Does the perfect hunting bow sight have multiple pins, or just one? Should it be fixed or adjustable?
We are all well aware of the common “this vs. that” arguments when it comes to gear.
What is better? Mechanical broadheads, or fixed-blades? A trigger release or a thumb release? A fast bow or a forgiving bow? The list could go on.
It can be fun to have these debates, but in almost every circumstance there is no clear winner. Each bowhunter has his or her preference, often having legitimate reasons to use what they do.
Now, back to bow sights… The majority of bowhunters use a fixed, multiple-pin sight. However, some would argue strongly for a single-pin adjustable, or “slider”, style of sight.
The question, when it comes to these two styles of bow sights, isn’t “which is better?” The question we should be asking is, “Why not both?”
I have found that the perfect bow sight is a mash-up of these two popular styles. My perfect bow sight is a three-pin slider sight.
Today I want to discuss why the multiple-pin slider is the perfect bow sight for my needs. In forthcoming posts I will be covering how to easily setup a slider style sight (regardless of how many pins it may have), as well as reviewing my sight of choice, the Montana Black Gold Ascent (which can be ordered in a seemingly endless number of custom configurations).
How Does it Work?
My three pins are sighted in for 20, 30, and 40 yards. I use my bottom (40 yard) pin as my “adjustable” pin, which is the pin that I use to aim when I am sliding, or in my case “dialing”, my sight housing down to longer ranges.
Think of it like this. My sight lives in the “home” position. When my site housing is “home” my pins are 20, 30, 40. As soon as I adjust my sight housing, or “leave home”, my last pin is then used to shoot whatever yardage I am dialing down to. So, if I dial my sight down to 50 yards my last pin will shoot 50 yards. If I dial my sight down to 97 yards, then my last pin will shoot precisely 97 yards.
This sounds like it would be difficult to setup, and especially difficult to sight in, but as you will see in my next article, the process could not be easier.
There is no denying that a fixed, multiple-pin bow sight is simple. Unlike a slider sight, you don’t have to worry about making sure the sight is in the right position or making some sort of adjustment while trying to avoid being detected; just pick the right pin and shoot.
However, sometimes the problem lies in the “simple” task of selecting the right pin. It is all too easy to accidentally aim with the wrong pin, especially when you have a buck in sight and there are seven pins in your field of view.
Moving from 5 and 7 pin sights to a 3 pin sight has been extremely helpful in simplifying my sight picture and aiming process. It is easy for the mind to handle small numbers, such as three; I have never been “confused” about which pin to choose, or rushed and chosen the wrong pin. I no longer have to think about which pin is for which yardage, or start at the top and count the pins down to where I should be aiming.
I like to practice at long ranges, and the slider style sight gives me the ability to do just that. Practicing at 100 yards or more is an eye-opening experience, but I surely wouldn’t want to try to do it by cramming more pins in my sight housing. The chance of me taking a shot past 50 yards in the areas that I currently hunt is virtually non-existent, so…
Why should I hunt with sight pins that I will never use?
The multi-pin slider gives me the simplicity I need for hunting encounters, as well as the ability to practice at extremely long ranges, all with the same sight picture..
A slider sight excels at giving the bowhunter extreme accuracy by enabling them do dial a pin to precise yardages. This is especially important at longer distances, when the arrow is dropping rapidly. Misjudging distance by a few yards at a short distance may not be a big deal, but as the distance of the shot increases, so does the necessity for precise yardage.
However, many users of a single-pin slider sight don’t dial-in yardage for closer encounters. Making adjustments to a slider sight can be difficult to do in when animals are in range and the situation can potentially change in an instant.
These hunters will often set their sight at an “average” yardage and then aim high or low depending on the shot that presents itself. One guy that I know leaves his single-pin slider set at 30 yards. If he gets a shot opportunity at a deer at 40 yards he holds high. If he gets a shot opportunity at, say, 17 yards he will hold low. I am personally not comfortable with this option, especially since there are no pin gaps to judge the amount to hold over (or under).
My multi-pin, sliding bow sight gives me the combination of fixed-pins (and known gaps) for shorter distances (and over 95% of my hunting encounters), but it also gives me the precise yardage accuracy for longer range shots.
Ease of Use
The concept of a multi-pin slider can be a bit difficult to fully grasp. It sounds a bit confusing, and maybe even a bit complicated to use, but honestly, one of my favorite aspects of this setup is how easy it is to use.
And as you can see in this post, sighting in this type of sight is massively easier that you think!
What do you think?
These are just a few reasons why the three-pin slider style sight is perfect for me.
What type of sight do you use? Why?
Do you have any questions about using this type of sight setup? If so, leave me a comment and I will be sure to do my best to give you an answer.