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How to distinguish "bad shooting" from "bad spine"?

According to this guide, it is recommended when testing to first shoot with fletched arrows before shooting with the unfletched ones, always aiming at the same point. It gives you a control group to ...
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How can I avoid shooting my lips?

A kisser button, perhaps? They are a button on your string designed specifically to help orient your head.
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

A paper bin is going to make a fairly small stopping area. Hopefully there is something more substantial (like a wall) behind the target that will stop the arrow if you happen to miss the target ...
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Why do some archers wear two gloves?

On a longbow you rest the arrow on your hand. If you do it for many hours it can cause irritation so some wear a glove to avoid this. As for the hand pulling the string it is another form of a finger ...
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

The simple answer is yes, you can definitely use waste paper or cardboard to stop an arrow. Various folks have used cardboard boxes, flattened, and piled up to anywhere between 6 and 12 inches thick, ...
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Does rain harm a bow

In simple terms. Yes. But it is easily avoided. When not in use dry off the bow and keep it in a waterproof case. Like anything, prolonged moisture is damaging. Using it in the rain is no problem, I'...
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How to carry a traditional bow while hiking?

I would lash it to the side of the pack, vertically, with nylon straps that you can purchase at any outdoor sporting store. You may have a little bit of trouble walking beneath branches or fallen ...
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The bow's length and its influence

I know that bow length needs to match the draw length mostly because you lose precision if overdrawing it as soon as the string stop touching the limbs and just hold on the tips, string can swing ...
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What is a lumen nock used for?

They are usually used for making your arrows easier to find in low light / cloudy conditions. Also they give a certain flair if you happen to be filming your shot. Imagine hunting in a forest, light ...
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Is stringing a recurve without a stringer damaging to the bow?

You can string a recurve by bracing it on your foot. For casual shooting it is okay but I would advise against it. While it can twist the limbs, the actual issue is the uneven stress on the screws / ...
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Why are plastic vanes used instead of feathers?

Artificial vanes are heaps more durable than feathers and being artificial, they are weather resistant. One of the things I most see in the field on a wet day is long bowers covering arrows with a ...
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How can I carry my compound bow in a backpack without showing any parts of it?

If you're simply looking for a bag to transport your bow in, then go shopping for a compound bow bag. There is a large selection of bags available. If you're specifically looking to invest in a ...
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What's meant by poundage or weight of a bow?

Short answer The draw weight of a bow is the pull weight which applies to your fingers on the string while the bow is fully stretched. This weight changes with the length you stretch the bow. So, to ...
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Legal situation for roving in Sweden

Hunting with bow is not allowed in Sweden, but a bow does not require a license, and the Swedish law for the nature ("allemandsretten") is very liberal, so I guess it is ok shoot at targets, when not ...
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Should compound bows be unstrung when not shooting?

As far as I know, the only time you need to unstring your compound bow is when you're replacing the string, or doing some other repair. If you have an older compound bow that's made from laminated ...
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In real life, could the best possible archer pull off the shots that Katniss Everdeen routinely performs?

Basically I agree with ShemSeger's answer: Yes! But don't take my word for it, see for yourself: Stan Lee's Superhumans: Deadly Shot This guy is a real-life Hawkeye, he very matter-...
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In real life, could the best possible archer pull off the shots that Katniss Everdeen routinely performs?

Yes! But don't take my word for it, see for yourself: Stan Lee's Superhumans: Deadly Shot This guy is a real-life Hawkeye, he very matter-of-factly states that if he can see it, he can hit it with ...
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What is a longbow?

The problem with the longbow discussion is that it changes from country to country. For example in the UK the longbow and american flatbow are two separate categories. In the UK a longbow is ...
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Does a backpack negatively influence my archery shooting?

I'm not an archer, however, I would be surprised if you would not notice any difference with your backpack as compared to no backpack – at least in the beginning. Basically with every skill that ...
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

Yes. There are two common approaches to this: Press moistened paper into the target container, which can be a box of any sort. The paper should be wet enough and pressed hard enough that at least a ...
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What to look for in a quality archery target?

Stopping power The target should be strong enough to stop arrows reliably. It's better to work with a good margin here, especially if the target is used with different arrows (carbon tend to have a ...
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How to get an insert out of the shaft again?

I assume by "damaging it" you refer to the insert. To remove it you have to heat the glue to a temperature where it melts. If a part of the insert is visible, fixate it in a bar clamp. If not, put ...
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How can you tell if you can reuse an arrow?

While there are a variety of different arrows, there are some common signs you can look out for. First of all are the fletchings. If they are supposed to be straight, check if they still are. Others ...
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Name of this quiver type

That would, quite simply, be a pocket quiver.
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Does a tracer influence the arrow in any way

A tricky one this. Some people swear they do, others swear they don't. Personally I have never used them as I always feared they might throw off my shot. There is no definitive evidence that they will ...
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How do the skills required for mounted archery (archery from horseback) differ from those required for other forms of archery?

I'll focus on the directly archery related things. I think it's quite obvious that the horse is heavily moving and thus you've to learn to absorb this movement in your hips. The main difference is, ...
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How should I clean epoxy out of the insert that goes in an arrow shaft?

Heating can help, but you have to be careful, infact an "insert removal tool" is basically a brass bolt as tip of a soldering iron. However if you have a soldering iron with bent needle tip for ...
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I shoot horribly at archery tournaments - what can I do about it?

Its something that happens in every sport. Generally target shooting the mantra is: bad day, drop everything for awhile, go get a beer, chitchat, help others in the club or simply call it the day. The ...
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What's meant by F.O.C.in archery?

FOC is "front of center", which is a term for how far the center of mass is relatively from the midpoint of the arrow. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on what an "ideal" FOC ...
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