Section 6: After Delivery Adjustments & Tips
Section 6 After Delivery Adjustments & Tips
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While we do indeed ensure that your bow package is performing at the highest level and that is it rough sighted at 20yds, an archer should know how to make very easy adjustments at home. In this guide, we will cover many of those topics!
Table of Contents
1. Adjusting Sight
2. Peep Sight Adjustment and Twist
3. General Maintenance
1. Adjusting Sight
Adjusting the sight is a very simple process but first lets briefly cover the parts of a standard fixed pin sight.
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A. Sight Mounting Bracket
B. Windage Adjustment
C. Scope/Pin Housing
D. Elevation Adjustment
E. Pin Adjustment
Due to the sight being on the front of the bow, you will have to always Chase or Follow the arrow. Lets break this down a bit more.
Gang Adjustment - Moving entire pin housing, adjusts for elevation and windage
Pin Adjustment - Move each pin individually, only adjust for elevation
PRO TIP: I always start sighting my bow in by adjusting my first pin to the center most point of the scope which is usually 20yds. From there I will gang adjust the pin housing until I have it sighted in. Then I will start to set my 30yd, 40yd, 50yd pin settings. I will only pin adjust each of the pins for the various distances. This puts my 20yd pin in the center where I have a large window above the pins to view my target or animal in a hunting situation before I commit to the shot. You will rarely adjust the individual pin settings once they are sighted in, only gang adjustments are typically needed.
PRO TIP: I recommend to take a piece of printer paper, draw a line through the center of the paper then put the paper on your target with the line horizontal. This will let you set your sight and pin elevation in exact by adjusting until your arrows are in or touching the line. You can also do your windage the same way, simply turn the line vertical.
Sight Adjustment Guide (For standard fixed pin and target sights)
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|Left of center||Move windage left||Arrow impact moves to right|
|Right of center||Move windage right||Arrow impact moves to left|
|High of center||Move elevation higher||Arrow impact moves down|
|Low of center||Move elevation lower||Arrow impact moves up|
2. Peep Height Adjustment and Twist
The Peep Height measurement is one piece of the archery puzzle that sometimes requires a bit of personal adjustment as everybody's face is different as well as differences in draw length, anchor point and release type. We use 5 1/4 from inside d-loop as a general starting point for most shooters.
The good news is, you can make very minor adjustments at home without any adverse effects or damage however damage can occur.
CAUTION: Do not move the peep more than a quarter inch high or low, this is as far as you want to go without putting your bow in a press. The pressure of the string on the sides of the metal peep can cut strands if moved too far.
Peep Height Adjustment
If you feel that when you anchor you have to really peek your head up or down to get to the peep, you may need to move it if you are satisfied with your anchor point.
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|Peep Too Low||Move Peep Up||Arrow impacts higher|
|Peep Too High||Move Peep Down||Arrow impacts lower|
After adjusting, you may have to move your serving to be even distance from the peep on top and bottom. Move this by hand as well though it may be tough to move.
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Peep twist is a common issue that everyone runs into at some point or another regardless of the quality of string however it is not the end of the world as some feel! It is typically caused by the string breaking in and seasoning to the bow. What is happening is the string is stretching very slightly. Usually once you have broken the strings in by shooting your bow, the peep will not rotate anymore again until the strings wear out. It is also caused by the peep being installed incorrectly sometimes though this is not normally the case.
PRO TIP: If your peep is slightly turned when you draw back, turn the d loop on the string. Usually if you turn the d loop to follow the way the peep is turned, it will cure it if it is a minor case. Once you have it where you wish, you can also take needle nose pliers to tighten the loop up tighter to keep it from turning again.
3. General Maintenance
The compound bow is a much tougher machine than what it appears however you do want to do basic maintenance on it after a few shooting sessions.
This is the first step of taking care of your bow. Waxing the strings prevent moisture and UV rays from breaking down the string over time. It also keeps dirt and debris out which causing abrasion over time. This is a great time to take a close look to inspect for any broken strands or abnormal wear. If would like a second opinion, simply send us a picture via email and we will take a closer look.
How to Wax Strings
First take a tube of string wax (or in a pinch, Chapstick or Bee's Wax) and rub it on the string itself and not any of the serving on the string or cables
(Picture of waxing the string, arrow pointing to the string and the serving)
Now you will take a small plastic bag or piece of leather and start to rub the wax in. This actually melts the wax into the string. You can do some with your finger but the bag will get much hotter and do better. Wipe any built up or excess off with your finger and your string is now protected.
We recommend to wax the string every 2 weeks or after every other shooting session especially if you are in the rain, humidity or direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
PROTIP: If your string is looking fuzzy, simply wax it and it will look much better. Wax however will not save a string from existing damage. If you find a strand broken or abnormal wear, do not wax this portion, send us a picture and we can determine what the best course of action is. Finding damage is a rare occurrence however it is still something to keep in mind.
We recommend to check every fastener on the bow every 2 weeks to make sure everything is still tight and in good condition. If you hear a metallic click during the draw or shot, check your module and draw stop screws first. All brands have these loosen up over time. You can also pull each one and add loctite then bolt it back on if you wish.
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If you feel something is loose, do a "bump" test, hold the bow in one hand and bump the riser with the other. Make sure you do not have an arrow loaded or your release hitting the riser when you do. This will usually have the culprit make noise so that it can be found and tightened back up.
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