Spot on Advice – Low Poundage Compound Bow Set Up

Spot on advice for compound bow users who have a low-poundage set-up. I have a 24″ draw length and pull 55 pounds on my compound bow. In my initial set-up, I went with a lot of advice from my male archer friends. Most of them have significantly longer draw lengths and pull 70 and 80 pounds on their bows. I was getting little penetration out of my arrows and the velocity was so slow that I was lucky to make a shot at 30 yards. I consulted my bow-tech and did a little trial and error shooting. Yes, I did spend a lot of money on items that weren’t quite right for my low-poundage/draw length set up, but the end result is a rocket-launched arrow out of my compound.

My bow set up:

  • Mathews Jewel – 24″ draw length. 55# draw weight.
  • Rip Cord drop away rest
  • Spot-Hogg bow sight
  • Easton Ion Carbon 600
  • Blazer vanes
  • Muzzy 100 grain fixed blade broadheads

The result:

A complete pass through, on a 300# black bear, with the Easton Ion 600. Using 100 grain Muzzy broadheads.
A complete pass through, on a 300# black bear, with the Easton Ion 600. Using 100 grain Muzzy broadheads.



The YouTube video below features Realtree Outdoors T-Bone with excellent advice for those of us who shoot low poundage compound bows. 

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5 Replies to “Spot on Advice – Low Poundage Compound Bow Set Up”

  1. Mia, I just got my first bow for my birthday last week so this post is perfect timing! I am trying to learn a lot before any abd habits creep up.
    The video was really helpful for understanding how much progression has happened with bow technology and with choosing a broadhead.
    How important do you think the drop away rest is? Also if you have any other posts to recommend to a novice let me know, I’d love to read them!

  2. Hedy,
    I will share more articles and information as I find them. I use the drop away rest because it locks my arrows in when I am spot and stalk hunting. It also falls away so fletchings aren’t touching anything as they pass through. There is no friction to add any resistance to my arrow. I hope that makes sense.
    If you are at SCI next weekend, be sure to say “HI!”

  3. This definitely helps, thanks! I wish I could go to the SCI event this year, but we’re going to be out of town… Hopefully another time!

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