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    Default Stabilizer weight, too much or too little?

    I have a homemade pvc stabilizer which is weighing in around 5 ozs. I thought it was working fine, groups had tightened up with a few still having a 'mind of their own'. A friend offered me to try his extra "real one", when I picked it up, I swear it must have been close to a pound, maybe even more. He wasn't really sure of the weight as it was bought used. It was 8", same as mine.
    I was surprised I didn't noticed the extra weight at full draw, which I was able to hold for over 30 sec, with almost no wobble.
    Shot 6 arrows...killed 4 vanes, and almost a Robin Hood.
    Shot another 6....close to the same thing!??

    What's my point you ask...can you have too much/little weight when it comes to a stabilizer? Or is it more personal preference?

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    Here's an idea of what the "real" ones weigh: link-->http://www.beestinger.com/archery-st...ls.php?mf=1000
    I believe the determination of stabilizer weight includes what bow you are shooting, but also a lot of personal preference.

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    Basically a stabilizer is just that it stabilizes your bow when you are at full draw and draws the bow forward when you shoot. Too little weight and to short don't produce a stable shot. Hunters don't concern themselves because its a close up shot. The longer the stabilizer with weight on the end it will help you stay steady.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrow Splitter View Post
    Here's an idea of what the "real" ones weigh: link-->http://www.beestinger.com/archery-st...ls.php?mf=1000
    I believe the determination of stabilizer weight includes what bow you are shooting, but also a lot of personal preference.

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    Yes AS, I've seen those, plus the Pro Hunter. 8" weighted down can be over a pound (+20 oz).
    I like my homemade one-some guy on here put up a great how to video...-so I'm wondering if maybe a little tinkering on my part with a longer carriage bolt and maybe some washers might be worth my time.
    I was just surprised at the effect the extra weight made for me. Not sure if my shoulder will agree over time, but I think it's worth a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankhdad View Post
    Yes AS, I've seen those, plus the Pro Hunter. 8" weighted down can be over a pound (+20 oz).
    I like my homemade one-some guy on here put up a great how to video...-so I'm wondering if maybe a little tinkering on my part with a longer carriage bolt and maybe some washers might be worth my time.
    I was just surprised at the effect the extra weight made for me. Not sure if my shoulder will agree over time, but I think it's worth a look.
    Thanks for the compliment. I agree with you: experimenting with the weight probably will pay off. I haven't (my 8" comes in 4.39 oz.) but it's a good idea.

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    Default Stabilizer weight, too much or too little?

    I used the 8" NAP Shock Blocker for years and as worked great. It weighs 11 ounces. Not that far from a pound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny Thomas View Post
    I used the 8" NAP Shock Blocker for years and as worked great. It weighs 11 ounces. Not that far from a pound.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ankhdad View Post
    I have a homemade pvc stabilizer which is weighing in around 5 ozs. Thanks, Keith
    You'd be right at one pound if you added Keith's homemade pvc stabbie. Might look a bit odd however.
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    I was going to let this one fade off, but I tried my friends again and what a difference. Managed to weigh it, 13.5 oz.
    So...I set off to build one of my own. I used 1/2" pvc this time, I think it looks better-no other reason, because it's all about looks...lol. Weighted it down with a carriage bolt, 6 washers, and a nut=13.1oz. Nothing else inside, no rubber, cork etc...
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    this next photo is with no stabilizer, holding for 30 secs at full draw, 18yrds (sorry for the glare, was getting dark out and I used the flash)
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    same again, BUT WITH the new stabilizer I just made
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    I can't get over this!
    It's drying after being painted neon green-to match the strings, and I will never leave home without it!!
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    Now that's cool. I might have to play with the weight of mine now. LOL

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    Really glad you started this!!, it was going to be my next question for everyone,
    the groups are unbelievably different
    I have a Cobra folding on mine and it's pretty heavy, and if not tight will cause part of my noises I heard ( different post), was thinking about going to a different, lighter, shock absorbing one.
    Now I need to study my shots some more, not sure if it's just too heavy on the front ?, I think I'll try shooting without it to see what happens
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