Over the next couple of months I will show you, step-by-step, how I setup and tune my Elite Energy 35.
Even if you’re not interested in learning the entire process of setting up a bow from scratch, stay tuned to this series! Along the way we will be covering topics that every bowhunter needs to know, such as installing and tying d-loops and peep sights, making arrow rest adjustments, and much more.
What’s the first thing you want to do when you get a brand new (or “new to you”) bow?
Shoot it, of course!
I used to be the guy that hurried to tie on a d-loop, slap on a rest and sight, and hit the range ASAP. But I discovered that a little bit of planning and patience up front will result in a much easier setup, tuning, and sight-in process in the long run. Now when I get a new bow I’m much more methodical about the process that I go through before I start sending arrows down range.
Regardless of what bow you shoot – and whether or not you’re setting up a brand new bow, setting up a bow that you purchased used, or even looking to re-tune your existing bow – the first step is the same…
Know the Numbers
A bow’s specifications – such as axle-to-axle length, brace height, peak draw weight, etc. – are more than “selling points”. These numbers tell you how the bow is meant to be configured for optimal performance. The first step in setting up a perfectly tuned bow is making sure that all of these numbers are what they should be.
- Measure Axle-to-Axle Length
- Measure Brace Height
- Measure Draw Length (How to build a “Draw Arrow” and check the draw length of any bow)
- Measure Peak Draw Weight
- Measure Holding Weight (to verify let-off)
- Check cam Timing/Synchronization (More on that in the next post!)
The perfect place to start with any new bow is the owner’s manual. Make sure that your bow is within the manufacturer’s specifications. Take the few minutes required to make these measurements, and save yourself from hours of frustration that could have occurred later on in the setup, tuning, and sighting-in process.