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Old 02-28-2004, 08:35 AM
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What Draw Weight do you shoot , compared to the max draw weight of the bow. Do you keep it close to max. If I have a 70lb draw do I keep it set that high all the time?
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Old 02-28-2004, 08:59 AM
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I have a new 70# Outback. Actual top draw weight was 73#. I keep it set at 68#.
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Old 02-28-2004, 09:33 AM
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I always shoot my bows close to max poundage. That's where I get best performance and the quietest shooting. However, I have never believed in bottoming out the limb bolts. Adjustability is the compound's main asset and bottoming out the limb bolts eliminates one very important adjustment. It's best to leave yourself at least one turn on each bolt so you can fine tune the bow, IMO.

Once the bow is tuned, I leave the settings alone and shoot it. Maybe someone that's going to let the bow rot for 6-8 months at a time might want to back the draw weight off and reduce the strain on the limbs, but any benefit to doing that is debateable.
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:03 AM
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u are always supposed 2 keep a bow at least a half turn from being bottomed out. as far as the draw weight goes, u need 2 keep it 2 where it is easy 2 draw and where u r most comfortable with it. but u are not supposed 2 turn it more than 6 full turns from being bottomed out.
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Old 02-28-2004, 01:06 PM
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topped out at 70# i keep it at about 68#
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Old 02-29-2004, 08:20 PM
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pinesap, Arthur and shootem up are both right, you should not bottom out your draw wt bolts. I like to set my tiller dead even. But to answer your question. You can shoot your bow a whatever weight within your bow's range is most comfortable for you. But you will get the best efficiency out of the limbs with the bow set at its maximum weight.
I bought a used HC that was a 30" draw and 55 - 70 lbs draw wt. I got new cam modules to bring the draw length to 28", now my max weight I can get from it is 63#.
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Old 03-01-2004, 03:37 PM
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I keep mine maxed, better performance that way
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Old 03-01-2004, 03:54 PM
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mine is bottomed out don't know the actual weight.
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Old 03-02-2004, 01:00 PM
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Its to my understanding that draw weight is best when at full draw, you can hold the bow back for 60seconds without shaking. I would say alot of it has to do with your comfort level. Keep in mind, higher poundage means arrow flight will flatter with less drop at greater yardage!
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Old 03-02-2004, 01:32 PM
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In a majority of the cases a bow will operate most efficiently when it is at or near its peak weight. I have read about some exceptions to this though.

I normally shoot between 67-70 lbs on a 70 lb peak weight bow.
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