A Breakdown of Compound Bow Parts

It is common in the world of hunting to use a compound bow, though not everyone knows about the various compound bow parts within the device. Though firearms, longbows, crossbows and other such things are used during hunting or target practice, the compound bow is the most widely used. It is created with various materials; some use mostly plastic, some use aluminum, others use a forging process reserved usually for aerospace and high speed racing equipment. However, each of the compound bow parts is the same when it comes down to the basics.

Each compound bow of course has its sights, along with the sighting window. In addition to that, they have the basic cable strings where one attaches the arrows and draws, and the arrow rest on the other side of the bow on which to rest the point of the arrow before firing. Upon each end of the bow is the eccentric wheel or the cams, which work with the cables as a whole system. The rest include the basic limbs, made of various materials and with different qualities for different levels of sturdiness, the nocking point, the grip, and the two draw weight adjustment bolts. Each of these compound bow parts are important; they work together to make the bow as comfortable as possible for the user typically, but may go unexplained.

Cam/Eccentric Wheels

These are the small wheels at the ends of the top and bottom limbs of the bow. It is these small wheels that hold the cable in place, that enable the user to draw the full force of the cable out without the full effects of its actual weight in pressure to be exerted by the shooter. Typically, this lessening of weight on the user is between fifty percent and eighty percent. This means that if the draw on your bow is set to about fifty pounds, you only have to exert ten to twenty pounds of pressure in order to draw the cables and thus the arrow back.

Sight Pins

Inherent in every compound bow, this compound bow part is obviously necessary in being able to aim accurately for that perfect shot. Of course in order to be able to aim accurately, the sights have to be adjusted for each user of the bow. It is recommended to sight the bow according to your dominant hand and eye, which are typically the same side. There are bows out there specifically made for those who are left handed and left eyed at that. Always remember when lessening the draw weight of the bow to readjust the sight on the bow as well.

Limbs, Hunting Stabilizer, Cable Guard

The rest of the compound bow parts are not only there to be a part of the shape and quality of the bow, but to serve their own individual purposes as well. A limb for creating the shape as well as holding the bow together serves the purpose of stabilizing and keeping the bow manageable. The Stabilizer and Cable Guards are both used to make sure the vibration and stable quality of the bow are kept in check as well.