Things to Remember About Bow Tuning
Posted on June 16, 2013
Tuning can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Ask 10 experienced archers how they tune their bows and you will get 11 different answers. Like the old adage, “There is more than one way to skin a cat,” there is certainly a multitude of ways to ensure a properly tuned bow setup. Regardless of the means to the end, the ultimate goal is to have straight and predicable arrow flight. For the hunter, this is especially crucial with broadheads.
Every summer and fall, bowhunters across the country pick up their bows, some for the first time in months, and begin to practice for the upcoming season. This usually involves screwing on their favorite broadheads, or perhaps new ones they’ve wanted to try out, and flinging several downrange. More often than not, this ends up being a frustrating experience. The field points that seemed to fly so well have now given way to erratic and inaccurate flight with hunting broadheads. It’s aggravating and can cause a loss of confidence in shooting. Not what we need a few weeks before hunting season.
Some may propose that the solution is to consider mechanical broadheads, or perhaps to simply adjust your sights to match the broadhead group. While these options may be a temporary fix, they are just Band-Aids to the underlying problem. The bow needs to be properly tuned.
The objective of tuning is to get straight arrow flight right out of the bow. This brings predictability so that we can then sight in to insure accuracy. For the sake of being able to practice with field tip arrows and then hunt with broadheads, we want to be able to use them both interchangeably, and we want them both to impact the same spot. Again, while there may be many different ways to accomplish this goal, the procedure detailed here is a proven approach to tuning, with the bowhunter in mind.
Every archery setup has one thing in common—they all fire a similar projectile. The arrow is the primary building block upon which a tuned setup is created. We need to start here. The arrow must be spined correctly; your arrow must not be too flimsy or too stiff. An improperly spined arrow will never get straight arrow flight.
By Nate Treadwell