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Old 10-06-2020, 03:56 PM   #1
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Looking to get away from the wrist style release. Looking for opinions on an affordable handheld release. I have never used one so would like to hear feedback. I'm a lefty and prefer caliper vs hinge. Wanting to stay under $100.
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:12 PM   #2
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:18 PM   #3
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I had a tru ball pro plus loved it then upgraded to a Carter just b cuz after I lost the tru ball
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:23 PM   #4
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Tru Ball for years. Happy with them
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:26 PM   #5
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Been thinking about switching my self, little late in the year to try and change mechanics of a new release but come February Iíll be going to shoot some.

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Old 10-06-2020, 08:34 PM   #6
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Got the Carter Wise Choice. Pricey but worth it.
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Old 10-06-2020, 09:18 PM   #7
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Have any of you noticed a difference between the hinge vs caliper style?
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:45 PM   #8
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Been thinking of doing the same. Wrist release strap stretches out, slides forward more if sweaty. Was thinking a hand release would also allow you to take some of the tension off shoulder and back.
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:50 PM   #9
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Old 10-09-2020, 09:46 PM   #10
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Bought a tru ball bone collector t-rex and been really happy with it. I think you can get them around $130. Had to have my peep adjusted a little. I like I can clip it to my string in the stand and not have anything on my hand/wrist. Also seem to be shooting better groups with it. Glad I made the switch. The only down side it the possibility of losing it because it's not on your wrist. Bought a second one just in case, I have a tendency of losing things lol.
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Old 10-09-2020, 09:56 PM   #11
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Bought a tru ball bone collector t-rex and been really happy with it. I think you can get them around $130. Had to have my peep adjusted a little. I like I can clip it to my string in the stand and not have anything on my hand/wrist. Also seem to be shooting better groups with it. Glad I made the switch. The only down side it the possibility of losing it because it's not on your wrist. Bought a second one just in case, I have a tendency of losing things lol.


Looking at the Truball hunter 3 and the Stan Frenzy 3....I really like a caliper vs a hook.
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Old 10-10-2020, 08:17 AM   #12
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Looked at that one also. Liked that the head would swivel.
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Old 10-10-2020, 05:49 PM   #13
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The tru ball T. rex is probably the best bang for the buck. I shoot a carter wise choice
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Old 10-10-2020, 06:16 PM   #14
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Shot mine today, got it after last season, it did really well all shots from 30y. I bought the T.R.U. Ball Bone Collector T-Rex 4-Finger Bow Release. https://youtu.be/E1cfCOvQbhk



