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Is there a certain axle to axle length you shoot better? or it doesn't matter to you?
List your draw length and your sweet spot?
 

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Too many variables involved for me to pinpoint length, specifically. I have a 30" bow that shoots better than some 38" bows I've owned... And vice versa...
 

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33-35 here and I have a 28.5" draw
 

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33-36 inches
 

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Seems like i'm always in the 32-33" ata hunting bows. Not that they feel the best it just seems that's where they end up, lol
 

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at least 5 to 6 inches longer than draw length for hunting and 9 inches longer for target .
This is similar to what I go by. I take my draw length and add the brace height. I am near 30 inches and my bow has 7.5 inch brace height. My bow has a 37.5 ata. 30+7.5=37.5 I shoot a specialist. It is better to go longer than shorter.
 

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Generally I have found that I shoot 33.5 to 34 inch bows the best. My best three bows ever were an elite answer, Hoyt spyder 34 with number two can at 29 inches, and Hoyt faktor 34 number 2 can at 29 inches.

According to the tune charts for Hoyt both my hoytswith the 2 cam are 33.5 ata and 6.5 brace height. The elite answer was 33.5 ata and 7 inch brace.
 

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i'm 6'2" and it seem like 35-34" ata work great for me? 29-29.5" dl depends on brand.
 

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I like the string angle the best on 34-35" axle to axle bows!
 

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Got my first 30" bow in 2000 I think. I am a 30" draw. I just liked how it handled. In the 80's and 90's I would sit in my stand and look at my 36-42" bow and think, why doesn't someone make these things smaller. Now I have bows ranging from 22"-31". If I only shot targets for money, I would shoot a 34"-36". For the time being, I shoot 3D with the bow I plan on killing animals with.
 

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Got my first 30" bow in 2000 I think. I am a 30" draw. I just liked how it handled. In the 80's and 90's I would sit in my stand and look at my 36-42" bow and think, why doesn't someone make these things smaller. Now I have bows ranging from 22"-31". If I only shot targets for money, I would shoot a 34"-36". For the time being, I shoot 3D with the bow I plan on killing animals with.
We must be the only short axle-to-axle shooters on this thread. 31' is about the maximum that I can tolerate, preferred length would be around 28'. It's a shame that few manufacturers produce bows this short anymore and I'm still looking for a good deal on X-force SS, which at 27' length produces 348IBO. String angle matters little to me, as with a release aid there is no finger pinching at all. With a sub 28' bow you can do things that you can't with larger bows for instance pack it into a normal suitcase for travel etc. The larger bows are just too bulky and unwieldy. Not much shoot-ability is sacrificed by cutting down on length. Just my opinion.
 

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you guys are kidding right ?......
there's no such thing as an "ATA sweetspot", other than, the longer the ATA is, the better the string angles at full draw will place the peep in front of your eye. within the limits of typical bow ATA's, all included, you cannot have too long an ATA for your draw length, but you most certainly can have too short an ATA , so that makes the spectrum "open ended on one end and negates any "formula, or equation" that would derive any specifically preferred ATA, in respect to draw length, other than the above requisite.
people who state 35, or 36 inches or so , as their "sweet spot", are actually supporting my statement, considering that that there aren't many bows much longer than that these days. what they are really saying, is that the longest bows generally available today, are the bows whose ATA, fits them best.
 

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I'm in agreeance with Ron but not at the same time. I don't agree with there being some standard for a sweetspot. Not an exact one for sure. There's so many variables. Facial shape, long nose or short nose. Cam size. The string angle is comprised of the cams and how big they are as well as ata, most forget that part. Body type can play a part in it. Height. Draw length as discussed.

Now with that said, I don't feel like Ron with there being a bigger is better concept. I didn't like shooting my VE at 40 as well as I do my 37 ata PCE. It just felt cumbersome to me. Now, I'm not from a generation where super long ata was how things were. This might have changed my opinion had I grown up that way and adapted. But, I will say this much. You don't see Reo and Jesse shooting the longer ata versions of the bows anymore. They dropped to the 37 models and Jesse even shot the FX for a while as well. So there might be something to the comfortability there, atleast at their draw lengths and with the spiral cams, xt2000 limbs and model bows.

On the whole opposite end of this though, you have Steve Anderson with a custom made PCE XL with xt3000 limbs to help his greater height and longer draw length.

So again, I think it's an experimentation for you as the archer to find what you prefer and shoot the best with.
 
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