Axion Pulse vs Mathews QAD test

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  • April 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm #574788 Back to Top REPORT
    stealth1
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    I bought a Pulse rest  today and installed it on my Creed. Tuned it with VAP 400’s and it shoot perfect holes in paper. I used a meter to measure noises on five separate shots inside a quite room. I then removed and replaced it with the Mathews QAD rest and repeated the same test. The Axion was on average 3db louder than the Mathews. That may not sound like a lot but when I stood 10 yards away outdoors and let my son shoot each rest for me to listen with my own ears, it was very easy to hear the difference. The rest needs a side bar to make it lock into place similar to Mathews. Axion rest had no reference marks for windage or elevation and made it a little difficult to make minor adjustments during tuning, especially if you let it moves further than you anticipated.I used pencil marks to help me. The capture bar on top does not contain the arrow well .If you  bounce the arrow up and down, it falls out on the left side. ( say you were to snag a branch while maneuvering  for a shot and your arrow sprung back, That has happened to me!!) The Axion rest shot very well, just as good as the Mathews rest. Axion’s rest is a little bulkier than the Mathews rest but I really like the Lost camo on the Axion. There is  no felt in the Axion kit and I could hear the arrow drawing ever so slightly across the launcher arm. Overall it is a great rest but still needs a little work. I did really like the auto return feature. I will spend a little more time shooting it at 40 to 80 yards to see if it groups better a longer distances.
    April 21, 2013 at 10:01 am #574847 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
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    Good review/comparison. Thanks for the input. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

    I thought it was only the early Pulse’s released without windage and elevation adjustment increments marked? Maybe not so? Not having the marks on a dovetail slide is like a blind sow trying to find an acorn. Not good.

    For the price, a moleskin silencing kit would be a nice touch. Most rests come with it. However, I usually solve any noise issues with a gentle use of 0000 steel wool before resorting to the moleskin. I wonder if the 3db increase was a result of no moleskin silencing?

    April 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm #574856 Back to Top REPORT
    stealth1
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    I do not think so. it had more of a mechanical sound. I tried making it quieter by adding a monkey tail at the draw string point of attachment ,  but it did not help. If you hold the rest in your hand and jerk the launcher cord you can hear the metallic sound that it is giving off. They is a very distinct noise level difference between the two rest.
    April 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm #574887 Back to Top REPORT

    Rscmka

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    My axion is way quieter than any of my qad’sI can’t say that I have a decibel meter but the only problem I ever has with my qad’s were that there loud at shot.
    April 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm #574892 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
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    … the only problem I ever has with my qad’s were that there loud at shot.

    Interesting. I’ve never considered the QAD loud as long as it is setup properly so that it doesn’t hit the shelf. I’ve killed 4 Elk using a QAD and none ever gave any indication they heard it coming … 18 yds to 38 yds.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:36 am #574946 Back to Top REPORT
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    Bow Drawn

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    Great review and not many look at the noise comparison factor of fall away rest. So many guys retort that “it’s too late if the deer hears it go off” and that is bull. Most animals reaction time is much faster. Reducing sound to me is very important. Thanks.
    April 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm #575187 Back to Top REPORT

    Rscmka

    Joined: 4/21/2012
    Manually drop your qad and then the pulse. There’s no comparison.
    April 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm #575202 Back to Top REPORT
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    Manually drop your qad and then the pulse. There’s no comparison.

    Please fill me in with your opinion on the quieter rest?

    June 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm #580718 Back to Top REPORT

    blitzvogt

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    I have the QAD rest on 3 of my 5 bows. All are HD or HDX pro. I am really happy with the QAD rest however I was really interested in the Axion Pulse rest. I bought the Axion Pulse rest in early May. I installed the Axion rest on my Drenalin LD first. I tried to paper tune it in but the rest would not move far enough to the right without removing the capture bar. I removed the capture bar and the paper tuned with my golden arrow OK. Later I installed the Axion rest on the EZ7 with no problems. One thing about the rest I did notice was a real need to paper tune each arrow with the spine in the same place. This made a big difference in my grouping. With the arrow staying the rest longer, inconsistency of arrows will affect the shot. After a several hundred arrow shot, I tuned the rest to finally shoot as consist as my QAD rest. Overall the rest is ok. I would not recommend the rest to the average bow hunter.  The QAD rest is easier to tune with pretty much the same results. Buyer also beware that this rest will not work on every bow. As I said earlier it would not work on my Drenalin LD without removing the capture bar and barely fit on my EZ7. I am going to stick with my QAD rest and sell the Axion rest on ebay. If your interested in buying it you, will see it on ebay soon.
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