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Questions about shooting with a bow and arrows, especially at a target as a sport.

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Comparison of primitive projectile weapons [closed]

I have heard that there are sport hunters that practice taking game with primitive projectile weapons including long bows, slingshots, aumentum, atlatls, spears, and even throwing sticks. I'm curious ...
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Is there a way of calculating effective range with a compound bow?

I've decided I want to at least have a go and hopefully take up archery with a compound bow on the other side of the lockdown. I've been able to find out lots of what I'd need to know (e.g. am right ...
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Why use string walking in archery to change the distance of your shot?

String walking is, Having a 3-under allows for string walking. What this is, is basically the ability to pull the string at a different position hence changing the distance of your shot. Source ...
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How to make sure that your arrows are flying straight?

Sometimes, if your knock is too high or too low or your rest is not perfectly in line with the string, your arrows will fly at a slight angle to the direction of travel instead of perfectly straight. ...
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What would be the advantage of the 3 fingers under release?

In the Instinctive Bow Division of World Archery, you can either release in the Mediterranean style with one finger above the knock and two fingers below, or you can shoot 3 under, where all three ...
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Am I allowed to shoot 3 under in World Archery's Instinctive Bow Division?

I'm currently thinking about switching to three under (3 fingers under the arrow knock when releasing). I ordered a new bow and wanted to take this as a chance to change or try out a few things. ...
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How relevant is distance between nock and fletching?

I just recently fletched new arrows and I decided to put them a little more downward than usual. I thought (with my particular fletching rig) I would get more helical twist into it. However, I ended ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

A recent question got me wondering if there are Takedown Compound Bows. I Googled around and found several longbows, (recurves, etc) that can be taken down for travel. But I did not find any ...
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How can I carry my compound bow in a backpack without showing any parts of it?

I’m looking for a bag to help carry my bow. Not that hard in huge forums to find some good suggestions but the think is I’m looking specifically to carry a compound bow without exposing any of the ...
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What is the difference between AMO/AMA and ASTM spine declarations?

This question asks "Are the Goldtip and Easton spine declarations AMO/AMA or ASTM??", What exactly is the difference between AMO/AMA and ASTM spine declarations and what difference does it make?
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What additional equipment is needed for bowfishing?

As it is the time of year when carp spawn and are in close to shore, I have been seeing people along the lakeshore with archery equipment, bow fishing for carp. If one were to already have a bow and ...
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When using "Gap aiming method" do I leave both eyes open?

I want to have a look in other aiming methods and tried to start off with "gap shooting". However, I'm not quite sure whether to leave both eyes open or one eye closed. What is the right thing to do?
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Is it possible to repair this flat bow?

Is there hope for a repair on this bow? Samick Outlander American flat bow.
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How to cut an arrow shaft

I'm currently planning to bare shaft tune a bow. The problem is that I don't have a cutting machine for arrows. These are rather expensive and so it doesn't quite make sense to obtain one for private ...
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What is the lightest arrow practical for target practice?

All things being equal a lighter arrow will travel faster when shot from a bow. A faster arrow tends to drop less over a given distance. Both will have similar kinetic energy over a short distance. ...
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Minimum draw weight for a target practice only crossbow?

My wife likes to shoot arrows at targets. She uses a relatively lightweight draw compound bow now. We have been talking about her trying a crossbow. I did a quick search online and found junior ...
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Why is there a cock vane/feather?

Last weekend I went to the range with a youngster. Naturally he was very curious and asked me a lot of question. One of them was, why there even was a cock feather which needs to be pointed away from ...
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Does a BCY 425x string harm my tradtional recurve bow?

I've a Bear Archery Super Kodiak from 2013 with 40 #. I shoot 8,2 gpp arrows on it. Recently I heard that I should not shoot a BCY 425x string on it since the high amount of vectran somehow harms my ...
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Are the Goldtip and Easton spine declarations AMO/AMA or ASTM?

I need to convert the spine of my Goldtip and Easton shafts to the AMO static spine standardization. They've their static spine declared as for example "500" which translates into a deflection of "0....
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What is a lumen nock used for?

There are several different manufacturers producing so called "lumen nocks". They provide a small light at the end of the arrow. But why? Why would I need a tiny light on my nock?
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How to measure strike plate position?

Stu Miller's Dynamic Spine Calculator asks the user for the "strike plate position". How do I measure and add it correctly to the calculator?
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Roving Crown vs. Charly Point - what's the difference?

TopHat has two roving points in its range. One is the Roving Crown... ... and the other is called Charly Point. They seem to have an identical concept but still the Crown costs three times as much ...
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How do you cure rabbit fur for an arrow rest?

I have a couple of recurve bows that my brother and I had when we were kids. My kids are just starting to use them now, but the rabbit fur that my dad glued to the risers to use as arrow rests fell ...
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Why are plastic vanes used instead of feathers?

A lot of manufacturer (and archers) state that feathers are better in all respects. For example a quote from Trueflight: Using feathers results in higher arrow velocities, greater stability, ...
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Broadhead tuning

I have what I think is a well-tuned 70# compound bow. I use a release and carbon fiber arrows. IBO is 313 fps. Real-world chrony is around 250 fps. Arrows are GT XT 5575 with QuickFletch vanes. I ...
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What to look for in a quality archery target?

