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…but if not done carefully it can cause many problems. 

Installing a bow sight seems to be a simple task, but if not done carefully it can cause many problems.  To avoid these problems, follow a few simple rules.

Use a thread tap to clean the sight mounting holes.

The first consideration for bow sight installation is the condition of the sight mounting holes placed in the riser by the manufacturer.  All burrs and metal pieces should be cleaned from these holes with a hole tap device (Fig. 19).  Then the mounting screws should be run in and out of the holes to ensure that the threads are working properly.  Be sure that the screws are the proper length to hold the sight and the cable guard if your bow needs a guard.

At this time, you must be careful not to overtighten the mounting screws and to be sure that the screws are not too long for the hole.  Just turning snug is all that is necessary; the aluminum or magnesium handle riser does not provide strong threads for screws and may become stripped if overtightened.

If you plan to use a tournament sight, you have several other considerations.  After the tournament sight block has been mounted, you must adjust the vertical bar to ensure that the sight block will slide in a vertical direction when moving it from one distance to another.  A small level comes in handy for this adjustment.

Use a Carpenter’s level to “plumb” a bow sight and set its level bubble. Holding the bow handle vertical while shooting is essential to center-spot accuracy at all ranges.

Find a door jamb which is plumb (Fig. 20) and place your bow against it so only the sides of the top and bottom limbs touch the jamb.  Using the level, adjust the vertical sight bar so that it is plumb.  Next, adjust the sight block so the level bubble shows that it is correspondingly level.  These steps should satisfy your needs and avoid some problems until we get to the chapter on shoot testing.

Wrapping and knotting serving string can secure peep sights and nocking points.

If you use a peep sight it must also be installed.  A simple method of wrapping and knotting serving thread above and below the peep (Fig. 21) can hold it in place and yet allow you to adjust it so it rolls around to your eye, shot after shot.

Final location of the peep cannot be determined until after we set the nocking point in the next section, after setting the tiller measurements and the draw weight.








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