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how many pins in your bow sight?
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Mexican Hunter 27-Dec-17
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27-Dec-17
How many pins do you use in your bow sights? I am used to five, but I want to try a one pin bow sight. Any thoughts about it?

From: JTV
27-Dec-17
One ... HHA 5519... marked 20/30/40/50 yds in 5 yd increments, I leave it set at 25 yds 95% of the time when hunting ....

27-Dec-17
Black Gold Ascent 3-pin slider

From: bowhunter24
27-Dec-17
Black Gold Pure 3 pin slider on one bow like very well, 5 pin on other bow.

From: Buffalo1
27-Dec-17
1 pin - HHA OL-5000 .029 Pin size 4x lens kit with sight light. Been using this set up for 5-6 yrs. now. Very satisfied. The 3000 series have 3' of wire where the 5000 series has 5' wire. Therefore the 5000 series will be a brighter sight. HHA's are aluminum and tough.

If you are buying a new sight check Farmstead Archery in Sheboygan, WI. They always have some very competitive prices and fast mail service.

From: Pigsticker
27-Dec-17
One 1 pin and one 3 pin slider.

From: Paul@thefort
27-Dec-17

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
One

From: SBH
27-Dec-17
1

From: WapitiBob
27-Dec-17
One

From: Bowboy
27-Dec-17
One

27-Dec-17
One fixed pin and a floater from 40 and beyond.

From: drycreek
27-Dec-17
The last bow I bought came with a single pin sight, and I probably could have used it ok, but I was always afraid that I'd forget to adjust it so went back to a MBG Rush 5 pin. I won't ever need any more than two though.

From: Scooter
27-Dec-17
One pin HHA .029... Lov it ....

From: sfiremedic
27-Dec-17
one fixed pin.. set at 25

From: Ucsdryder
27-Dec-17
UNO

From: Scooter
27-Dec-17
One pin HHA .029... Lov it ....

From: JLeMieux
27-Dec-17
kentuckbowhunter, what sight are you using?

From: dawgtrainer
27-Dec-17
HHA single pin set at 20-30-40-50. 2X lens kit.

From: deaver25btb
27-Dec-17
I currently use 1 fixed pin set at 25 yards

From: Fields
27-Dec-17
One here too..

From: COHOYTHUNTER
27-Dec-17
Spot Hogg Hogg Hunter 5 pin.. 30-40-50-60-70

From: pappy
27-Dec-17
one

From: RJ Hunt
27-Dec-17
5 pin black gold ascent.

27-Dec-17
7 pins, 20-80 yards. Keep thinking I will try 5 on a slider but every time I get close to switching, something happens that reminds me why I run 7 pins. I've setup 7 pins on a slider, just haven't found a slider I feel is rugged enough for the abuse they get.

From: Butcher
27-Dec-17
7

From: StickFlicker
27-Dec-17
7 Deadly Pins

From: HUNT MAN
27-Dec-17
7 pins. 20-80. Had trouble with one pin and spot and stalk hunting . Hunt

From: Quinn @work
28-Dec-17
5 pins. Like Hunt would have a problem as most of my kills are spot and stalk and don't have time to move 1 pin sight to the correct yardage.

I am surprised to see most of the responders are one pin?

From: PoudreCanyon
28-Dec-17
MBG Rush with 5 pins. 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards.

From: Franklin
28-Dec-17
one

28-Dec-17
Four or one...Depending on the Bow!

From: Bigdan
28-Dec-17
One

From: TD
28-Dec-17
One. MBG Ascent with a Flashpoint head.

From: JW
28-Dec-17
MBG Ascent with 4 pins.

From: Bou'bound
28-Dec-17
5 but two are buried at bottom and not used pins 25, 35, 45

From: Errorhead
28-Dec-17
5 from 20 to 60, I don't have time, or can't get away with the movement, of sliding a pin around.

From: Buckhunter
28-Dec-17
1 pin Tommy hog

From: KJC
28-Dec-17
3, 5 and 1

From: bowhunter55
28-Dec-17
HHA 5519. Been using a single pin for 10yrs now. Keep it set at 25yds.

