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Having trouble getting your sight pins to settle? The right stabilizer can help reduce bobbing or
tilting, keeping the bubble in the center of the sight's level without forcing it into position. A
stabilizer that doesn't extend beyond the limbs, however, is too short to help steady the bow,
although it might still work to dampen vibration at the shot. At right, the author demonstrates
how even bows equipped with side stabilizers can be carried comfortably while hunting.

LENGTH

Stabilizers come in many different
lengths.
Competition shooters use front bars
up to 36 inches long, with rear rods as
long as 15 inches, and side rods, as well.
Taking such a setup into a tree stand or
ground blind just wouldn't be practical.
And bowhunters don't need bars that long.
But a stabilizer that's too short won't
do anything to stabilize your bow.
Look at your bow from the side. In
order to stabilize your bow, the bar you
choose must extend beyond the limbs.
On some modern compound bows,
that means you need at least an 8-inch
stabilizer.
And 10- and 12-inch front stabilizers
arguably are better choices for bowhunting. They extend far enough out in front
of the bow to stabilize it when weight is
added to the end.
Eight or 10-inch bars are perfect for
side rods.
Consider this as you ponder the use of
stabilizers. Hold a dust brush out at arm's
length and move it around. The brush
is short and light and you can move all
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over the place with ease. With too short a
stabilizer, the bow will move just as easily.
Now, hold a broom by the handle, with
the bristles out in front. Try to move it
from side to side.
It's much harder because the length of
the handle and the weight at the end resist
your efforts to move it.
Longer stabilizers work just as hard to
resist movement and hold the bow steady.

WEIGHT

Anytime you add weight to a bow, it
resists movement, which is going to help
you hold the bow steadier and shoot more
accurately.
The key is to find a stabilizer that
achieves the right balance for you; one
that makes it easiest to make perfect shots
without thinking.
Adding a front stabilizer resists leftright torque and puts mass weight under
the grip and in front of the bow, which
helps keep the bow upright.
Using a front bar alone, however, can
cause the bow to tip forward.
A side rod helps balance the bow from
side to side, by counteracting the weight
of your sight and rest mounted on the



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