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How to sight-in your bow


Once you have selected the right sight for your bow and adjusted it for accuracy there is only one more factor that you need to consider. It is just as important to sight your bow, and this is very similar to the steps you followed to line up the sight.

Sighting your bow will require a little patience and it might take some time, but if you have already adjusted the sight it might go a little faster. You will probably need assorted size Allen wrenches, which will be used to adjust the pins on the sight. When you sight the bow you are simply ensuring that the arrow will hit where you are aiming. If the bow is not sighted, it will be almost impossible for you to make accurate shots.

  1. The first step is to set up your archery target, and most archers recommend choosing one that is easy to get arrows out of. This will save you time and frustration, which is always an advantage. Now mark off distances in 10 yard increments up to 50 or 60 yards. Every 10 yards will be represented by a pin in the sight. Once you are ready let an arrow fly, while you are focusing on the top pin and mark where the bolt lands. You will want to adjust the pin according to where the arrow landed, which will be either to the left or right.
  2. Once the first pin is lined up with where the target the arrow should hit dead center consistently you are ready to sight the bow for alignment on up and down shots. This will come in handy when you are shooting from an incline or down at a target from a tree stand. Since the first pin is sighted with the bow for left and right shots, the second one will be used for firing accurately vertically.

You will want to stand perpendicular to the target and aim at the center, and mark where the arrow landed when you sighted with the second pin. In most cases the arrow will be up or down from the target by 3 or 4 inches, which means you will want to adjust the pin accordingly. If the arrow hits below the target the sight should be adjusted down, and moved up if the bolt hits above where you are aiming. You will want to repeat this step from 20 and 30 yards away to ensure that there are not any tiny adjustments that still need to be made.

  1. Sighting your bow is extremely important for accuracy and the first two steps covered shooting accurately from 30 yards. While this might be enough for some target shooting and even hunting at close range, it won’t help you accurately hit where you are aiming farther away. It is now time to work on adjusting the remainder of the pins, but this only applies if you have a bow sight with more than two. It will take some time to accurately set each pin, but it is well worth it when you realize you can hit a target at distances up to 50 or 60 yards away.

One tip that can make it easier to sight your bow is to leave the pin for 30 yards alone. This way the pins are already set for shots at 10 and 20 yards and you only need to concentrate on distances that are further away. Simply adjust the pins to the left or right accordingly, and soon your bow will be sighted and ready to provide you with consistently accurate shots.


Additional tips to accurately sight your bow

Sometimes your bow might need a little fine tuning to ensure accuracy, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to shot an arrow at a paper target. You will want to stand 6 feet away from the target when you fire the arrow for accurate results. If the arrow leaves a hole the size of the shaft with small tears that match the fletching your bow is sighted properly, but if you notice that the rips are longer or uneven there is still some work to be done. Usually this is due to the cam being slightly off, and this can be adjusted until the hole is even and matches the size of the arrow’s fletching. In some cases you might want to consider seeking some help from a professional.

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