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Old 10-10-2020, 06:45 PM   #15
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Anybody getting rid of one?
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Old 10-10-2020, 09:36 PM   #16
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Jon, I alternate during practice sessions with both a thumb TrueBall T-caliper (with a TrueBall glove in case I drop it). And a glove type Truefire Grizzly caliper. That makes me focus more on the actual shot than just using one or the other. It also keeps me focused on what I'm doing by making me think about the release rather than anticipating the shot. I also get the benefit of using what I like for a given hunt. And always carry a back-up release with me.
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Old 10-10-2020, 10:08 PM   #17
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Going to a thumb release is the best thing( archery wise ) that I have ever done. I love my stan just x. None of the stanislawski’s are cheap but they are well worth it. The trigger is adjustable, and oh so crisp it’s amazing.
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:00 AM   #18
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I bought a Tru Ball 4 finger release a cpl years ago and I really like it.
It was around $100, and well worth it. I liked it so much, I bought another for a back up.
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:47 AM   #19
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Did any of you have to change your set up when switching from a wrist release to a thumb release? I tried to shoot one yesterday with my set up and was 12" right at 30 yards.
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:54 AM   #20
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I didn't change a thing on my bow, and experienced no issues whatsoever.
Obviously, not everyone's results will be equal. Maybe I was just lucky.
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:08 AM   #21
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I don’t think I had to change anything. It just depends how you anchor
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:55 AM   #22
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I hunt woods and got tired of the sweaty wrist brand and once I missed a shot as it was taking me too long to grab and put on the release. I moved to a fang thumb release, hangs on the dloop although I have to keep an eye on it paranoid of losing the $100.00 release. After a little, not much practice, my accuracy went up, not going back but may try a truball for backup.
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:22 AM   #23
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I hunt woods and got tired of the sweaty wrist brand and once I missed a shot as it was taking me too long to grab and put on the release. I moved to a fang thumb release, hangs on the dloop although I have to keep an eye on it paranoid of losing the $100.00 release. After a little, not much practice, my accuracy went up, not going back but may try a truball for backup.
Lol that why I bought a second one for a back up.
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:30 AM   #24
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Did any of you have to change your set up when switching from a wrist release to a thumb release? I tried to shoot one yesterday with my set up and was 12" right at 30 yards.
My peep needed adjusting because my anchor point change.
Face pressure? Nock on nation had a good video on that on YouTube.
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Old 10-11-2020, 12:11 PM   #25
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I shoot the stan shootist. I tested one other release that was $89. I will get the name next time I'm in the bow shop. It's the one they hunt with. I liked it allot but went with the stan for adjustability.
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Old 10-11-2020, 03:57 PM   #26
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I shoot a Truball Sabertooth. It is a hook style release. I've shot it for several years and would never go back to a wrist style release.
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:47 AM   #27
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I havenít used one but they do look tempting. I can already see myself dropping it out of the tree!


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Old 10-26-2020, 11:34 AM   #28
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I’m a lefty and I shoot a Carter Wise Choice and a Nock2It. I personally like the Nock2It better. Although it is more expensive than you want to pay - it is worth it.
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:26 AM   #29
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My luck I'd loose it
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:31 AM   #30
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I've had the truball 3 and 4 finger along with the trufire four finger. They work pretty good but I spent a little bit more money this last time and bought the scott pursuit which can be changed from a 3 or 4 finger. I prefer 3 I like the trigger mechanism on the scott a lot better than both the cheaper releases. It seems a lot more crisp. For reference I have only shot caliper style.
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:33 AM   #31
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Did any of you have to change your set up when switching from a wrist release to a thumb release? I tried to shoot one yesterday with my set up and was 12" right at 30 yards.
I tried to switch myself Jon and I couldn't be accurate with a hand held. My groups at 20 yrds are quarter size with a wrist release. I was all over with a hand held. My son made the switch and it tightened his groups up. I guess they for great for some and some not so much.
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Old 10-27-2020, 11:32 AM   #32
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I tried to switch myself Jon and I couldn't be accurate with a hand held. My groups at 20 yrds are quarter size with a wrist release. I was all over with a hand held. My son made the switch and it tightened his groups up. I guess they for great for some and some not so much.
I bought one.... going to wait till after season to start shooting it.

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Old 11-02-2020, 12:33 AM   #33
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Tru ball Fang 3 is great. Love my Nock2It release, but it is over $200.
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Old 11-02-2020, 07:15 AM   #34
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I wonder if using one of these would reduce the amount of wrist popping I've got going on during the draw now.
I waited for the deer to clear out the other morning and practiced 3 draws and my release wrist was snapping and popping with each draw. No way I could pull a shot off with deer in front of me unless there was some sort of additional background noise for cover.
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Old 11-02-2020, 09:55 AM   #35
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I just changed because my wrist was killing me every time I practiced with the wrist release and did a bunch of research about thumb releases since I had picked up one several years ago and didn't like it. I did read that most likely you have to change the peep since your anchor point changes, but I didn't have to change anything. I got this and still shooting tight groups like I did with wrist release. T.R.U Ball Max Pro Plus.

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Old 11-02-2020, 10:13 PM   #36
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I’m going to make the switch after the season. Hopefully I find a good Black Friday deal
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