Frequently asked questions

Keith answers many frequently asked questions from his nearly 20 years of archery experience.
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    How does a bow sight adjust?
    To adjust your bow sight you need to follow or "chase" the arrow. For example if your arrows are hitting the target right you will move the sight to the right. If your arrows are hitting the target high you will want to move the sight up.
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    How should I adjust a crossbow scope?
    To adjust a crossbow scope the scope is moved the opposite way that the arrows are hitting. For example if the arrows are hitting high you will want to lower the scope. If the arrows are hitting the target to the right you will adjust the scope to the left.
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    Why should my bow be tuned?
    There are many good reasons to have your bow professionally tuned. Here are few . . . To correct string & cable creep . . . To insure correct nock placement . . . To clean & lubricate axles & rockers . . . To correct cam & wheel lean, and timing . . . And finally to ensure that your equipment will help you make your best shot!
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    What are some common tuning methods?
    There are three frequently used methods for bow tuning. They are paper tuning, walk-back tuning and laser tuning. My personal favorite is the walk back tune. Click on the link below for a more detailed explanation of tuning methods.
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    How long does a bowstring/cable set last?
    Most bow manufactures recommend string/cable changes every year. For many hunters/shooters a set will last 2-4 years depending on the amount of shooting. The bowstring materials "age" from the constant pressure and thus will stretch/creep just from being on the bow. A good "rule-of-thumb" is, if you don't remember or know when the string/cables were last changed, then it's probably time to get them changed. Bring your bow into the shop and we can check your string/cable and give you a professional opinion on its condition.
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    How should I select arrows?
    Arrow selection is VERY important. You need to get the correct "spine" or stiffness for your exact cam system/style, draw weight, arrow length and point weight. It is best to consult the arrow manufacturers "spine chart" to find the arrow that they would recommend for your set-up. We can help you determine the proper arrow for your set-up and provide recommendations for arrows - just bring your bow to the shop!
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    Why do my broadheads shoot differently than my field points?
    Anytime you change the front end of the arrow you change the aerodynamics and thus it can change the point of impact. Fixed blade broadheads will often see a greater difference than mechanical styles due to the greater difference in aerodynamics. Click on the link below for my instructions for making adjustments to your broadhead flight.
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    How do I adjust draw weight on my bow?
    Most compound bows are adjusted by turning the limb bolts counter-clockwise. you will need to do the same amount of rotations on each limb bolt. Consult your owner's manual for the amount of turns that can be removed or bring it into the shop and we can adjust it for you.
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    What is a clarifier?
    A clarifier fits into a specialy-designed peep housing to clear up the target when a magnified lens is used on the bow sight. Typically a #1 clarifier will work with a 2X or 4X powered lens while a #2 clarifier will work best for a 4X or 6X lens.
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    What is a verifier?
    A verifier is "reading glasses" for your bow. It fits into a specialy-designed peep housing. It is typically used by those who do not have a powered lens and (usually) do not wear glasses. The verifier makes the sight pins clearer.
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    How should I choose a new bow?
    I usually suggest picking 2-4 bows of interest. Set the draw length and weight of these bows to similar settings and then shoot them. Choose the one that feels the best to you!
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