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Bow Draw Length: What Measurements Do You Need?
Bow draw length is important to know when it comes to selecting the right bow. A longer draw length might be better if you are taller.
But a shorter one will allow for quicker shots and less arm strain. Bow draw lengths vary from person-to-person because of all the different factors that come into play. So make sure that you find out what your specific body needs before purchasing a new bow.
In this blog post we will discuss how to measure bow draw length by using only items found around your own home or office.
This article will also include tips on how not to get discouraged if you do not have any measuring tape handy. As well as some other resources where you can find more information about determining your perfect bow size.
AMO Draw Length:
Misunderstood and under-utilized, the AMO draw length is one of many measurements taken to rate a bow.
It can be difficult to calculate this measurement because it is not an exact figure. Instead manufacturers take your actual measured draw height plus 1 3/4 inches in order to get what they call their “AMO” rating.
This number means that if you are 6 feet tall with an average reach size. However, then all bows will measure between 29″ and 30″.
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How To Measure Bow Draw Length?
The first step to finding the draw length of a bow is by measuring it at full extension. This can be complicated and dangerous, so I prefer using an arrow as my measurement tool instead.
To do this, you need to draw arrows that are straight out from your body with one end on the ground in front of you. And another against your chest or chin whichever feels more comfortable.
The distance between these two points will give me how long my bows pull back must be for good accuracy.
Step 1: After attaching the bow square to the opposite side of the bow string, measure and note how deep it is.
Step 2: Now quickly move the bow up so that it touches the rest. Take a measurement with your ruler and mark it on where you last measured. But do not make another permanent mark yet. I recommend using painter’s tape for this to avoid damaging anything.
Note: To check the exact measurement for an arrow you need to make a mark 1 3/4″ from where it will go in your bow. Next, use some type of measuring device at different increments along the shaft. And mark them on with whatever length you want; I like using 1/4” marks so that they are easier to see.
Step 3: Now for the fun part! Time to knock that arrow with your bow and have someone take a look at where it lands.
See how easy it was!
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