When using your recurve bow, you will need to make some adjustments in the process just to have a better experience. Your bow needs to be well maintained to give it long life and enable you keep hunting for a while longer. If you do targets as a sport, you also need to know how best to keep the bow so that you remain top on the chart for as long as you play. Like any other tools you own, a recurve bow needs to be kept well and in good shape. It is not all about hanging it on the wall or resting it on the floor after use. Here is how you can get the best from your shooting tool.
Recurve Bow Tuning
When using the recurve bow to shoot arrows, tuning is essential in helping you bring out the best. Before you start tuning, you should have all the tools you need in place. The bow needs to be complete and well set up.
How well is your bow installed? This tells you whether you are ready for shooting. Make sure that you get the correct location of the nocking point. This is where the arrow will slide through when you release it and therefore no taking of chances here. It should be at the center in relation to the riser. You need to be accurate and therefore you are even allowed to use some strings running from both ends of the riser to the bow string then estimating the exact location of the ideal nocking point. A mounted arrow can be a good aid to help you get the best spot. Try as much as possible to make the nock of the arrow be aligned with the nock point of the bow string. The arrow should be able to stay in position even when let to hang loose and it should also be easy to disengage.
Brace Height Adjustment
The next thing you need to know is how to adjust the brace height. In case you are wondering what this is, well, it refers to the length between the deepest part of the riser and the bowstring in its relaxed state. This affects the shooting especially in terms of noise levels. You will have to find the appropriate brace height for you because setting standards here is not easy due to the fact that the recurve bows vary a lot. Test the bow by shooting several arrows and try to find which length is your best.
Wondering how to adjust the brace length? It’s simple; just adjust the twists of the bowstring at the grooves of the limbs. When you increase the number of twists, the string becomes taut and pulls the limbs together thus increasing the brace height. Undoing the twists will reduce the brace height because the limbs will move away from each other when the tension in the string is reduced.
Setting the Arrow
For the best shot, you need to make up for any tilts that will occur as you release the arrow. If you have used a recurve bow before, you have probably seen the arrow tilt slightly to one side of the string as it leaves the arrow rest. This happens if you have the arrow positioned in a perpendicular position relative to the string. You do not need to be that geometric to get the right shot. Instead, it is good to have the arrow a little tilted to the outer side of the string. It should be positioned a 10th of an inch towards the outside of the string. Of course the string has the left and right outer sides. So which side are we talking about here? For a left handed bow, the arrow should be orientated towards the right outer side. The converse is true for a right handed bow. Just go opposite. This will make up for the natural tilting of the arrow and you will get the right target.
Fishtailing and Porpoising
When the arrow leaves the bow, it should follow the intended path. If this is not the case, then you need to tune it. The common anomalies you will see are porpoising and fishtailing. Fishtailing occurs when the arrow starts going right and left midair. These are problems caused by the stiffness of the arrow spine. Use arrows of different spine strengths to know which the best is for you. Porpoising is when the arrows move up and down instead of taking a straight course. When you see this, adjust the nocking position in order to correct.
Recurve Bow Maintenance
A recurve bow needs some maintenance, though not as much as many other tools you might have encountered. Therefore, no need to grumble about recurve bow maintenacnce.
Unstring when you are Not Using
The first thing; remember to always unstring the bow if it is not in use. This will make it stay at top performance for a long time because the limbs are not subjected to the string tension all the time therefore the force of shooting is kept high.
Use a Bow Stringer Always
Always use a bow stringer to string the bow when you want to use it again. This will keep your limbs straight. The bow stringer is also good for unstringing.
Do Not Fire an Unloaded Bow
Firing an unloaded bow is a stupid mistake you should never make. The force from your muscles is transmitted to the bow string when you draw it back. When you release the string and there is no arrow, the force that had accumulated is conveyed to the limbs and the other parts of the bow. This disrupts the matter of the bow limbs and can eventually damage them.
Waxing the String
Waxing the bow string regularly can help keep it at high quality. This should be done at intervals of three weeks. Use high quality bow string wax which you can find at the local stores. Change the strings after a year of usage. However, if you notice a point of weakness on the string, change it immediately.
Store your bow in a cool and dry place. Make sure it is wiped dry before it is stored. A cloth of gentle fabric is the best material for this. Never dry the bow using heat because it will affect the functioning.