Mission Buckmasters Review
Editors' reviewMission archery teamed up with Jackie Bushman and Buckmasters to create a bow with hunting in mind. The Buckmasters bow features a relatively short axel-to-axel measurement at 31inches, combined with a forgiving 7.5-inch brace height and 80% let off. The roller guard and walnut grip give added features that are rarely seen on a bow this affordable. The Buckmasters bow continues the Mission Archery goal of providing quality hunting bows at an affordable price.
FinishThe Buckmaster is available in Advantage Max-4 camo only. The Mission line has offered this camo option on all of their bows since the start of their production. The pattern is added to the bow in a dipping process and the final product looks great. The wood grip with the laser imprinted buckmasters logo adds to the overall pleasing look of the bow. Mission has truly lived up to industry standards in terms of a flawless pattern showing no imperfections whatsoever.
RiserThe CNC machined riser has designed block-like cutouts and the Buckmasters logo giving the bow a distinct look. These cutouts are placed in strategic places to cut down on extra weight while leaving the riser sturdy and able to handle shot after shot. The front of the riser features a front mounting stabilizer hole for those shooters looking to add a counter weight or vibration-dampening stabilizer as well. The Buckmasters bow is the only bow in the 2009 Mission line with a roller guard (the other models sport a cable slide). Mission engineers feel the roller guard offers less friction ultimately allowing more energy to be transferred to the arrow instead of the cable guard.
GripThe Buckmasters bow features a walnut grip with a laser engraved Buckmasters logo which really adds some great cosmetic features many other bow do not provide. For those shooters who prefer a larger grip, the buckmasters bow will be a perfect fit. Just like the rest of the Mission line, the grip is a bit on the bulky side for many shooters. However, those who prefer the thicker grip will find the walnut grip to be a great addition.
Limbs and Limb PocketsThe Buckmasters bow features a solid limb made of a fiberglass composite. Withstanding the test of durability and industry standards for strength, the Mission limbs are sure to stand up to any typical conditions a shooter can put them through. A great thing about the limbs is their large range of poundage options designed to fit almost every shooter. Buckmasters limbs can go as low as 40 pounds and are offered in 10-pound increments all the way up to 80-pound maximum limbs. The Buckmasters bow is one of the industries few bows that offer 80 pound max limbs. The Advantage Max-4 limbs connect to the riser in a plastic composite limb pocket. The limb pocket is black in color and operates in a way that allows only the limb to move while coming to full draw. At full draw, the bow limbs rest in a parallel position.
Eccentric SystemLike other Mission and Mathews bows, a perimeter weighted single cam capable of reaching IBO speeds of 316 fps powers the buckmasters model. With half-inch draw increments from 25 inches to 30 inches, almost every shooter should be able to fit the Buckmasters bow. The worst part about this cam system comes with changing the draw length. If for some reason a shooter decides to change the draw length, a new cam needs to be purchased from an authorized Mission dealer. With that being said, the cams are relatively inexpensive in comparison to other bows equipped with a cam specific draw length.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThe draw force curve is very nice when drawing the Mission Buckmasters bow. Capped off with an 80% let off, shooters will be holding very little weight upon full draw. Much of the weight is at the beginning of the draw, meaning the initial start of the draw cycle is the toughest. The closer you get to full draw, the easier it is to pull. All changes in the draw cycle are characteristically smooth of a single cam bow with no noticeable humps in the draw cycle either. When holding the bow at full draw, the rig feels very stable and well balanced. The back wall is very solid with no creep forward. Most shooters find the buckmasters draw very shootable and smooth overall.
Adding to the Buckmasters shootability is its extremely forgiving 7.5-inch brace height. Combined with the more friction efficient roller guard and parallel limb design, the buckmasters is very user-friendly.