How to sight in a bow without shooting it

How to sight in a bow without shooting it

Today we’re out here in the Hunting blog and we’re gonna go over one of the most basic principles of sight a bow without shooting it. And that’s out of sight in your bulk and for whatever reason, there’s not really a good blog that makes it clear to understand how to sight in your bow without shooting it.

It’s just one of those kinds of concepts that are difficult to grasp in your head. When your arrows hit one way and which way to move the sight and so it often becomes a bigger task than it really is so. I’m gonna demonstrate a really quick and easy method and hopefully, it helps you guys.

However, it’ll be difficult to get the accuracy of the shoot. If you want to sight your bow without shooting it.

Set-up your Bow

When sighting in a bow, be sure to take into account the following:

  • The draw weight of the bow
  • The arrow’s length and width
  • The archer’s eye relief (distance from the eyepiece to the archer’s eyebrow)
  • The target’s distance from the archer

If the bow is not sighted properly, you’re not going to hit your target. When you shoot a bow without sighting in it, you are relying on the archer’s muscle memory to shoot correctly. The farther the arrow is from the center of the bow, the more inaccurate your shot will be. To put it simply, if your bow is sighted in too close and at an incorrect angle, your arrow will fly off to one side or another and miss its mark.

First and foremost, you will need to gather your equipment. This includes a bow, arrows, and any other necessary supplies like a quiver or sight. There will need the regular accessories though you don’t go to shoot. Additionally, you’ll need a laser pointing device to get the best accuracy.

Bow Yard Pin set up

Setting Your 20-Yard Pin

By setting the bow at 20 yards and taking an arrow to the center of the target. Once this is accomplished, adjust the draw weight and arrow rest until you are hitting the target consistently.

Setting Your 30-Yard Pin

Next step is to find a spot on a target that is at least 30 yards away from you. You can use the rangefinder to measure the range. Then you will need to find the center of the bull’s-eye. Once you have found the center, use a bow sight to line up the arrow with this point. Your laser sight device will help you to measure your accuracy to sight your bow without shooting it.

Keep going with the different Yard Pin.

Make Your Windage-Elevation Adjustments 

There are a few different ways to sight in a bow without shooting it. One is to use a target that has dots at specific distances and angles. Another is to use a reticle or crosshairs on an archery scope.

To make your windage/elevation adjustments, first find the center of the bull’s-eye on the target and then make your adjustments using the windage knob and elevation knob on your archery scope. If you are using a reticle, just aim at the center of the crosshair and then make your adjustments.

Finalize the Bow sight setting

Aiming your arrow, once you have lined up the shot, take a breath and hold it while you focus on the target. If you want to shoot perfectly then you have to do all the set-up accurately as much as you can. Take a look at the target on the sight.

The next step is to use your arrow rest to adjust the arrow until the point of impact on the target is at the same place as your laser pointer device. This will ensure that your bow is properly sighted in.

The reason is that your bow’s sights are adjusted for shooting at distances, not for sight-in. When you sight in your bow, you’re going to want to line up the laser pointer dot on the bullseye and fire a few practice shots. This will help you get a feel for where your arrow is actually going to hit when you take it out hunting or target shooting.

The best way to determine how much you need to adjust your pointer is by trying out different positions and distances. It can happen based on your bow or arrows. You can also use a target at various distances to help you get an idea of what adjustments need to be made. 

Once you have determined the necessary adjustments, make them by gently moving your pointer up or down until getting the perfect sight.

There are a few different methods you can use to make this adjustment. One is to use a calculator to plug in your draw weight and 60-yard distance. The other is to make tiny adjustments with tweezers or a pin until you get an arrow that’s hitting dead center every time.

Windage-Elevation Adjustments

Final Thought

When you’re shooting your bow, it’s always a good idea to take the time to sight your bow. However, if you don’t have the opportunity to do so, there is a workaround. Simply hold the bow at arm’s length and look down the sights at a stationary object. Line up the center of the target with the middle of your sight and draw back until you feel a resistance in your bowstring. Release the arrow and watch how it flies towards the target. Make any necessary adjustments to your aim and repeat as necessary. 

If you’re trying to sight in a bow without shooting it, you’re going to run into a lot of problems. The first problem is that it’s difficult to get an accurate measurement of your bow’s axis without actually shooting it. This is because the distance between the arrow and the target will vary depending on how tight your draw is. If you don’t have an actual shot under your belt, it will be even more difficult to get an accurate measurement.

The second problem is that you won’t be able to make adjustments to your bow’s alignment if you don’t have an actual shot under your belt. This means that you’ll have to rely on guesswork when trying to adjust your alignment. Unless you fly the arrows.

Whichever method you choose, it’s important to be consistent with it throughout your entire sighting-in process.

I hope this blog will help you to sight your bow without shooting an arrow. This is not the universal way to make the sight set-up. But, it’ll help you to get in your archery field of target practicing.

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