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  1. #1
    Tom Ainsworth

    Unhappy help!

    I just bought a 2003 model Tracer LT from Dick's. I am having trouble setting it up. I had them paper tune it at 15 yards - but when I went home I could not get the flight good from 20 yards and out. We noticed that the arrow seemed to be kicking - so I moved the separator bar out more to create more clearance. When the smoke cleared at 11:30 PM last night, I was adjusting the tension on the fork rest - re-alighned the tru-nok, bla-bla-bla!...I wish I knew what I was doing. Can someone please give me the basics and straighten me out - I have to hunt this afternoon - I want a 4" group at 20 yards at worst. The bow is a single CAM Fuzion. Perhaps the smallest bow I have ever held in my hand - I love it - but need help ASAP in setting it up - the basics - I mean the very basic basics...get the crayons out!

    Left Handed
    27" draw
    31" Easton Stalker with 5" fletch
    100 grain field point
    Shockwave 100 Broadhead

    thanks in advance...
    Last edited by Tom Ainsworth; 10-12-2006 at 12:32 PM.

  2. #2

    Default Need more info...

    Is the bow set at the max 70 lb weight setting ?

    Fingers or mechanical release ?

    What size are the arrows ?(there should be some numbers on them, like 2413, or 2117, or something like that.)

    Do you have any way to cut the arrows ?- 31" is basically a full length shaft. Even if the spine numbers are correct, the extra length & weight could be throwing things out of whack

    First, return the cable guard back to minimum clearance - you only need 1/16 of an inch between vane and cables. You should only adjust this if you know you have contact problems. Adding clearance also adds cam lean - on a short, one cam bow, you could actually pull the string out of the track by over-adjusting the cable guard.

    Give us a little more info and maybe we can help (although I must warn you I do not shoot single cams myself - only Martin Fury & Nitrous two cams.)


  3. #3
    Tom Ainsworth

    Default more info...

    Easton Stalker 2219
    Tru-Fire Mechanical Release

    the bow ranges from 55-70#

    Martin Tech support informaed me that I could crank it higher if I want - I have to leave some space however for the limbs to breath - - with that said, I do not wish to go any higher - the 70 # is perfect...

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    Is the problem that you are unable to group your broadheads with your field points or just can't get a good group at all?

    If you can't group at all, I'd guess one of two things. 1. Either there is a clearance problem and the vanes are hitting either your cables (which you've already adjusted for) or your rest. OR It's something that you are doing wrong ie torqueing the grip etc. Don't take that the wrong way, I have no idea if you are an experienced shooter with a new bow or a novice.

    If you are just unable to group your broadheads with your field points, then I would refer you to the Easton Tuning Guide. That will run you through steps to tune your broadheads to hit like field points. It can be found and downloaded here--->

    Hope you're able to get it shooting straight before you decide to go hunting. Best of luck.

  5. #5

    Default Here's some suggestions...

    I am not sure what you mean by leaving the "limbs some room to breathe" ? All bows operate most efficiently (and generally more quietly) at the max setting, which means with the limb bolts turned all the way down tight (don't get out a torque wrench, off course, but just hand tighten all the way.) If you are shooting with the bolts backed out more than one turn, you could be at 65# or lower, which would affect the arrow spine issues I am about to look at.

    Per the Easton charts, for 70 lbs, one cam, 2219 shafts with 100 grain heads would be within acceptable spine at 29" length, the charts do not show 2219 as appropriate at 31" length, so if you are going to stick with those arrows, you may want to trim them down some to get in the optimal spine range. Personally, those arrows are WAY heavier than I would want to use for most game. Your total grain weight is going to be over 500 grains. If you are going to shoot BIG game, like bears, moose, etc., that might be OK, but your arrow drop beyond 20 yards will be significant, so knowing the distance to your target will be much more critical with these heavy arrows. I shoot 70 lb 2 cam bows, and use Easton carbon arrows at 400 spine, at about 375 grains total weight.

    Back to your tuning issue. The extra long arrows could be one part of it, so I would at least trim those down. You mentioned a "fork rest", I assume that is a TM Hunter style - You also mention 5" fletchings. Whether helical or offset straight, it will be virtually impossible to get good vane clearance with 5" fletching and a fork type arrow rest. There's just too much vane surface to thread between the forks. You might be able to tune the spring tension down a good bit to minimize the influence, but getting perfect clearance will be tough.

    My honest, personal advice is to get some shorter, lighter arrows (maybe in the 2314 or 2413 aluminums, cut an inch longer than the front of your rest at full draw) with shorter - say 3 to 4 inch straight vanes. Your front of center balance with 100 grain heads will be much better, your arrow speed will be much higher, and the arrow diameter will be a tad larger, but with smaller vanes to help get better clearance. These arrows and a good drop away or full-containment rest would really help eliminate arrow or rest induced tuning problems. You'd still have to make sure the cables aren't touching, and you're not torquing the bow, of course, but these would be my suggested first steps.

    I am sure there are plenty of folks that would argue that a heavy arrow is always better, but I think yours are too heavy & too long, and likely part of the problem.

    Good luck,


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    Maybe Im overlooking the broadhead brand by skimming through this, but that very well could be a problem! I am not putting any brand names down, just stating some broadheads fly better and flatter than others. I would not change arrows either, as this could get very expensive for the common working man! I would try a fixed 4 blade broadhead maybe 125 gr. muzzy would be a good choice. The heaver broadhead will help the heaver arrow to fly straighter! this will slow the arrow just a little but also give more bone crushing knetic energy.

