One thing that can often be frustrating even to veteran archers is getting a bow perfectly sighted in, especially at longer ranges. I used to spend a lot more time than was necessary until I came across a very simple solution that makes the process much easier and faster.
There are a few different things that can make this difficult, including lack of accuracy, trying too hard and expecting results too quickly. The normal procedure followed by most people is to shoot a group of three to five arrows, see where they are in relation to the center and then move the sight accordingly. This procedure is repeated as many times as necessary to get the arrows in the center of the target.
The problem arises as the archer concentrates so hard on getting the arrow perfectly centered that they fail to do just that. The arrows may group somewhat well and eventually the group may move to the center, but unless every arrow lands in the same hole dead center, it’s hard to tell how perfectly the sight is set.
So what is the answer? Concentrate on only one thing at a time; focus the mind on doing one thing perfectly.
What I like to do is to break down the process by forgetting about hitting the very center of the target and just worrying about either a vertical or horizontal line. By doing this, it makes it much easier to fixate on just the line itself. It’s surprising just how much easier and consistently you can hit a single line rather than and center point.
The following images show my actual sequence of sighting in with a new setup. I took one shot at 15 yards to make sure things were halfway close enough to begin from twenty yards. The first three arrows show a decent group from twenty, but they are neither lined up vertically or horizontally.
After the initial shots at the target, I began to sight in on the vertical and horizontal lines. The next four images show the arrows as they zeroed in on the lines and ultimately hit close to dead on. For the vertical alignment I got a bit lucky and it only took one adjustment. Horizontal alignment took a few more ends to dial in.
This method of sighting in has made it very easy and quick for me to get dialed in. It eliminates any guessing and ensures that the vertical and horizontal alignments are dead on. When sighting in at longer distances where groups begin to grow larger, the advantages of this method are even greater. Give it a try!
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