Choosing a Compound Bow
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Choosing a Compound Bow

Choosing a Compound Bow


Choosing a Compound Bow

When choosing a new compound bow it is important that you take into consideration the many different options available.

Axle Length

Axle length is the total length of the bow, shorter bows allow for easy maneuverability, yet are harder to shoot and require more practice on the part of the hunter. Short bows are preferred by many hunters who hunt from tree stands. A bow with a longer axle length are more forgiving, easier to shoot well and as a result preferable for people new to the sport of bow hunting.

Draw Length

To determine your draw length hold your fist out as though you are holding a bow at full draw. Measure from the outer edge of your fist to the corner of your mouth, this measurement is your rough draw length. Choose a bow with this measurement, someone at your local shop will be able to adjust the draw length if necessary.

Brace Height

Brace height is the distance from the bow string at rest and the grip. A low brace height leads to a faster bow, yet is less forgiving and harder to shoot well. A high brace bow is slower but more forgiving, anything with a brace height of 8 inches plus is a pretty forgiving bow.

Split Limbs or Solid

This one is simply a personal choice, really they are very similar, take a look and choose the one you like, or offers the other options you desire.

Draw Weight

You want to choose a bow that you can pull back slowly and with little movement. Any bow with a draw weight of 50 pounds or more can easily kill a whitetail. The more weight you can draw the faster the bow will be and the heavier your arrow and point can be. Do not fall for getting a bow that is to much for you to draw, if you have to move excessively you are going to spook the game animal and miss the shot, isn’t that the whole point of your new bow.

Number of Cams

One cam bows are relatively new and are making great strides forward in speed, approaching and even exceeding the older two cam model of compound bow. One cam bows are easier to tune and are not as susceptible to string stretching with use. With two cam bows timing is critical, both cams must “roll over” at the same time for the arrow to fly straight. As the string stretches with a two cam bow it can cause one cam to “roll over” at a slightly different moment that the other, throwing the flight of the arrow off. Really with the increase in one cam technology there is really no reason to go with a two cam bow.

Overall Bow Weight

An often overlooked aspect of choosing a new bow is the overall weight. Light bows are easier to carry, yet tend to vibrate more and as a result are louder. Heavy bows are more cumbersome to carry all day, but absorb more vibration and are relatively quiet. If you tend to hunt from a tree stand, go with a heavier bow, it will be quieter and you won’t notice the extra weight since you won’t be carrying it.

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