SOME HELP WITH THE
What you need to know when
ordering your new
When you call to order
your new Ready-to-Hunt™ bow system, we would be happy to help you
choose the appropriate options and setup preferences. However, if
you're totally new to the sport - or if you're going to order a
bow system as a gift for someone else - the following section may help.
All of the typical bow system setup questions are listed here.
We've also provided some photos and descriptions to help you select the
options most appropriate for you.
If you are new to the sport, you may also benefit from reading our Compound
Bow Selection Guide - a more detailed guide that will help step you
through all the technical jargon concerning compound bows.
Right Hand or Left Hand Bow?
right-handed person generally shoots a right-hand bow. A
left-handed person generally shoots a left-hand bow. Some
people get this one confused - and understandably so - as a right-handed
bow is actually held in the left-hand. However, for a small
percentage of people
- there is one slight detail....eye-dominance. Most
right-handed people are right-eye-dominant. Most left-handed
people are left-eye dominant. If your eye dominance is different
than your hand dominance - sighting your bow may be very awkward.
To check for eye-dominance: place your hands out in front of you
at arm's length. Make a small triangle with your two thumbs and
index fingers. Then, looking though the triangle (with both eyes
open), focus on an object across the room. Now close your left-eye
only. If the object you were focusing on is still inside the
triangle - you are right-eye dominant. If the object is no longer
visible through the triangle (the image "shifts" to the side)
- you are left-eye dominant. If your hand and eye dominance are
not the same - you might want to consider shooting a bow that matches
your eye-dominance rather than your hand-dominance. View
More Discussion on Eye Dominance Conflicts
What Weight Range for your Bow's
Most compound bows are
designed to use a variation of limbs - capable of being adjusted within
different weight ranges. When you order your bow, you'll be asked
to choose which limbs you would like on your bow. Generally
a bow's limbs come in 10 lb. increments. Some bows have more
choices than others, but for a typical bow - you'll be asked to choose
between 40-50#, 50-60#, or 60-70# limbs when ordering your bow.
If you choose 50-60#
limbs for example: the bow can be adjusted for any draw weight within
that 10# range. However, it cannot be adjusted to say.... 65#....
or any other value outside of the 10# range. If you decide later
that you want a draw weight that's higher or lower than the range you
originally chose - your bow will need to have new limbs installed.
A bow is slightly more efficient when operating at or near is peak
draw weight. [Adults] For this reason, if you intend to
permanently set and shoot your new bow at 60#, you probably should not
choose 60-70# limbs (and set the bow for it's minimum weight).
Instead, choose the 50-60# limbs (and set the bow for it's peak weight).
If you choose the more popular 60-70# limb, your bow will perform with
best efficiency when operating in the 67-70# range. Admittedly,
the difference in performance is minor - but worth considering
nonetheless. [Youth] If you are purchasing a new compound
bow for a growing youth-archer, you should probably not worry about bow
efficiency - and choose limbs that leave some room to grow - as kids
build strength very quickly when they begin to shoot their bows
What Draw Weight for Your Setup?
states require a compound bow to meet certain draw weight minimums in
order to hunt large game like Whitetail Deer. Always observe the rules
and regulations for legally harvesting game in your state.
However, as a general rule - a 40-50# draw weight will provide
sufficient energy to harvest deer and a 50-60# bow will provide
sufficient energy to harvest larger elk-size species. Bear, wild
hogs, and other "thick-skinned" animals will require a little
more kinetic energy.
When we setup and tune
your bow, we will adjust it for the precise draw weight you specify.
The draw weight that is appropriate for you is totally dependant upon
your size and muscularity. An adult male with average physical
strength will be most comfortable with a 55-65# draw weight. An adult
female with average strength will be most comfortable with a 30-40# draw
weight. If you are unsure about what draw weight is most appropriate for
you, we recommend you choose a more moderate weight.
Most big-game hunters can be just as effective (and more accurate) with
a little more reasonable draw weight.
What Draw Length for Your Setup?
traditional recurve bow that can be drawn back to virtually any length,
a compound bow will draw back only a specific distance before it stops
(the wall). Compound bows are designed to be shot from the
full-draw position. If a compound bow is set for a 29" draw
length, it should always be shot from the full 29" draw position.
