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Question by Archery 101. Uploaded on September 07, 2009
Heck yes they work! I know this for a fact. I used to have no stabilizer and my bow would spin or "tourque" on every shot, causing horribly bad shots. I them got a Simms S-Coil and tried it. This stabilizer seemed to not work very well at all. I decided to spend another $50 and get a high-quality Octane 7" stabilizer. Well, I am very glad I did. It works so well it's not even funny. My bow is SOOO quiet, it doesn't tourque at all, there is NO had shock, and my grouping is drastically better than before. When buying a stabilizer, you shlould think long and heavy. Forget about the short stabilizers. I will never buy a stabilizer that is under 6" and I think that 7-8" is just perfect. Also I wouldn't recomend any stabilizers that are lighter than 4 ounces. I picked the Octane because a friend recommended it and it seemed to be about the perfect size (7" and 5oz.)
remember, when you get a stabilizer, you don't have to spend a lot of money, but don't just buy the cheapest one you can find. Go to a local archer shop, find a stabilizer that you are almost sure will work, and then ask if you can try a couple different sizes of stabilizers on you r bow and shoot it like that in the store. You will hopefully be able to find one that works better than the rest. Once you find that one, BUY IT no matter how much it costs (unless it cost something like $500.......) Good Luck and Good Huntin'!
When I still had a 30 yard indoor range and ran leagues we had this stabilizer argument and decided to shoot an entire week long league without any stabilizers. I can't remember the exact results but the overall performance was down slightly, not enough to be any factor at all in hunting. For instance, the guy who would normally shoot 295-40X might wind up with 294-38x. Remember that this is on very small dot targets. On a hunting bow I really don't think that a stabilizer is of a whole lot of value. If your bow is not properly silenced they could make a difference in noise level and that alone might be a help. I think that a stabilizer might help a novice shooter more than a long term confident shooter.
I believe its all in the shooter. I have, for many years, shot with a stabilizer and I know one thing for a fact; it does add extra weight to your bow. This can be a down factor if your not really used to the bow or the extra equipment. I say that a stabilizer is in the opinion of the shooter and that if your going to use one, make sure you use one every time you shoot.
I have several stabilizers and doinker is my favorite. A stabilizer does help lessen the little grip or torgue made during the shot and also lessens bow shock. Yes I could shoot without one, but I would'nt.
Stabilizers will quiet your bow. Yes you should use one for hunting. I can't remember the brand name but the lighter ones that absorb shock are the good ones. In other words do not buy the solid metal stabilizers.
yes they do work they reduce shock and help balnce the bow when shooting recommend a trip to the pro shop to find the one that works best for you .
I think we have established that they work, so in regards to your second question, I use one made by limbsaver. Relatively cheap, quiets the bow nicely, and overall works well.
Another great choice of stabilizers (in addition to the Octane brand) is the VibraCheck brand. I really think that useing a stabilizer really helps me shoot more accurately. Even if you don't beleive me, you should really try shooting with a good stabilizer and see how your shots improve.
Some archers say that stabilizers don't help them, but they are usually the ones with $1000 bows that are so quiet and tourque and vibration-free that a stabilizer would not really make a big difference. Also they are usually useing target bows that are a lot longer axle-to-axle than hunting bows, resulting in less noise, vibration, and tourque. In addition to the above, they are usually VERY good archers anyway, so they can already hit a fifty-cent-piece at 100 yards (Ray Howell can anyway) so adding a stabilizer wouldn't really make much of a difference to them. For hunting, I say use a stabilizer just because they really work. For target archer, I say use a stabilizer because they really work and it might help you win $1,000,000 some day.
My bow is more forgiving with a stabilizer. Perhaps that is part mental, but like most things, archery is as much or more mental than it is physical. There is definitely less shock.
I use a combination - Limbsaver S-coil in front of the riser (short, so doesn't extend past limbs and sight), and one Limbsaver Modular Node and Enhancer behind the riser. No one said that you had to keep that mass sticking way out front to be effective on a hunting bow.
i have a matthews reezen and i shoot better without my stabililzer on it. but if i found a lighter one that asborbed shock i would maybe try it. but i noticed when i was shooting with one my shots were consistantly low compared to when i took it off i was right on target... its mostly your preference if you want one or not.. and my bow is quiet and doesnt have alot of shock anyways
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