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New bow... Sighting in questions...
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:23:29 AM »
Just bought a Bowtech last weekend and (except for shooting a kids bow when I was about 10) this is my first experience with shooting bows. Have shot about 50 arrows through it in the back yard over the weekend. It is setup with a 5 pin site. I set the first pin at 10 yard while I was messing around shooting in the yard. Now to finish setting in, how should I setup the other pins? 20, 30, 40, 50 yards? Should the closest pin be setup further than 10 yards?

Also, I live in Auburn. Any suggestions on a good range to go to while Im heavily in the learning phase?

Any help is greatly appreciated!


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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 10:31:35 AM »
You should likely set your first pin at 20 yards. Most everyone does. You should also work on shooting at 20 yards for a while until you get your technique down.

The Washington State Archery Associations web sight has a listing of member ranges and pro shops.

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 10:43:12 AM »
Skookum has a nice range on the south hill of Puyallup. It has a flat range and walk through courses, you can buy a membership for a little over a hundred dollars for the year or pay I think five dollars for the day.

The range also has a pro shop where you can pay for instruction and learn the right way to shoot a bow, rather than developing bad habits from the start.

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 11:14:50 AM »
Thanks for the replies!

I have drove by the Skookum range a few times. I think I will go check that out this week.

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 11:20:58 AM »
yes 20 yards at the least. Newer bows are so fast and efficient that there is little to no change out to 20-25 yards. If you are a novice shooter, it might not hurt to go to a bow shop or range and see if someone might watch your form and technique. Now is the time to learn to do it properly versus learning bad habits then trying to break them.  :twocents:
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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2017, 12:30:03 PM »
Cedar River Bowen is also between Enumclaw and Black Diamond

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2017, 01:34:47 PM »
 for myself i like mine at 30 40 50 60 70 and practice useing my 30 pin at 20 and nowing the difference makes it fun for me to shoot and  i think wright around 40 yards and less  most hunters incounter shooting  there game at that yardage any ways just parctice i dont tree stand hunt but if i did then mine would be set alot diffrent and if your going elk hunting dont use the x spanning broad heads alot of bad reports from other hunters that used them good on deer but crapy on elk have fun getting up in there space and face to face

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2017, 01:51:37 PM »
If you're practicing your close shots make sure to spread out your intended target point on your block, or 3d target.   If you shoot all of your arrows at one point you will inevitably start blowing up arrows.  It's cool the first time you do it, but after that that crap gets expensive!  I usually shoot 2 shot groups at different spots on the target.

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2017, 08:09:34 AM »
My bow shoots flat at 20-30. So to get my 40 pin set I stand at 40 yds and hold my 30 pin top of target. Where it hits is where your 40 pin shld be. So after shot draw you bow again with no arrow and see where the arrow hit through your sight. That gives a close enough reference to where you won't miss the target using your new 40 pin at 40 yds.

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2017, 12:11:10 AM »
Might wanna start at 10 for pinpoint accuracy if you're gonna be hunting any small game at close range. Can always stack pins on the big stuff at distance

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 02:21:32 PM »
Thanks for all the info guys. I got it setup now. I saw no difference between 10 and 20 yards with my bow. So I set the first pin at 20 yards and then 30,40,50,60. Im figuring that as I start to get better at longer ranges I will move the pins out. For now, 60 is about my max that I can get a decent group out. And by decent, I mean inside a dinner plate. So definitely a lot of shooting in my future to get that dialed in further.

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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 02:36:31 PM »
Unless you're rich, shoot at a 3 or 5 spot target instead of all your arrows at a single dot.  As you get better you will destroy arrows using a single.
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Re: New bow... Sighting in questions...
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 06:49:28 AM »
If you're practicing your close shots make sure to spread out your intended target point on your block, or 3d target.   If you shoot all of your arrows at one point you will inevitably start blowing up arrows.  It's cool the first time you do it, but after that that crap gets expensive!  I usually shoot 2 shot groups at different spots on the target.

Very cool the first time.you can 'robin hood" an arrow. Then you realize you lost an arrow and start calculating arrow costs and you alter your shooting habits lol.

 

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