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Question by kent2981. Uploaded on October 08, 2011
The only time I've seen somebody change the weight is when they take it to a archery shop and put it in a bow press. There might be a way to do it yourself, but getting a professional to do it won't cost hardly anything.
You won't be able to DIY without a bow press. Also depends on the design of your bow. If your bow has 1 cam and an idler wheel, then you can contact the manufacturer to determine if they offer another cam for purchase to reduce the poundage. 2 cams, then both need to be replaced.
The poundage of you bow is NOT the cams. It is the limbs, you will need to buy a different set.
Limbs for a Mathews cost about $180, not sure about other bow companys.
Consult a technician at a good archery shop or the manufacturer. Like lovetohunt said, you will probably need new limbs for this poundage increase, as well as cam(s).
if you take it to the place you bought it you may be able to get it done for free. what bow do you have?
It is a used Hoyt extreme, about 8-9 years old, but in excellent shape. Just wanted to tune it down a little, since I'm new to archery/bow hunting, to make it a little easier. I think it is tuned to 65# right now. What do you think, practice with it til it's easier?
Read my post above, it states it depends on the design of your bow. Different poundages, especially parallel limb designs like on many Matthews bows, are rated by the limbs and the cam. There are other bow designs, like a Bear compound I had, that were adjustable by the cams, you did not swap out limbs or purchase different poundage limbs.
Some previous Hoyt bows offered multiple limb options (lenghts) for the same bow to lengthen brace height and increase speed, but you were also lengthening or shortening the overall length of the bow. The cams were adjustable within a given range of poundage. If your cam is adjusted to the lowest setting available, then you would not be able to set it lower without a replacement cam.
Thanks for all the advice, I'm a newbie, just got my bow, learned a lot from everyone so far, plan on learning more, thanks.
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