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How To Tune a Bow Properly? (Step-by-Step Guide)

A new bow always adds an extra phrase to your hunting session. You will need to learn how to tune a bow properly. The learning process should be easy and appropriate to give you training.  In the process, you will develop your skill to use the bow and in the hunting session.

Therefore, you can follow our simple steps to know how to tune a bow. It is more important for a new bow because you need skill. You need to setting up a bow properly for hitting. Therefore, we are giving you a complete guide so that you can improve the skill.

1. Attach the Nock Point

A string loop and a brass nock set are two options available for use. You can use any of the options for your bow. It is easy to increase your bowstrings durability using the string loop. It gives a good strength and pressure above of the bowstrings. As a result, the arrow will go straight to the aiming point. However, some of the hunters do not feel comfortable because of the string loop.

T-square is the point that you need to find for the string loop. Then, you need to attach the nock set above the parallel to the cushion plunger hole. You need to attach it in the same way for the string loop.

2. Attach the Rest

There are two types of rest that you can choose. A fixed-position rest and a drop-away rest. You need to determine the choice for the position. You should use a drop-away rest for the carbon shafts. It will give you a small-diameter for the contact. However, you can use larger-diameter aluminum shafts. The shafts are best for both types of rest.

You need to move the rest. It will place the arrow center of the cushion plunger hole. Again, you need to move to make it in line with the string.

You can use a stabilizer. It will help to place the shaft parallel position. You can down the bow to see either it is parallel or not. For getting an excellent starting point, you can tweak the rest one way.

Do you want to use a drop-away rest? Then, you need to adjust the rise and fall of the rest. Otherwise, you will not get good service from the bow. When you will complete the process, it will become 6 inches short of a full draw. It makes the bow perfect for the process for traveling the arrow.

3. Install the Peep Sight

Do you ever shoot a professional rifle without a sight? A bow is not different from a rifle shooting. You will also need a peep sight for shooting. It will help to aim the target in an appropriate way.

You need to buy a peep sight from the bow store. Of course, you can select a good size and affordable peep sight. You can use a portable bow press too! It will not cost you too much to buy!

You need to find the center of the string for setting up the peep sight. In order to find the center, you need to twist together. Some bows offer two color strands for finding it easily. You need to count the number of strands for single color design. The process is an important part of the peep sight. If you do not install on the center, it will spin instead of helping to get the target.

You also need a string silencer after installing the peep sight in. Eliminator buttons are important for brass nock sets. Basically, they are rubber donuts that help to reduce the sound when the bow release the arrow.

Now you need to take an arrow and install in on the bow. Then, you need to see through the peep sight. It will help to see the right way for releasing the aid. When you will see through the peep sight, you can easily understand for further alignment settings.

You need to practice several times shooting the arrow. It will help to set the right height and string at a secure place. You can shoot several arrows if the peep sight rotates or not. You need to detach the bow and set the string in right place. You may need more than one week or two to find the right length.

4.  Attach the Sight

You need to choose a right sight for your bow. A sight with fiber-optic pins is the best for the bow. It will make easy to adjust the sight for any hunter. You need to determine the number of pins that you want to use.

Generally, you can use 2 or 3 pins set for 30 and 40 yards distance. For longer shots, you can increase the set of pins. You will get a user manual instruction with the sight. So, you can read the guide to pick the right pin sets for your bow.

5.  Silence the Rest

Silence is the best part for hunting. You need to keep your bow silent when drawing and firing at the distance. Otherwise, your target will become aware and run away.

Depending on the bow, you can choose a right method to reduce the sound. Using a thin adhesive-backed foam rubber layer can help to reduce the sound. Also, there are many kits that help to keep the rest silence.

6.  Maintain the String

You need maintain your bow properly. A good maintenance system can give you durable and stable performance. You can maintain it by:

  1. i) You need to stretch the string back to its real length. You can twist the string for making the same length. For using a good number of times, it can stretch the length. If you do not maintain the right length, it will become uncomfortable to use the string.
  2. ii) If you can fix the string, you need to buy another string. It is a good idea to buy an affordable string at the first time. You can learn how to use and tune a bow. Then, you can buy a professional string for a bow for long lasting support.

7. Paper Tuning

You need to check the bow is properly tuned or not. In order to test the tune, you need a cardboard box. You need a sharp knife to cut a hole of the box. Now you need a sheet of paper and attach it to the opening point of the box.

Then, you need to stand six feet away from the box. You need to aim and shoot at the target. As soon as it goes through the paper, you need to check the paper.

It will cut the paper with tiny tears. If it does, the tune is perfect. You do not need any further process for tuning. However, you need to make an adjustment if it fletching to any side of the hole.

If you buy a modern bow, you can tune it easily. You do not need anyone’s help. However, some of the bows are hard to tune. For that reason, you can take the bow to the shop for help. Sometimes, the bow may not good or fault design.

8.  Sighting In

You need to put the pins in the middle of the sight body. It will help to get the position perfectly on your bow. If you want anchor point above the corner of the mouth, you can also put the pins in the lower position.

You need to sight in properly. You can move the sight body left and right for the proper adjustment. Then, you can move the sight body ups and down. It will help to get the right position of the sight on the bow.

You need to move the pins up if your arrows high above the target. You need to move the pins left side if your arrow hit the left side. You need to shoot several arrows in order to get the right sight position. You can try several hours to get the pins on the right spot. The more you will give time, the more you will get a precise result.



Now you know how to tune a bow properly. You need to follow our steps to tune the bow. You will not get a good result for the first or second day. You will need to invest time for preparing the tuning. You may need more than one week to tune the bow first time. You will need to adjust the pins, sight, and others for getting accuracy.

If you do not want to wait for a long time, you can also take to the pro hunters. They can help you to tune the bow. However, you should also learn because it will help you to tune it. Otherwise, you will always need to go to the shop to fix it.

Tuning the bow properly help to get accuracy at the target. So, you can prepare a target and shoot several times to tune it. A well-tuned bow will give you a better result.

Leo J. Gebhard

Howdy! My name is Leo J. Gebhard. I’d say tons of thanks for you to visit my humble website. Hunters, hobbyist, beginners, whoever you are, welcome! Welcome!

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