From: mountainman
28-Dec-17
7 pin spot hogg

From: Nick Muche
28-Dec-17
Depends what I am hunting, from a tree stand I use a 5 pin fixed and when hunting spot and stalk I use a one pin slider. The only exception is when I am hunting grizzly/brown bears via spot and stalk, then I have a fixed 5 pin sight because things can happen fast and I'd like to be ready.

28-Dec-17
I have used both,,,,, I like the 3 pin set up fixed,,,,,, take me out to 60 yards, and I can bracket my shot, between the pins, when needed at certain distance,,,, It works well for me, I have a lot of confidence in it..................... You have to develop your own system

28-Dec-17
3 for me. Gives me option, but not clutter

From: otcWill
28-Dec-17
After shooting 5 pin, 7 pin, and now a 3 pin slider I've come to the conclusion that they can all become a handicap in certain situations. I'll stick with the 3 pin slider for most hunts but definitely will have a 7 pin fixed for those hunts when things tend to happen fast

From: Redheadtwo
28-Dec-17
5 pins set at 20-25-30-35-40. I mostly shoot recurves and longbows so my shot distances are much longer when my compound is being used.

From: Dino
28-Dec-17
1 pin. But it's the Spot Hogg, double pin, two pins on a vertical pin. I've tried going back to the multi pins, but find my sight window too cluttered. Love the single pin and don't feel I've lost critters due to sight movement.

From: Whocares
28-Dec-17
One pin. Don't have to always adjust. For example, set at 30, and practice at 20 and 40. so you know where to aim when you don't have time to adjust as that bull is moving in! That's a key thing with a single pin for still hunting. Works great.

28-Dec-17
Went to one pin slider this year. It worked for stand hunting. However sneaking around, I missed one because I forgot to adjust it.

So, I’m going to you with a multiple pin setup again. Set one pin for 25 yards. To use for 0-40 yards. It’s a hairline to hairline hold. So it should work. Then I’m going to set a 50-70 with a dead 60 poa. From my initial practice, it’s been hairline to hairline. And it does away with having to set a slider. Two pins equal zero clutter too. And no blue for a burry eye. We’ll see. But, I’ll never be able to shoot a 5 pin setup again. I don’t care for a one pine slider. So, here’s hoping it works as I think it will. God Bless

From: Ironbow-cell
28-Dec-17
5 set at 10-20-30-40-50. My brain likees to think first pin is 10, 2nd pin is 20, etc. Done it this way for nearly 40 yrs not sure I could change and feel like I could respond well when things happen fast.

From: loopmtz
28-Dec-17
I am currently useing a 2 pin Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL on both my bows and love it.. but am thinking of going to the 5 pin Fast Eddie XL slider. I haven't seen one yet but doing research and liking the idea of having 5 fixed pins and able to move the last one beyond the 5th pin setting.. Only reason I'm considering this is because I may have had a shot at an elk if I didn't have to change my sight..... and also i like to hunt ground blinds for WT deer and the last thirty minutes of light make it pretty dark to be changing the slider... just thoughts for now but leaning this way...

From: NYBOB
28-Dec-17
One, been that way for about50 yrs!

From: Starfire
28-Dec-17
I have one bow set up with a Spott Hogg 5 pin.(20, 30, 40, 50 , 60) The other has a MBG Accent 3 pin slider. I like this set up the best. because under 40 (3 pins 20, 30 , 40) aiming in 5 yard increments (pin on or between pin) is accurate enough. But beyond 40, with more drop and larger groups I figure I better be right on to the yard.

From: rooster
28-Dec-17
Spot Hogg Real Deal 5 pin set at 30,40,50,60, and 70. Have kicked the single pin idea around the past couple of years but I shoot my bow well as is so I haven't made the switch.

From: midwest
28-Dec-17
Same as Wyobull....MBG 3 pin slider.

From: Ambush
28-Dec-17
I’ve shot from one to seven pin sights. Two seasons ago I went with a three pin Tommy Hogg slider. Twenty, thirty and forty yard pins and using the forty for the sliding pin. With my eyes getting older, I was having a hard time not mixing up pins. Now using a verifier and only three pins it’s quick and easy. Having only one “middle” pin is great!

Probably seventy five percent of my hunting involves the potential for longer shots and I’m not comfortable “guesstimating” with one pin. I’d rather hold dead on. I can shoot out to forty five with this set up before I have to adjust for distance.

