Compound Bow Red Dot Scope

Red Dot Scopes Revolutionize Bow Hunting
It’s bow season again friends! Another opportunity to go out and get Mr. Big Buck. I don’t need to tell you this, but you may only get one shot at him this Saturday, or you may get one shot at him this whole year! With odds like that, you want to give it all you’ve got: practice extensively before you get out there and of course, use the best equipment you can afford.

For years the best manufacturers had to offer us was a simple mechanical sight. Now we have the compound bow red dot scope – the latest iteration of the scope for the modern compound bowhunter who wants maximum accuracy.

What is the red dot scope and how does it work?

Simply put, this scope is a sighting system that will visually project a red dot to help you aim right you point. You as the hunter have a role in this too, however – you still have to get the scope sighted in and you must still aim, putting the red dot exactly in the kill zone. It is just that simple and that powerful a concept.

How do you mount it and where on the bow do you mount it?

Red dot scopes attach to the riser like most all other sights. Modern bow manufacturers have prefabricated two holes for you to attach the sight too. If you have a quiver on your bow it is currently mounted using those same two holes so; you will have to first take your quiver off to mount the red dot sight. Then, just reattach your quiver to sight once it is mounted.

The red dot scope can be a challenge to mount, and it is recommended that you let your local archery shop do the mounting and setup for you. You do not want to leave sighting to chance. It is best to get the final calibration for distance accuracy done before you arrive at the hunting site. The sighting is, of course, particular to each bow and the range you expect to shoot.

What is the hardware needed to mount it?

To install this scope, all you need is a set of Allen wrenches are required.

How is the scope powered?

The scope is LED battery-powered and will most likely run for tens of thousands of hours before it has to be replaced.

What are the benefits of a compound bow red dot scope?

Probably the main benefit of the scope is that it improves your overall shooting. Why? Because it adjusts your form to align the red dot where it needs to go.

Does it improve your accuracy?

Yes! It increases accuracy a lot over traditional scopes. That is because with traditional scopes you look with one eye as you sight at your target. With the red dot system, you keep both eyes open. This improves your depth perception and hence your ability to judge distance and shoot accurately.

Red dot sights are made by many manufacturers, but some of the major makers and models are the Pollington Red Dot, the Truglo Red Dot, Red Dot Archery Scopes, and the Oneida Bow Pro-sight Scope.

In Conclusion

Compound bow sights come in a variety of materials and styles. The red dot sight combines the simplicity of simpler standard sights with the accuracy of modern optics.

The red dot scope is to run-of-the-mill compound bow sights what the smartphone is to a flip phone. If you are serious about improving your accuracy and making the most out of your time in the woods, you need to seriously consider a compound bow red dot scope.

Pendulum Bow Sights

Archery is one of the oldest forms of trajectory ranged weapons, next to slings and spears. Unlike it’s companions, archery has continued to evolve over the years and has become a mix of technology, science and precision gear that bears little resemblance to its ancestors. A major area of growth in archery is in the sights that we use to place our arrows on target. This article focuses on a particular sight designed to be used from a tree stand; The Pendulum bow sight. The Pendulum bow sight is designed to compensate for shooting in environments that involve major changes in elevation. Examples of this would be: hunting from a tree stand or shooting up from the bottom of a ravine. The puzzle of elevated shots lie in the science of gravity and angles. A shot with a flat trajectory flies parallel to the earth, and thus, receives a consistent pull from gravitational forces along its entire trajectory. An elevated shot however, receives much less influence from gravity when shooting down, and much higher influence from gravity when shooting up. Changes in elevation also affect the actual distance the arrow flies to hit a target, since we are now dealing with horizontal distance, as well as vertical distance. Hitting a target with altered gravitation pull and distance has required much skill and guess work in the past. Pendulum bow sights compensate for both by the nature of their design and allow elevated shots to be placed, on target, with ease. Pendulum Bow sights accomplish their niche application by self adjusting a single, swiveling pendulum, with the assistance of gravity itself. Thus if you raise the bow on the vertical plane, the sight automatically adjusts, increasing the range of the contact point, compensating for the increase in gravity. When the bow is lowered on the vertical plane, the sight adjusts to decrease the distance to avoid overshot, due to lower gravitational interference. Most archers agree, that within 35 yards, a pendulum bow sight will bulls-eye your target, with no guess work. Due to advancements in archery, most bows shoot relatively flat at 30-40 yards. This has eliminated one of the puzzles that pendulum bow sights were created to solve. Most compound bow sights are, as a result, capable of making accurate shots from elevated positions. The pendulum sight, however, still tackles the elusive elevated distance challenge that others sights neglect. While pendulum sights are less popular than they were back in the 90’s, they are still sought out by archers who intend on making accurate, elevated shots. Pendulum sights, when used on level terrain, are inferior to other compound bow sights that are created for this environment. Pendulum sights can offer a flat trajectory sight by disabling the swiveling mechanism, if you ever find yourself with the need to do so. Most archers prefer to mount the type of sight that aligns with the terrain on which they hunt. According to polls on public forums, the most popular pendulum compound bow sights are manufactured by Keller and TruGlo. Some archers preferring Keller’s sights for their robust build, choice materials and sleek finish. Others, however, prefer TruGlo for the quality of the sights themselves and the benefits that the fiber optics offer in low light situations. The pendulum sight is a valuable asset for archers who are dealing with major changes in elevation. While this sight may not be the best option in every scenario, it offers superior accuracy in a niche market and should be considered, when the environment matches the need.