How to sight in a bow

Lancaster Archery TechXPerts P.J. Reilly and Justus Leimbach demonstrate the process for sighting in a bow. Once your bow is properly set up with a rest and sight, you’ve got to adjust the sight so that you can aim at a spot and put an arrow into it.

So let’s say you start out to sight in your bow at 20 yards. You’ll want to paste your sight pin – usually the top one on a multi-pin sight – on the bull’s-eye and then shoot at least three arrows. You want to find out where your arrows group together. One arrow can be an anomaly, but if you’ve got three arrows in the same general area, then it’s a safe bet that’s your point of impact.

Adjust your sight to that group. To do that, your pin should follow the arrow. That is, if your group is high and to the right, then move your sight pin up and to the right to compensate. A common mistake is for an archer with that grouping to think his arrows need to go lower and to the left, so the sight should be moved down and left. That’s incorrect.

Once you get your groups in the bull’s-eye area, then it’s time to shoot a lot of arrows to fine-tune your sight. Ideally, you want the center of your groups to be in the center of the bull’s-eye. Once you’ve achieved that, you can shoot with confidence!

In the video, we use a compound bow, but the process is the same for sighting in a recurve bow that has a sight attached.

How to tie a D-loop

In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPert P.J. Reilly demonstrates how to tie a D-loop onto the string of a compound bow.

The D-loop is attached to the bowstring, to provide both a nocking point for your arrow and a connection for your mechanical release.

You hook your release to the loop before drawing the bow. By doing so, you protect the serving on your bowstring from the wear and tear caused by your release.

Reilly gives a step-by-step explanation and demonstration of the D-loop tying process, which you can imitate at home, and describes the tools you can use to do the job.

Below is an illustration of how to tie a D-loop.


How to set up a takedown recurve bow

The takedown recurve bow is one of the most popular choices for recreational archers and traditional bowhunters. In this video, Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly walks through the steps to set up the Samick Sage recurve bow.

Reilly demonstrates how to attach the limbs to the bow and how to put the string on the bow using a bow stringer. He also discusses how to measure the bow’s brace height – the distance between the string and the throat of the grip – and how to twist or untwist the string to adjust the brace height to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Lastly, Reilly shows how to find the correct nocking point on the bowstring and how to attach nok sets to frame that nocking point.

How to set up a basic compound bow

Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly sets up a compound bow in this video. Reilly starts with a bare, Hoyt Ignite compound bow, and then adds to it a basic, LAS compound bow package.

The package includes an arrow rest, sight, quiver, wrist sling, stabilizer and five arrows.

Reilly demonstrates how to get a basic compound bow ready to shoot by walking through the steps necessary to properly install the accessories. This process can be generally applied to nearly any compound bow with any assortment of accessories. There might be slight difference in the exact setup of different accessories, but the principles demonstrated here will be similar.

How to change the draw cord on QAD HDX Ultra Rest

The Quality Archery Design (QAD) Ultra Rest is a popular arrow rest used by many archers today.

It’s a full-capture, drop-away rest, that’s triggered by a cord tied into, or clamped onto, the bow cable that pulls down as you draw the string.

From time to time, the rest cord can wear out, or you might want to change it to match your bow’s color-scheme or you might need to change it upon moving the rest from one bow to another.

In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPert P.J. Reilly shows you how to change the cord on the Ultra Rest HDX.

This process would apply to most of the new QAD Ultra Rests. Some older models, as well as the current Hunter and LD Pro series rests, have a slightly different construction, and so this video can help guide you in changing the cord on those rests, but the process is not exactly the same.

Mission Crossbows Available Online at LAS

Lancaster Archery Supply is now selling Mission crossbows on its website, In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPerts Moose and P.J. Reilly run down the models and features of the four Mission crossbow packages we are selling.

We have the MXB 360, which is the fastest of the line at 360 feet per second; the MXB 320, which shoots bolts at 320 feet per second; the MXB Dagger, which is the shortest of the line, and shoots bolts at 340 feet per second; and the MXB Sniper Lite, which is the lightest crossbow in the line at just under 6 pounds.

The Sniper Lite only comes in Tactical Black, while the other three are available in either camouflage or Tactical Black.

Every crossbow package includes a case, three bolts, a cocking rope, quiver and scope. You can choose among four types of scopes for your package.

How to shoot deer from a tree stand

Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly discusses how shot angles are affected by bowhunting deer from an elevated tree stand. Reilly spells out proper shot placement on a deer from ground level to achieve a quick, ethical kill.

Then, he shows how arrow placement must change to account for the height in a tree from which a hunter shoots at a deer, and the distance between the hunter and the deer. Knowing the relationship between height, distance and shot angles is critical knowledge for all bowhunters.