  7. #7
    Tom Ainsworth

    Question great info

    I understand everything that was written - I think it may take until next archery season to figure it all out though!
    I think we got it under control - the tuning issue that is. I totally understand the shorter arrow & broadhead weight issue - but due to budgetary restraints my son and I use the same "generic" arrrows. So - right off the bat I know that I will never be able to shoot masterfully as you all - but if I can consistantly put a 4" group at 30 yards, that will have to do! But I must say, the 5" inch fletch issue is very interesting to me - I have to re-fletch anyway - so I will try the 4" fletch and see if that helps for both of us. I use a bitzenberger dial-o-fletch "straight' jig with a very small offset - my son is right handed and I am a lefty. I am sure some of you all are saying..."man what a piece of work!" - but I am rying to keep it simple - and cheap - within reason that is...

    So - here is the latest. After tuning the bow - I could "not" sight it in. No matter what I did the arows would always be 6" to the right! I kept moving my sight pin to the right - until the blasted thing fell out! I new I had a piloting issue at that point! I have been shooting for 20 years - and I used a kisser button. Well - to make a long story short - I had to install a peep sight. So - I have a peep sight and a kisser. I am having a dickens of a time getting my act together! I cannot see through that thing!
    Which brings another question - the bowstring - it has two different color strands - the thing seems to be twisted - and when the bow is at full draw, I think the peep is twisted and causing some blurriness - I do not have a bow press to try this one out...

    I barely see the sight pin and everything seems blurry. I tried drilling the peep whole out (the most I would do is 1/4") - and I am still having problems. And - Thursday night my son and I were hunting and as the sun went down I could not see the sight pin through the peep - but there was at least 20 minutes more shooting time!

    the rut is in a couple of weeks - I need to adjust me or the bow by then!


  8. #8

    Default Some more things to check...

    On the peep sight, you'd probably be best off to start with a tube-aligned peep sight, so you can be assured it will be in line. I never could get any "stock" strings to keep a peep straight (& Martin has some very good stock strings.)

    If the 6" drift stays consistent, even after you move your sight pin, it makes me think there must be a fairly consistent influence, perhaps it is the rest prongs steering those 5 inch fletchings. Are you shooting with the cock fletch down (threading between the prongs) or up, so the other two fletches are straddling the prongs ? Whichever it is, try it the other way and see what it does. If the answer is that you're shooting with cock-fletch out, traditional style, but shooting a prong style rest, there is no question you cannot get vane clearance.

    You can use lipstick, dry erase pen, foot powder, or other such non-drying indicators on the prongs, then shoot and see how much vane contact you are getting. I suspect it might be a lot, especially if you're shooting cock fletch out - I think Stalkers are glue on nocks, so I guess it's not possible for you to easily move the nocks around....

    I think I have some old 2413 shafts with uni-nocks down in my basement - I'm not sure how many, & some may need re-fletching, but I'd be glad to send you some to try out and see if they make a difference - they're just collecting dust since I went to carbon arrows a few years back. No charge - just returning the favor of those that helped me get started.

    If you're interested, just let me know here or by Private Message.


  9. #9
    Tom Ainsworth

    Post more info...

    I have the cock fletch down in the prong rest. I have not tried using any powder to see where the fletch is hiting - I need to do that. My peep has a tube - which theoretically "should" straighten it out...but I think it is not. I am going to the local sports store tonight and have them put it on a press to straighten out my string - and have them take a look at the whole setup. The fellow at Dick's was a very nice young man who seemed to know his info - kinda thinkin maybe to take it to a local sports shop and have them take a look. In the past they have gave me great advice and seem to do great work. I reallize you can only tinker so much - - the main thing is shooting and getting used to the new bow. If the stop at the sports shop does not help with the peep - my next plan is to remove the fork rest and put an old springy type on (please don't cringe ) and try it - physics tells me that will left justify my arrow - if I can ditch the peep and use the kisser only (like I have for 20 years) I may dance in my back yard and really make my neighbors think I am whacked! I wish my old bow had broke in the summer so that right now - in the middle of archery here in MD - I would not be tinkering around. Again - my goal is to put six arrows in a 4" group at 30 yards. As for the arrows - I will wait on that - but may take you up on it - thanx a million...will you know how it goes...

  10. #10

    Default Good luck & let us know how it works out....

    If you change rests and still find the arrows drifting consistently, I would go back to my earlier statement about the arrow length. I haven't calculated it, but I would think the front-of center balance is probably not where it needs to be on 2219 aluminum arrows 31" long with 100 grain points. Compound that with the potential influence of long vanes steering off a rest, and I can see how it would be very difficult to make them hit where you aim.

    This is a pretty easy thing to test. Just pull the inserts from 1 or 2 arrows, cut off 2-3 inches (I'd go with 3 or more) using a copper tubing cutter, and see if it makes any difference.

    Oh, & I did cringe at the springy rest - if you are using plastic vanes, at least. If you are using feathers, it might not be as bad as the fork prong rest.

    Good luck, & just let me know if you decide you want to try some of these lighter arrows. I think they'd be long enough for you to use.


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