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Old 10-08-2009, 04:23 PM
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What's a "normal" amount of time that you should be able to hold your compound bow back at full draw? If you can hold your draw for a long time, should you increase poundage?
Right now I have a PSE fireflite right at about 60 pounds. It's set on the 80% let off and I can hold it for about 2 minutes. Assuming I could shoot just as well on a higher poundage, should I take advantage of the performance, or let it be?

I've attached a picture of myself at full draw. Please critique freely. I think I might need to take some draw length off. Despite standing 6'3 I have short arms

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Old 10-08-2009, 04:31 PM
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i would leave it alone-its up to you. you seem comfortable with it and 60lbs is plenty heavy to kill a deer. you can never hold back too long. when it gets cold and youve sat motionless for 3hrs you will be glad you left it alone.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:35 PM
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Holding at full draw for 2 minutes is a long time. I would keep your bow exactly where it is at right now. I agree with rh160.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:41 PM
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I can hold mine back at least 5 minutes ... I did it last year ...and it's at 76# with 80% let-off ...

I think I have identified something with this ... if your draw length is even a little long, it will severly limit the time you can hold it back ... a little short or right on, you are not nearly as extended, hence the ability to hold it back longer
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:55 PM
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Fellas, please look at my picture to tell me what's right, and what's wrong.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:01 PM
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Seems as you could hold 12# for more then 2 minutes?
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Z
Fellas, please look at my picture to tell me what's right, and what's wrong.
I think your draw length is to long ...
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:43 PM
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I don't know man but there's a cougar or something under your computer chair that I'd worry about first!!!!
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:46 PM
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That "cat" is insane. He likes to attack socks, especially when you're sleeping, and they're on your feet!
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:49 PM
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me and some buds tested this earlier this year. I did 12.4 Minutes before i had to shoot.

I WOULD NEVER hold that long on an animal. I was shaking like Catherine Hepburn in a helicopter.
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