Selecting the Correct Arrow for Barebow

By Mark V. Lonsdale

After considerable research, including talking with my former coach and the Easton reps at the Vegas Shoot, I settled on the Easton RX-7 23s for future barebow shooting. Up until now I’ve been experimenting with the Easton Ballistic XX75 2213s which seemed to work well from my 40 pound Hoyt Xceed.

Initial testing with an assortment of 20-year old Easton Ballistic 2213s

The RX-7s are a tappered shaft well suited to indoor barebow shooting. They are compatible with Easton 2315 Uni Bushings, one piece 100 grain bullet points, Easton 3D Super nocks, and Beiter 19/1 insert nocks.

Arrow components fresh from Lancaster Archery, including 5″ right wing, Trueflight, shield cut feathers.
Easton RX-7 23-420s

Fletched up a half dozen shafts last night so will begin testing and tuning this week. The final component that I’m waiting for is a Zniper arrow rest.

Hoyt Xceed 25″ riser with Carbon Velos limbs


Barebow Break-in

By Mark V. Lonsdale

With the sun shining, today was the first day to get some arrows down range with the new Hoyt Xceed barebow. Still breaking in the string and getting a feel for the weight and balance, but initial results are encouraging.

Hoyt Xceed with Carbon Velos limbs running Easton 2213s
Working with an assortment of Easton 2213s with 125 and 145 grain field points. Also experimenting with the cock feather at 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock.

I have Easton RX-7 RX23 tappered shafts on order, which should be in next week. These are the ones I would like to ultimately use for competitions, but for now, the 2213s are definitely working well.

Hoyt Xceed 25″ riser with Carbon Velos long limbs


Barebow Stabilizer Weights

By Mark V. Lonsdale

While barebow rules do not allow the long stabilizer rods used in Olympic archery, they do allow for a stabilizer weight below the grip. The only requirement is the bow with stabilizer fit through the 12.2 cm (4.75″) ring. This necessitates that the weights sit close to the riser.

To meet this requirement, Hoyt has developed integral weights molded to fit the Xceed riser.

Riser weight designed to fit the Xceed riser
Installation of the two halves
Seven Allen bolts are used to secure the two halves of the Hoyt Riser Weight

The Riser Weight adds 32 oz of weight below the grip adding both balance and stability to the Xceed barebow.


Barebow versus Traditional- Part 3

By Mark V. Lonsdale

For those of you new to archery or barebow shooting, “Barebow” is now a very popular form of competition archery and growing every day. So what is the difference between traditional archery and barebow?

For me, traditional archery has been centered around my Black Widow bows, such as my PMA-III and PSR-II, shooting off the shelf with no sights. This is a pure form of traditional barebow archery.

Black Widow PMA III takedown recurve

Now, the type of barebow this series of articles is centered around is the barebow division being shot in events such as the Vegas Shoot and Lancaster Archery Classic. For this, and going by the World Archery rules, an archer can shoot his or her Olympic target bow, less the sights, clicker, and long stabilizers.

The rules require that the entire bow must fit through a 12.2 cm ring (4.75”) – or the same size as the gold on a target. This still allows for stabilizer weights but they must be below the rest and sit close to the riser. In this manner they will still fit through the 12.2 cm ring while giving the bow vertical balance and stability after the shot.

An example of a Hoyt riser weight designed for the Hoyt Xceed riser.
Stock image of riser weight installed, thanks to Hoyt Archery

For this project I selected the Hoyt Xceed 25″ riser and Hoyt Carbon Velos Long limbs. These both arrived this week. The first step was to assemble the bow, after reading the owners manual, and then string it to get the initial stretch or creep out of the string. I do this before putting twists in the string just to give the strands a chance to stretch equally.

With no twists, this produced a brace height of 8 inches, but the Hoyt manual recommends 8.75″-9′.5″ for a 70″ bow with long limbs. The next day, 20 twists produced a brace height of 8.5″; 30 twists measured 8 5/8″; 40 twists 8.75″ and 45 twists 9.0″ — so have settled on 9.0″ for now. As you know, it will take at least a 100 arrows for the string to settle down – so that is next on the list.

Initially I will be running a Beiter plunger and Hoyt Super rest, but plan to go to a Zniper rest when it arrives from Lancaster.

Hoyt Xceed riser with Hoyt Super Rest and Beiter plunger

Fortunately this form of barebow competition shooting has been around long enough for others to have done significant experimenting in real world competitions, and then generated a good number of books and videos. So rather than “re-invent the wheel” I am taking the advice of past and present barebow champions, plus watching the videos from the 2019 Lancaster and Vegas shoots.

More to follow….


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