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HOYT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I find the string and cable lengths for my Hoyt bow?

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The string and cable lengths are normally listed on the limb of your bow. If this sticker is missing or illegible, you can go to Hoyt.com and research the existing tune charts for the correct specifications. Please visit the Compound Bow Tune Charts page.

How far can I back my limb bolts out and how many pounds of draw weight do I lose with each turn?

» The maximum recommended amount of limb bolt turns is 8. The amount of weight that you will lose depends on the bow. Each bow model is different and one revolution on a 70 lbs. bow can equate to as much as 3 lbs. of weight reduction while one full turn on a 60 lbs. bow may equate to a 2.5 lbs. reduction in draw weight.

Where do I find an Owner’s Manual for my Hoyt Bow?

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Owner’s manuals from 2002-present are available on our Manuals page.

How do I know which arrow to use with my compound bow?

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The Easton Shaft Selector is a great tool and can be found at: http://www.eastonarchery.com/download/software

How can I learn more about tuning and maintaining my Hoyt bow?

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The Hoyt Owner's Manual is full of helpful tips on basic tuning and maintenance! The manuals (by product year) can be found at http://www.hoyt.com/customer_service/hoyt_bow_manuals.php . In addition to the owner's manual, many helpful tuning tips can be found in the Easton Arrow Guide. You can download the guide at: http://www.eastonarchery.com/download/software

How do I become sponsored by Hoyt?

» How does Hoyt decide who is on the Hunting Pro Staff?
Hoyt has some of the most decorated names in the hunting industry on its Hunting Pro Staff. These professional hunters are among the most hardcore, avid bowhunters you’ll find anywhere. Many of them hunt for a living or have their own TV shows. They travel the world in search of trophy-class and hard-to-find game. Many record book-class trophies fall each year to the stealth of the Hoyt Bowhunting Pro Staff. Here are some of the requirements to earn a spot on Hoyt’s Bowhunting Pro Staff (In no particular order):

· Be a diehard Hoyt fan.
· Be an ethical and responsible hunter.
· Be a regularly published writer in the major bowhunting publications.
· Have your own television program that is aired on the Outdoor Channel (or be actively involved in one).
· Regularly produce quality bowhunting videos and DVD’s.
· Hunt a lot! · Be actively involved in promoting the sport of bowhunting.

How does Hoyt decide who is on the Pro Shooting Staff?
Hoyt has a factory direct professional shooting staff. This staff is compiled of the finest archers from across the globe. Many of whom have won or hold many world records, national records, world championship and national championship titles. These shooters are the cream of the crop and the best of the best. Here are some of the requirements that they have accomplished to get them on the Hoyt Pro Staff. (In no particular order):

· They actively compete in the highest level of competition or the professional divisions at one of the following tournament circuits: NFAA, NAA, IBO, ASA and FITA.
· They commit each year to at least one pro tour circuit in the NFAA, NAA, IBO, ASA and/or FITA tournaments.
· They consistently medal at the above mentioned tournaments.
· They are very helpful to newcomers to the sport and are actively involved in promoting the sport of archery.
· They are professional and sportsmanlike in all archery related functions.
· They are likely on a national archery team.
· They have a diehard passion for Hoyt and are loyal to the Hoyt brand.

If you feel that you meet the requirements to join our staff, please submit a resume to [email protected]! How does Hoyt decide who is on the National Shooting Staff? The National Shooting Staff is administered and managed by participating, authorized Hoyt dealers. For more information please contact your local authorized Hoyt dealer.

How do I find the serial number on my bow?

» The following section of Hoyt.com will show you the possible serial number locations on your Hoyt bow: Hoyt Serial Number Information

Donation Requests

» All donation requests must be submitted in writing to: Hoyt Donation Request 593 North Wright Brothers Drive Salt Lake City Utah, 84116 *Please include an email address with your donation request.

Will the RKT cam fit on my 2011 or older model bow?

» The RKT cam is a completely new cam and requires different string lenghts and limb deflections. In addition, the geometry of the bow is different so the draw lengths will change as well. Therefore, you will not be able to replace your current cams with the RKT cam.

Where can I find the latest Hoyt recurve ad?

» Download PDF here:

What are the technical details of the new F7 and HPX Formula Series limbs and risers?

» Download the PDF Tech Bulletin here.

  »DOWNLOADS: 2012-Hoyt-FORMULA-Series-Technical-Bulletin.pdf  2012-Brady-Ad.pdf  

I have made alignment adjustments to my Hardlock dowel equipped Hoyt recurve riser but now I want to return the bow to the factory zero setting. How do I do it?

» It is a simple matter to return your Hoyt recurve Hardlock dowel to the factory zero position. The installation of two alignment washers on the solid end of the dowel (the opposite end of the dowel from the screw and cap), and insertion of the dowel from the sight window side (top and bottom are not interchangeable) sets the dowel back to zero. Place unused washers under the cap, replace the locking screw, tighten the system down, and you a have a factory-fresh setting- which is all you need in 99.9 percent of setups with Hoyt limbs. Full details can be found in a PDF download in the recurve section of this FAQ under the topic "how do I align my recurve riser".

What is the proper way to adjust recurve riser alignment?

» For detailed instructions on how to properly adjust recurve riser alignment, download the PDF titled \"riser adjustment procedure\".

  »DOWNLOADS: 1riseradjustmentprocedure.pdf  

What is the proper way to adjust recurve riser alignment?

» For detailed instructions on proper recurve riser alignment adjustment, download the "riser adjustment procedure" PDF.

