I started shooting a new bow this season. I am shooting the Martin Onza III; it was a present I received from Martin Archery. It is the same bow many pros have taken for the past couple of years. I am on my own to fine tune it in. . I started setting my bow up and got ready to sight it in. He fixed me up with a new sight, stabilizer, arrows, tips, the works. I had to sight the bow .
Sighting in a bow is in fact pretty simple, 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 that works really well. Something that is going to save me plenty of time at the scope 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 get the pins set left and right before I start shooting I will attempt to place them with the string and arrow rest. Point the bow down range. I align my eye directly behind the string 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 place the 20 yard pin first. After this pin is sighted from the others seem to fall in place pretty easy.
All bows are made with two side holes to mount sights. The 20 yard pin on many new bows are just about flat with the top hole of the sight mount position. So I move the 20 yard pin right at the identical position as the top hole for mounting the sight. That should put it pretty close to the sweet spot I am looking for.
If you’re shooting to the right of your goal, you transfer your pin to the right, if you shooting beneath your target, move your pin down a bit, etc.. Since I pre-set my pins before sighting in the bow, I will be in the ballpark of where I want 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 release point can move your arrow over 12 inches at the point of impact. Now you don’t need to be a physicist to figure out this stuff. Just be patient and it will work!
That’s it! It’s not rocket science. If you are going to shoot longer distances, then you would want to move one of the pins right underneath the 20 yard pin you just set. That will raise the bow somewhat when planning and compensate for the fall of the arrow . Each bow will be different 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 is sighting in a bow in a nutshell. It is nothing overwhelming, just pay close attention to what you are doing and you will get it done. Be patient when doing so; think, it will come to you and make sense when you put it into practice.