Today, in Part 3 of our bow build, we will be mounting our arrow rest, setting the rest height, center-shot, and determining our nocking point. These small steps determine how the arrow leaves the bow upon release, so they are crucial for good downrange accuracy.
Here is a quick overview of the process…
- Mount the rest and ensure full range of motion for drop-away launcher
- Set the rest height to get the arrow running through the berger hole
- Set the center-shot by measuring from the riser out to the center of the arrow shaft
- Set the nocking point by ensuring the arrow is perpendicular to the bow string
As you see in the video, I use a “bow square” to determine my nock position and ensure the arrow is perpendicular to the string. There are other methods of achieving this, such as using a string and arrow level set. I recommend a bow square for beginners because it is cheaper and doesn’t require that you have a vise or press to hold the bow perfectly level.
If you use a bow square, be sure to account for the thickness of your arrow when determining the nocking point. The “zero” on the level will be at the bottom of your shaft, so your arrow’s nock will sit above the zero line. The good thing about using a string and arrow level is that it takes this calculation out of the equation.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!