That is why I asked about paper tuning and contact with your arm, especially with broadheads. Many years ago I bought a top of the line Hoyt. I had been using a Browning and absolutely loved it but got caught up in the speed game, big mistake. Anyway I fought that sucker for a couple of weeks, retimed it, changed out a cam bushing, changed rests, arrows, fletching, you name it. Finally I went back to the store and talked to the Pro. He watched me and could not see anything. He shot it and was drilling the 10 ring. I tried it and was still getting inconstant shots. Finally he suggested the powder trick.
When shooting with fingers I always used the index finger touching my canine tooth. That truly is a fixed in place position, whereas the corner of the mouth moves around.
And paper tuning definitely helps with accuracy. Also testing the fletching using aerosol foot spray to make sure there is no fletch contact with the bow. You really have to do that before you do the paper tuning.
It is amazing the number of people who won't paper tune use an expandable broadhead and then wonder why they don't get good penetration. If the arrow isn't flying straight it isn't going to penetrate as well as it could.
Seriously, once you have it paper tuned you will be amazed at the penetration you get. I shot a mule deer buck from the rear and hit is right on the arsehole. It went down like it was poleaxed. My buddy who was standing just to my right who didn't have a clear shot was shocked when the whole arrow disappeared. We found the arrow hanging out of the deer's brisket with only the fletching still inside. It was 5 feet of penetration. Most rifles won't do that.
Well heck, I use a arm guard and it was "every so lightly" brushing the guard. It was so light I couldn't even feel it but it was there. After 6 months of chasing speed I was getting 375 ft per second, this was in the mid 90s and that was fast, very fast. Unfortunately it was loud, very unstable and sucked for penetration. Those hard cams were not very shooter friendly and that Hoyt was constantly needing timed, mostly because of the style of cables it used.
I went back to my Browning, super smooth, very quite and stable. Then around 2000 I shot a Matthews at a 3d shoot. Holy crap, as smooth and quite as my Browning was that Matthew was incredible. I bought a complete setup in 2001 and have never looked back. I still shoot my Matthews Switchback XT, that was my last upgrade and it is everything I could want in a hunting bow.
I practice alot at 50 yards but never shoot past 40. But by striving to be good at 50, 35 and even 40 seems like a chip shot.
O, you mentioned finger shooting. I tried a glove but they would always develop a Ridge at the tip. I went to a tab and love it, the string just glides off of it. When I shoot my Darton I use fingers, for my Switchback I use a release. I have found this one to be perfect for me. It distributes the weight across your entire hand, not just your fingers.
Edited by devil duck, Dec. 30 2017 - 11:38 AM.