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Improve Your Accuracy With a Homemade Peep Sight

A Cheap Peep
Improve your accuracy in a half hour for about $20
By Scott Bestul

The bowhunter's most effective tool for ensuring proper head alignment on the string is an in-line peep sight. Peeps are cheap, but a lot of hunters add to the cost by having a pro shop install the sight. There's no need for that. It seems intimidating, but this is a simple project you can do yourself.

What You Need
In-line peep: $3
String separator: $7
Serving: $7
Liquid Lock adhesive: $4


Time: ¿¿ hour
Difficulty: Moderate

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How It's Done
Step 1: Place the Peep
Slide a string separator through the strands of the bowstring, about 5 inches up from the nock, dividing the material evenly. Fit an in-line peep in the string so the strands run into the grooves on each side of the sight.

Step 2: Take Aim
Draw the bow and move the peep until you can see your sight pins through it without adjusting your head or anchor point. Put the bow in a vise.

Step 3: Start Wrapping
Thread a 24-inch piece of serving material through the gap in the string above the peep sight, leaving about a 1-inch tail. Hold the tail in place along the string. Begin wrapping the other end of the serving around the bowstring toward the peep sight, making tight, even turns. You'll cover the tail as you go.

Step 4: Jump the Peep
As your wrap reaches the peep, thread the end of the serving between the bowstring strands. Then run the serving along the groove on the sight and through the bowstring strands below it. Make 8 to 10 more wraps.

Step 5: Finish it Off
Fold a 12-inch length of serving in half. Lay this along the bowstring, with the loop pointing toward the nock. Continue wrapping for 8 to 10 more turns, then thread the end through the loop. Using pliers, grab both strands of the loop's tail end and pull until the loop disappears under the serving. Trim the ends of the loop. Place a few drops of adhesive on the serving.

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Bow Hunting Guide: 2006

TIP: Keep your wrist "low," as in fully flexed backward, with the bow grip contacting your hand at the heel of your palm. A bone there gives you solid contact. Your fingers should be relaxed. If you're holding the bow correctly, at full draw your knuckles will line up at a 45-degree angle, halfway between 7 and 8 on an imaginary clockface.

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