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    Bow Needs Tuned?

    I am wondering if there is a way to tell if your bow is out of tune simply by looking at the cam? I don't have any of the equipment or knowledge to tune it myself and the nearest pro shop is an hour drive away. So, it would be nice to be able to tell before taking it all the way down there.
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    Well, you can tell if it's out of tune, but not if it's in tune.

    Many bows have timing marks on the cams. You may be able to see if they are in or out of timing, but there's much more to "tuning" a bow.

    Centershot, cam lean, rest adjustment, arrow weight & spine; all have effect on how your bow shoots.

    I'd find the time to make it to the shop, or start learning to check and fix these yourself (since it's so far).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz View Post
    Well, you can tell if it's out of tune, but not if it's in tune.

    Many bows have timing marks on the cams. You may be able to see if they are in or out of timing, but there's much more to "tuning" a bow.

    Centershot, cam lean, rest adjustment, arrow weight & spine; all have effect on how your bow shoots.

    I'd find the time to make it to the shop, or start learning to check and fix these yourself (since it's so far).

    Hope this helps
    Thanks! I did have the bow tuned a couple weeks ago, and the pro shop set my rest, helped me pick arrows and all that good stuff, but I was showing my bow off to the neighbor and he pulled the thing back and dry fired it before I could say a word. The limbs, and cables all look un damaged. But I am wondering if he threw off cam alignment or something. I almost loaded up an arrow and slung it at him after he did that. I wanted to at least, I was so furious even though he didn't know better.
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    Better take it in to get looked at. Better safe then sorry, you don't want that bow to blow up in your face.
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    If it was dry fired, it needs a thorough examination. Everything from limb/riser splintering to the axles and cams being bent now. I would have a shop take a look at it especially since you're relatively new to this aspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brazel_dazel View Post
    Thanks! I did have the bow tuned a couple weeks ago, and the pro shop set my rest, helped me pick arrows and all that good stuff, but I was showing my bow off to the neighbor and he pulled the thing back and dry fired it before I could say a word. The limbs, and cables all look un damaged. But I am wondering if he threw off cam alignment or something. I almost loaded up an arrow and slung it at him after he did that. I wanted to at least, I was so furious even though he didn't know better.
    These guys are right, you should have them check it out after a dry fire. Wouldn't want it to let loose on you as you draw it!

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    Definitely have it professionally looked at. I experienced a dry fire on my bow, thought it was ok, and practiced with it all afternoon. Only when I was done, did I notice that I had actually cracked both limbs near the riser.

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    Thanks for your help guys! This makes me really nervous though!
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    Sometimes very little damage occurs. Regardless, it's better than having something go wrong at full draw or when releasing an arrow.

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    Check it with cotton wool.

    What else will the "pros" do anyways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great White View Post
    Check it with cotton wool.

    What else will the "pros" do anyways?
    The cams and axles should be removed to check for damage (pins rolled on a machined/flat surface to check to see if they're bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brazel_dazel View Post
    Thanks! I did have the bow tuned a couple weeks ago, and the pro shop set my rest, helped me pick arrows and all that good stuff, but I was showing my bow off to the neighbor and he pulled the thing back and dry fired it before I could say a word. The limbs, and cables all look un damaged. But I am wondering if he threw off cam alignment or something. I almost loaded up an arrow and slung it at him after he did that. I wanted to at least, I was so furious even though he didn't know better.
    oh wow! take it back to wilburn when you get a chance. that friend of yours bought you bow right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Great White View Post
    Check it with cotton wool.

    What else will the "pros" do anyways?
    I'm not sure what you mean, check it with cotton wool? I don't see any cracks in the limbs or anything, I'm just worried about a small bend in the cam or something that I can't see without putting it into a press.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARCHER_CHI_RHO View Post
    oh wow! take it back to wilburn when you get a chance. that friend of yours bought you bow right there.
    Unfortunately, I don't think he is the kind of friend to buy me a new bow. lol
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    Take a cotton ball and run it over your limbs to see if it catches on any parts of your limb surface! If you get a snag there may be damage, but I agree with the guys don't take a chance it's not worth it!


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