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75% or 85% Letoff?
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Contributors to this thread:
spike78 03-Dec-17
Brotsky 03-Dec-17
yooper89 03-Dec-17
Glunker 03-Dec-17
WapitiBob 03-Dec-17
7mm08 03-Dec-17
spike78 03-Dec-17
Woods Walker 03-Dec-17
StickFlicker 03-Dec-17
Brotsky 03-Dec-17
sdkhunter 03-Dec-17
Charlie Rehor 04-Dec-17
Woods Walker 04-Dec-17
Ermine 04-Dec-17
ground hunter 04-Dec-17
Kevin @ Wisconsin 04-Dec-17
spike78 04-Dec-17
ELKMAN 04-Dec-17
WapitiBob 04-Dec-17
LBshooter 04-Dec-17
CurveBow 06-Dec-17
Redheadtwo 08-Dec-17
From: spike78
03-Dec-17
What is the pros and cons to 75 and 85% letoff? Is their a speed difference? Shoot ability difference? I currently have 80% on my Elite so 85 sounds nice but what is the trade off?

From: Brotsky
03-Dec-17
85 is illegal here so that kind of narrows it down for me:) Generally a little more speed with 75 and some prefer the slightly higher holding weight for accuracy. Others like the high let off. Personal preference really.

From: yooper89
03-Dec-17
85 illegal in CO as well, so I have no choice in the matter!

From: Glunker
03-Dec-17
Any pros or cons from a shoulder health point of view?

From: WapitiBob
03-Dec-17
Shoulder problems are from drawing the bow incorrectly.

From: 7mm08
03-Dec-17
Shoulder problems can be caused from over- use, such as my case... shooting 10-12000 arrows a year out of a recurve. They can be caused from repetative use over long periods of time... say 45 years of bow hunting and the aging process. I doubt 5 lbs of letoff will make much difference at all. The draw force curve has a lot more to do with it than let off. You can take two bows with the same draw weight but different design and one can draw a LOT harder than the other.

From: spike78
03-Dec-17
Funny the things I stress over lol. I shot good with 65% back in the day but 85 comes in handy when turkey and deer hunting. 75 has a few more FPS with it ugh decisions.

From: Woods Walker
03-Dec-17
Look at it this way......if you use 85% that makes your compgun 10% closer to a crossgun than the 75%. Hope this helps! ;-)

From: StickFlicker
03-Dec-17
In the states that you've mentioned where 85% is illegal, what is the legal maximum?

From: Brotsky
03-Dec-17
SF..80% max here in SD

From: sdkhunter
03-Dec-17
I think the backwalls tend to be a bit more jumpy with say a 75% vs 85% letoff... can relax more... but as brought up consider where you'll be hunting and whats legal...

04-Dec-17
Question: Why would it matter in states that allow crossbows in archery season? Seems a mute point (law)

From: Woods Walker
04-Dec-17
That was my thought also Charlie.

From: Ermine
04-Dec-17
I’ve akways thought I can shoot better with lower let off

04-Dec-17
cross bows are not legal, in SD, except for the handicapped,,,,

04-Dec-17
I have a chill x that you can shoot 75% or 85% rock mods.

Shooting with the 85% mods is sweet. The draw cycle is smooth and the wall at full draw is solid. There was a learning curve coming from my old 65% let off compound adjusting to 85%.

The 75% let off mods on my bow were a nightmare to shoot. The draw cycle was harsh and it felt if you crept a millimeter from the wall the bow would rip your shoulder off. I tried with the 75% for a while but it was just not fun to shoot, and I love shooting a bow.

From: spike78
04-Dec-17
Kevin that helps a lot thanks!

From: ELKMAN
04-Dec-17
If you enjoy accuracy 75% and it ain't close

From: WapitiBob
04-Dec-17
What I've seen and heard, as you probably have, is most of the "what the @@##" misses come from high letoff bows. The guys I've talked to don't have it locked down but the general consensus is the back end is just too wammbly. You don't have any line tension in the string and the little things like face contact make a bigger difference.

From: LBshooter
04-Dec-17
I don't shoot a compound, but, when you all talk about illegal I'm wondering if GW ever check let off?

From: CurveBow
06-Dec-17
I just bought a Hoyt Carbon Defiant, 2017 model. Its 85% and maybe a bit more. My release is going to take some work as its great shooting, but the low holding weight is touchy with mu Scott Mongoose I've used for 25+ years. I personally believe that a higher holding weight helps to get a clean release.

From: Redheadtwo
08-Dec-17
Either one is less efficient than 65%. If letoff percentage gets any higher you'll have to push the string to propel the arrow.

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