In modern-day hunting compound bow is widely popular for target practicing and hunting. The use of compound bow becomes fun and effective when all the components in the bow work properly and efficiently. Drawing the perfect draw length is one of the essential components for a functional shooting experience.
Truth be told, it is not the easiest task to figure out the best draw length. Interestingly, there is no right or wrong draw length, it all depends on the need. Which sometimes makes it harder to comprehend. The distance one needs to pull the bowstring back is what we call draw length.
As the typical archers vary in size and shape so does the draw length. Finding the optimal draw length and adjusting it properly can be very hectic if you do not know about it in detail. It can be even more hideous if you are an amateur.
Even the pros can find it difficult sometimes to find the perfect length as there is variation in the products and for its inbuilt nature of adjustability. In this blog, we are going to describe every aspect of finding the best draw length. So, Let’s dig in.
How to Adjust Draw Length on Compound Bow
Measuring your Draw Length:
First and foremost, you need to be aware of the draw length you need. All you need for the task is a measuring tape. To start with, straighten your arms from your shoulders with palms out and ask a friend or helper to measure the distance from one fingertip to another.
An important thing to remember is to have your arms in a liner line. Once you have the measurement do a little calculation. Subtract 15 inches from the total measurement and divide the answer by 2.
Calculation: (Aram distance-15”)/2
For further clarification, you can draw a bow and put your first finger knuckle close to the earlobe. Someone can then help you by estimating the range of the illustrated bowstring. Then return to the original state. If there is any mismatch between you and your helper’s calculation please regard the following step.
Get a hex key:
If your compound bow comes with a hex key use those (Lucky You!). You can use the hex key to loosen up the cam screw. The following task involves drawing the same bowstring and tighten up the cam screw. This should give you the perfect draw length setting.
The other math:
There is another method that you might apply which includes the same measurement with a little change. Last time you have divided the number with 2 and this time do it by 2.5. The prerequisite includes changing the cams.
Formula 2: (Aram distance-15”)/2
There are numerous cams that may be in your assistance. In the following section, we are going to discuss about 3 types of cams which are Draw specific cams, Adjustable, cams, and Modular cams respectively. These cams are easily installable and customizable. Let’s move forward!
Draw specific cams:
What you need to do is find out a cam that is marked with your original draw length. Which shall be marked either with an alpha or numerical marker that will eventually provide the actual length.
Changing the compound’s bow cam can be difficult as the bow sometimes requires to be pressed. If you do not feel comfortable doing so please contact a local pro shop.
Adjustable cams come with an Allen wrench which will allow you to adjust the cam according to your need of fitting the draw length. It will help you to avoid pressing the compound bow in most cases as it is equipped with a hexagonal wrench.
Adjustable cams will allow you to adjust it from about 3 to 13 inches. Although it may vary depending upon the compound bow you are using.
Modular cams are also known as common cam. These types of cams are made in consideration of the amateur archers as the mods can also be customized to be fit. Comparing to the other types of cams these can be less expensive.
Although, different brands may carry out different prize range. Modular cams also require an Allen wrench. It is also one of the most available and celebrated cams in today’s market.
I believe now you have enough knowledge about how to adjust draw length on a compound bow perfectly. The cam you choose may affect your whole hunting or shooting experience.
So, we expect you to be a bit cautious. The given maths are pretty easy and useful. Now, go ahead and try on your own. It is understandable, that you still might have some doubt and hesitation.
To be honest, until you try so, you will never know the perfect length. Just keep practicing considering the described facts in mind, until the knowledge becomes your muscle memory. Best of Luck hunter!