Q: What stabilizer will work the best on my bow?
A: There are several questions that you need to answer to fit your bow with a stabilizer.
What is the purpose of the bow?
Hunting – generally select a shorter, lighter stabilizer of 12" or less
Target and 3-D shooting – generally use a longer, heavier stabilizer up to 36"
What is the physical size and strength of the person using the bow?
Small woman or child – generally prefer a lighter stabilizer
Adult Male – may prefer either lighter or heavier stabilizer
You should be able to adjust the weight on the stabilizer to achieve the proper balance. Just adding a heavy stabilizer to a light weight hunting bow is not very practical when the bow is designed to be portable. Another function of a stabilizer is to eliminate bow noise when shot. This used to be accomplished by attaching a heavy stabilizer, but the newer stabilizers that Specialty Archery makes will quiet the bow without adding the extra weight by using "Navcom" material from Sims Vibration Labs "SVL".
If you are preparing your bow for target shooting, then there are other factors to consider.
- For target shooting you will want to use a long stabilizer. This will allow you to adjust the balance correctly, so that you can aim the bow comfortably.
- Selecting the proper length for your bow is largely a matter of personal preference. The most common lengths for competitive shooting are between 18" and 30".
- Once you have established the correct length, you will now want to experiment with the proper balance. You will do this by attaching the stabilizer to the bow then drawing the bow and aiming at the target. Some people want to add more mass weight to the bow to help steady their aim.
- The special feature that Specialty Archery offers is that you can adjust the weights forward or backward. By doing this you will be able to tune your arrow grouping. By using the adjustable tuning rod feature found on some of our stabilizers, you will be able to adjust the length of the stabilizer as well.
- After achieving the desirable balance you can then start the tuning process.
- This is done by shooting 10 or 12 arrows and recording your group spread.
- Next move the weight or the tuning rod out about 1 inch then tighten up the rod and shoot 10 or 12 more arrows and compare your group to the previous group. This can be done with different colored pencils or crayons. The best test will be accomplished at a distance of 50 yards or better, although 20 yards will work using a very small target.
- If your groups are getting smaller, continue to move the weight in the same direction until the groups begin to get larger.
- If your groups are getting larger, move your weights in the other direction.