READY TO ORDER A NEW BOW PACKAGE?
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FIRST
When you order your new Ready-to-Hunt™ bow system, you have some decisions to make. Some decisions are just a matter of personal preference (fletching colors, peep types, accessory choices, etc.), but other decisions effect critical fitment of the bow. So we need to get this right.
Please carefully read the details below. These are the things you'll need to know before ordering a Ready-to-Hunt Compound Bow Package. Whether you order your bow online or by phone, these are literally the exact questions we ask you. Of course, this isn't an Algebra test. If you aren't sure about something and you need some help, we will be more than happy to offer some advice and talk you through it. Just call us at 877-410-7811. Otherwise, here's what you'll need to know ...
Q1: DO YOU NEED A RIGHT-HAND OR LEFT-HAND BOW?
A right-handed person generally shoots a right-hand bow. A left-handed person generally shoots a left-hand bow. That's simple enough, but if you've never shot a bow before, you could easily misunderstand how bows are oriented for right and left hand.
A right-hand bow is actually held in the LEFT hand and drawn back with the right hand. Conversely, a left-hand bow is held in the RIGHT hand and drawn back with the left hand. You choose the orientation of the bow based on the hand that draws the bow - not the hand that grips the bow.
Although it pains us to complicate a seemingly simple matter, you should know that some shooters choose their bows (right or left hand) based on eye-dominance rather than hand-dominance. If you would like to know more about the concept, please read our Eye-Dominance Conflicts article.
Q2: WHAT DRAW WEIGHT RANGE (LIMBS) WOULD YOU LIKE?
When you order your bow, you'll be asked to choose which weight range (limbs) you would like on your bow. Generally a bow's limbs come in 10 lb. increments. Some bows have more choices than others, but for a typical bow - you'll be asked to choose between 40-50#, 50-60#, or 60-70# limbs when ordering the bow. If you choose 50-60# limbs, for example, the bow can be adjusted for any draw weight within that 10# range (51#, 54#, 58#, etc.). However, it cannot be adjusted to say, 65#, or any other value outside of the 10# range. If you decide later that you want a draw weight that's higher or lower than the range you originally chose - your bow will need to have new limbs installed.
If you've never shot a bow before - and you're unsure which weight range is suitable for you - please read our help guide on Bow Sizing or read the Draw Weights section in our Compound Bow Selection Guide. For quick reference, here are some general guidelines for choosing an appropriate draw weight based on body type. Of course, each individual is different. You should apply your common sense here and interpret this chart with due respect to your own age, general physical condition, and Body Mass Index (BMI).
Q3: WHAT DRAW WEIGHT WOULD YOU PREFER?
When we setup and tune your bow, we will adjust it for the precise draw weight you specify. You may choose any value within the specified weight range (limbs) of the bow. Some shooters prefer to begin low and work-up to a heavier draw weight later. Some max-it-out right from the start. Some setup for something in the middle of the range. The choice is totally up to you. Of course, all compound bows are user-adjustable for draw weight. If you decide to increase or decrease your draw weight later, you can typically do that yourself with just a hex-wrench. Just remember, you cannot safely adjust the bow outside of its specified weight range.
It should be noted that some states require a compound bow to meet certain draw weight minimums in order to hunt large game like Whitetail Deer. Always observe the rules and regulations for legally harvesting game in your state. However, as a general rule - a 40-50# draw weight will provide sufficient energy to harvest deer and a 50-60# bow will provide sufficient energy to harvest most larger species.
TECH TIP: Compound bow limbs are designed to work best (most efficiently) when they're at peak weight. If you intend to shoot your bow at, say, 60#, you will get slightly better efficiency if you choose a 50-60# bow and max-it-out, as opposed to a 60-70# bow turned down to its minimum.
Q7: IF YOU CHOOSE VANES ... WOULD YOU LIKE THEM STRAIGHT, OFFSET, OR HELICAL?
If you choose feathers, you automatically get a helical turn. Feathers have a natural twist, so they must be fletched in a helical (spiral-style) clamp. But vanes can be fletching with any turn you like. You may choose to have your vanes fletched as a straight fletch, a 4º offset fletch, or a right-helical fletch. Each configuration has some notable advantages and disadvantages. The offset fletch is the popular choice in our store.
Does Not Rotate in Flight
Rotates Slightly in Flight
Rotates Dramatically in Flight
• Fastest Flying Configuration
• Least Amount of Air Resistance
• Works with Any Arrow Rest
• No Fletching Clearance Problems
• More Stabilization for Broadheads
• Little Loss of Arrow Velocity
• Works with Most Arrow Rests
• Stable to Moderate Distances
• Superior Broadhead Flight
• Best Long-Distance Accuracy
• Arrow Correct Attitude in Flight
• Tips Tighten as You Practice
• Less Stable at Long Distances
• Less Broadhead Stabilization
• Requires Well-Tuned Bow
• Some Fletching Clearance Issues
• Some Loss of Velocity
• Less of Arrow Velocity
• Fletching Clearance Challenging
|DIRECT STRING W/E-BUTTON||STRING LOOP|
|Choose this option if you would like to hook your caliper release directly around the string. A brass nocking point and rubber Eliminator button will be installed. The rubber Eliminator button provides cushion between your release and the nock of the arrow - keeping the arrow from dislodging from the string at full draw - and protecting the nock from being gouged by the metal caliper. Good choice for longer axle bows.
