I am Vad, and I am currently living in NZ.
I always enjoy watching your tests on youtube and your writing on the spearboard. Great insights into guns handling and components choice.
I plan to buy a second gun to accompany my BTOB125 on the tropical trips and I would like both guns to share same 7-7.5 x 1600 shafts.
I currently own Pathos 120 carbon and considering an upgrade to either through 130 barrel or purchasing a new gun, the BT Lycan Carbon 120. Based on your tests and reports, if I follow the Pathos upgrade path I also need to purchase the D'Angelo I handle and the Meandros trigger. The cost will come close to a new Carbon Lycan 120.
What is your recommendation.
Will Lycan handle 7.5x1600mm Addiction shafts shooting a single rap + a bit of reel line. Is Lycan a better choice than Pathos carbon 130 with 7.5x1600 shafts.
Will really appreciate and follow your advice.
Thanks in advance and have always a safe diving.
Hi. I read your post using the Primeline 17.5mm bands with better performance on the Riffe 120x. I also saw you have a Denton 120. I just picked up a Denton 120 and was curious if you had done any testing with an 8mm shaft or 7.5mm shaft. Thanks.
thanks you for the response. I will get 2 14mm bands and test it out. This gun would be my bluewater/ island gun for yt, dorado, and the occasional 20-50# tuna.
Petros (spearamerica) recommend i shoot the gun as is with a 9/32 shaft and slip tip.
Have you tested the guns with the 14mm bands? in your youtube video you were just changing the shafts and testing the accuracy correct? The guns in the video came with 16mm shafts..was this stock setup or did you downsize from the 17.5mm?
I've been reading ur posts and see you mention you've tested pathos guns extensively. I recently purchases a 140cm laser carbon ..I have 2 7mm shafts (1 threaded) and a threaded 7.5mm shaft. Stock bands. I'm getting ready to our summer season in SoCal. What have u found most accurate at distance with sufficient penetration for a 40-50# fish?
My name is Andy and I am from New Zealand
I have read some of your posts in regards to the Aballen spearguns and are wondering if you would mind sharing your thoughts on them.
In NZ we normally are shooting kingfish and snapper and use RA guns either 120 or 130cm and they are more than adequate for this.Each year I travel to Indo and spearfish and use a RA 140 or an Ulusub 145 rear handle,both guns have been ok for shooting doggies,spanish jobfish etc but do have a bit of felt recoil and muzzle whip.
After reading what info I can on the Aballen guns I am pretty keen on the Denton 130 and would appreciate your thoughts on the suitability of this gun from reef to bluewater spearing as you seem to have a good knowledge of these guns.
I have also asked greekdiver for his thoughts.
Thanks for any advice you may have
The perfect cut length for Euro 120X is 62cm for short band and 66cm for longer band. This is using 16mm american rubber with small ID (or 5/8") and using a 50mm to 60mm wishbone. This setup is the limit for the 7.1mm Riffe shaft which is 160cm. More power than this and you will start getting shaft whip. This setup should not be used with the 6.75mm shaft or thinner shafts due to accuracy loss from shaft whip. You might get a little shot drift to the left (about 1 inch at 6 meters) but at the same distance you get about 8" flatter shot, or you cut the shaft drop by half. The penetrating power with this setup at 6 meters is equivalent to the default (as sold by Riffe) penetrating power at 4 meters. By penetrating power I mean how much the shaft penetrates a construction grade 7.5cm high density sytrofoam in pool testing.