo carbon xs drop away rest on my bow and it works very well. Can get it for under a R1000. For me its money well spent.
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Re: What rest for hunting?

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:25 am

I have to agree with Volmaan, the trophy taker is bullet proof in either smackdown or pronghorn.
I personally use the NAP Apache, have it on two bows, both 4 years in the running and zero problems.

Any mechanical rest with moving parts will require a little cleaning now and again against dust and grit, just a point to remember if you W&S a lot.
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