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Can you shoot from a bench rest???

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Is it possible to shoot a bow off some kind of rest?  I am new to archery and I have been sighting in my bow.  I shoot a PSE Whitetail Extreme compound bow with a 29 inch draw and 62lb draw weight. I am consistently shooting quarter-sized groups at 10 and 15 yards, 3 inch or less groups at 20 yards and 6 inch groups at 25 and 30 yards.  All of my shots are dead on on the vertical plane, and my 10, 15 and 20 yard shots are centered pretty well horizontally, with the 20 yard groups drifting slightly to the left.  My 25 and 30 yard shots are drifting further still to the right, but still within 4 to 6 inches of dead center. Before I tap my sight to the left to eliminate the drift, I want to see how much of the drift is the sight and how much is me, whether it be bad aim or bad form.  So, is it possible to shoot the bow from some sort of rest so as to aim precisely at the target without any movement up or down, or side to side?  If so, how do you do it? Thanks in advance. BTW, I am plenty happy with the way it shoots for hunting purposes, as I doubt I will ever take a shot over 20 yards, but for target shooting (which I am really enjoying), I’d like to hit them long and short. Keith

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>Is it possible to shoot a bow off some kind of rest?

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>  I am new to archery > and I have been sighting in my bow.

Do a search on "bow tuning", it is the art of making sure your arrow flys straight.  You eliminate the fishtailing and porposining of the arrow so that it flys perfectly straight and that will likely take care of your arrows hitting right or left a different distances.  It basically involves moving the nock set up or down to eliminate porposing, and the rest in or out to eliminate fish tailing.  When correctly tuned your arrow should look to be flying "straight as an arrow". A bow needs to be tuned for the shooter.  So shooting off a bench rest would only be a mental exercise.  It would not help you tune the bow for you. Henry

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> Is it possible to shoot a bow off some kind of rest?  I am new to archery > and I have been sighting in my bow.  I shoot a PSE Whitetail Extreme > compound bow with a 29 inch draw and 62lb draw weight.

Try to lower the pondage if you are new for indoors you need only 45 to 50 # some girls shoot 35# and they hit X > to the left.  My 25 and 30 yard shots are drifting further still to the > right, but still within 4 to 6 inches of dead center.

In time some guys make 1" 2" groups at 50 yard > Before I tap my sight to the left to eliminate the drift, I want to see how > much of the drift is the sight and how much is me, whether it be bad aim or > bad form.

It is bad form I did the same thing. It gets worst when you  get tired, the bow arm starts to drift. Nuno P

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