How To Tune Compound Bow
Knowing how to tune a compound bow will help a hunter or archer have a better aim and be able to shoot straighter. Compound bows, unlike recurve bows and long bows, do not have flexible limbs. When the bow string is pulled, the limbs do not stretch backwards. The limbs on the compound bow are not flexible at all and they are rigid. A pulley system is used with a compound bow as when pulling the string back, the tension is very high, but lightens once you pull back the string to a certain amount. Tuning a compound bow helps the bow to be adjusted perfectly to shoot directly at the target.
To tune a compound bow you need:
- compound bow and arrow
- Position the arrow. The resting point of the arrow should be leveled with the bottom of the bolt hole that the rest is attached to. Make sure that the resting point is at top of the prongs.
- Keep the nocking point above the level. The bow square will help keep the nocking point above the level. Make sure it stays at least between one-eight to one-fourth above the level.
- Align the arrow vertically. Once the nocking point is above level, the arrow is placed perfectly horizontally. Next, you need to align the arrow with your eyes to set it straight vertically.
- Install the peep sight. With your eyes closed, draw the string back in a swift motion. Then, open the eye that you aim with. This determines where the peep sight should be.
- Do the paper test. Place a piece of paper in a frame around ten yards, and make sure to put a back stop behind it. From around the ten yards, shoot an arrow through the paper in the frame. Inspect the holes to determine if there is a right or left tear. Adjust the arrow rest in the direction the tear is in. Make sure that the adjustments are done in one-sixteenth. The bow will be perfectly tuned when the bullet holes have no tears.
- Determine the right tuning. If there were tears in the vertical direction, make one-sixteenth adjustments at the notch point. Set the sight pins once the bullet holes are obtained. Determine the most comfortable tuning for your compound bow by doing a lot of trial and error. Don't rush through the tuning process.