I've fun creating archery targets. I experiment with different materials and building styles. However, I wonder what would be the characteristics to measure the quality of the tries. So, what to look ...
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Is a compound and cross bow really not "qualitative" shooting? [closed]

As I've read through this page, I stumbled across this quote: Notice: This type of target is intended for so called qualitative shooting, it is not intended for shooting with composite bows and ...
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Durability of a Yate ATS targets

I may want to get a Yate ATS target. However, I'm a little bit concerned that they don't last very long. Do we know approximately how many arrows the material stops before they fly through?
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What are creative uses for retired arrows?

This question about retired carbines made me think about my retired arrows. I've a lot of them which can't be shot anymore. Either they've a slight crack anywhere or they're just completely broken. ...
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What's meant by F.O.C.in archery?

When it comes to arrows, a term which is often mentioned is "F.O.C.". What does it mean? Why is it so important? How can I measure/calculate it?
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I shoot horribly at archery tournaments - what can I do about it?

Commonly I shoot about a 13 to 14 average and 12 is my absolute lower limit. However, at tournaments I struggle even to get a 10 average (shot 192 out of 19 targets :'( ). I think the problem is ...
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When to wear a chest protector?

I personally don't know any traditional archer wearing a chest protector. I noticed however that Olympic archers (and similar disciplines) nearly always wear one. Which circumstances should make me ...
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What to look for in a quality shooting glove?

A shooting glove seems to be quite important for archery. I'm a bit lost when it comes to characteristics of a good shooting glove. What makes a 40 $ glove superior to a 15 $ one? What should one look ...
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How should I clean epoxy out of the insert that goes in an arrow shaft?

I've glued in some inserts with the Nijora two component glue (hard to 200 °C). However, as they've a hole in the "ceiling", some glue got into the insert. It sticks to the thread now. I'm not able to ...
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Downsides of a bullet point for 3D archery

I would like to have bullet points for 3D archery. I just think that they look better than combo/field tips. However, I was suggested that I shouldn't use them for 3D archery. What are the ...
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Fill material for shooting sack

A lot of people swear on their shooting sacks as their training target. They take a potato bag or something else and put foil rests etc. in it. I really want to try things out but I'm unable to get ...
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

I currently work on a diy-target. I wan to fill a big cardboard box with stuff, that stops an arrow. However, I'm not able to get my hands on foil rests or textile waste. I just have a full paper bin :...
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How do the skills required for mounted archery (archery from horseback) differ from those required for other forms of archery?

Odd Deer's latest archery question brought to mind a historical novel I read some time ago which featured a mounted archery contest. (The novel was otherwise forgettable.) Wikipedia, mounted archery ...
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Good and easy way to create a paper tuning jig

I need to do paper tuning in a few days. Is there any recommendation on how to quickly setup a paper tuning jig? I'm in a shooting range, so I basically need the jig (frame holding the paper) only.
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Drawing a crossbow with or without drawing apparatus

A crossbow I purchased (a Stryker 380) came with a drawing apparatus made of cord and a couple plastic parts. I haven't been using it since drawing with fingers works just fine. But now I'm wondering ...
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The bow's length and its influence

I'm looking for buying a new recurve bow for field archery. I currently shoot a Hoyt dorado and I love it. I have two sets of limbs for it. One #35 set that I use for field and another #50 that I use ...
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Is there a rule of thumb, how many fps is added per missing grain of the arrow?

Let's say I shoot 180 fps with a 400 grain arrow. I choose a new shaft and tune it, so that I get a 350 grain arrow. Is there a rule of thumb how many fps adds to the 180? I'm searching for something ...
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Minimum arrow weight of a Bear Archery Grizzly bow

What's the minimum arrow weight in grains per pound (GPP) of a Bear Archery Grizzly? It's a 2015 model with 35# if that matters.
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Does a backpack negatively influence my archery shooting?

Last weekend I've shot with a backpack for the very first time. I ordered one which is able to hold my quiver and my bow to hike'n'archer :) However, I suddenly shot like 250 points were I normally ...
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What factors are important to consider when purchasing a bow trigger release system?

I am new to bow hunting and I am getting my stuff set up and I was wondering what factors are important to consider when purchasing a bow trigger release system?"
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What exactly is meant by the diameter of an arrowhead point?

I need points with a diameter of 17/64. I assume that it means 0.265625" (6,746875 mm). But which diameter is meant by this number? The thread or the point's "head"?
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Which arrow inserts to use?

I am new to bow hunting and I am getting my stuff set up and I was wondering what inserts to use for the following Easton shafts: 9.5 gpi 400 axis third generation N-fused carbon arrow shaft, nocks ...
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How can I avoid shooting my lips?

For the first few arrows I often have the problem, that the string rubs over my lips. I need to concentrate on turning the face more to the target. However, these few arrows are sometimes that harsh,...
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How to distinguish "bad shooting" from "bad spine"?

To tune arrows, one should shoot bare shafts (so called "bare shaft test") onto a target. If it's left or right of your "aiming-point", you should adjust the dynamic spine accordingly. I'm afraid ...
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3D archery course in croatia with ocean view

I'm searching for a 3D archery course in Croatia. It has to fulfill following requirements: It has to be open for public It should be located in range of the ocean approx. 30 minutes to walk to the ...
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