  »DOWNLOADS: riseradjustmentprocedure.pdf  

What recurve string material does Hoyt recommend ?

» All Hoyt recurves are engineered to work with the latest high-performance string materials. We have extensively tested and have had good results with the following: Angel Majesty Brownell D75 Dyneema Brownell D75 Thin Brownell TS1 BCY Dynaflight 97 BCY 8125G Any of these current materials can be used to build an excellent recurve bowstring. Please consult manufacturer websites for additional information on these string materials.

Where can I purchase or get pricing for Hoyt product?

» Visit a Hoyt authorized dealer. To find the closest dealer to you, simply click on "Where To Buy" link at the top of each page, and select your country/region. All authorized Hoyt dealers within 100 miles of you will be shown.

How often should I replace my strings and cables?

» Hoyt recommends that a bow's strings and cables should be changed when wear is evident or every two years under normal use conditions.

How often should I wax my bow strings?

» Hoyt recommends applying a light coat of bowstring wax to your bow's strings and cables on a regular basis. Hoyt suggests once every two weeks during peak use. Use a high quality bowstring wax available at your local Hoyt Pro Shop.

How often should I lubricate my wheels/cams?

» A light, spot lubrication of the axles where they pass through the wheel/cam should be done on a regular basis (1,500-2,000 shots). In adverse hunting conditions where dirt, dust, and moisture are encountered, lubrication may be done on a daily basis. Hoyt recommends that you use a silicone or Teflon based lubrication or any other quality grease available at your local Hoyt Pro Shop. It is not recommended that you use "penetrating oils" such as WD-40, EZ #7, Fast Break, etc. Note: Cam & 1/2 System bows feature sealed stainless steel ball bearings which do not require lubrication.

What is Tiller?

» Tiller is the difference in actual distance between the upper limb to the string and lower limb to the string measured from the base of the limbs (where the limb and riser meet) at a 90 degree angle. Single cam models must be measured from a reference line from axle to axle. The main function of tiller is to allow the archer to more easily and comfortably aim during the draw and release of the shot. Most bows will shoot best with an even tiller which means the distance from the string to the limb is the same on top and bottom. Tiller adjustments are made by adjusting either the top or bottom limb weight adjustment bolt. For example, if you have too much tiller on the bottom limb, decrease the weight on the top limb or increase the weight on the bottom. Hoyt recommends that you initially set tiller equal on top and bottom.

How far can I back the weight off of my compound bow and still be safe?

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Hoyt recommends that you never exceed eight complete rotations of the limb weight adjustment bolts from the bottomed out (maximum weight) position.

What is a reflex riser and a deflex riser?

» Reflex and deflex are terms used to explain the geometry of a riser. A deflex riser bow will have a higher brace height than a reflex riser bow which generally means it is a more forgiving bow. A reflex riser bow has a shorter brace height which usually translates into a higher performance bow and perhaps a bit less forgiving than a deflex riser bow. Reflex/deflex is measured by the position of the throat of the grip in terms of its location from a line drawn from each of the pocket pivot points on the handle. If the throat of the grip is in front of the pivot point line it is considered deflex, if it is behind the pivot point line it is considered reflex.

How many twists can I have/or do I need in my recurve bow string?

» Hoyt recommends that a modern synthetic (Dyneema, Fast Flight, etc.) string for a high-performance bow have not less than 15-20 twists with a suggested maximum of 1 twist per inch of string length. This promotes a rounder, more consistent string.

What size arrow should I shoot with my bow?

» To find out which arrow is the best to shoot with your setup, visit www.eastonarchery.com and click on the Shaft Selector Guide. This will walk you through a simple step by step process in order to find the shaft that's best for you. Bows should not be shot with arrows weighing less than 5 grains per pound.

If my bow needs repairs or warranty work what should I do?

» Visit either the dealer where the bow was purchased from or any other authorized Hoyt dealer. To find the dealer nearest you, simply click on the "Where To Buy" link at the top of each page, and select your country/region. All authorized Hoyt dealers within 100 miles of you will be displayed. All bows sent to the Hoyt factory must be handled through an authorized Hoyt dealer.

What is "ATA Standard" draw length?

» A method of measurement has been established to provide an industry standard of draw length and eliminate the variances in the original method caused by different thicknesses of bow risers. The ATA Standard Draw Length is arrived at by measuring the "Draw Length to Pivot Point" which is the distance from the string's nock point to a vertical line through the pivot point of the grip, and adding 1 and 3/4 inches. The 1 and 3/4 inches represents the average distance from the far side of the bow to the bow grips pivot point. Manufactures use this ATA Standard Draw Length when they designate the draw length of a bow.

When my recurve limbs are unstrung, I can easily move them back and forth. Do I have a problem ?

» The original, patented Hoyt Dovetail system functions by self-centering the limb on the engagement surfaces of the limb itself. This means that the system will appear to be loose until the bow is strung. Once the bow is strung, the self-centering aspect of the system takes over. Every time the bow is shot, the limbs are forced to the precise center alignment dictated by the geometric position of the alignment dowels. This makes shimming limbs for pocket fit unnecessary. Note that other bow companies making an imitation Hoyt dovetail may not hold the neccessary tolerances required for optimal system function.

What is brace height?

» Brace height is the distance between the pivot point of the grip and the string at rest.

How do I adjust the draw weight of my bow?

» Weight adjustments can easily be made by turning the weight adjustment bolt clockwise to increase weight or counter clockwise to decrease weight. You should always turn the top and bottom adjustment bolts in equal amounts. Be sure to unstring recurve bows before making adjustments.

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