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Still tinkering. Looking for opinions on a stabilizer for hunting. I currently have an 8 inch Bee Stinger. Thinking shorter. Thoughts??
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.
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
CrossOver 821. It’s adjustability from 8” to 21”. Run mine with 3 oz and usually at 11”, but 8” works very well.
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!!!
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.
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.
I don’t see much benefit going to a shorter stabilizer.
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.
Thanks for the advice! Giving me things to think about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.