Bowhunting is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, especially from the 80s and 90s. Many people have gone from rifle hunting to bow hunting in recent years and if you ever take a bow, you will understand why.
However, there are some specifications that should be considered when buying a new bow that archery stores probably do not always tell you. Here are some tips on how to pick the best compound bow for you.
Number one, do not always go by brand name. With all the different types of successful archery companies that exist, they probably would not even be in the race if they were not “frontline” arcs. PSE, Mathews, Hoyt, Bowtech, Bear, Diamond and some others are front-line bows. If he finds a bow with one of those manufacturers, then he did it well.
Do not think you’ll shoot at the same speed as IBO. A general rule is that, for every inch of length drawn, you gain or lose 10 fps. Then, since IBO arches are tested with a stretch length of 30 “(or the maximum stretch length available if it is less than 30”) and an arc is pulled to 27 “long, you can expect to lose about 30 fps. the length of the stretch.
The length of the drawing is not the only determining factor to lose or gain speed. The weight of the draw and the total weight of the arrow weight are also things to consider. IBO recommends that the minimum arrow used to be 5 grains per pound of weight, so if you are pulling a 70-pound bow, you are testing it on the lightest arrow with which you believe the weight should be fired; in this case, 350 grains. For every 3 grains of arrow weight, you will gain or lose 1 fps. Therefore, if you are shooting a grain 410 arrow, you would lose approximately 20 fps.
It is not recommended that you consume less than 5 grains per pound of weight, because it would basically be like shooting your bow dry. Many archers (myself included) do not even recommend firing an arrow at only 5 grains per pound of weight. 6-8 seems much more logical for kinetic energy. 5 grains of arrow weight per pound weight draw is a speed demon, but it also loses a lot of kinetic energy or “penetration”, which is very important to kill the big ones.
The other determining factor for the speed is the weight of the draw. Since IBO speeds are tested at 70 pounds, or if the arc does not come at 70 pounds, it is tested at the highest possible speed for that arc, then you can expect to lose 2 fps per pound of draw weight. So, if your bow was tested by IBO, ATA or AMO at 70 pounds and you pull a bow at 64 pounds, you can expect to lose about 12 fps in addition to the draw and the length of the arrow.
The next factor will be its axis to the axis. If you are a true hunter, you may want an axle to tilt lower than the axis, usually 32 inches or less. If you are a hunter on the ground, it may be better for you to have a shaft with a greater axis. The smaller axes to the axles are better to pass