Big Jim Mountain Monarch
60" AMO 48# @ 28" 2-piece takedown review

Big Jim's Bow Company based out of Albany, Georgia has a history of crafting beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom bows that shoot as well as they look.  If you read my review of Big Jim's Thunder Child, you know I like his work.  Without much fanfare, Big Jim recently released a new recurve called the Mountain Monarch.  I only just learned of this new model while browsing the classifieds listings of the ArcheryTalk forums and came across someone selling a mint condition Monarch.  Apparently, he purchased it directly from Big Jim himself at a local shoot and found it to be a tad heavy in draw weight.  Even better is the fact that this bow is a 2-piece takedown - you all know how much I like takedown bows.  A few messages later, the Monarch was on its way to me.

**** 09/04/17 Update ****

I had sent the bow back to Big Jim for grip modifications.  Check the end of the post for more details.

- Riser -

Being a 5…
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*** 2/18/17 Update***
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