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How my bow shooting is coming along (pic heavy)

BuffcoBuffco Senior MemberPosts: 6,244 Senior Member
Went to shoot the 3d range at my local bow shop today. He built an elevated shelter to shoot from, with 10 different targets to shoot at, from 10 yards to 50.

I have been noticing a frustrating, nearly random trend. Some days I shoot dead on, others I shoot to the left. Always left. I shot a lot before I moved the sight. When I finally adjusted it, I still shot left or dead on.

Finally figured it out today. I haven't always been paying attention to my plumb bubble.. When I draw, my natural hold is to cant the bow to the right. When I do that, I shot dead center. When I remember to level the bow, I shot 3-5 inches left.
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    This is the 30 yard deer and the round I finally started figuring it out. The left two arrows were shot first, with a plumb, level bow.

    I then adjusted the sight. The two lower right arrows were the second two shots. The two highest arrows were me rushing the shot.

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    This was my next target. Turkey, about 37 yards. He never stood a chance.

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Then, it was on to some instinctual shooting. Bobcat, 8 yards.

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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,721 Senior Member
    Not bad, not bad at all.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    ****, 15 yards. He was straight out from the stand and got a lot of abuse.

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Fox to my extreme left. 20 yards. He thought his extreme angle would cause him to go unnoticed, but he did catch one arrow. That was all he needed.

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Looks good, how did you do on the chicken targets?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Skeeter, about 17 yards. If they got this big, I'd never go outdoors.

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Coyote, 25 yards. He had a vicious look in his eye... Killed him where he stood.

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,791 Senior Member
    That's some pretty good shooting. Not bad for a guy that never shoots the stuff he owns. Did you have to pay someone else to shoot for you? ;-)

    Seriously though, good shooting.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    I don't have a range finder, so I guessed at the distances. Didn't get a pic of the black hog at 30 yards, but I shot the hell outta him and the 30 yard buck.

    The instinctual shooting was done last, once arrow each, and at targets I hadn't shot yet..

    By the way, lest this sounds braggadocious, (is that a word?) the 50 yard deer lived, as my one and only shot at him flew under his belly, waaay under, and impacted some concrete lumps. I now have an arrow that is missing about 4 inches from the end.

    :D

    Arrows lose a lot of height from 35 to 50 yards.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Looks good, how did you do on the chicken targets?

    There wasn't a chicken target. I couldnt have shot the purty thing if there was... There was an apple at 15 yards, right beside the ****. I didn't try it, but the pa-in-law nailed it first shot, ripping it out of the dirt and sending it rolling down range. About double the size of a real apple.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Buford wrote: »
    Not bad, not bad at all.

    Thanks.

    I'm shooting at this range once a week from now till bow season, and nearly every day at home.

    I think, if the big "muy muy", as my friend Chris calls them, steps out under 40 yards, he's dead.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,474 Senior Member
    I've used spirit levels on rifle sights for years, but I'm still getting used to it on a bow. My old bow doesn't have as much let-off as the new toys, so I'm dealing with the added distraction of holding the string back while trying to level up the bubble. It's made for a few BAD shots, that's for sure.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    That's some pretty good shooting. Not bad for a guy that never shoots the stuff he owns. Did you have to pay someone else to shoot for you? ;-)

    Seriously though, good shooting.



    Thanks. How'd you know I never shoot my stuff? :D
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,791 Senior Member
    I'm a damn good judge of character. ;-)
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,581 Senior Member
    Good for you.
    I have never done that kind of match before or any bow competition for that matter.
    I just upgraded my bow last weekend. My old bow was a little over 20 years old.
    Got a Matthews, and running it at 70 lbs. Barely had to time to get the 20 yard pin close.
    Plan to do a little bow hunting myself again this year.
    Good luck in your prep practice and in your hunting this fall/winter.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Lookin good, Rojo.

    Now, put a tiny little target out there like I told you to. Watch your groups shrink....

    Thanks.

    Send me a pic of your junk. That'll do.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Ahh. So thats why you asked.

    ?
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Good for you.
    I have never done that kind of match before or any bow competition for that matter.
    I just upgraded my bow last weekend. My old bow was a little over 20 years old.
    Got a Matthews, and running it at 70 lbs. Barely had to time to get the 20 yard pin close.
    Plan to do a little bow hunting myself again this year.
    Good luck in your prep practice and in your hunting this fall/winter.

    Thanks Ernie. I should've started years ago. This is a lot of fun. Best part? No recoil!
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    That post I assume is what prompted your IM.

    Si.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,581 Senior Member
    And you don't have to wear hearing protection...
    Buffco wrote: »
    Thanks Ernie. I should've started years ago. This is a lot of fun. Best part? No recoil!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,791 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    That post I assume is what prompted your IM.

    We're all in the circle of trust now, Fauker.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Usted tiene una muy pequeña salchicha


    Chorizo?
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,593 Senior Member
    Looking good!
    I'm glad you're enjoying it.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,581 Senior Member
    Buffco,
    Tell us about your bow...Details!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Buffy, quit worrying about things like range finders. Soon you will just know where your arrow will be. You can't say the exact yardage, but you just know. It will become very very instinctive. That is if you don't hold on to technical mumbo jumbo like a crutch.
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I'm in love with a Glock
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Buffy, quit worrying about things like range finders. Soon you will just know where your arrow will be. You can't say the exact yardage, but you just know. It will become very very instinctive. That is if you don't hold on to technical mumbo jumbo like a crutch.

    Huh? I'm not worrying about one. Like I said, I don't have one. I was guessing at the yardage yesterday and did pretty dang good, if I do say so myself.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,253 Senior Member
    Are there other ranges/ 3D shoots nearby? I have four clubs that have 3D shoots within 45minutes drive...
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    Are there other ranges/ 3D shoots nearby? I have four clubs that have 3D shoots within 45minutes drive...

    No, this one is it.
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