But the bow cannot be over-drawn, say to 30" or 31", without
modifying the setup on the bow. So the draw length on your
compound bow must be set to match your particular size. When we
setup your bow, we will adjust the bow for your precise draw length.
To measure your draw length, determine the length of your arm-span in
inches. Stand with your arms out and palms facing forward. Don't
stretch when measuring. Just stand naturally. Have
someone else help you, and measure from the tip of one middle finger to
the other. Then simply divide that number by 2.5. The
quotient is your proper draw length (in inches) for your body size.
The majority of compound bow owners set their bows for too much draw
length, which results in poor shooting form - inaccuracy - and painful
string slap on the forearm. You will better enjoy - and be more
successful with your new bow when it is fitted properly to your body.
And REMEMBER! If in doubt, choose a little LESS draw length rather
than a little more. If you are still unsure, or plan to shoot with
a string loop, you may benefit from reading our Additional
Discussion on Draw Length.
If you are a person of average proportions, your arm-span will be
roughly equal to your height (in inches). So there is often a
direct correlation between a person's height and their draw length as
well. Once you have computed your draw length using the method
above, you can double-check yourself by using the scale below - to see
if your number is within the expected range.
What Let-Off Percentage?
contrast with the traditional bow, the draw weight of the compound bow
decreases at the end of the drawstroke. This is known as Let-Off.
Your bow may come with a choice of high or low let-off options. We
will be happy to set your new bow to the let-off you desire.
Remember, a higher let-off percentage means less holding weight at full
draw - allowing you more time to aim and shoot without straining.
A lower let-off percentage requires more holding weight at full draw.
If you are unsure about which one you should pick, here are a few things
you should consider.
The average archer will find the mid to high let-off bow to be more
comfortable to shoot, and the high let-off option is the popular
choice on most new bows. But the lower let-off bow has some
benefits too. To begin, a bow set for 65% let-off will generally
shoot a tick faster than a bow set for 80% let-off. Also,
maintaining some level of resistance at full draw is necessary to keep
things in good natural alignment - so there is some argument that a bow
can have too much let-off. Nonetheless, high let-off bows
are decidedly more comfortable to shoot, and command the lion's share of
today's new bow market.
However, aside from the slight differences in performance, the most
common reasons for choosing the low let-off option are to meet the Pope
& Young rule and to maintain compliance with some state regulations.
The prestigious Pope & Young Club allows a maximum of 65% let-off to
qualify for regular listing in their record book. Record animals
taken with higher let-offs will still be listed, but an asterisk
"*" will be placed beside the hunter's name, indicating the
animal was taken with a high let-off bow.
Also, some states disallow high let-off bows for big-game hunting.
Washington and Idaho, for example, restrict let-off to a maximum of 65%.
So if in doubt, please check your current state hunting publications to
be sure your your new equipment will be in compliance with your state's
Feathers or Vanes?
We custom build arrows
to match each and every bow system we sell. However, the type of
fletching material and colors are up to you. We offer you a choice
of plastic Duravanes™ (3 or 4 inch) in your choice of colors OR
you may choose Gateway Feathers (3 or 4 inch) in your choice of solid
colors. While this choice is entirely a personal preference, each
type of fletching material has some advantages to consider.
vanes (pictured left) are more durable than feathers. We strongly
recommend Duravanes for youth-archers, as well as for others who tend to
handle their equipment less delicately. Duravanes™ can be
crumpled and abused (up to a point of course) and generally still pop
back into shape. And since Duravanes™ can be fletched in a
straight - offset - or helical configuration - they can be used with
practically any style arrow rest. Vanes are the popular choice
in our shop.
for many archers - feathers offer some enticing advantages as well.
Feathers are very light. Three 4" Gateway Feathers weigh
about 9 grains - while 3 equal sized vanes weigh nearly 25 grains.
The savings in weight means that your arrows are lighter and fly
faster with flatter trajectory. The weight savings in the rear
of the arrow also means better front-of-center balance on your arrows -
especially for those who use lighter tips. Feathers are generally
fletched in a helical configuration and offer excellent stability for
For VANES Only......Would you like
Straight, Offset, or Helical?
If you elect to have
your arrows fletched with vanes, you may also choose the configuration
of the fletchings. Choose straight fletch, 4º Offset Fletch, or
Right Helical Fletch. Each configuration has some notable
advantages and disadvantages.
