Walk Back Tuning Your Bow

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When setting up any new compound bow, it has to be properly tuned. It should also be checked before every season starts. I recommend doing this way in advance as most shops become very busy last minute.

A good shop when setting up your bow will make sure that; axle to axle is correct, brace height is correct, cams are in tune, and poundage set accordingly. You would be surprised how many bows need a little tweaking right from the factory.

Everyone should know what paper tuning is, you might not know how it's done but you should know what it is. If you don't know what it is, you need to go to your local shop and have them check your bow as its probably out of tune.

Most shops stop at paper tuning. This is where you need to finish the process. Some of you will start shooting your bow at 20 yards and be hitting dead center and step back to 30 and your arrow starts wonder off to the left or right. Most people will just adjust their sights to correct this, and that is wrong. You need to do a walk back tune.

I start before I even sight my bow in. Make a target with a straight vertical line all the way from top to bottom. Start at 5 yards and shoot my top pin at vertical line on the target. This will be the same point and pin you are going to be aiming at for the whole process. Don't worry if you hit high or low, just worry about left and right. At 5 yards adjust your sight so your arrow is hitting the vertical line. I shoot groups of three, and make sure the group is centered on the line. After first group is shot and adjustments are made, step back in 5 yard increments, shooting groups each time. Each group will be lower since you will be using the same pin for this process. This is so you can get your rest at the best possible position. Now remember to get your arrows to all group in a vertical line, you will have to make adjustments to your rest, in a opposite direction of where the arrow hit. When you get back to what your maximum distance is going to be and all arrows are hitting the same vertical line, lock down your rest for good. And I always start back at 5 yards and start again, just to double check, but I go back in 10 yard increments the second time.

For hunting you will still might have to tune your bow to shoot broadheads.


ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the tip. I just a

Thanks for the tip. I just a got a new compound for Christmas. It looks as if though once I get it all set up I will be doing some fine tuning this spring. I have heard people talk about this but wasn't quite sure how it was done. Once again, thanks for the information.

numbnutz's picture

Great tip here, thanks for

Great tip here, thanks for posting it. I had some trouble with my arrows kicking out. I took my bow to my shop and the rest was off by a tenth of an inch. now it shoots like a dream.

jaybe's picture

Great Tip!

TJ -

 That is a great tip.

I have seen this one explained on American Archer, and I doubt that many people are fully aware of how important it is.

Easy to do, yet so vital for consistent accuracy.