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How to Increase Bow Draw Weight

author image Jeremy Hoefs
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
How to Increase Bow Draw Weight
Archer preparing to release arrow Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Draw weight--represented in pounds--commonly refers to the peak amount of weight an archer is required to pull to draw a bow. As the poundage increases, so does the pressure required to draw the bow. According to Brandon Ray, outdoor writer and professional hunter, says that increasing poundage will result in increased arrow speed- a feature that archers look for. Adjusting the bow’s draw weight requires a step-by-step procedure to ensure the bow is properly tuned and shoots properly.

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Step 1

Turn the limb bolt clockwise to increase the draw weight. Some bow models will require turning the limb bolt located at the pocket where the limbs connect with the riser before adjusting the draw weight.

Step 2

Count the number of revolutions completed with the wrench. If you are making a small increase to the draw weight, only turn the limb bolts one revolution. Never turn the limb bolts more than four revolutions.

Step 3

Turn the opposite limb bolt clockwise the same number of revolutions. Both the top and bottom limbs must move in unison while drawing and shooting the bow for consistent accuracy. Having both limbs set at the same poundage ensures moving in unison.

Step 4

Draw the bow and hold at full draw for at least one minute. If you can’t hold the bow at full draw for at least one minute, consider decreasing the draw weight by turning the limb bolts counterclockwise one-half turn. Use a scale to test the bow's draw weight.

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