Right Offset Fletch
Does Not Rotate in
Rotates Slightly in
Fastest Flying Vane Configuration
- Least Amount of Air Resistance
- Works with Any Arrow Rest
- Minimal Fletching Clearance Problems
Provides More Stabilization for Broadheads
- Only Some Air Resistance in Flight
- Works with Most Arrow Rests
- Stable Flight to Moderate Distances
Superior Stabilization for Broadheads
- Best Overall Arrow Flight at Long Distances
- Increased Overall Accuracy
- Arrow Corrects Attitude in Flight
Less Stable at Long Distances
- Provides Less Stabilization for Broadheads
- Best Used in a Well-Tuned Bow
May Cause Fletching Clearance Issues
- Some Loss of Arrow Velocity
Notable Loss of Arrow Velocity
- Fletching Clearance More Problematic
Desired Option for Releasing the
If you are planning to
use a mechanical release, we would be happy to setup your new bow system
for a direct-string release or a string-loop release. This allows
you the option of placing your caliper release directly around the bow's
string or around a small c-shaped piece of rope. While customers
are more evenly split on this option - the string loop is still the
this option if you would like to hook your caliper release
directly around the string. A brass nocking point and
rubber Eliminator button will be installed. The rubber
Eliminator button provides cushion between your release and
the nock of the arrow - keeping the arrow from dislodging from
the string at full draw - and protecting the nock from being
gouged by the metal caliper. Good choice for longer axle
this option if you would like to hook your caliper release
around a string loop. A brass nocking point is still
installed, and the arrow is positioned just beneath it - in
between the string loop ends. The string loop protects
the actual bowstring from the abrasive effects of the metal
caliper. The string loop is usually the best choice for
short axle bows
minimizing the effects of an acute string angle.
Choose Your Peep Sight Size?
Our bow systems come
with a peep-sight already installed. You have the choice of a
small - medium - or large size aperture. Larger sizes are easier
to see through, particularly in low-light hunting conditions. But
smaller sizes are more pin-point accurate. Customer choice varies
here too, but the medium aperture is the popular choice.
A special note about
We serve all peep sights in place using a short-serve technique.
This locks the peep sight in place so that it will not move under
normal shooting conditions - while still allowing for some adjustments
without the need to re-serve the peep sight. Peep sights are
served 13 cm above the nocking point on the bowstring. While this
suits the vast majority of shooters just fine, you may wish to move the
peep sight up or down the string slightly to accommodate your particular
shooting style. A booklet entitled Getting Started with
your New Compound Bow will be provided with your bow system, simple
instructions for adjusting your peep sight are included in the booklet.
If you still have
questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
+358 45 208 6292 or email
Some Frequently Asked Questions
don't need ALL that stuff. Can I make any subtractions
to my bow system?
You may elect to have some items excluded from your bow
package - and an adjustment will be made to the price of the
bow system. However, some items are mandatory in the bow
system. The hard-shell case and arrows cannot be deleted
from any bow system - as these items are essential for setup,
tuning, and delivery of the bow system. Also, some of
our bow systems include a factory accessory package
rather than each individual component being added a la
carte. In this case, certain items cannot be deleted
from the package. Contact us for more information and
details about deleting components of your Ready-to-Hunt
I add items to my bow system?
We will be happy to install any additional accessories you
would like included with your bow system (extra arrows,
broadheads, etc.). If you would like a price quote on
additional items, please email
us or call
+358 45 208 6292
to discuss your options.
I make any substitutions to my bow system?
of the time - Yes. If you would prefer a different rest,
sight, type of arrow, etc. - we will gladly accommodate your
substitution requests if possible. Of course, some
adjustments to the price of the bow system may be necessary if
the substituted parts are upgraded or downgraded from the
original package inclusions. Bow systems which include a
factory accessory package will have some substitution
us for more details.
if I don't like my new bow system, can I return it?
you encounter a difficulty - or something you didn't expect,
please contact us for help before you become alarmed.
The vast majority of "problems" are easily resolved
with just a simple email
or phone call. If we are unable to resolve the problem,
you may return your Ready-to-Hunt™ bow system within 10 days
of receipt of the bow system (in it's original packing and
condition) for a full refund of the purchase price.
are my payment options?
of our purchases, however, are made by bank transfer.