How to Set Up A Compound Bow for Beginners? Step by Step Guide

Have you ever heard of compound bows? If you’ve been thinking about buying one, now might be the time! You’re going to love what this bow can do for you.

Compound bows have a unique and magical way of taking arrows out of the ordinary. They’re perfect for hunters who want a bow that can do more than just take down deer.

In this article, I’ll show you how to set up a compound bow? for beginners so you can have fun right away.

I’ll also help you build your confidence and get a great feel for shooting so you’re ready to compete when it’s time to shoot your target.

Setting Up A Compound Bow:

Are you looking forward to setting up a compound bow? If yes then the following easy steps are for you. Let’s review these easy steps and set up a compound bow in a short time.

1. Choosing Your Materials:

The first thing you need to do is choose the materials that you want to use. You will need wood, hardware (bolts, bolts, and pins), string, and a broadhead arrow tip. This is your entire budget for the bow project. If you have less than this amount, then you’ll need to find more resources.

A typical bow requires an average of 30 yards of strong wood. I like to use cedar, but there are many other types you can use. Most traditional longbows were made out of yew.

If you don’t have access to cedar trees or if you want something with less maintenance (and I know that cedar can be pricy), you can get very creative with materials such as pine, maple, cypress, mahogany, or bamboo.

2. Setting Up A Draw Weight:

Draw weight is the amount of force that’s needed to pull back on a compound bow’s string. In other words, a compound bow needs a higher draw weight to achieve better accuracy.

Most people choose to go with either a 50-pound draw or a 70-pound draw, and both are perfectly fine. It all depends on your skill level and whether you have more strength or finesse. A 70-pound draw is slightly easier bow for beginners who have more strength, while a 50-pound draw is more suitable for people with finesse.

Once you’ve decided which one you’ll go with, you need to set it up.

3. Lay Your Materials Out:

Lay your materials out in order. The bow will start as a flat piece of wood, but after you attach the hardware, it will form a cylinder. You need to get your bolts and pins ordered, so place these before the wood and hardware.

4. Determine How Many Pins You Need:

This is very simple. Measure how long the bow is from the string to the tip of the arrow. Determine how wide your bow is. Now add the width of your arrow and determine the total number of pins you will need. This is your minimum amount.

5. Attach the Bolts and Hardware:

Place your hardware and the bolts in order, starting with the bow tip and ending with the bow base. For a typical setup, place one bolt near the middle and the other near the tip. There’s no rule saying that you have to do this, but for the sake of simplicity, I recommend that you follow this method.

Now that you have everything in place, start threading the string through all the hardware.

Once you have the string threaded through all the pins, tighten everything down. If you find yourself having trouble, don’t worry. Just loosen the bolts a little bit and tighten them up again.

6. Measure & Adjust the Draw Length:

This is very easy. Once everything is secured, take your bow apart and measure the length from the center pin to the middle of the string. This is the draw length of your bow.

To get a perfect bow, you must make adjustments to the draw length. To do this, adjust the length of your pins.

Start by loosening all the bolts. Now, slide your pins into the desired length. Tighten everything down and test out your bow again.

Make sure that it’s right before you attach the pins. You can also measure the distance from the tip of the arrow to the bow and add another 1/4 inch to the draw length (which will end up being longer than the tip to bow measurement).

That’s it! That’s how you set up a compound bow for beginners. It may seem complicated at first, but if you follow this guide, you’ll be ready for anything.

Wrapping It All Up:

In conclusion, you don’t need a ton of experience to start. You’ll learn how to do everything you need to know right at the start.

The goal of this video is to teach you exactly what to look for when choosing a compound bow. This will help you avoid some common mistakes and make the right choice.


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By John Robert

BowPicks was founded by me, John Robert, in 2021 for beginners who are looking to learn about archery equipment. I'm a veteran of the US Army and love all things outdoorsy. My favorite thing to do is go hunting with my bow. John first started shooting a bow and arrow competitively on weekends, but soon found his passion shifting towards the academic side of things. I learned about all the different types of bows and arrows out there and wanted to share this knowledge with others. I began BowPicks as a blog that he wrote himself which eventually developed into what it is today: a website with articles, videos, reviews, comparisons, and more!


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