Steve Jackowski
All Osage Take Down
New York Turkey


Pronghorn Takedown Risers
Green Impregnated Hickory, Brown Impregnated Hickory,
Gray Laminate, Brown Laminate, Osage, Gray Laminate, Red/Black Micara and Gray Impregnated Maple


Herb Meland, Bowyer
Pronghorn Take Down
Montana Lion




Bamboo Limbs w/
Hard Maple Riser


Cougar Set Free To Run Again


Red Elm Limbs w/
Shedua/Maple Riser

 

Impregnated Shedua
Gray Actionwood
Cocobolo Dymondwood*


Pronghorn Take Downs
Brown Laminated Riser w/ Red Elm Limbs
All Osage Riser and Limbs
Osage Limb




Cocobolo Dymondwood* Riser,
Yew Limbs





Woodburned art 
on bow limbs


Woodburned Limb Art




Kevin and Kendall
Starting Young



A couple one piece Pronghorns


*Dymondwood is a registered trademark of Rutland Plywood


The Care and Feeding of 
Your Pronghorn Custom Bow

A quality custom bow is a long-range investment providing years of high performance service when cared for and set up properly.

General Care
The use of a bowstringer prevents limb warpage and is safer for both archer and bow. There are many different styles. Choose one that fits your bow's limb nooks properly.
Never dry fire any bow (drawing and releasing without an arrow on the string). This may cause breakage.
Do not expose a composite bow to extreme heat such as a car trunk or sunlight coming through a vehicle window (which can reach 150 degrees F.). Such heat may cause delamination. If a bow is subjected to high heat, let it cool before stringing or shooting. 
An occasional application of paste wax guards against moisture invasion, ensuring that the bow's finish continues to act as a seal.
While it is not harmful to leave a modern composite bow strung for long periods of time in a cool place, it is unwise where children may find and play with it.
When assembling a takedown bow, apply only enough pressure on the limb bolt to seat it snugly. Cranking down hard on the takedown bolt can force the washer into the face of the limb, causing cracks. Also, takedown bows are not meant to be disassembled after every shooting session. The takedown feature is for easy transport and limb-switching.
Use standard bowstring wax to retain string moisture seal. Check string often for fraying. Replace any questionable string before it breaks. 

Tuning
Brace Height  There is no such thing as one perfect brace height for a bow. An archer's individual shooting style alone can dictate a personal brace height. There is a range of brace heights for any bow. Some archers get good arrow flight with as low as 6 1/2 inches., while others do well with a 9 inch brace height. Experiment by first choosing the proper arrow, then shooting at the lowest recommended brace height, increasing height until arrows fly cleanly.
Knocking Point  Shorter reflex/deflex longbows seem to require a slightly higher knocking point than recurves or longer longbows. Experiment by starting 1/8 inch above horizontal, increasing in very small increments until arrow flight is consistently good.
Arrow Spine  Pronghorn bows are designed for Fast Flight strings. Wood arrows spined heavier than the bow weight realize more of the bow's potential energy and generally fly well. For example, a 60-pound bow takes a 70/75 pound or 75/80 pound spine wood arrow. Wood arrows are normally spined for a 28 inch draw. Spine decreases by 5 pounds for every inch over 28 , increasing by 5 pounds for every inch under 28. General rule for wood arrows; select APPROXIMATELY 8.5 to 9.0 grains of weight for every pound of bow draw weight. By this rule, a 60 pound bow takes an arrow that weighs around 500 to 540 grains. Use Easton's chart for aluminum shafts, selecting the heaviest mass weight. Carbon arrows also shoot well from Pronghorn bows.
Silencing the bow  Pronghorn bows are noted for quiet shooting. However, all bows can benefit from string silencers. The Pronghorn does not require large silencers. Normally, one Cat Whisker cut in half and installed between string strands is sufficient. Also, any takedown bow may be subject to squeaking when drawn. To eliminate this problem apply a light coating of bowstring wax between the riser and limb. 
For further information on bow tuning and related subjects, consult TRADITIONAL ARCHERY, a Stackpole Books publication by Sam Fadala.
     


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