Hello Fellow Archer!
Gosh, Have I been here! About a year ago I spent 3 solid months researching both bows. And I mean researching! I compared weights, AMOs, FPS (where I could find it documented), I even did my own estimates about shot distance with my arrows.
When the dust had settled, it came down to 2 different points that I focused on. Accuracy and Draw. Since I haven't had the good fortune of living next to a traditional archery range (are you listening 3 rivers, now would be a good time to start your own line of archery ranges across the US, with movies like The Hunger Games and Brave inspiring young women to pick up a bow!), and being able to draw and test fire each before I bought them, I had to go on other reviews and reading TONS of books about archery and what makes a good recurve design.
Now I do own two other bows: a Bear Patriot long bow and a Martin X-200. I loved the power of my long bow, but I longed for the smooth draw of my recurve and feeling of no hand shock. And like you, I also have a 28" draw length.
I won't go into all the details of my research, but after everything was all said and done I chose the Hunter. And man, what a bow it has been. It has the accuracy at 30-45 yards to do small game hunting (rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, etc) and it has the power to take down a dear at 60 yards.
One of my big concerns about the bow was how long the AMO was. I kept thinking "Gosh, I hope I don't get caught up on branches or vines in the woods and miss a shot!". And to be honest, I have gotten caught in some trees and weeds, but in every situation, the shorter AMO would not have provided any different results.
All in all, you'll be happy if you get the Hunter, its a classic bow and with some good care it could very well be passed down through a family for years to come.
I still like the idea of owning a shorter bow and someday I very may well pick up a Mamba for myself and really compare the two. But until then, I'm happy with my choice.
I hope this info helps!
Answered on 1/8/2014