Bow Stabilizer

A stabilizer serves two main functions. The first is to hold the bow steady and more stable, hence its name. From this comes a secondary advantage with using a stabilizer and this is that it reduces hand shock and vibration. I’ll explain why this is important in just a moment.

Firstly we should examine what a stabilizer is made of so we can understand how it works. In the past they were metal tubes. Metal is a rather heavy material and although you want to add some weight, because this is what keeps the bow stable, you don’t want to make it too heavy. So these days the body of the stabilizer is made from carbon or AMS plastics. Carbon is ideal because it is a durable, lightweight material that is also rigid enough to perform properly.

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Archery Bow Making

You can use many materials when constructing your bow. For instance you can use ash, yew or bamboo wood. The material is up to you, and some will work better than others, but for the purpose of this article we will use yew wood. Here are the steps you need to take in order to construct a bow.

First off, you will need a sharp knife and axe, a piece o straight, unflawed yew wood and some kind of string that isn’t to stretchy.

Carve the wood so that it looks slightly like a boomerang. Next take the string (rawhide works well) and wax it. This is to protect it from the elements more than anything.

Now make some arrows. They have to fit the bow itself, and the arrows usually have fire hardened tips. The arrows should be short enough that they won’t break on contact.

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Dangers of Dry Firing a Bow

There are a few outcomes that could happen when a bow is dry-fired, the first is that your bowstring, and cables could snap resulting in your limbs breaking and potential debris flying all over the place. This is basically the worst case scenario. The second scenario is that your string breaks however everything else stays intact, and the third possibility is that it will appear that nothing has happened to the bow.

No matter what scenario your bow falls into after being dry-fired, the first thing you will need to do is to get a magnifying glass and a bright light and look over the limbs especially near the cams for any cracking, or splintering. If you find that one of both limbs have cracks or splinters in them then you will have to replace the limbs before you are able to shoot again.

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Avoid Destroying Your Bow

  • String Fray – Now I’m not talking about a few minor frayed strands here and there along the string, this is normal and can be fixed by rubbing some bow wax into the string, no I’m talking about strings that look like a bird has tried building a nest in it. This is a definite sign that strands are going to start breaking on you soon.
  • Strand breakage – This sign is pretty self explanatory however, I will say that if you have 1 or 2 strands that are broken however the rest of the string is in good condition, you will still be able to shoot as normal, however it is important that you keep an eye out for any further strand breakage. (Use your best judgment here)
  • Strand separation – This can happen as the string ages, if the bow sits for an extended period of time without
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Compound Bows for Sale

A compound bow differs from a longbow in limbs; the former’s limbs are stiffer. The stiffness of the limbs allows the compound bow to be more energy-saving. The string of this type of bow is directly connected to the pulleys with one or more strings attached from the pulleys to the other limb. As the string is pulled back, the pulleys will turn. As soon as the draw begins, the archer looses reflex advantage, but once the pulleys rotate the mechanical advantage is gained back over bending limbs thus restoring more energy.

One good advantage of using this kind of bow is that it is not easily affected by temperature change. It also provides perfect precision, speed and distance compared to other types of bows. This type of bow has gained popularity since it was developed by Holles Wilbur in 1966 in Missouri. Since then, it has become the most … Read the rest

Bow Hunt Elk

  • Practice all year long, not just before bow hunting season
  • In order to hunt elk you will need to be strong, fit and able to use equipment for big game. You should be able to pull at least 50 pounds.
  • Be in excellent physical condition. You can’t just go out in the wild and think that you can hike around with a heavy pack for miles if you’ve been sitting at a desk or in front of a computer for six months. You have probably been in the situation where you pack in 5 miles, shoot a bull, track the blood for a mile and then wonder how in the world you are going to pack that out? Sometimes it takes many trips to carry the meat out. You might be the one that needs to be carried out if you aren’t physically prepared. Stay in shape.
  • Be familiar with
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Bow Draw Weight

Listed below are general recommendations for making a suitable choice. Keep in mind, everybody is different. You are advised to apply your good judgment in this case and interpret this data with due regard to your own age, basic shape, and Body Mass Index (BMI). If you are brand new to the sport, I highly recommend you looked over additional discussion material on picking an ideal draw length and weight.

  • Very Small Child (55-70 lbs.) 10-15 lbs.
  • Small Child (70-100 lbs.) 15-25 lbs.
  • Larger Child (100-130 lbs.) 25-35 lbs.
  • Small Frame Women (100-130 lbs.) 25-35 lbs.
  • Medium Frame Women (130-160 lbs) 30-40 lbs.
  • Athletic Older Child (Boys 130-150 lbs.) 40-50 lbs.
  • Small Frame Men (120-150 lbs.) 45-55 lbs.
  • Large Frame Women (160+ lbs.) 45-55 lbs.
  • Medium Frame Men (150-180 lbs.) 55-65 lbs.
  • Large Frame Men (180+ lbs.) 65-75 lbs.

Higher poundage bows require heavier, firmer arrow shafts. So whilst they … Read the rest

Bow Sights

Even professional bow hunters and archers who have years of shooting experience are sometimes off with their precision especially when shooting at longer ranges. To avoid such events they use mechanical devices for greater precision. A bow sight is a small device attached in the bow to attain better aim. It functions as a guide and help users predict the direction that the arrow will travel. Some of the major features of this device include fiber optics, bubble levels, and gang adjustments. Generally, fiber optics technology is used for transmitting digital information, but in the shooting industry it functions as a good sighting device. The fiber-optic cables have tips that glow when exposed to sunlight. These bright tips provide better aiming view for archers and bow hunters. Some sights also have bubble levels which enables the user to maintain the bow in an upright position when shooting. On the other … Read the rest

Choose a Target Bow

I will explain the difference between the two different types of target bows as well as the difference between the three different types of formal archery competition and provide some advice on how to choose the best bow to suit your needs.

So, to start with, let’s examine the difference between the two different types of target bows. First, you have Recurve Bows such as that used by the character Katniss Everdeen (Jenifer Lawrence) in the movie Hunger Games and the distinguishing difference between a recurve bow and a compound bow is that the recurve bow not only has limbs that first curve toward the “belly” of the bow and then toward the “back” of the bow (thus creating a “recurve”), it also lacks the pulleys that a compound bow employs. Therefore, when drawing a recurve bow, the archer must hold the peak draw weight at full draw until the … Read the rest

Maintain Bows And Arrows

Whether someone has just began shooting or has been doing it for decades, he or she will want to take excellent care of his or her equipment. This involves making a habit of checking one’s arrows and bows before commencing shooting. Notably, one should check the limbs for cracks and nicks, and also that the bow has been strung correctly. The bow’s metal parts should be checked for corrosion or rust for those who shoot in rainy or humid places.

Some makers of bows advice that a light synthetic wax should be applied to a bowstring after every few months. In addition, the shooter should check the string for signs of broken or loose strands of fraying. For those who use compound bows, they should carry out routine checks on their cables and bow strings. This can be done by running fingers over the surface of a bow’s limbs while … Read the rest