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Old 06-13-2017, 05:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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1 out of 4 isn't really that bad considering the short time you have been at it. I was lucky 1 out of 4 actually hit the target when I started. Another thing to consider, do not be afraid to drive a ways to meet someone more experienced to shoot with them. I drove 2-1/2 hours 1 way to meet a guy I've only knew from talking to him on a local forum to shoot with him. I knew he was a great shot and a true killer with a stick bow. We spent 3 hours talking and shooting and he made several suggestions to help me. I soaked it all in and picked his brain while I was there. I went home and started trying what he told me and progressed really fast after that. It was worth every second of that 8 hour day.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I might offer a couple of suggestions....

With your long draw length and a 145 grain head, its entirely possible to be underspined on your arrows. This will cause inconsistency in itself. Of course, as stated earlier, that's assuming that you have worked out your other flaws in your release.

The other thing is that its easier to get a clean release with a tab vs a glove. I've shot forever with a glove but I kept playing around with the tab and I can see a remarkable difference now in my release. The tab will require your arrows to be just a tad stiffer in spine though. It may aggravate an existing problem.

What you need to a make a trip to let someone mentor you and set your bow up correctly. If you ever want to make a trip to central Mississippi and get it set up correctly....I'm always available.
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Stringwacker I may take you up on this offer when time permits, I would love to have someone that knows what they are doing help me. I think I will try a tab also, most of my problem is in my release. Yesterday I switched to a Damascus glove that I had from back when, it is way more thin than the one I have been using. Along with trying to use 3 anchor points, which were nose to fleth, finger in the corner of my mouth, and my thumb along my jaw, and the new glove I was shooting pretty good at 12 yards. I would have an occasional flyer and it would be my release, I could feel it being wrong every time. Also I have a ton of arrows, I may try a 125gr. head with the 500 spine arrows and a 400 spine arrow to see what happens.
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:28 AM   #14 (permalink)
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If you do go to a tab, make sure its the right width. It should be as close to the width of your 3 fingers as possible. The length should be trimmed to where your finger tips are exposed about 1/4" beyond the end of the tab with fingers extended if I remember correctly.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:26 AM   #15 (permalink)
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There are some guys from your area on Tradgang. I know one is southms something or other. Should be easy to find if you do a search.
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If you want something to play with....do this if you are so inclined.

Given you shoot three fingers under....set your nocking point at 5/8" as most three finger under shooters will be really close to this mark for the center thrust of the bow.

At that point, place a secondary nock point below your arrow nock to keep it from sliding on your string at the moment of release. This secondary point should be a dental floss set or something similar. Don't use a two brass set as you need to squeeze it against the bottom of the nock to make a tight fit. Brass will damage your nock....especially Bohning style traditional nock...not so much the insert ones. In fact, its good not to use a brass nock in either position...but especially the lower one.

Strip the feathers off both the 400 and 500 spine arrows (I'll assume you use feathers) and shoot into a bale (or any soft bag target) at 6 or 7 yards. Assuming your a right handed shooter, if the nock end of the arrow goes to the left...you are under spined. If the nock end of the arrow goes right...you are over spined.

If the nock goes high...lower the nock position from 5/8's to 4/8's
If the nock goes low...raise the nock height to 6/8's.

There are variations to all of this but this would be the ABC's to start dialing the arrow in and getting the best flight/groups with your arrows.

Lastly...its so much easier IMHO to use aluminum shafting...more sizes... and the use of weights (another subject once you find out what you arrows do when they are bareshafted) isn't nearly as needed. One of these three sizes in aluminum will be what you need and provide the most tunable and accurate arrow....2016 (500), 2018 (460), or 2117 (400).

I would say the 2018 is what you need but I'm often fooled by the longer draw lengths as they often require a heavier spined arrow than what I would have thought

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To add to what Mark said when you are bare shafting be sure to hold the bow vertical, so that you get the correct read on the arrow!

South MS Bowhunter on Trad Gang is in your area.
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