OMP MOUNTAIN MAN OZARK HUNTER LONGBOW 68''
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- Hard maple, Purple Heart, and walnut riser. Black fiberglass limbs with reinforced tips. Sleek handle and limb design that reduces hand shock after the shot.
- Dacron® string included. Fast Flight® string compatible. Size: 68".
- Suggested Brace Height: 6.5" - 7.5".
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Traditionally designed to combine high performance with a smooth draw, the Ozark Hunter longbow from OMP® features a sleek handle and limb design that reduces hand shock after the shot. The riser is constructed from hard maple, Purple Heart, and walnut, and the black fiberglass limbs include reinforced tips.
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I have had this bow for a week now, and I absolutely love it. I have three recurve bows - 24 lb, 32 lb and 45 lb - and I can shoot more accurately with this OMP longbow than any of the others. (I don't know why, that's just an observation.) I don't feel any "hand shock" when I release an arrow. The draw is very smooth. The bow is delightfully light and well balanced. The finish is satin, rather than the glossy finish on my older recurve bows, but it's still nice. The bow is NOT as pictured, however - - there is no purple heart wood. I wasn't troubled by this, but some might be.
All in all I would gladly buy this bow again.
Also OMP did their very best to please me with their product.
The bow however did not do it for me. The bow is pretty accurate, but gave me a terrible hand shock. I tried both a 35# and a 40# bow.
They both felt the same, however the finishing quality of the 35# was a lot better than the 40#. The look of the 40# was pretty bad actually and it was looking like a total different bow all together.
I finally returned them and bought a 35# Bear Montana bow, which is double the price, but the difference is day and night.
I have a fairly long draw length of 32".
Custom bows were beyond my budget, and for a while I was tempted to buy a Bear Montana, believing it to be the lowest US-made longbow. I was informed (misinformed- see comment below) that the Montana is an import, as are an increasing number of low-end and even mid-range bows (the Montana is in fact made in the US). That led me to consider the much cheaper Samick Red Stag, as I'd heard a lot of good things about their recurves. The Red Stags are in short supply, but then I read some positive reviews of the bows from OMP, which are supposedly from the same factories making the Samick bows. Given that, together with the fact that if I bought it from Amazon I knew I'd have no problem with returns if it turned out to be a dud, or defective, I ordered a 40lb Ozark Hunter . I picked that bow and weight because I'm 6'2" and I draw 30", which means the bow will pull 45# at my draw, and for almost all North American game there's really no need for a bow that pulls more than 40 or 45 lbs.
The bow arrived two days ago, and my first impression was that while it's not as nicely finished or detailed as a custom bow, it was very well made and very attractive. There are a few flaws- the carving of the grip could be smoother, for one. The tip reinforcements end rather abruptly, rather than being blended into the limbs as they were on my old Saxon. The finish doesn't completely fill the grain of the riser woods. But those issues are mostly cosmetic. I could add more finish, or reshape grip if necessary. For now, I decided to set it up and give it a good coat of wax for protection.
The bow comes without any rest, which is typical of factory bows. I had a Bear Traditional Hair Rest on hand, and so I installed that, inserting a 1/16" splinter of wood behind the rest to create a high point that corresponded with the high point of the shelf. This minimizes the contact of the arrow with the bow- something a good archer taught me many years ago. The string supplied with the bow was a fairly heavy Dacron one; I'd already ordered a more appropriate Flemish string after ordering the bow, but I was anxious to start testing, so I went with what I had. I added a few twists to the string, and using my bow square installed a nocking point 3/8" above center. I took the bow outdoors along with three arrows tipped with rubber blunts- you can't be too careful in the suburbs, and the blunts would prevent any misses from burying themselves in the grass. I placed my target backstop in front of some heavy brush, positioned myself ten yards away and let loose a few shafts.. and came away very favorably impressed with the performance of this bow.
All my arrows struck within a few inches of the center of the bull- granted, this was just ten yards, but the bow wasn't showing any nasty habits. This is a quiet, smooth shooting bow, too. No twang, no hand shock. Being a longbow, it's pretty tolerant of a less than perfect release, which is one reason I prefer longbows to recurves. I still have to do some serious tuning and bare shaft testing to do, but at 10 yard the arrows went where I was looking, without any noticeable porpoising or heading off one way or the other. I spent about half an hour shooting, mainly working on form (keep that elbow up!) and just enjoying the performance of this bow. Anyone looking to switch to longbow, or to take up traditional archery, could do a lot worse than to buy an OMB Ozark Hunter. It does require a bit of setup and tuning, like any bow, but based on my experience it's not at all fussy and does pretty well right out of the box, so long as you have the proper arrow spine and nocking point. Although I initially bought it thinking it would be a good way to get back into shooting a longbow while I saved up for a custom bow, I think I'll be keeping this bow for a while.