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    • cavscout9753
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      If there’s a group of people on this planet who can help I know it’s this group. So the issue is this, I have a PSE Coyote recurve that I thouroughly enjoy. I have pretty much everything set up decent (within my limited, yet growing knowldge base). The one point that leaves me tossing and turning at night is the rest. I can’t overstate how much I do not want to go to an elevated rest. It would just ruin the whole feel of trad for me. But the flat shelf riser is killing me. My arrows just drag down the whole length of the sucker, and in the proccess wear down my feathers, wear down my rest, makes unneeded noise, and just in general gets my goat. A few people mentioned putting something like a toothpick or similar item under the rug to “lift” the arrow up, however all this did was create a single friction point that wore right through in no time. So I guess where I’m going is how do I fabricate something that more closely resemble the arching design of traditional recurve/longbows? I already built the arrow side plate out from the past-center riser to align the arrow to the center of the riser, so horizontal is good. But scraping that arrow down all..what.. 3-4 inches of shelf is neusiating. Even if you’ve never done this, does anyone have any idea I can try? My latst idea is to use a slice of cardboard under it since it might be more giving and I can taper it to more of an arching design? I don’t know….grasping straws at this point..

    • Troy Breeding
      Post count: 994

      Pull the shelf pad and use a wooden match stick to elevate the shaft off the shelf. Set the match stick right over the deepest part of the grip, then replace the shelf pad. This will give you almost the same effect as a radioused shelf.

      If the sight window is flat you can do the same thing there as well. However, by doing this you will be building out the sight window and may cause your shafts to shoot stiff.


    • lyagooshka
      Post count: 600

      Too new to this to be of any use, but have you though about hot gluing a small piece of hardwood to the shelf? You can reheat the glue to move the piece until you find the sweet spot. Then epoxy it in place, sand it, laquer it and remember to move your hock point. Hope it helps.



    • Ed Ashby
      Post count: 816

      Troy Breeding wrote: Pull the shelf pad and use a wooden match stick to elevate the shaft off the shelf.

      Troy has the answer, spot on!


    • Stumpkiller
      Post count: 193

      Not familiar with your bow, but I have taken rasp and file to wood risers designed for elevared rest to ge a good curved riser with small contact area.

      If yours is a metal riser you might need to build it up 1/4″ with something like J-B Weld or PC-7 and form a radiused shelf.

    • rwbowman
      Post count: 119

      Hey Cav, I’ve been dealing with the same issue with my Indian Archery Mohawk. The shelf is flat and off the shelf is the only way I enjoy shooting. I have a toothpick under mine right now and boy let me tell ya, you can see right through my bear shelf rug and see the toothpick! You and Alex got me thinking on this now though and I think I’ve got it figured out. We can take a 1/4″ wide wood shim, trim it to length to hide the end of it under the open side of the rug. From here, we can sand down the belly and back facing edges to taper toward the belly and back of the bow, with the highest point of the shim being virtually untouched with the sandpaper. This will give the shim a half moon appearance when viewing it from the end, or outward facing end. If we do this, maybe we could eliminate our issue. I’m off to the hardware store!

      Thanks for the spark and Thank You For Your Service To Our Free Nation.


    • taterman
      Post count: 14

      most guys here use cork on metal risers contact cement and sand to suit

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