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 Compound Bows - Things to Consider When Buying a Bow 
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Compound Bows - Things to Consider When Buying a Bow
by: Grady McGraw

The compound bow was invented by Holless Allen in the 1960s. Since then, this unique bow has become widely used by archers and hunters in the United States and throughout the world. Just like any other product, compound bows come in many different colors, shapes, sizes and level of sophistication. There are several other things you need to consider such as axel to axel length, brace height, cam type, and limb type. You may also want to look into purchasing accessories for your bow. Although this may seem a lot to consider, it is important you figure out these to maximize enjoyment and use of your bow.

One thing you should consider when buying a compound bow is cam type. The cam is the type of pulley used in the bow. Four popular cam types are single, hybrid, twin and binary. Compound bows that possess a single cam are easy to operate and are quiet when arrows are released. The downside of this type of bow is that it is harder to tune and doesn't provide straight and level nock travel. Bows with hybrid cams correct the problem with nock travel, doesn't require much maintenance, and is easy to tune. Bows with twin cams are praised for their accuracy, speed and nock travel, but they require frequent maintenance and tuning. Bows with binary cams correct imbalances with the bow and can provide fast, straight and level nock travel.

Limb type, brace height, and axel to axel length are also important things to consider when buying a compound bow. There are two different types of limb types: split limb and solid limb. Split limbs supposedly are more durable and provide less hand shock. Solid limbs are supposed to offer better torsional stiffness and accuracy. Despite these claims, it is more a matter of preference than science when it comes to determining what limb type is better. The shorter the brace height is, the faster the bow is. However, bows with short brace heights are less forgiving and require more skill. The same goes for axel to axel length. Bows with longer axel to axel length are regarded as more stable, forgiving, accurate, and require less technique.

The many different types, colors, sizes, and level of sophistication of compound bows may be confusing, but researching the different types can be helpful in buying the right kind. If you are still confused, you can ask a professional or someone with experience to help you. The important thing is you find the right fit. If you do not have the right type of bow, then you will not enjoy using it. Avoid wasting your time and money by buying the right bow the first time.

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