Compound Bow Packages – Choosing the Accessories

It can be such a confusing dilemma to pick out the right bow for you, so where do you begin when you would like an accessory package to complete the setup?  Which sights to pick? Which rest to pick? Which this? Which that?  In this article I will go over some of the necessities of a bow package and the different options and decisions.  So hopefully after you read this you will have a greater understanding and confidence to pick out the right accessories and package for yourself.

There is no better place to begin than with the arrow rest.  This is where all the magic happens and a lot of the problems can occur as well.  Containment and clearance are the two most important things when selecting a rest.  Containment is important to hold the arrow in place while waiting for an opportunity to shoot as well as when drawing and shooting the bow.  Clearance is equally important so during the shot none of your vanes or fletching contact the rest making it harder for you to achieve consistency.  Some of your better rests in a lower price range would be the Whisker Biscuit, APA rest, and Octane rest.  In a mid and high end price range you will get into more of the drop-aways with Trophy Taker, NAP, Ripcord and QAD being some of the best arrow rests on the market.  The big advantage of a drop away is that you do not have the clearance issues and therefore have more forgiveness in the setup. 

The Sight on a bow is a very important addition to any bow package.  A few main differences in sights are brightness, durability, and micro adjustability.  I would recommend for the beginning archer on a budget to get a sight of all metal construction without plastic.  This will greatly outlast any plastic sight and are not much more price wise.  As prices go up you will get into sights that have more fiber optics and are brighter and easier to see.  A general rule of thumb is the more fiber optic, the brighter the pin.  The next factor after that is micro adjustability.  These sights that are extremely micro adjustable are very nice but often more expensive.  Spending the extra money on a sight that has these features is often well worth it and can save you money in the long run.

A Quiver can be a little less confusing of an item then the former but still important.  Main factors to figure out would be if you want to shoot with the quiver on the bow or take it off to shoot, and how many arrows you would like it to hold.  A quiver that you use mounted to the bow needs to be more solid in order to make it less noisy on the shot, so a metal, rubber mounted or 2 piece quiver is good for such an application.  If an individual is going to take the quiver off then the ease of coming on and off is often an important factor to weigh in.  How many arrows an individual wants seems to be a straight forward questions but it is something I would suggest to put a lot of thought into.  It can mean the difference in having one more arrow to get that trophy or just a story.

Stabilizers on a bow are very important.  It acts a silencer but also as a counter weight that helps balance out your bow and fights torque on the shot.  There are a couple nice inexpensive stabilizers out there that take out vibration well like the Truglo stabilizers and Limbsaver stabilizers.  There are also some more high-end stabilizers out there that have more front weight and take out more torque and are adjustable for weights like the Doinker and Octane stabilizers.


By: Archery Country

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