When to Adjust Your Draw Weight
Bows with higher draw weights transfer more energy to the arrow, resulting in a flatter trajectory and a higher likelihood of pass-through shots when bowhunting. You don’t have to pull 100 pounds to bowhunt effectively, but you can easily achieve it by increasing your draw weight.
How to Improve Strength
To shoot heavier draw weights, you’ll need to strengthen your archery muscles, which you can do by shooting a target just a few yards away while using a stretch band or an archery training device like the ACCUBOW.
Test Your Draw Weight
To test your strength, draw your bow, hold it back for at least 30 seconds, and then make a good shot. Bowhunting presents unique challenges such as cold weather, holding at full draw, and shooting in various positions.
How to Increase Your Draw Weight
Take your compound bow to an archery shop to adjust the draw weight; one full turn of the limb bolts changes the weight by about two pounds. Increasing your draw weight can change the tuning of your arrow, and you’ll probably need to adjust your sight.
Can you adjust bow draw weight at home?
To adjust the draw weight, tighten or loosen the limb bolts to unload or load more stress (flex) on the limbs. To raise the draw weight to maximum poundage, tighten the limb bolts (clockwise) until both limbs are tight against the riser.
When Should I increase the draw weight on my bow?
The simple answer is that an archer’s draw weight should be increased when:
- Your muscles can shoot your bow for an extended period of time without becoming fatigued.
- You need to shoot further distances than your current draw weight allows, or…
- Your arrows are consistently missing their targets.
Does changing draw weight change draw length?
It doesn’t change the draw length, but it does change the brace height due to a slight change in the geometry of the limbs as you crank down the pockets – the bases of the limbs are twisted more vertically, causing the limbs to bend more, lowering the BH.
Is 70 lb draw too much?
A bow with a peak weight of 70 pounds and an 80% let-off, for example, should have a holding weight of around 14 pounds. Being able to hold a bow at full draw for 30 seconds is great, but if you’re shaking, struggling, and exhausted at the end of that time, you won’t be able to make an ethical shot.
Is a 50lb bow too much?
Archers shooting takedown recurves or longbows can usually get lighter limbs to drop some draw weight, but those shooting one-piece recurves or longbows will have to switch bows.
Can you increase draw weight on a bow?
Take your compound bow to an archery shop to have the draw weight adjusted. A bow technician will evenly tighten the limb bolts and check the draw weight. By gradually increasing your draw weight, you’ll avoid injury, and by consistently training, you’ll hit your shooting weight in no time.
How do I increase my bow strength?
To improve your strength and endurance as an archer, pull your hunting bow to full draw and let down 20 times in a row, then hold at full draw for as long as possible before releasing the arrow on the final repetition.
How hard is it to pull back a 40 pound bow?
All bows, whether recurve or compound, are rated based on draw weight, which is measured in pounds (lbs). For example, a 40 lb recurve bow requires 40 lbs of force to pull back the string 28 inches.
What draw weight do Olympic archers use?
Bow: Recurve bows with a draw weight of around 48.5 pounds for men and 33 pounds for women are used in Olympic archery.
How far can a 60 pound bow shoot?
Most compound bow-wielding hunters have an effective range of 30 to 60 yards, with the majority staying in the 30 to 40-yard range; a hunter who can take down any kind of game at even 60 yards is either extremely skilled or extremely lucky.
What is the heaviest draw weight on a bow?
Mark Stretton (UK) achieved the heaviest longbow draw weight of 90 kg (200 lb) on 15 August 2004 at the shooting grounds of The Bath Archers in Somerset, UK, with a bow made by Bickerstaffe Bows (UK) and backed with hickory.
What does 400 mean on an arrow?
The numbers refer to the stiffness of the arrow’s spine; a 400 spine arrow is for bows weighing 40-60 pounds, a 350 spine arrow is for bows weighing 55-75 pounds, and a 500 spine arrow is for bows weighing 30-50 pounds.
How do I know my draw weight?
Use a weight scale to pull the bowstring to the correct position, then lower the weight by a few pounds if it feels difficult to pull back and hold. Aim to use the highest weight that feels comfortable to you.