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I hear a lot of great things about Kotabow. Looking for an absolute top quality bow and can't decide between Kotabow or Mission Sub1. Any opinions, good or bad, would be appreciated. The Kota 185 lb. draw is of interest to me.

I understand the Mission is 500 bucks more but I'm all about top quality and excellent support. Willing to pay for it.

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Never, EVER heard of problems with a Koda bow.
A little more complex for a recurve to suit me though.
 

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Hi Jack,
Care to elaborate on "complex"
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Well, I've not spent a lot of time around one, but i seem to remember some sort of switch that has to be set before you can cock it, if I rember right. Then, if I rember right, seems like you need Allen wrenches to change the string. I don't like having 4 limbs tied together with an aluminum tip. Just a few things that if you own one, you'll get to the point where you'll get used to it and it won't matter. If those things don't matter to you, you'll probably never have a minute's trouble with a Kodabow. It's the only bow I've never heard of anyone having a problem with.
I think Old Vet has one, you might PM him.
 

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I had a Koda Scout. Very solid and dependable. Built like a tank. My only criticism was the weight. It’s kind of heavy. Not a speed demon but plenty fast enough to kill critters.
 

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I own both of them, the Sub-100 is a smooth shooting crossbow. I also have 2 koda crossbows too. You change change the string of a koda bow in the field, if necessary. In addition you can change poundage by having different prod, which can be changed. So if you want to be able to work on the crossbow yourself, go Kodabow, if you want the bit more speed and smaller size go sub-100. I look at the Kodabow is like the AR-15 of crossbows, used a rugar receiver, and an AR-15 adjustable stock.
 

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I own a Koda Express. I'm very happy with it. Accuracy is greater than I can manage. Build and fit are exquisite.

I have both the standard and scout barrel rails. I find the scout suits me better as a shoulder injury makes cocking the longer rail more difficult for me.

Jack Pine is right in that the string change is more involved than on other "recurve" (although not strictly a recurve). It's not an issue indoors, but out in the field, you'd want to have a cloth down to put the bits down and avoid losing any.

This is a feature of the double limb design, but I believe that design also brings benefits to the table.

Another bonus is that greater power (or less) need not mean a new bow.

You can just buy new limbs or limb/riser assembly and fit it. They are all entirely interchangeable, running on the same "receiver/barrel" assembly. So you could have every poundage then make from 125lbs to 220lbs and only ever need to buy one complete crossbow (exception being their "Scout" limb set which are shorter and need the scout rail).

I will say it is faster than many other recurves lb for lb. My 185 Express, with the full rail, delivers just over 300ft/s. By comparison you have to move up to 200lbs on an Excal, for example. For me, those 15lbs make a difference after a day of shooting. That greater efficiency is seen throughout the Koda range, if compared lb/lb.

The cocking process is not such a big deal, but it is important to follow it. You have to reset the ADF mechanism before each cocking process, you also need to drop the stock down (it is adjustable with a press of a lever). In reality, it takes me no longer than my other recurve.

If I could change one thing about the Koda, it would be the string retention design as losing a small part would be a royal PITA as spares are US only for me, and given where I live, that means time and expense. But all that pales in comparison to the quality of what I have in my hands when I shoot it.

HTH
 
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