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Tuning your bow for Broadheads

Aug 25, 2016

As a broadhead manufacturer, Wasp takes great pride in building broadheads with the best flight-charactristics on the market. Each and every broadhead that leaves the Wasp factory has been thoroughly spin tested to verify it is ready to be delivered to the consumer. On a properly tuned bow, a Wasp Broadhead will hit the same marks as your field points. But, we understand that not all bows are tuned properly, not all equipment is the same and even small details, like the stiffness of your arrow shaft can upset the flight of the best made broadhead. Here is a quick and easy way to tune your bow for broadheads.

First, make sure your knock, fletchings and broadhead are inline. Stand 20 yards from a target and shoot a field point tipped arrow. As long as your sights are set, it should be close to the bull’s-eye. Leave the arrow in the target as a point of reference.

Next, aim in the exact same spot as you did on the previous shot and shoot again, but this time with a broadhead tipped arrow. How close is it to the field point arrow?

Some may be surprised how far the broadhead arrow is from its mark, and some may find their bow is tuned for perfection. Broadheads have a way of maginifying tuning problems. For demonstration purposes, let’s say your broadhead hit 3 inches higher and 5 inches left of the field point. It is time to tinker.

Start by moving your rest one hash mark, usually 1/16-inch on most rests, to the right (always make rest movement opposite of where your broadhead arrow is hitting, both horizontally and vertically). Do not move the rest vertically yet. Make one adjustment at a time, because in many cases, one small fix will cure the issue.  Shoot the field point and broadhead tipped arrow again and analyze the results. If it is still shooting left, you need to move the rest further to right. If it is now shooting right, you moved it too far. If it is shooting dead center but still high, you need to move it down.  If you hit the same spot as the arrow you first shot with the field tip, you are good to go, but it usually takes a few rounds of adjustments to get it right.

Once your broadhead and your field point arrows are grouping tight, you may have to make an adjustment to the sight so both types of heads will hit the bullseye.

Now, some may ask, why not just adjust my sights to accommodate my broadheads since I will be hunting with those? Well, you are not fixing the tuning issues, you are compensating for them and you will lose energy and the efficiency of your bow if you let a tuning issue fester. Fix the problem at the cause and both your field tips and Wasp broadheads will hit the target in same spot. Here is a video that illustrates the basic idea of this method of tuning your bow for broadheads.

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