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Thoughts on single-pin sights?


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I am leaning toward getting a new sight and heavily considering a nice HHA single pin. The only thing that makes me hesitate is thinking about setting yardage, then having the deer move 10 yards. I am imagining awkwardness coming off the draw, resetting the yardage, re-drawing. Seems like a lot of motion, or a lot of guessing if you don't re-adjust

Any thoughts from folks who have hunted extensively with them?

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I'm interested in ppls response as I'm in the same situation, leaning towards a single pin to reduce clutter but at the same time worried about adjusting yardage in front of a deer, they bust a guy often enough.

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I've used one for targets and 3D's for years, then switched back to fixed pins for hunting. The last few years I haven't felt comfortable with the fixed pins without shooting them year round.

Last year I went back to fixed pins exclusively and felt much more comfortable with them last fall. That's just me.

There are plenty of people out there who hunt with their fixed pins who do just fine. Most just leave them set at 20 or 25 yards. Not much adjustment needed from there for most hunting shots without having to move the pin. If faced with a much longer shot, there's usually time to range and move your pin.

One problem I had that you should consider. With my quiver attached to the bow, I had a very hard time adjusting the site, as there was very little room behind the arrows.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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Thanks for the response DonBo. I actually remove my quiver as I don't like how it affects balance.

That is a good point about a long shot probably having some time to adjust the yardage, and having it set at 25 should be adequate for shots from 10 to 30 yards

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I hunt and target shoot with one pin and will probably always. I grew up shooting alot and learned yardages and where to "hold". And that was with slow bows. I still hunt with what is considered slow by todays standard.

Archery to me is a 5-20 yard game. Im completely capable of longer shots and have taken a few 25's but my bow is set up for 15 yards. The only descsion I have to make at the time of the shot is pick a spot at the heart, belly white, or mid body. Dont have to adjust anything or pick one of 5 pins that are crammed together. While on stand im playing every possible shot in my head. When the oppourtunity comes, it just happens...

HHA makes a crosshair sight that is great, my father shoots it. I cobb-jobbed an old target crosshair into a hunting frame about 15 years ago. grin

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Years ago I had the single pin adjustable sight but didn't like having to move it for in close shots(40 yards and in). I had to buy 2 sights and part them out to build what I wanted, a 3 pin adjustable sight. 20, 30 and 40 are preset, then use the 40 pin for longer distances on the adjustable sight. Now they sell them that way. I love this system. You will hardly ever have a shot past 40 yards for whitetails, but if you go out west or need to send an insurance arrow at a wounded deer at longer ranges, you have the adjustability built in. I hated having 5 or 6 pins on my sight but 3 is easy to remember which one is which. If you wanted a 20 and 30 only it wouldn't be hard to remove a pin and use the 30 for your adjustable, either.

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Single pin pendulum sight. 0-30 pretty much the same, anything more adjust higher. The farthest I've killed one was 45. I actually misjudged the yardage with had nothing to do with the site, but was fortunate that the deer ducked into the arrow. One of the coolest kills ever, deep powder snow & an artery hit. The snow was just flying as she plowed down hill on her nose.

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What is a deer moves 10 yards ? What do you do if its 16 or 26 yards you gap the pins a little just like a multiple pin set up .. set it at 20 -25 and hold a little high little low for what it calls for .. and for long yards you have time to range then u should have time to move ur sight , I love my HHA

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I've hunted with a single fixed pin for many years...set it for 20 yards and then practice a lot beyond and in front of that. With the speed of the newer bows you'll likely find that one pin takes you out near 25 yards. Good luck!!

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Yep, single pin takes a lot of the guess work out. I shoot a Vital Bow Gear Star track. Very bright, it is the brightest I have seen. I hunt out of a blind for deer and turkey so at low light you need a bright pin. The sights with lights tend to be too bright and make it hard to see your target at low light. I have enough adjustment to shoot to 80yds. For deer out of a stand I set it at 25yds and am good to 40yds. The star track is a single pin at 45° which I feel gives a better sight picture. They do make lenses for the HHA so if you think you may use it for target at sometime that may be a better choice, they are both great sights. Just practice and find out what window you can cover with a 20 or 25 yd setting. It will all depend on bow speed and your comfort zone.

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I guess I am still old school and have 5 pins. I shoot really well with them. I am pretty good at judging distance so for me it is not a problem picking a pin. Perhaps with my next bow I will gravitate to a single pin system.

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I have been using a single-pin HHA sight the past few seasons. I would advise using a 3 or 5 pin for hunting.

If you are deer hunting and have to adjust the sight while the deer is in range, the deer will see you. Best bet at that point is to have practiced by holding the pin high or low as needed and knowing how high or low depending on the yardage difference as the deer moves through your shooting window.

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I have multiple pin sight but have noticed with my new bow I can use the first pin out till 30 yards without any issues. Depending how fast your bow is I still think its easier to have at least 3 pins and put them at 20, 30, 40 yards. Personally I don't like the idea of having to adjust a my sight at last minute before the deer gets into range, just my .02.

Good luck,

mr

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I shoot a HHA, and a Ross 334 set at 64 lbs that has a chrony velocity of about 255 fps. With my pin set at 25 yards get about 3" high at 20 yards, and 3" low at 30. For what it's worth.

My personal rule for deer though has been 20 yard shots or less. So in that case I just leave it at 20. I'm giving some thought to switching to a mechanical this year, the Trophy Taker Ulmer Edge, so I might be tempted to extend my range.

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As with BigBuck, I use a single pin pendulum sight. I've used it for 25 years so I don't really know anything different. I started using it because I was absolutely terrible at judging distances and I don't shoot much further than 20 yards.

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Pendulum sight for me for the past 10 years. I started out with fixed pins, then went to a pendulum and back to fixed pins. I now only use the pendulum as it seems I hit my mark from a tree much better with it.

I have shot many fixed pin sights and hate all the clutter.

The pendulum is great out to 30 yards and I do not hold high at that yardage. Seems most all of my shots are typically within 25 yards.

The only time I use a sight with pins is if I am going out west and need to have a pin for a longer say 40-50 yard shot.

Never understood why more people do not use a pendulum sight.

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