From: Brotsky
28-Dec-17

Brotsky's embedded Photo
Brotsky's embedded Photo
MBG 3 pin Ascent.

From: Buck Watcher
28-Dec-17
3 green pins at 25, 35 & 50 yards. I don't like a cluttered view. I will shoot at a deer at 40 yards or under so it's a 2 pin for hunting. The 50 yard pin is for target or wounded animal.

From: GLP
28-Dec-17
3 - set at 20, 35, 50

From: splitlimb13
28-Dec-17
7 deadly pins. I never understood how a single pin can be sufficient . I live in n.m. and chase elk and muleys and seldom would a single pin suffice. I've been with hunters on elk hunts and either blow the opportunity fumbling with the sight or miss judge the shot. To each their own.

From: Owl
28-Dec-17
IQ ProHunter. 2 pins and a slider.

Personally, I believe pin clutter is a cause of target panic. 5 pins or more looks like a "wall-o-pins" to me. I can't help but feel MUCH less confident in my shot picture when I occlude so much of it.

From: Bigpizzaman
28-Dec-17
At least 7. I find it hard to let down, slide your pin, re-draw and hope your target animal doesn’t bolt.

From: smarba
28-Dec-17
IQ 7 pin 20-80 most of my hunting spot & stalk. All green with 40 being red. Makes it easy for me to identify which pin. I don't like to shoot beyond 40 so anything below the red I need to evalate conditions carefully before releasing and arrow.

I watched TV show Levi Morgan and a buddy hunting caribou and it was crazy all the gyrations they went through adjusting their pin distance as the animals moved. To each their own, and I'm certain he can outshoot me, but seemed like a lot of movement and time wasted.

From: elkmtngear
28-Dec-17
Zero...

From: Marty
28-Dec-17
7 deadly pins, no time to waste on spot and stalk hunts out in the open..

From: joehunter
28-Dec-17
HHA One pin slider. Always have so when the slider is bottomed out it is right on at 20 yards.

From: Treeline
28-Dec-17
I'm with elkmtn - 0.

Too much to go wrong with sights in the field.

28-Dec-17
As I can see most of you guys use a one pin bow sight. It surprises me, since I thought everyone would be in the 5 pin range. Thanks for the feed back. Next season I will switch to a one pin sight.

From: HUNT MAN
28-Dec-17
I would like to see the amount of time lost settting a pin compared to a 7 pin sight . To me it a no brainer. You give me a yardage and I will have a pin on it before most people can get a yardage . Time matters in my world and every second counts. 7 pin for life:)! Hunt

From: cnelk
28-Dec-17
5 pins 20-60

From: carcus
28-Dec-17
7 pin on my elk and moose bow, 20 30 40 50 60 70 and 80, the last 2 have come in handy many times! My whitetail and black bear bow has a 5 pin

28-Dec-17
I agree with HUNT. I can have an accurate shot on the way before guys with a single pin adjustable even have the bow back I bet.

From: Marty
28-Dec-17
Same here Hunt!

From: elk yinzer
28-Dec-17
7. My shooting ain't broke so I ain't fixin' it.

From: Ermine
28-Dec-17
I use 4 pins. 30-60

I’ve tried 1 pin gone back and forth. Fixed pins and dial seems to be the best for me

From: Bowbender8
29-Dec-17
5 pins set 30 yards to 70 yards. I 'set' the level at 80 yards. The top pin is a TruGlo tritium/fiber combo. My longest ever kill is 47 yards. I just love shooting long.

From: TD
29-Dec-17
Don't have to slide anything with a single pin out to 40 or so. Set it at 30 and rock and roll, hold over or under a bit. If i'm taking a shot much over 40 it's going to be ranged on a calm still animal, lots of time. Then it's set to the yard....

Misjudge the yardage..... doesn't matter how many pins you have.

