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#3406279 - 10/17/13 09:04 AM Question about release?
woodsman87
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Got a big problem, and have lost some expensive arrows because of it. I think it is release.

Twice in the past week, I have lost two arrows because of my bow shooting when I get to about half draw. The loop that goes around the knock, don't know the proper name, is two weeks old and is in good shape.

My release on the other hand, is about 10 years old, and I can remember getting it but don't even know the brand name. It is caliper release.

The first time it happened I thought I may could have accidently had my finger in front of the trigger and accidently shot it. But after a second time, and as long as I have shot a bow and know to keep my finger behind trigger, I believe that the release could be malfunctioning.

The reason why I have a question is because It happens so fast I can't really tell what is happening. I haven't shot my bow again since the second time it happened, on Tuesday, because its dangerous and I don't want to lose another arrow. There isn't a real bow shop in my area to let a guy take a look at. I went and had it "fake" tuned by a local bow guy, so I no longer trust anyone.

Any suggestions? I guess buy another release even though the good ones cost $50.

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#3406298 - 10/17/13 09:15 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: woodsman87]
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Check to make sure your release is adjusted properly. On some of them turning the head of the release will adjust the trigger release poundage. If it spins to many times it will become too loose to hold the string.
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#3406311 - 10/17/13 09:21 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: Unicam]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Unicam
Check to make sure your release is adjusted properly. On some of them turning the head of the release will adjust the trigger release poundage. If it spins to many times it will become too loose to hold the string.


Did not know that at all. I don't have know what of knowing what the release poundage is. Is it similar to tightening or loosening a screw? This could be my problem.

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#3406364 - 10/17/13 09:42 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: woodsman87]
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Hold the base of the release and spin the top of it clockwise, if this adsusts it the trigger will creep forward.
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#3406376 - 10/17/13 09:45 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: Unicam]
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By the way I learned this the hard way. I was fiddling with my old rest years ago and lost an arrow the same way when I went to draw on a deer. Got about mid draw and the arrow took off. Figured the release out, adjusted it and no more issues. I have since went to a different release.

Edited by Unicam (10/18/13 06:48 AM)
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#3406423 - 10/17/13 10:10 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: Unicam]
TNDeerGuy
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There also might be a small allen-head set screw somewhere close to the trigger that will adjust poundage and trigger travel. Clockwise will raise tension, counter will lower tension—it could have backed out.

However, more often than not, when this happens it will be that the seers inside the release are just worn out and it might be time to get another—this happens with some of the cheaper models once they some age on them.

Instead of testing it with your bow, get a string and make a loop at each end to where it is the same as your draw length, or slightly shorter, and use that as your testing apparatus.

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#3407130 - 10/17/13 05:50 PM Re: Question about release? [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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I encountered this problem several years ago, and I can not overstate how dangerous it can be. Twice I had arrows end up in places where they should not have been. (It taught me that I should never sky a bow.) Besides an errant arrow posing a real danger, you might end up hitting yourself in the face with your release hand harder than you can imagine. Please replace the release immediately if you can not adjust it such that the problem is resolved beyond any doubt.
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#3407902 - 10/18/13 08:15 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: Outrigger]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Outrigger
I encountered this problem several years ago, and I can not overstate how dangerous it can be. Twice I had arrows end up in places where they should not have been. (It taught me that I should never sky a bow.) Besides an errant arrow posing a real danger, you might end up hitting yourself in the face with your release hand harder than you can imagine. Please replace the release immediately if you can not adjust it such that the problem is resolved beyond any doubt.


Yep hit my face the two times it happened, and stung like a hornet. I am strong enough to not "sky an arrow" but it is still very dangerous. Both occasions I have no idea where the arrow went. All I heard was it banging through the limbs. I am going release shopping. I tried to work on it last night, I think it is done for.

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#3408101 - 10/18/13 09:55 AM Re: Question about release? [Re: woodsman87]
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My first week owning a bow in 2009 I went to Hermitage Archery to shoot indoor. Chance Beauboef and Dan McCarthy were practicing for Vegas. I had no idea who they were until I looked at a Hoyt poster and saw Dan on the poster.

They were really nice and Dan adjusted my cheap Tru Fire to where I could do back tension. A week later I got whacked in the mouth twice cause the trigger travel changed. It sucked lol

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#3408314 - 10/18/13 12:38 PM Re: Question about release? [Re: UTGrad]
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Dan is a great guy
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