||Choose this option if you would like to hook your caliper release around a string loop. A brass nocking point is still installed, and the arrow is positioned just beneath it - in between the string loop ends. The string loop protects the actual bowstring from the abrasive effects of the metal caliper. The string loop is usually the best choice for short axle bows minimizing the effects of an acute string angle. Does a String Loop Change my Draw Length?
|Small 1/16" Aperture
||Medium 1/8" Aperture
||Large 3/16" Aperture
|PEEP SIGHT TYPE/STYLE: You also have a choice of peep sight style. The peep sights pictured above are the Fletcher-Style peeps. These small aluminum peeps work beautifully, but you must continue to train your string to keep them in proper alignment at full draw. Experienced archers generally prefer Fletcher-Style peeps, but they sometimes drive new shooters bananas - because they turn with the string.
If tinkering with peep alignment sounds like something that might challenge your patience, we suggest you try the Trio String Peep. The Trio splits the string fibers into thirds, rather than halves. So even if your string rotates slightly, chances are you'll still have a clear field of view. But even Trio Peeps can turn out of optimal position from time to time.
The option with the best reliability is the old standard Tube Peep - and we will gladly install one if you request. Just be advised, the snapping sound of that rubber tube is tough to mute. Tube Peeps are comparatively noisy - and for some reason - Tube Peeps cost you a little at the chronograph too. But they do keep that peep sight in perfect alignment, no matter what.
The choice is up to you, but again, the Trio Peep is the popular choice that seems to get the job done for most people. If you're still not sure and you would like to talk it over, call our help desk at 877-410-7811 and we'll help you go through the pros and cons.
|Fletcher Style Peep
||Trio Style Peep
||Rubber Tube Peep
PEEP SIGHT HEIGHT: And finally, you have a choice of peep sight height. We serve all peep sights in place using a short-serve technique. This locks the peep sight in place so that it will not move under normal shooting conditions - while still allowing for some minor height adjustments without the need to re-serve the peep sight. Standard peep sight height is 13 cm above the nocking point on the bowstring. This suits the majority of shooters just fine.
However, you may elect to choose a HIGH PEEP (15 cm setting) to accommodate exceptionally long draw lengths or low anchor points - or - you may choose a LOW PEEP (11 cm setting) to accommodate exceptionally short draw lengths or high anchor points (less common). If this is your first bow or if you're not sure, we suggest you just stick with the standard 13 cm peep height. Again, you can make changes to your peep height later if you wish. Our easy-to-follow red booklet, entitled Getting Started with your New Compound Bow, will be provided with your bow system. Simple instructions for adjusting your peep sight are included in the booklet.
THAT'S IT!: No more technical questions. We promise.
Just pick the arrows and accessories you like best and you're ready to order.
|Some Frequently Asked Questions|
|Q:||Can I make changes, upgrades, additions, or subtractions to this package?|
|A:||You sure can. If you would like to "customize" your Ready-to-Hunt™ package, please just call our sales desk at 877-410-7811 and one of our specialists will be happy to help you make any changes you like. If you prefer, we can also assemble a completely new package using parts you specify. Please contact our sales desk with your "wish list" and we will be happy to give you a custom quote.|
|Q:||When will my bow package arrive?|
|A:||To most locations in the continental United States, the safe answer is 7 to 10 business days. Please note that business days are not calendar days. We put a considerable amount of care and labor into every Ready-to-Hunt™ bow package, as we want to make sure we get it right the FIRST time. So if you're not willing to wait for work to be properly performed, we ask that you not order a Ready-to-Hunt™ Bow Package. We don't perform rushed-quality workmanship under any circumstances.
However, we realize you're anxious to get your order and begin shooting. So we work hard to make sure our bow systems are built and shipped within 5 business days of your order (most ship within 2-3 days). Once completed and shipped, packages are delivered via FedEx Ground within 1-5 business days (delivery time will vary by location of course). Please allow 1-2 days extra time during peak season (August -Sept). Once your bow system ships, you will receive a FedEx tracking number via email. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to call us at 1-877-410-7811 or email us.
|Q:||Do I still get my factory warranty?|
|A:||Absolutely, YES! Hunter's Friend is an authorized dealership for EVERY brand of bow we sell, and ALL bows purchased from our store (locally or via mail-order sales) are 100% covered by the factory warranty. Hunter's Friend is also an authorized warranty service center for every brand of bow we sell. If you EVER have a problem with your bow, don't panic ... CALL US FIRST! Over 90% of common problems can be resolved over the phone. If your bow needs warranty repairs, we'll make sure you get the parts and service you need.|
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