Biggest thing I see with folks getting used to a slider is first they think they have to slide it for every shot. No. Set it and forget it.... 90% of the time it's just a fixed pin sight. Second mistake.... they slide it...... maybe don't get the shot...... then forget to slide it back to their set yardage. oops..... but that's just one of those mental errors.... like picking the wrong pin out of a maze of pins blocking the target..... =D

My very first sight was a 5 pin, cross wires actually..... bows back then it seemed the pins were an inch apart. Faster bows and pins started crowding each other. Went from 5 wires to 5 pins, then from 5 pins to 3..... liked the sight picture much better. Then went to 2 fixed, a 20 and a 40... was good to 50 without much problem. Liked it better yet. Finally tried one pin with a slider and never looked back....

From: splitlimb13
29-Dec-17
"misjudge the yardage" I should be more specific. The single pin is set at 40 and the hunter believed they knew where to hold that pin for a 65 yard shot with out adjusting it and misses.

From: Grubby
29-Dec-17
I’m really feeling the need for a multi pin slider. I’m thinking that’s the best of both worlds.

From: Muskrat
29-Dec-17
3 fixed pins, 20, 30, 40. Practice with all, almost never use 30 and 40 hunting.

From: BOX CALL
29-Dec-17
I'm old school,set top pin at 10 yards,pull up two more.20 and 30 yards.old school compounds.have a single ring pin sight on my recurve set at fifteen yards.

From: wildan
29-Dec-17
I have a HHA so single pin set at about 27 yards;trick is to practice over/under of longer and shorter distances.With today's fast bows I am good holding kill zone from 0-33 yards.I think the Western hunters prefer multiple pins for extreme ranges.I have used some sort of single pin for the last 20 years or so.

From: Frenchman
29-Dec-17
5 pin on 2 main bows - next bow will have 7 pins 30-90 after hunting Arizona...

From: r-man
29-Dec-17
no pins here. no scope, just an arrow

From: oldgoat
29-Dec-17
None!

From: deerslayer
29-Dec-17
I haven't tried a mutli pin slider yet, but I did pick up the trophy taker option 8 in a smoking deal from a buddy that never really used it. I really like the idea of having pins set 20-90 with the option to slide one pin.

For the past number of years I have been using the Spot Hogg-Hog it (7 pin - 6" dovetail). Out here in the west I have killed a lot of critters with that sight, and couldn't agree more with what huntman said regarding the necessity of speed. I would liken it to using a turret knob vs hold overs on a rifle scope. The turret knobs are great if you have the extra precious seconds to dial them in. If not, the hold over lines are quicker and get the job done in a hurried scenario.

One of my best bulls actually fell to what I was convinced was a follow up shot at a pretty good poke. I had orginally missed him (due to not knowing the yardage and not having the time to range it) but I was convinced I had actually hit him. To this day I think if I had been using a slider I'm not so sure I would have had the time to dial it in and still make the shot. I think for sitting in a tree stand over a food plot sliders would be great, but for me, in most western type situations, the fixed 7 is the way to go. I am so convinced from experience as to the need for speed in those situations that I just picked up a range finding bino. It should really help reduce the time in switching between bino and rangefinder, plus the added benefit of reducing the amount of things hanging around my neck!

From: butcherboy
29-Dec-17
It amazes me to see how many hunters think you have to move your site for most hunting related shots. I have been shooting one pin for about 30 years now. Started shooting a single pin slider about 4 years ago and absolutely found the perfect set up for me. Set it at 30 or 35 and don't move it unless the shot gets out past 45 yards. Realistically, 50 yards in the woods is a long shot. The key is to learn how to aim with one pin at different distances without moving it. For those who say they don't want to mess with moving a pin when the animal is walking, neither do I. If I range it at 30 and the animal moves to 36 then I just aim in the center and the arrow only drops a few inches and its still in the kill zone. Same thing if it moves closer except it's a few inches high and still in the kill zone. I only move it really during target practice and if I take a shot past 50 then it needs to be a fairly good broadside shot and very little wind. for those who have pins set at 20, 30 ,40 ,50, 60, use your 30 yard pin aiming dead on at 20 and see what happens. then move to 25, 30, 35. With todays faster shooting bows you will find how little the impact point changes.

Main thing is to shoot what works for you and stick with it.

From: snuffer
30-Dec-17
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30-Dec-17
I don’t like ghe one pin slider I was using based on the time thing. I don’t food plot or bait hunt. I do a lot of ground sneaking. Even in the east, the shots are fast for me.

