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Archery FAQ:
What type of archery bows are there?

There are Compound Bows,Recurves,Traditional and Longbows.

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How do I choose the right draw weight for my bow?

A standard in the industry is to choose a draw weight that uses of 75% of your “utmost” strength. Heavier draw weights will yield more KE, but they might also fatigue your body if they are too heavy. The right draw weight is something that you are comfortable with, that won’t tire you out.

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What is a takedown bow?

A takedown bow is a bow that has the ability to be taken apart. They make traveling around with your bow easier because the limbs can be removed from the riser, so they can virtually fit anywhere.

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What difference do the cams make on your bow?

They make a sizeable difference. The type of cam system you choose will dictate the speed and feel of your shot. Soft or round wheel style cams feel very smooth, and are typically easy to draw, but they will shoot the slowest. Single or medium style cams have speeds in the lower 300 FPS, and offer a relatively smooth draw. Hard or Aggressive style cams are made for speed, but are generally not too smooth and feel heavier to most shooters.

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What are the different types of limbs out there?

The two most popular types out there are solid, and split limbs. Solids limbs are considered to have more stiffness and accuracy, while split limbs are seen as smoother and more durable.

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How do I know I have the proper draw length?

When determining draw length, you must first make sure that the settings on the bow match up accordingly to your body size. Typically the taller you are the longer draw length you will require. An accurate estimation can be made by measuring your arm-span from the tips of your middle fingers, and then dividing that number (in inches) by 2.5. This is because there is typically a strong correlation between arm-span and height. If you’re still a bit confused, always go with a lower draw, instead of a longer draw.

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How do you take care of your bow?

First off, you need to know that bow string wax is your friend. It helps keep your bow in optimal condition. Next always make sure that there is no moisture in your case when putting your bow away. Store it in a dry area that doesn’t get hot and make sure to replace any parts, like strings when necessary to avoid any damage. Also, make sure to follow your particular manufacturers set of instructions.

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How do I choose the correct arrow for my bow?

Make sure that your arrows fit your bow! The arrow you get should have a direct relationship the type of bow you have, and the setup you’ve put on it and it should be at least 1" over arrow rest at full draw. Arrows MAY also be equal to the bows draw length. If you choose something too small, you run the risk of damaging your bow, but if you get something too big, it will affect the arrows accuracy.

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Do I always use a finger tab when shooting?

You could, and some prefer to never shoot without it. Others prefer a more natural feel, and opt to go with a tight glove. It is really just based on preference and how comfortable you are shooting with it.

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Can you increase or decrease the draw length on the bow?

Many of the modern models allow for you to change to different draw lengths. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for your model to make sure how much you can change the length.

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Do I need an arrow rest?

The literal answer is no. You don’t NEED an arrow rest. Many people like the old-school feel of shooting with a stick and string. If you are looking for a more precise shot however, a quality arrow rest is a great place to start you along. The main purpose of an arrow rest is to hold your arrow in place as you gear up to take the shot!

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Why does my bow shoot high or low?

There could be various reasons as to why your bow is shooting high or low. For starters, you should check to see if your nock point is too high. You should also check that your arrow rest is in the correct position. You should also check to see that your draw length is not too long for your specific stature. It could also be that your cable has been stretched sue to prolonged use.

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How do I replace a string on a recurve bow?

First, you are going to want to measure your old string to get an idea of what length string you need to get. A general rule of thumb is to get a string that is your bow length, minus three or four inches. This method is not failsafe because many manufacturers have their own specifications. I would suggest you check your manual first. You should check and see if your bow came with a bow stringer if it did not, go to a place that has a professional bow stringer, because it is dangerous to do so without the use of one.

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What does let-off mean?

Lett-off is the percentage of the draw weight that is reduced when the bow is at full draw. For example, if your bow has a 100 draw weight and a let-off of 80%, then you would only be holding 20 pounds at full draw. The bow “lets-off” 80 % of the initial draw weight.

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Do I shoot left hand or right handed?

People tend to think that you shoot based off which hand is your dominant hand. While this may be true a lot of the time, that is not the reason that you shoot right or left handed. The way that you shoot is based off eye dominance. Eye dominance is important because it is where you will gain your accuracy. The eye that you prefer visual input from is considered your dominant eye. Shooting right or left handed will be based on you dominant eye because it is your dominant eye that will focus in on your target.

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