Is a compound bow adjustable?

Posted by Heidi C on 10th May 2016

Is a compound bow adjustable?

One approach to personal development is to view your self as one who has not yet learned all there is to know. Realizing how tiny you are in the grand scheme of things will help you to admit your ignorance. Staying aware of this will broaden your perspective and increase your quest for knowledge, leading to a better you. This is true in all aspects especially if you are still learning in an activity that you like.

Learning in archery can be quite a problem if you already act like you’ve learned everything there is to it even if you are just a beginner. It is always better to know what questions you should ask especially if pertaining to the features of the bow types. This article will answer your question:

Is a Compound Bow Draw Adjustable?

Is a compound bow adjustable?

One advantage of modern compound bows is that the draw weight can be adjusted to fit each individual archer. In most cases, compound bows can be bought with a range of draw weights, usually with about ten pounds of adjustment. Common ranges are 30-40, 40-50, 50-60 and 60-70 lbs. There are also higher weights and recently it has become more popular to see bows with a 55-65 lb. range.

As modern compound bows are drawn, the force necessary to pull the string back quickly ramps up. At some point, the peak force (draw weight) is reached and as the bow begins to “let off” the force becomes less, until the bow drops into the valley and hits the wall. Most bows will have an effective let-off of 65-80%, with some going even higher.

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Guidelines for Adjusting Draw Weight

Depending on the cam style, some bows start gently and reach a definite peak then drop off slowly. Others reach peak weight very quickly, hold it there for much of the draw, and then drop off suddenly to the holding weight. Each bow is different; an archer may shoot a draw weight of 60 lbs. on one bow, but 65 lbs. on another, depending on their comfort level with drawing the bow. The DFC of bows can vary wildly, which affects how easy it is to draw and hold the bow.

To adjust the draw weight on a compound bow, the limb bolt must be screwed in or out. This is the large bolt that holds the limb to the bow riser and is most often a 3/16” hex head, with some newer models opting for the larger 1/4” head. Always use the proper size of hex wrench and use a wrench that is in good condition!

1) Check with the bow manual or manufacturer to determine the maximum number of turns that the bow can be safely adjusted. Do NOT go outside this range! Doing so could cause the limb bolt to disengage and can result in serious harm to the archer, bystanders and the bow itself.

2) Check the manual and inspect the bow for limb locking bolts. Many bows will have small bolts to the side of the limbs that lock them in place. These must be loosened first before turning the limb bolt to avoid damage.

3) ***If you have never properly adjusted the weight on your bow, do this step next. If you have previously done this step, move to the next step.*** Turn the limb bolts clockwise until they bottom out; do NOT over-tighten. Best practice is to turn one bolt 1-2 times, then the other, alternating back and forth until they are both bottomed-out.

4) Optional: Measure and record the bow’s peak weight with a bow scale. This will let you know the exact peak draw weight the bow is capable of.

5) Turn the limb bolts in (higher weight) or out (lower weight) evenly, alternating 1-2 turns each bolt, until the desired draw weight is reached, keeping the turns on each bolt even. Each full turn can change the draw weight from 1 1/2 lbs. to about 4 lbs, depending on the manufacturer and bow model.

6) Tighten the limb locking bolts if the bow has them. Do NOT over-tighten! Just barely snug is enough.

Furthermore, one good advice would be: Instead of focusing on your own achievements, ask others about theirs. The best way to learn more in any field is to learn from others. Do not hesitate to ask for more tips and guidelines.


Most people have hobbies in order to take their minds off the serious things in life. Make sure you take time out of each day to work on a hobby you have. Work can take a lot out of you and that's not good if you don't have anything to relax with. Make sure you have a hobby that takes your mind off of things so you can get rid of stress. Make sure you know what kind of money is involved before you get involved in a hobby. For example, you might want to start horseback riding, but you may not realize how much money you're going to have to spend. Try talking to those who already do it to get an idea of what your spending amount will be.

For some, it can be sports – say, for example, archery. However, what some people engaged in archery don’t know is how to take care of their bows. We say, other than spending time on the actual activity of archery, you should also make taking care of your bow as a hobby. If you have no idea how to, here are some tips for you.

1. Whenever you look at a new bow, it's natural that you're going to want to pull it back without an arrow just to see what it feels like. Never, ever, dry fire your bow. In other words, don’t pull it back and release the string without an arrow on it. Without the weight of that arrow on the string, the shock when the string becomes taut could cause your bow to break into a million pieces.

2. Do not string your bow backward. It may shock those of you in the know, but there are actually people who string their recurves backward, not just to store it, but because they think that's the way it's supposed to be strung. Well, there's a big problem with stringing your recurve backward in order to shoot it. That string will pop off, and that's even worse than dry firing your bow. It'll cause your bow to break.

Besides that, if your bow is not made of fiberglass, and you try to string it backward, there's a good chance you'll break it since it is not designed to be bent in the opposite direction. So just don't do it. If you're confused about which way to string your bow, find out before stringing it. You ought to be able to look at the nocks and use your noodle to figure out which way to string it.

3. Use a stringer to string your bow. This rule is not written in stone. I frequently string and unstring my bows without the use of a stringer. But using a stringer is the safest way to string your bow. Your bow is less likely to get injured, and you are less likely to get injured if you use a stringer.