Does Brace Height Really Affect Accuracy?

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  1. Bowhunting.com Staff

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    For hunting purposes the shorter brace heights can be problematic when you start layering up. So for that reason I like a 6" brace or better.
     
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    +2 for what copperhead said.
     
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    I didn't know brace height had an impact on shooting when hunter's bundle up in extra layers. Though in the South, I do wind up in insulated coveralls at the end of the season.
     
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    +3 for what copperhead said.
     
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    Technically, yes it does have an affect. The arrow is on the string longer. However, I'd be willing to bet that most won't notice much of a difference. Where it gets you in trouble is if you're already at the long end or shooting too long of a draw length. Your form is already compromised and the string closer to your arm magnifies any inconsistencies.

    But as stated, the biggest issue is string clearance on heavier clothing during archery season. I personally won't go any less than 6 1/2 on brace, but prefer 7" in most cases.
     
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    I agree w/ Copperhead as well. In the heat of the moment and layered up, I want all the help I can get... not so much for target or 3d.
     
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    Good to know. What bow do you hunt with that has those brace heights?
     
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    Almost every manufacturer offers a bow or two with larger brace heights. It wasn't too long ago, 7" was sort of the norm, but with the recent speed craze, all the manufacturers are shortening up the braces to obtain higher speeds without sacrificing smooth draw cycles by putting a harder cam on the bow.

    I'm shooting a Prime Rize bow right now with a 6 3/4 brace. It actually measures close to 6 7/8" set at 66lbs.
     

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