I think it’s getting lost on expected shot distance in reference to preference. Where you shoot fatther, the multiple pin is better for precise aim at farther distances. Close, a hold over here, hold under here is quite easy. And as experience has shown, everyone seems capable and willing to do that at 40 yards or less. Outside that, it’s a different deal. It’s all depends on expected shot opportunity’s in relation to the shots a hunter might get. God Bless

30-Dec-17
kentuckbowhunter, what sight are you using? i use the g5 optix with the one fixed pin and the floater that you adjust with a wheel. they dont make them anymore. the spot hog fast eddie two pin looks like the closest thing to it i have seen available.

From: craig@work
30-Dec-17
one pin HHA set at 25 yards. have moved it one time in the past 5 years for a follow up shot on a buck, but never shot as he fell while I was drawing.....

From: Matt
30-Dec-17
7 I used multi-pin sight for years, switched to a single pin slider thinking it would help to be able to put the pin right on the spot regardless of yardage, and then back to a multi-pin after I realized that concept didn't work in practice.

Some folks are good with using a single sight setting for 20-40 yards, to each their own. I just found it more exacting to have pins for 20, 30, and 40 yards rather than try to guess how much to hold over or under with a single pin.

From: Clutch
30-Dec-17

Clutch's embedded Photo
Slider to 70 n 80
Clutch's embedded Photo
Slider to 70 n 80

From: YZF-88
31-Dec-17
2 pin sport Hogg fast Eddie. Went two for two with it this year. Keep the adjustable pin at 50 all the time.

From: CurveBow
01-Jan-18
5; 20 thru 60.

From: Catscratch
01-Jan-18
2 One set at 25 and the other has a gap below the first that matches the thickness of a deer chest at 35ys. If a deer doesn't fill the gap then I have to aim a little higher with the top pin. Sort of my own quick ranging system for when I'm not stand hunting.

From: DartonJager
02-Jan-18
3 pins, 0-25, 35, 45. Tried using more pins but they stacked so closely together, for me created a confusing sight picture. I NEVER hunt without a LRF and spend all the time deeded to laze land marks all around my stand so yardage estimation is not an issue. I simply can not get over how fast my Darton DS 3714 is at a 58lb draw with my 28.5" DL, and how easy it is for me to shoot well. It was by far the easiest bow I've ever tuned and once tuned I now FINALLY know what it's like for my BH's to fly like FP's. Not just close but actually the same POI as my FP's. Prior I was happy with consistently keeping my FP's and BH's in the same 4" circle. Now I don't dare shoot two BH's at the same spot.

From: HDE
02-Jan-18
3 pin slider. Haven't slid the sight bracket for a few years, don't know why I even have it now.

Thinking about turning it into a two pin, one at 30 and the bottom one at 50. Only reason I still use it is because I have it. Ever buy another, I will just go with the fixed sight and save a few dollars.

From: tech1
02-Jan-18
One

From: Beav
02-Jan-18
Seven deadly pins. When hunting spot and stalk often times a second is the difference between a kill and no shot.

From: DoorKnob
02-Jan-18
One pin. Think of it like tradjectory. Run your arrow through a chronograph then put that data into an exterior ballistics program and pick your point blank confidence interval. The rest is knowing the distance and drop.

From: SteveB
02-Jan-18
I actually just read an outline for a Canadian outfitters deer hunt that says they do not allow single pin slider sights on any of their hunts. That seems odd to me.

From: ELKMAN
03-Jan-18
I shoot a 5 pin, but I only need the top 3 for killing...

From: Trial153
03-Jan-18
My whitetail set up I a running three pins, 20,30 and 40....I float my middle pin. On my open open set up ups I run three pins also.... 25, 35 and 45 and float my middle pin as well.

On both my bow right now when my middle pin is floated they top and bottom pin sight 5 yards over a floated 60 pin and 10 yards under if it’s under 50

From: vmang
03-Jan-18
one pin, set at 25 yds

From: 12yards
03-Jan-18
5 pin Fuse on one bow and 5 pin Apex on the other. Will be replacing the Apex with a MBG Widow Maker 5 pin sometime soon.

From: LINK
05-Jan-18
5 pin Tommy Hogg.

08-Jan-18
5 pin.

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