Ways to Fine Tune Your Bow


Have You Made These Changes and Additions to Your Rig?

By: Patrick Meitin


(Heartland Bowhunter photo)

If your still with me in this journey to a perfectly tuned bow outfit you have only a few details to complete to create a hunting-deadly bow.

Beyond basic sighting you might want to take a closer look at the sight system you currently use and whether it's best suited for the type of bowhunting you do most. No use employing an unnecessarily confusing five- or seven-pin sight, for instance, if you'll only be pursuing whitetail from stands. Most whitetails are shot from 20 to 30 yards. A three-pin sight's ideal for resulting 20-, 30- and 40-yard oportunities. A super-fast bow combined with tight cover might indicate a super-simple, single-pin arrangement -- one pin zeroed to 25 yards for all shots zero to 30. Conversely, western bowhunters might find themselves hampered by a simple three-pin sight stretched into 20- to 60-yard duty, using gaps for odd ranges. A 5-pin model allows more precise aiming at all ranges and less guessing.

No matter the sight chosen, avoiding crowding pins to upper or lower aperature edges. Centered pins allow faster target acquisition and more intuitive aiming under pressure; especially when centering sight aperture (not individual pins) inside larger peeps for efficient low-light shooting.

There's just no such thing as a bow that's too quiet. Start by adding adhesive-backed fleece to every surface an arrow could possibly contact, including (especially) riser shelf and sight window, the underside of sight apertures, inside quiver hoods and around rest arm(s). Spooking trophy big game with errant arrow clicks is a heartbreaking experience. I also add trimmed patches of LimbSaver Riser Wrap to the riser shelf (super-glued into place) to absorb sharp thwacks of fall-away rest arms following release.

Even if your bow holds a silencing string-bumper, add string silencers if they weren't installed at the factory. It will make a quiet bow even quieter -- spelling less string jumping or should an animal sense you while drawing your bow. I prefer Rancho Safari's original Cat Whiskers because they're fast and easy to install (tie around string with simply overhand knot and dab knot with super glue to keep snug). By placing silencers no more than 3 inches from each cam they'll effectively silence without eroding speed. Add a half section of Cat Whiskers to each buss-cable half. Pull tight and cut to length with scissors to cleanly separate strands.

Sims' LimbSavers or BowJax limb dampeners make bows not already wearing them noticeably quieter. Throw the cheap molded-plastic cable slide away and replace it with a slick model milled from solid Teflon; adding a cable-slide-rod silencer if it wasn't included from the factory. Also add Mini LimbSavers to sight extensions, rest bodies or quiver hoods to soak up unwanted buzzes and tuning-fork hums. Finally, install an active stabilizer (Doinker Multi-Rod HUnter or NAP Apache two favorites), one designed to absorb unwanted vibrations and make any bow quieter and more accurate.

Editor's Note: This was originally published in 2013.

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