Hello All!

Discussion in 'Beginners Archery Range' started by Billdolfski, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    I'm new to this forum and to archery altogether.

    I have a Martin Firecat with a 36" string and I believe a 34" draw. It's set 2 50 lbs of draw. I have some kind of toxonic sight. I can take pics of all this stuff if need be.

    Got 10 carbon fire arrows and began my attempt at archery today.

    I was shooting at 25-30 yards and only hit the target most of the time (and it's not small). Guess I've got a lot to learn.
     
  2. Holy Smokes

    Holy Smokes Senior Member

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    Hey fellars it looks like us Martin boys are gonna take over here> Keep on shootin it will come to ya> Go to some shoots and some of the guys will help you out> I have 4 of them Firecats 2 for 3d ,1 for field ,1 for dots . Dem is really smooth shooters. Enjoy it every chance you can afford> and:welcome: to this place &post up often> Holy Smokes(HS)
     

  3. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    I just need to get the whole sighting adjustment figured out. It was my first day after all, with no instruction. I have a friend who is going to show how this stuff works. I'll try to find out what kind of sight that is.

    EDIT: It's a Toxonic sight that looks like a 1400 (but isn't, it has more adjustable things on it I'm thinking) and some kind of scope. I will take a picture of it for you guys, I don't have the bow stored here.
     
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  4. STRO

    STRO get'n rid of target panic

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    Sounds like me. I shot for a long time without any extra tips. It also took a long time for me to start to shoot halfway decent. Keep shootin and it will come to you. Archery can be very frustrating, yet so rewarding.
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum. When adjusting your sight, remember to always chase your arrow. If your arrows are landing low of the bullseye, move your sight down. If your arrows are landing right of the bullseye, move your sight to the right.

    Do you have a peep sight on your bow?

    Get us some pictures of you at full draw or shooting your bow. This will help us know somewhat how you are set up.
     
  6. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    I do have a peep, I can do it later (take pictures). I just have to grab my bow, I don't keep much anything valuable in my house.
     
  7. Wheely

    Wheely Wheely Threads

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    :welcome: to the forums. I started shooting when a BF just bought me a bow and started taking me to 3D shoots. I had a little advice but not much. Good luck, you will get so addicted you won't be able to stop.
     
  8. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    Were those pics any kind of helpful?
     
  9. BUNNYMAN

    BUNNYMAN I pray for you!

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    first letme say welcome.....

    I sure hope that bow has some draw length adjustment....as the draw is way too short.....I would say a good 3 inches

    and theres no way that thing is 34" unless your 9'5":biggrin1:
     
  10. BUNNYMAN

    BUNNYMAN I pray for you!

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    I doubt the way the bow is now that you will be able to get it to the proper draw length....
     
  11. Holy Smokes

    Holy Smokes Senior Member

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    He can't help it that he is a big ol boy> and needs a longer pull back on that bow so that the string will come up to and touch his nose.
    Those are adjustableable cams, You will see three slots where the cable can be moved to another slot. You will need a bowshop to do this for you. Unless you have a bowpress or want to take the bow limbs off, which I do not reccommend. They could be in the longest slot now and THAT WOULD MEAN YOU WILL NEED TO GET DIFFERENT CAMS OR ANOTHER BOW WHICH WILL BE THE BEST THING TO DO IN YOUR CASE. LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT . HS:biggrin1:
     
  12. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Evil Genius

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    Yes welcome to the forum and the sport...

    I agree your DL is too short...are you going to shoot fingers??
    It also looks like you need to bend your bow arm abit and raise it up so that your shoulders are squared up...Form is gonna be the killer for you...you just have to keep practicing until it's a reflex...

    Also I would suggest moving closer to the target for sighting in, like 10 yards...less chance of missing...then it's just follow the arrow like Chris said...

    Stick with it, ask alot of questions...we all went through it and we can help you...
     
  13. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    I believe those "wheel thingies" (pullies) are adjustable by 1" a piece, so I think I might be able to get some more draw out of it. I don't shoot it by hand, I just did that for the sake of the pics... I'm not that good with the "clickie-trigger-thingee" yet and I didn't want to dryfire it.

    I'm sure I'll need a bigger bow one of these days, but I got that bow set up to shoot for less $20 and a set of arrows.

    One of my best friend's late father was a competitive shooter, that's where I got the bow. I'm much bigger than they are. Also, nobody has shown me proper form yet so I don't know how to shoot. My buddy will show me when he gets back in town. Thx for all the advice though!!!
     
  14. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    I talked to the local archery guy and he said that me might be able to get some more draw out of the bow. I'm going to take it to him next week when I drop some money off (I have a SIG on layaway there).

    I was also told you get a longer draw when you use a release, which I do... I just didn't for the pictures cause I didn't have it with me.

    Thx again for the constructive critcism/help everyone!
     
  15. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    I took it to a diff guy, the cog/pully/thingees were already maxed out, so he used a longer string and added a hoop/loop (for my release) that should all add to my draw.

    I hope that makes sense, I'm a big noob.

    (he gave me some pointers on my subpar stance as well)
     
  16. BUNNYMAN

    BUNNYMAN I pray for you!

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    he used a longer string? How much longer?

    he chris do you ever short string or long string a bow???
     
  17. Dredly

    Dredly Site Guru

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    You should never longstring or shortstring more then 1/2 an inch at max! thats just dangerous and adding a loop isn't really going to help much as its like splitting your leg to fix a bullet wound in your arm.

    Wihout adding a good 3 inches of DL your going to have lots of trouble. Call Martin, they can get you the correct cams (the wheel things) and give you some other good info.

    Just curious, how tall are you? I'd be surprised if you have more then a 30" DL
     
  18. Billdolfski

    Billdolfski Junior Member

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    6'1"

    I do a little boxing and supposedly my reach is a little long for my height.