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Contributors to this thread:
JB 04-Feb-24
fdp 04-Feb-24
Tater 04-Feb-24
Murph 05-Feb-24
ILbowhntr 05-Feb-24
Bou'bound 05-Feb-24
wyobullshooter 05-Feb-24
Joe Holden 05-Feb-24
Coondog 05-Feb-24
Beendare 07-Feb-24
JB 07-Feb-24
Mo/Ark 07-Feb-24
JB 14-Feb-24
stringgunner 14-Feb-24
Beendare 14-Feb-24
JB 14-Feb-24
From: JB
04-Feb-24
Still tinkering. Looking for opinions on a stabilizer for hunting. I currently have an 8 inch Bee Stinger. Thinking shorter. Thoughts??

From: fdp
04-Feb-24
Kinda' whatever trips your trigger.

What are looking to accomplish by going shorter, and do intend to stay with the same weight ?

I personally like a stabilizer as short as I can get it on a hunting bow, but that's just me.

From: Tater
04-Feb-24
PM sent

From: Murph
05-Feb-24
IMO much shorter then where your at is not gonna yield much in terms of stabilization, I lean more the other way and go as long as you can live with paired with a side bar works well in my style of hunting anyway whitetails, tree stands, ground blinds ,spot and stalk basically all facets

From: ILbowhntr
05-Feb-24
CrossOver 821. It’s adjustability from 8” to 21”. Run mine with 3 oz and usually at 11”, but 8” works very well.

From: Bou'bound
05-Feb-24
Good advice above. Let’s buy those carbon bows and spend 2,000.00 to shave ounces then add weight to it.

Hey I do it too!!!

05-Feb-24
I used a Bee Stinger Sport Extreme kit with the 10” front bar and shorter back bar for several years. It worked great, but I switched to the Bee Stinger Counterslide a couple years ago. It also works great at stabilization, but at quite a bit less weight. Very easy to adjust for front to back and side to side balance. IMO, a stubby “stabilizer “ is nothing more than a vibration dampener.

From: Joe Holden
05-Feb-24
In your search, keep an eye on how much the additional weights are per brand if you want to keep those uniformed. Nice to be able to have a few around to tinker with an ounce or two here and there.

From: Coondog
05-Feb-24
I don’t see much benefit going to a shorter stabilizer.

From: Beendare
07-Feb-24
JB, I’m a recurve guy but the top compound guys I know speak to stabilizers as using the minimum configuration that gets the bow balanced in your hand, including offset of quiver weight.

They say; you don’t grip a compound like a trad bow…you want it to balance in your hand. A balanced bow makes everyone shoot better - and I believe them.

From: JB
07-Feb-24
Thanks for the advice! Giving me things to think about.

From: Mo/Ark
07-Feb-24
What are you trying to accomplish? Stabilization? Then you want weight further away from the bow, which is why the target guy's stabilizers reach halfway to the target. Primarily looking for vibration dampening? Then the 4 or 6 inch S-coil or the Bee stinger you had is probably more than sufficient. I just bought a 10 inch cutter with 3 oz weight. Low profile, wont catch as much wind, has internal vibration dampening, and is American made. It is probably a good compromise between the two... leaning towards stabilization more. For hunting I wouldn't go more than 10 inches. Will just get in the way. Decide which is more important to you as a hunter, and make your decision based on that answer.

From: JB
14-Feb-24

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Thanks for the advice. I settled on a 5 inch K3 stabilizer from 30-06 Outdoors. I think the longer stabilizer was a head game for me. Didn't like how much was out front. Bow seems balanced in my hand like you said Beendare. Thanks for the advice everyone.

From: stringgunner
14-Feb-24
Crossover telescoping stab set at around 16” with 3 oz up front. Treestands, grounds blinds, and spot and stalk. You get used to it. Been running it for 4 years. Had 2 Bee Stingers break on me. 2nd one was a warranty replacement of the 1st and after the replacement broke, switched completely.

From: Beendare
14-Feb-24
I’m getting back in the Compound game and getting advice from some SME buddies;

Watch the bow after the shot. Some bows want to lean back…or lean to the side after the shot. Pull up your bow with your eyes closed…is it close to level without having to do anything?

Admittedly, its a small thing…..but my one buddy says its about 4 points on a Vegas round….and all the difference on a long shot in the mountains on uneven ground.

Some of the light carbon bows are designed for us to place the weight in strategic positions.

From: JB
14-Feb-24
Something I have noticed is my sight level is either right on or pretty close to right when I draw back now. I think it's a combination of grip and balance.

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