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Adjusting your bow sight

Even the best bow sight won’t improve your accuracy if it is not properly sighted. The following tips will help you properly adjust the pins so you can get the most out of your bow sight. It is important to ensure that the sight is properly installed, and that the pins are already lined up with the string and arrow. The vertical adjustment should also be set at “zero” and using arrows that are compatible with your bow is another important aspect to consider.

  1. The first step is to draw the bow, take aim and fire. Pay close attention to where the arrow lands and adjust the pin accordingly. This means that if the arrow flew down and to the left the pin should also be moved in the same direction. Continue to repeat this step until the arrow consistently hits the target in the center.
  2. Once you can hit the target consistently at 10 yards, it is time to repeat the process at 20 yards. You will want to readjust the top pin for accurate shots at 20 yards and keep it there for the rest of your shots. Once you have a “20 yard pin” it is time to work on the remaining ones. Most experts recommend sighting the following pins at 10 yard increments. This will give you consistent accuracy at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards if you have a sight with five pins.
  3. After all of the pins have been adjusted it is important to record the position of each one. This way you have a convenient reference point so you can quickly reset the pins if they get knocked out of place or if you decide to install another sight.
  4. Competitive archers might want to consider using the frame of the sight as an additional pin. This will give you another ten yards of accuracy and the frame can be set the same as you would if it were a traditional pin.


Adjusting the 2nd axis of the sight

When you adjusting the 2nd axis of the sight you are simply making sure that the housing is parallel with the bow string, and it can be done in only a few simple steps.

The easiest way to adjust the sight on the bow is to use two levels to ensure the bubble is parallel to the lines and not angled in the front or back. Once everything is even it is time to place the mounting plate against the level. It should be parallel and have an even reading with the level. If not, you will need to make small adjustments until everything is properly lined up. It should be mentioned that individual sights adjust differently, and it is always recommended that you carefully read the owner’s manual before trying to adjust the 2nd axis. Once the sight arm is even with the level it is time to consider adjusting the 3rd axis.


Adjusting the 3rd axis

The 3rd axis refers to how the sight sits perpendicular to the center line of your bow. If the 3rd axis is not properly adjusted the shooter will often find that the arrows consistently miss the target. When you are adjusting the 3rd axis you want to swing the head of the sight away from the bow. After making a few adjustments the sight should read level when it is in any position.

Once you are confident that the 3rd axis is properly adjusted try making accurate shots down and uphill. Continue to adjust the head until your shots consistently hit the target.

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