Bow hunting is a fast growing global sport. Many people have moved from to bow hunting from rifle hunting over the years and if you happen to pick a compound bow, you’ll actually understand why.
A lot of first time compound bows buyers go by what they are told at the shop. However, there are a certain steps to look at when buying high quality compound bows.
Number one, always check the brand name. With all the different types of successful archery companies there it’s good to look at best bows brand.
The second selection is “how fast is the bow?” Checking IBO speed on every single bow you look at. Try to find something 300 FPS or above. IBO means the international bow hunter’s organization tested the bow.
Don’t think that you will be shooting the same speed as the IBO. A general rule of thumb is that for each inch, you gain or lose 10 fps. So since IBO bows are tested at 30″ inch draw length and you’re shooting a compound bows at 27″ in draw length, expecting to lose around 30 fps from draw length.
The other determining factor for speed is the draw weight. Since IBO speeds are tested at 70# pounds, or if the bow does not come in 70# pounds, it is tested at the highest speed possible for that bow, then expecting to lose 2fps per pound. So if your bow was tested by IBO or AMO at 70 pounds and you shoot a bow on 64 pounds, expecting to lose about 12 fps in addition to the draw and arrow length.
The next determining factor for buying a compound bows for an inexperienced archer is often the most under looked and that is the brace height. Brace height is the distance from handle grip top to the bow string. If you want high forgiveness compound bows, then you’ll want to shoot compound bows with height of 7 inches or greater. Anything below 7 inches is not forgiving of a lot of form errors and should only be used by experienced archers.
The next factor will be you’re axle to axle. If you’re a tree-stand hunter, you might require lower axle to axle bow, usually 32 inches or less. A hunter on the ground needs, perhaps better axle to axle is better for you. Low axle to axles is better for going under tree branches, carrying, space, but also has its downfalls. One of those downfalls are long range accuracy. If you’re shooting a low axle to axle bow, usually the least most accurate long distances it will be, but then again, not all of us are long distance shooters. I prefer to stick with axle to axles of 32″ inches or greater, but is once again, a preference.
The final factor that should be looked into is the let-off. 80% is an excellent choice. “Let off” means after you reach a certain point of draw length, how much of the weight is taking off your pulling to assure you to stick with your anchor point for a longer time. The higher the let-off %, the longer you will comfortably hold your compound bow at maximum.