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October 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm #6314
Just think opposite , adjustment screw for left and right is on top or bottom of the bar and up and down is on the side bar .Remember to follow the arrow = a hit at left and high , move the sight left and high . That moves the whole sight window , not the pin and that is how you set the first pin . After that you can move the next pin with the individual screws under the sight pin housing ring . Same deal , hit high move high . Good luck with the 90 stance .October 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm #6317
Why “good luck with the 90 stance” ? Isn’t that the normal stance (90 deg or close to it)? It’s the only one I’ve ever seen. Should I be facing the target? That would feel very awkward, I suspect.October 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm #6322
Ok, I just tried the forward stance, feet and body facing the target. I don’t like it. More to the point, I hate it. I think I’d rather stick with the stance I normally see (which Bass Pro guy taught me, too). But I still have to ask, what SHOULD I be using? If not the one I see bowhunters using on TV,
that BP guy taught me, what then? Serious questions here…I’m confused by what you meant.October 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm #6415
Never said to face the target . Understand why you (or I) would hate that . They showed you a target shooters stance (closed) ,yes it works . In the field an open stance is more forgiving as the string won’t hit your chest or arm especially with the long sleeve shirt you’ll have on to camo yourself up . Open stance is to have for right handers the left foot slightly to 45 degree turned towards the target and the right foot slightly forward of the left at the the right heal mine lines up with the front of the other ankle . Those guys on TV actually shoot that way (look at their chest ,it is turned slightly towards the target instead of 90), it’s just a slight adjustment to open the string cycle and relaxed draw cycle . But hey this archery stuff is never a “this is how to do it period” . Try this and that , but experiment and use what works best for you .October 16, 2013 at 7:52 am #6433
Thanks. I’ll have to re-read that a few times to really digest it (thanks to cancer #1), but I’m hoping that whatever has had me down the last few days will back off, and I’ll be able to get out to the range again today, so I’ll try that out. Same goes for the sight adjustments. I need to read through that with my bow right in front of me so I can see the screws while reading your post. Hopefully, between all of the stuff I’ve learned since the last time out, I’ll be able to hit the target at at
least 10 yards…… If I can manage that much consistently, I’ll be able to get out hunting on the
26th when early archery opens (the spot I found, based on observations last year a few minutes after the season ended—last day, right after shooting hours ended, probably won’t even offer a shot longer than, or even close to, 10 yards). But if I can’t at least shoot that range and hit a reasonably tight group, there’s no way….. As we all know and believe, a quick (pref. instant) kill is the only good kind.October 16, 2013 at 11:17 am #6794
I tried out the open stance just in the kitchen (best-lit, where I can see the pins) and it’s definitely much more comfortable and easier to keep the bow stable. I also adjusted per some tips I found on YouTube, such as a relaxed closed-hand grip—no muscles used to keep fingers out, no tight muscles for a tight grip to torque the bow, everything relaxed (basically this guy was saying that any muscles (upper-body, related to your hold on the bow) that are tense can throw your shot off). That felt a lot better, too. I saw another one that said to only shoot two arrows at a time at the range (for newbies like me) to give your muscles time to rest in-between while you walk to the target to get your arrows.
I can certainly understand that, because after just about 8 draws (no more than 2 at a time), my arms are already tired. But I have been feeling new muscle (outside edge of the upper arm…don’t know what they’re called) getting bigger every time I pull out the bow and just practice drawing back and holding it steady on the “target” (that’d be whatever item I pick at that time) for at least 15 seconds or longer.
Remind me tomorrow to go to the RANGE before I wear out my arms.
Thanks, --jim -- THE SCORE: ME: 2 CANCER: 0 73 DE N5IAL (/4) < Running Mac OS X Lion > ICBM/Hurricane: 30.44406N 86.59909W In light of DHS's recommendation to defend yourself against armed intruders with scissors, I'm giving my deer rifle a new nickname: Scissors.October 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm #6999
GOOD ! Actually more than the upper arm muscles your back muscles are getting the work out . Once you get them tuned you’re good to go .October 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm #7004
I forgot to mention those. Right down the side of the shoulder blades, right? Shoulders, too. And, if I’m not mistaken, muscles right between the shoulder blades—I felt those today.
And I might not make it to the range today. I got three chapters today for tech reviews. Just finished one, have two left for tomorrow…depends on how long I need for those. I’ve also got a NEW book for tech review starting at some point this week. When you live on Social Security Disability, money trumps just about everything else (as does my desire to do the best job I can for the publisher, so they keep contacting me and giving me higher rates per page every now and then—just got one for this next book).October 17, 2013 at 11:41 am #7050
Hey GT do you have a garage .It is were I used to shoot at 10 yards all the time .I put up a good sized target to shoot at .Get yourself a large box and then fill it with some old close and pillows .Stuff it as tight as possible and it makes a good target .And MRD gave you some good advice on the stance.
Well here I am .October 17, 2013 at 11:52 am #7052
No garage, and here where I live, there are a lot of children around, so I will NOT even think about firing it anywhere here. So for now, it’s the range or nothing (well, I do practice up to but not including firing the bow in my kitchen—best lit area in here), but that’s it.October 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm #7091
Hey holly that’s a good idea , used my basement in the late 90′S when I wanted to go up 10# with my new at the time bow from my old , shot 1/2″ dots on a block type target (it was late winter when I got it) Figured it doesn’t matter how far as long as I shoot ; these bows now don’t need that 70# stuff for a tight arc “thank you God”. But in Florida GT might not have one of those either .October 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm #7093
Nope, no basement here, unless you count the area under the trailer I’ve been stuck in since cancer #1, and it’s not even half as tall as I am. And still, as I mentioned before, any stray arrow could hit a child, and I absolutely won’t risk that. But, as long as my sore upper-back muscles lighten up a bit (even if it takes 2 generic Alieve to make that happen), I finished the T/R on one book, and the new one won’t be started until next week, so I’ll probably be at the range over the weekend. That’s the plan, anyways.
I do like the ideas, they just don’t work where I’m stuck right now.October 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm #7104
Ok GT just a thought for you as it worked for me .I did live in such an area and I put up 3/4 in sheet of plywood behind it to stop any arrow from going through the wall .Just a thought.Trying to help.
Well here I am .October 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm #7105
We use to call them gunnysacks .Now they are called burlap bags .Fill them full of the same stuff and they make great targets .Cheap targets .Old close and pillows are easy to come by .
Well here I am .October 19, 2013 at 11:53 am #7180
I’ll definitely remember that for the future…thanks.
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