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From information gathered from a different thread I posted my decision has been to drop my bow from 70lb to 60lb. The last time shooting I gelt I was doing fine and quit when my arm shoulder got sore. That was now 4 days ago and I can barely full draw the bow.IDIOT!
So my question is - Will I need to redo my sight yardages? I have an HHA Optimizer lite.
It will be some time until I’m able to shoot again,this shoulder is darn sore,so I am unable to answer this question myself.
 

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Absolutely you will have to resight. Your 20 may be close to the same but you'll need bigger gaps between pins or a tape with more length between yardages.


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You may try 64/65 pounds with the bows of today 5 or 6 lbs. are a lot of different feel. If droping to 60 you may need a different spline arrow also, depending on draw length.
 

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I did the same thing 2 years ago. 60# will be plenty of poundage and you won’t loose your “man card.” You May have to adjust your sight, but you be surprised how little you will move things. My shoulder is great now, but I will never go back.
 

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I got a 50-60 pound bow when I upgraded from my starter bow, and my thinking was I'd try it and maybe upgrade to a 60-70 later.

Now, I intend to max out the 60 pound bow and leave it. It's not a particularly fast bow by modern standards (it's a Hoyt Defiant), but it is more than fast enough for anything I'll ever use it for. If you get a true speed bow, 60 pounds is more than enough for any reasonable use for an amateur archer. More is better, especially the longer the shots go. But you're likely looking at diminishing returns.
 

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What are the specs of your bow and arrow? You will most likely need arrows with a weaker spine or add about 50 grains of point weight and retune tour bow, then move your sight tape.
 

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I did the same thing after last season. Dropped my Halon (30” draw) from 70 lbs to 64 lbs. I also decided to go to a very heavy arrow. Over the past two seasons I’ve gone from 410 grains to 515 grains to 618 grains. All I can say is I’ll never go back up in poundage, and if I ever drop draw weight I’ll keep a heavy arrow. The trajectory is totally manageable for whitetail in WI, I should be like 245-255 FPS (never chronoed) but my spot Hogg dual pin is 20 yards and 32 yards, which is great for my area and hunting style.
 

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All I know about my arrows is that they are 31 1/2” shaft Radial X Weave Hunter STL 300. I am keen to the idea of a so called heavy arrow,more KE, if my bow can handle it. Granted I have no idea what would be considered a heavy arrow for my bow.
So much to learn about this new hobby of mine.
 

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All I know about my arrows is that they are 31 1/2” shaft Radial X Weave Hunter STL 300. I am keen to the idea of a so called heavy arrow,more KE, if my bow can handle it. Granted I have no idea what would be considered a heavy arrow for my bow.
So much to learn about this new hobby of mine.
 

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All I know about my arrows is that they are 31 1/2” shaft Radial X Weave Hunter STL 300. I am keen to the idea of a so called heavy arrow,more KE, if my bow can handle it. Granted I have no idea what would be considered a heavy arrow for my bow.
So much to learn about this new hobby of mine.
If you would like to get some input on your bow and arrow setup, I suggest you start a new thread. Ask for opinions on arrow length, spine, arrow weight, insert weight and tip weight. But be sure you include the following in your post.

1. Bow brand and model
2. Your draw weight
3. Your draw length
4. Type of archery/hunting you do.

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I also recently lowered my DW (by about 7 lb.), due to a shoulder problem. I needed to resight a lot (I.e. not just a couple of clicks).
 

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I gave the 60lb drop a week. Redid my sight and rest but could not get back to proper groupings. Could be because its an old bow and probably in need of new strings. Took it back upto 70 and all is good. Watched a vid on the tube that mentioned one single phrase that keyed right into my understanding. Made the change in position and eliminated all bow shoulder issues. When you have 2 broken collarbones,a broken arm and wrist and 8 broken fingers,alignment isn’t an easy thing.lol
 

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I gave the 60lb drop a week. Redid my sight and rest but could not get back to proper groupings. Could be because its an old bow and probably in need of new strings. Took it back upto 70 and all is good. Watched a vid on the tube that mentioned one single phrase that keyed right into my understanding. Made the change in position and eliminated all bow shoulder issues. When you have 2 broken collarbones,a broken arm and wrist and 8 broken fingers,alignment isn’t an easy thing.lol
Can you share that info with us?
 

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I went from 55#'s back up to 60#'s and I had to re-sight.
 

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Yes, resight. Based on your shoulder pain, going down a 60 will be a great decision. You can still kill any animal United States.
 

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I just put new Barnsdale limbs on my bowtech specialist. I had 70 pound limbs on it and shot 67 pounds. The new limbs are 55 pounds and now I shot 53 pounds. I bought new arrows and built myself some new strings. Just tuned it in yesterday and it shoots great. It's still fast and will do the job well. Sure makes pulling the bow back a lot more pleasurable. I'm getting older and wanted to have an easy drawing bow to hunt with and to shoot in the yard.
 
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