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Does everyone here start out at 3/8" when you're trying to set up your bow for the first time?

That measurement is to the bottom of the nock, right?
 

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To be honest I don't know Wth Ur talking about and i just got a new compound two months ago for the first time since 2004. I recommend u go to a shop

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Take my longbow to an archery shop?:yikes:

Just messin with ya turkbuster. It's actually pretty easy to set nock points on a trad bow yourself.

Just trying to see where everyone starts at. I'm shooting it for the first time tomorrow.
 

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i'd say between 1/4 and 1/2 on most trad. bows...but there will need to be adjusting as you shoot the bow...almost all of my old bows are set at 1/4"...it seems the new bows like it higher...but you need to be sure your arrow matches than fiddle with the brace height and string nock...:D
 

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i'd say between 1/4 and 1/2 on most trad. bows...but there will need to be adjusting as you shoot the bow...almost all of my old bows are set at 1/4"...it seems the new bows like it higher...but you need to be sure your arrow matches than fiddle with the brace height and string nock...:D
Hey ****, I'm gonna be limited to the old wood arrows, as I haven't got new ones yet. I have no idea the spine or anything, but I do know they shot well out of a 55' longbow. Mines 60'. We'll have to see. I just really want to shoot tomorrow at picnic, I've been so busy lately. 3/8" looks like a nice middle ground then?
 

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Troutbum, where your nock point lands depends on several things. first, are you going to nock above or below the nock point? I nock below, so my brass nock point actually winds up being somewhere well above 1/2". I'm assuming you are using a bow square to measure.

Every bow/arrow/shooter combination is unique. how you grip the bow, your brace height, how you hold the string(split or three under), how your bow is tillered, and arrow spine all come into play. I would start by setting a nock point at 5/8"(this puts the bottom or your arrow nock at about 3/8" above the arrow shelf or rest or whatever you use) and see what happens. if your arrows are porpoising, raise it a little and see what happens. repeat as needed to get your arrows flying straight. I don't recall ever making or owning a bow that liked an arrow nock on the string below 3/8". in fact, the center of the throat of my nocks is almost always 1/2" or higher.
 

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Troutbum, where your nock point lands depends on several things. first, are you going to nock above or below the nock point? I nock below, so my brass nock point actually winds up being somewhere well above 1/2". I'm assuming you are using a bow square to measure.

Every bow/arrow/shooter combination is unique. how you grip the bow, your brace height, how you hold the string(split or three under), how your bow is tillered, and arrow spine all come into play. I would start by setting a nock point at 5/8"(this puts the bottom or your arrow nock at about 3/8" above the arrow shelf or rest or whatever you use) and see what happens. if your arrows are porpoising, raise it a little and see what happens. repeat as needed to get your arrows flying straight. I don't recall ever making or owning a bow that liked an arrow nock on the string below 3/8". in fact, the center of the throat of my nocks is almost always 1/2" or higher.
Thanks Jamie. Yeah I'm using a bow square. I am going to nock my arrows under the nock. My nocks are 1/8" wide, do you use 2 of them stacked?
 

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my brass nock points are the same as yours, I'm sure. no, I don't use two of them stacked. the bow I'm shooting now likes my nock point (thats the BOTTOM of the nock point, or the TOP side of the arrow nock, however you want to look at it) set at 5/8" above the arrow shelf. that puts the center of the throat of my arrow nock at 1/2" above. I shoot split-fingered. set your nock point so that the bottom is something around 1/2" to 5/8" above to get started.
 

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Got her all set up, 5/8". Thanks ya'll, see how we do today. Time to get this bow up and running, and work on my trad skills!
 

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5/8" nock point was the ticket all right. No porpoising, very smooth arrow flight. Thanks guys.
 
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