Brace height & hunting question

Where's Bruce?

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Ever since i began shooting trad last year, I have maintained an 8" brace height based on all recommendations. Is there any reason or justification for modifying this for actual hunting? My logic says no...shoot as accurately as possible and the 8" brace height is more forgiving of form errors. Is this correct or do I need edjamacatin'?
 

oldgoat

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Put it where the bow is quietest and that usually falls in a range where most people can't shoot or hear the difference if it moves a little. Usually lower on longbows and higher on recurves. Also it seems like on recurves, really short ones and really long ones take a higher brace.
 

Mudd Foot

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Put it where the bow is quietest and that usually falls in a range where most people can't shoot or hear the difference if it moves a little. Usually lower on longbows and higher on recurves. Also it seems like on recurves, really short ones and really long ones take a higher brace.

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TaterTot

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Why would you start messing with your setup once the season has started? Tinkering is for the off season.
 

Beendare

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Brace height is a function of a tuned arrow. Are your Bare shots flying perfect?

The bowyer- Blacktail I'm assuming- can tell you what most guys use...but if you are shooting a slightly stiffer arrow it might not tune...where a lower BH does.

I shoot a couple different ILF setups and where my Win and Win limbs shoot best at a 6 3/4" BH....my Uukha limbs are at 7 3/8".

The guys above are right about the best tune usually being quiet with less vibration....but its best if you start with a slightly lower BH....and shoot Bare shafts while working your way up in BH...to see which has the best arrow flight.
 

Wilderlife

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It's all trial and error. I bare shafted my arrows with an 8.5 inch brace height, and since I fletched them, for the sake of experimentation I raised it to 8.75 inches (Black Widow recommend between 8 and 8.75 inches). They still seem to shoot fine. I like the idea of my brace being as high as possible for the sake of keeping things as quiet as possible. Not sure how other people do it or what they prefer, but my arrows shoot beautifully and my bow is very quiet.
 

Sticknstring

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if your arrows are flying and your happy with how your bow is shooting then don't touch it...but I would ask the manufacturer, they normally know exactly where it should be.
 
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