|More About our Core Elements™ Bow Packages|
Core Elements™ is really a package of key services rather than just some accessories. Archery enthusiasts come in all levels of experience and mechanical inclination. Some guys are technical wizards with their bows, others not so much. If you're one of the non-wizards, our Core Elements™ package might be perfect for you. It's a simple idea really. If you buy a new bow from us, we'll take care of all the adjustments and technical stuff requiring specialized tooling and know-how, and then you finish-off the build at your own workbench. It's a LOT cheaper than buying a complete Pro-Shop package, particularly if you already have your own sight, quiver, release, etc. You may not need need all the things that come in our big packages. So if you just want to upgrade/update your bow, this is the best deal out there, because there's no charge for the Core Elements™ services. You still just pay the "bare" bow price (and you even get a free arrow rest out of the deal - Woot!). Why do all this? Because we want you to be impressed. We want you to piledrive arrows into absurdly tight groups. We want you to hit what you're aiming at and love your new bow. For us, it's simple retailing logic. When we deliver bows which fit properly AND launch laser-straight arrows, we make happier customers - and that's good for business.
ALIGNMENT AND ADJUSTMENTS
There is a particular sequence to be followed when setting up and tuning a modern compound bow. The process begins with general alignment (cam timing, correcting cam lean & spacing, setting limb tiller, cable clearances, etc.) along with making base adjustments for draw weight and draw length. Sometimes these are simple checks and easy mechanical tweaks, other times it's major surgery end to end. It just depends on the bow. Some bows are easy to work on, others are a royal pain in the neck. Either way, the work has to be done. If the bow's core adjustments and alignments aren't done properly, the bow is guaranteed to be problematic. It will never tune properly. It will never shoot accurately, and its owner is never going to be happy with it. So the first step is to ensure the machine itself is functioning correctly and that it fits the user appropriately. If you're not sure what all that means, don't worry. We have it under control. It's what we do. Our technicians will prep every bow, by hand, and make everything is up the spec.
WHY YOU GET THE FREE ARROW REST
Oddly enough, the only add-on bow accessory which has a critical effect on the bow's state of tune is the arrow rest. Arrows don't get the benefit of a gun-barrel to put them on course. The arrow must be oriented in such a way that the vector of the nocking point on the string and the path of the arrow are in perfect alignment. Think of it like trying to push one pencil across the table with another - long ways - with both pencils placed end to end - erasers touching. Unless you aligned the two pencils perfectly in one straight line, pushing on the object pencil would cause it to turn instead of just moving it forward. But once you had both pencils lined up straight, you could push that second pencil all the way to the other side, right? This is the fundamental puzzle of tuning a bow. If the arrow isn't oriented perfectly to match the path of motion from the bow's string, the force of the moving string turns or pitches the arrow instead of just moving it forward. This is why arrows shot from a poorly tuned bow tend to fishtail and/or porpoise in flight (they literally leave the bow flying slightly "sideways"). To get the forces of the bow and the arrow traveling down the same laser beam, the position of the arrow rest is critical. If the arrow rest is too high or low, the arrow porpoises. If the arrow rest is too far left or right, the arrow fishtails. That's why every Core Elements™ bow comes with at least some kind of arrow rest. It's impossible to "tune" a bow without an arrow rest (or arrows for that matter). If you don't like the basic containment model arrow rest included, you're welcome to upgrade to any of our other models (see shopping cart for upgrade pricing). All arrow rests will come fully installed, aligned, and set to achieve optimal arrow flight on the bow. Please do NOT loosen and move your arrow rest, or your tuning work will all be undone.
WHAT ABOUT ARROWS?
Core Elements™ bows are generally tuned using standard ICS (9/32-5/16") style carbon arrows. If you are purchasing some arrows with your bow, then this is pretty easy. We will simply build the arrows appropriate to your particular bow (spine size, trimmed length, total mass, etc.) and we will physically tune the bow with your actual arrows. We will also include the final arrow specifications on your bow report. In the future, you can simply buy extra arrows compatible to your original specs. If your order does not include arrows, we will tune the bow with stock arrows from the pro-shop and determine the best spine size, trimmed length and total mass the bow requires. We will then list the arrow requirements on your bow report so you may order compatible arrows at a later time. If you wish to have your bow tuned to accommodate small-diameter 1/4-17/64" shafts (FMJ's, Axis, VAP, Injexion, etc.), please indicate that in the options.
EVERYTHING WORKING IN CONCERT
In order to achieve optimal arrow flight, many elements must be working in-concert. The bow must have no mechanical faults or misalignments, the arrow must have the appropriate dynamic spine, length and mass, the nocking point must be properly located on the string, and the arrow rest must be set to orient the arrow tip at the right point in space. In theory, we should be able to mathematically predict the precise settings where a bow will punch a clean bullet-hole through paper and launch a perfect arrow. Unfortunately, every bow sings its own individual tune. The only reliable way to really tune a compound bow is to do it by hand. That's why we actually paper- and flight-tune every Core Elements™ bow we sell. The only way to really know how a bow will perform at any given set of specs - with any particular arrow - with any particular arrow rest setting, etc. is to actually set the bow up that way and shoot it. So we do, and based on our test results, we make corresponding adjustments until every bow is REALLY shooting clean bullet-holes and grouping tightly with bare shafts. There's no other way to "cheat" the process with pre-aligned jigs or one-size-fits-all solutions. The process must be done at the point of sale, at the customer's adjusted specs, and using the bow's actual arrows and accessories. Every core tuning element plays a critical role in the mechanical orchestra. When one element is a bit off key, it affects the performance of the others. So if we want to get a bow singing perfectly in-tune, everything must be working in perfect concert. That's precisely what our Core Elements™ services are designed to achieve.
WHAT ABOUT THE SIGHT?
Tuning a bow and sighting-in a bow are entirely different things, though archers commonly confuse the terminology. Bow tuning is about achieving mechanical consistency and repeatably stable arrow flight. When a bow is well-tuned, every arrow flies the same as the last, and shots tend to land in tight groups at the target (even if they don't land right in the bullseye). If the arrow flight is stable and the groups are tight, the bow is tuned ... but not necessarily sighted it. The sight doesn't control how tightly the arrows group. The sight controls where those arrows group at the target. Moving the sight means moving your arrow groups to a different spot on the target - that's all. So sighting-in the bow is literally the last thing, a separate process which has no effect on tuning whatsoever. As such, you can have a perfectly tuned bow which ISN'T sighted-in, but you can't really have the opposite. A poorly-tuned bow can never really be "sighted-in" because the arrows never fly consistently enough, or in tight-enough groups, to make sight adjustments meaningful. Many shooters struggle to sight-in their bows, repeatedly making sight adjustments in a futile attempt to correct a core tuning issue (which a sight adjustment cannot do). Fortunately, once a bow is tuned and functioning properly, sighting-in is a snap. With a little trial-n-error testing, you'll have your ranges set and arrow groups drilling the X before you know it. If you're new to all this, don't worry. We include a handy booklet with your new bow. It gives a detailed description on how to sight-in your bow and set the pins.