It might sound a bit odd to talk about tuning a traditional bow, but it is essential to the function. When properly tuned a recurve bow will work with maximum efficiency. It will offer a faster, smoother, and quieter shot than if it remains out of tune. When hunting this is highly beneficial. If a hunter uses a bow that is not in tune and makes too much noise or does not pull fast enough, the prey will likely hear the creak of the bow and bolt.
Listed below are a few ways to tune a traditional recurve bow.
1) Adjust the brace height.
Most manufacturers will be able to suggest an optimal brace height. While it is wise for beginners to adjust their bow to such settings it is ultimately up to the user to determine what settings the bow works best with. To adjust the brace height it is important to:
*string the bow
*measure the distance from the string to deepest point at the throat of the grip. This is your brace height.
*if your measurements are off, put a few twists in the string to adjust the brace height.
*shoot the bow a few times to determine if the brace height is correct. You will be able to tell from the draw and the sound. If it is right, then you’re ready to move to the nock set. If not, then continue to twist the string until the desired brace height is achieved.
2) Adjust the nock set.
The last component in tuning a recurve bow is to adjust the nock set. The only real duty of the nock set is to determine where your arrow rests on the string for optimal performance. This helps with arrow flight and can enhance the bows performance. It’s highly recommended to use a T-square when putting on a nock set, and for beginners this is a must. Many veteran users use the eyeball method to place the nock set, which is an older method, but not one that is recommended. This method involves placing an arrow on the string and then resting it upon a shelf or other solid surface and sliding it up and down until it appears horizontal. For those with a good eye it is an easier method, but its not always reliable.
In order to nock your bow properly, it is highly recommended for beginners, and even veteran archers, to follow these steps:
*use a T-square to locate the point on your string that rests parallel to cushion-plunger hole on the riser.
*using this measurement it is then necessary to attach your nock set. The nock set should be anywhere between 1/8″ and 1/4″ above the parallel point.
*use a pair of nocking pliers to fasten the nock set to your string.
*shoot the bow to be sure of the placement of your nock set.
*the nock set will need to be adjusted every so often to keep your shot smooth and balanced.
Other method to tune a recurve bow include creating as silent of a shot as possible. This can be achieved by wrapping the insides of the limbs with moleskin or some similarly soft material to avoid the slapping of the string upon the bow with each shot. It is also possible to place some type of thin padding atop the risers shelf so as to keep an arrow from clattering too noisily.
In other to keep the bow working properly it is also recommended by manufacturers and bowyers to replace your bowstring at least once a year or after so many outings. This can help avoid any damage to your bow and keep it working at maximum efficiency.