Introduction: How to Broadhead Tune a Compound Bow
So you've been practicing all spring and summer long, making sure your shot is as perfect as possible in preparation for the upcoming hunting season. Your bow has been sighted in all year long and you're extremely happy with your groupings each time you head out to shoot your bow.
Now, hunting season is quickly approaching, and you're about to throw a set of broadhead arrows into your quiver and head out into the woods. You realize, I've been shooting field tips the past 6 months, will my heavier broadheads shoot the same? It's very likely the answer is, no. Before you head out for your hunt, you'll want to be sure to broadhead tune your, or make sure your broadheads are flying just the same as your field tips have been.
Broadheads, with the added weight, seem to expose any small variance you might have within your rest and pins. Our goal is to allow your bow to shoot both field tips, and broadheads, along the same flight pattern so in the end, they're grouping together after shooting each.
What you'll need is a set of pre-season broadheads, along with your field tips. The pre-season broadheads are a bit softer steel, but have the same weight distribution as your hunting broadheads. We like to use the pre-season broadheads so we don't dull our hunting broadheads, this way we keep those in tip top shape, ready for the hunt.
1. The first step in broadhead tuning your bow is to shoot a group of three field tips into your target at 20 yards, as well as a group of three pre-season broadheads into your target at that same distance.
2. Now that we can see where our two groups ended up, we can move our rest accordingly. Our broadheads grouped a few inches low and a few inches to the left from our field tips. Given where our broadheads "missed", we're going to move our rest very slightly up and to the right. If your rest is not able to move, you'll want to adjust your housing instead.
3. Once you've made the adjustments, shoot the two groups again to see how they look. If you need to slightly adjust your rest even more, go ahead and repeat step two and three until you're satisfied and confidence with your groups!
You're ready to hunt! Good luck out there, and let us know what you think of this process in the comments below!