How to Tune a Recurve Bow

Hunting can be a very epic experience if you are armed with the right tools. The most common tool that people use when hunting is a recurve bow. The recurve bow has proven to be more effective for hunting than other types of bows. Just like any other tool, a recurve bow is subject to wear and tear. You might have noticed that your recurve bow now has a ‘’perfect spot’’ where you can shoot accurately, generate minimum recoil and produce the least amount of sound. Finding this spot is a very simple process for many people. You can tune your bow if you want to enjoy the use of your bow without necessarily going for the perfect spot. Here is a guide on how to tune your recurve bow.

First of all, you should look for a set of arrows that have the correct spine. The spine of the arrow will determine the amount of static deflection that is produced. It, therefore, affects the extent to which the shaft of an arrow bends when pressure is exerted. As a rule of thumb, an arrow shaft that has a large spine deflection bends more than the one that has a small spine deflection when the same amount of pressure is exerted. You should look for guidance in Southwest Archery’s recuve bow selection.

It is important to note that an arrow that does not have a spine that is sufficiently stiff can cause serious injury. The arrow starts to experience the pressure from the bowstring immediately after you release it from your fingers. Some of this pressure is also absorbed by the arrow shaft before it begins to move forward.  You can use the help of an arrow spine chart so as to know the most appropriate draw weight, draw length and the weight of the target point. Another good option is using an arrow spine test kit that is comprised of three arrows that have different spines.

Basically, tuning a bow involves two processes. The first one is setting the nock point of the bow to the correct height. You will need the help of a device known as a bow square so as to do this correctly. Just clip the device onto the bowstring and then slide it towards a rest point where an arrow’s shaft contacts the string.

The second step is adjusting the brace height of the bow. The brace height is the distance between the string and the deepest part of the bow’s grip. The most common way of adjusting the brace height is by removing the string and adjusting its length by twisting or untwisting it. You can then reattach the string back to the limb. You should try making a few shots so as to find out if the bow is now more accurate, smoother and quieter. Repeat the process until you notice that the performance of the bow has improved. It is important to note that all types of bows will require some tuning at a certain point in time. The best time to do this is when you realize that your bow does not perform as effectively as it used to.