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    Have not been bowing hunting very long. My bow was given to me. The only change has been my sight and arrow rest. Was reading the other day about bow hunting. The author said that the small stablizers were more just for looks. You should use one of the bigger ones. The one on my bow is 3.5 ounces. I was thinging about going to one that is 6 or 7 ounces. Was wondering what some of you that have been shooting for a while thought.
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    my choice
    I use the fuse axiom
    I also think u should know that stabilizers are designed to do 2 things one is to help reduce vibration(handshock) and two is where the name comes from it helps to balance(stabilize) the bow in the hand. so just remember what works for someone else might not be the best for your set up.
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    Stabilizer
    Like bearice stated, The smaller stabilizers do have a purpose but it depends on what type you have...Some are just weight alone and some are designed to take vibration and shock from the shot...Bows today have come a long way with Riser design and layout therefore some people don't even use a stabilizer at all on their set up...I used to shoot 3D tournaments and I have seen Some bows that would just about stand on their own being so stabilized with weight...The idea behind this is to let the Bow control 99% of the shot...That's why you should use a bow sling that enables you to very lightly grip your Bow and let the bow do the work with the sling only keeping the bow from leaving your hand...There again...Over the years, Bows have came a long way ...For example...My Bowtech Tribute that I shot was a Bow that I could just about shoot with a open Hand with NO Sling..It Was That smooth with close to ZERO hand shock at the shot...I see people with the sling and still use a death grip when they shoot that creates bow torque so why have it at all? The only stabilizer I used was a Small Sims Limbsavers Brand that really didn't have much weight at all and I'm not sure it helped my Bow shoot any quieter but it did serve the purpose of holding my sling in place and Oh yeah...It did look pretty Cool lol Here's a Picture of my Bowtech before I traded it in on a Crossbow...Wish I would have kept it but I have bad shoulder pain...Dr Said it was from Football but I like to think it's from Catching Fish LOL...GOOD LUCK
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    Bow
    Nice looking bow GT.I was thinking your shoulder pain was from all that videoing everybody else catching the fish,J/K .Really is a nice looking bow.
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    Bowtech
    LOL Since the Videoing was my Idea, Yeah I do get stuck running the Camera but That's OK I don't mind...I like watching my friends catch Fish also.And Yeah I had about $1500 in my Bow including the Airline approved Aluminum Case and all and to be honest, If I was to get another Bow...I would try to find me another Left handed Tribute lol...I loved that Bow!! Super Quiet, When I shot the Big Doe hunting with Creek and Viper, I had several Deer around me when I dumped the string on the 1 that was blowing at me and when she took the dirt-nap within Sight of me, The other Deer just went back to eating lol...It was a Quiet set-Up...Here it is with the Buck I shot during Rifle season on a Sunday...Dacotas Birthday Nov 21st lol
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    stabilizer
    I dont use one my self they just make me shoot low.
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    Stabs
    As Goblin stated they do have their purpose and actually many purposes. Everything from balance, vibration control, noise reduction and one I haven't seen mentioned, torque reduction. No matter what, don't just buy one because someone else uses that particular one. My current bow holds better without one so, I use a light one to reduce vibration. That's really all it is there for. My last bow needed at least 8' with at least 3oz of weight on the end. The one before that needed a lot more help than I was willing to spend on stabs. What I suggest doing is going to a shop and trying different ones out. Most shops will let you do that. If they don't you probably want to find another shop. In any case, just remember that each bow is different with each shooter. You and I would probably need a different stab for the same exact bow. Everything from Draw weight to draw length to bows natural balance to the way the wind is blowing can change what is needed from a stabilizer.
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    Stabilizer
    Thanks for all the info. For right now I may just stick with what I've got. I am not having any problem hitting my targets. Just being new was wondering. I may also see if any of the local places will let me try different ones to see if there is any changes. Thanks again
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    Bow torque
    Like everyone has said it doesn't make a huge difference with newer generation bows. The main purpose is to take the vibration out of the riser after the shot. Kind of like taking the kick out of a rifle.....I personally don't care what happens after the shot, it's the shot that matters and the thing that GT mentioned 'bow torque' is the most overlooked discipline, most bow shooters miss. Grip is the culprit.

    Proper form is elbow level or up on your draw arm while drawing. Once you reach the wall (limit) of the bow, relax your grip to almost open fingers and drop your shoulder that's holding the bow. Some people say drop your elbow but, that will come automatically when you drop that shoulder.

    These things will improve your accuracy and consistency 100%. So what about that stabilizer....don't sweat it!
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