How To Use A Compound Bow Sight
How do you use a compound bow sight? Well, that question is a very hard one to answer. There are so many different types of compound bow sights which are used, but the most common involve the use of a sighting pin system of some type. Each type of specific sight will be used in a different manner, but there is one thing that is common to the use of almost all of them. There are usually a series of pins which are used for different ranges and each pin is usually set up separately. And while the actual use of the sight may differ, the setup or sighting in procedure is similar to all of this type of sight. This is what will be described here. In the process of sighting in your sight you will become intimately familiar with the use of your specific model.
Items needed to setup and use a compound bow sight are:
- Compound bow
- Compound bow sight
- Directions for the specific sight
- Properly spined arrows
- Tools to attach and set up sight
The process to setup and use a compound bow sight is:
- Attach sight to bow. Follow the directions and tools specified for your specific sight and attach it to the bow as directed.
- Set up targets. Set up targets at known distances you wish to shoot and sight in at. You will want one target or shooting location for every pin in the sight you use.
- Shoot two arrows. Using correct shooting form and method of sighting appropriate to your specific sight shoot your first and second arrows using the pin you are sighting in while standing at the distance you want the pin to represent. Your draw, hold and release must be consistent for each and every shot, consistency is the absolute key here. The two arrows will land very closely grouped somewhere on the target if shot consistently
- Adjust pin. Using the correct tool adjust the pin in or out, and up and down to move point of impact closer to the bulls eye. This process with most sight pins is called chasing the group. This means if the arrows are right and high, you move the pin right and up. This will move your group down and left. Move it a bit at a time as a little adjustment can make a lot of difference, especially at longer distances.
- Shoot two arrows. Using the corrected sight pin shoot several more arrows. Remember to be consistent in your shooting form, consistency is the most important thing here.
- Examine group. Examine your second grouping of arrows. If it is centered where you want it you can try a few more shots and then move on to step 3 for the next sight pin and distance. If it is not perfectly centered go back to step 4 and repeat this process for the same sight pin until they are centered properly every time. Work on one pin at a time only.