I started shooting a new bow this season. I am shooting the Martin Onza III; it was a gift I received from Martin Archery. It’s the same bow many pros have taken for the last couple of years. I am on my own to fine tune it in. . I started placing my bow and got ready to sight it in. He fixed me up with a new sight, stabilizer, arrows, tips, the works. Now I had to sight the bow in.
Sighting in a bow is in fact pretty easy, just take your time doing it. I have done it so much it is now second nature.
Before I even begin shooting my bow to sight it in, I utilize a quick way to save some time and effort which works really well. Something that is going to save me a lot of time in the range is pre-setting the pins – left and right, also placing them up and down. This is to help ensure my comfort zone with the new bow.
To find the pins set left and right before I start shooting I will try to place them with the string and arrow rest. Point the bow down range. I align my attention directly behind the series so appears to line up right down the center.
The next step before I begin shooting targets is to get the pin in the best vertical, (the down and up ), position I am looking for. I set the 20 yard pin . After this pin is sighted from others seem to fall in place pretty easy.
All bows are made with two side holes to mount sights. The 20 yard pin on most new bows are just about horizontal with the top hole of the sight mount position. So I move the 20 yard pin right at precisely the identical place as the top hole for mounting the sight. That should put it fairly near the sweet spot I am looking for.
When you are sighting in a bow, the best advice I can give you is to follow the arrow. If you are shooting into the right of your target, you transfer your pin to the right, if you shooting beneath your goal, move your pin down a bit, etc.. Since I pre-set my pins prior to sighting in the bow, I’m in the ballpark of where I need to be.
I only make adjustments in tiny increments. According to people in the know, at 20 yards 1/8 of an inch adjustment at the launch point can move your arrow over 12 inches at the point of impact. Now you don’t need to be a physicist to figure this stuff out. Just be patient and it’ll work!
It is not rocket science. If you are going to shoot longer distances, then you’d want to move among the pins right underneath the 20 yard pin you just set. That will raise the bow somewhat when aiming and compensate for the drop of the arrow . Each bow will differ depending on the speed and kinetic energy created by the bow. When moving back to say 30 yards, you may carefully repeat the same procedure you did at 20 yards. Adjust the sight accordingly. That’s sighting in a bow at a nutshell. It’s nothing overpowering, just pay close attention to what you’re doing and you’ll get it done. Be patient when doing so; believe me, it will all come to you and make sense when you put it into practice.