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    Centre Shot and String Picture

    In most archery instructions on setting-up a recurve bow initially, the method of setting the centre shot is arrow point or edge of parallel shaft just to the left of the string (RH archer). Now I know this is just a start position. When doing this exercise the archer views the bow from the rear with the string passing down the center of the riser and limbs and adjusts the plunger accordingly. If when drawing the bow, your string picture is aligned down the center of the limbs/riser then nothing should alter. However suppose the string picture is at a different location, perhaps the side of the riser of the cutout at full draw. Would it make sense to align the string to that position to set the center shot if you know the string picture you use will be located there?

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    I think the answer isn't necessarily that it does or doesn't make sense so much as there might be a better way.
    If you view the string with it lined up to the side of the riser while at brace height, and adjust the button to put the arrow just to the left of the string, the arrow will actually be pointing across to the right, when viewed from directly behind the centre line. Not only that, but it will be very close to the sight window/riser, because it will be just left of the string line, which was set up beside the riser.
    At full draw the string can appear by the riser, and with a slight movement of the string across to the left, the eye sees it as having moved almost 5mm away from the riser.
    At brace height, viewing the string beside the riser requires a much bigger movement of the string than the slight movement when close to the eye.

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    Setting centreshot is about the shaft's relationship to the bow. I mean, yes you could set it by aligning the string somewhere else than the centre, but there's not really any value to that, as you'd need to figure out how that related to a normal centre alignment in order to communicate it to anyone else or record it in a transferable way...
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    When you set up the center shot (as you describe above), you are viewing the bow as it would be at the point where the arrow leaves the bow (or as close to it as you can get in a static setup)
    When the bow is at full draw and you align the string with some other part of the bow, you're not changing where the string will be at the point where the arrow leaves the bow, you're just pointing the bow in a different direction.

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    All replies acknowledged. I was actually thinking of setting it with the bow at full, if that could be managed. But the point about the centre shot being correct at the point of arrow release makes sense.

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    You could set it at full draw. Come to full draw and see the string by the side of the riser. Note mentally where the arrow appears in relation to the string in that full draw position. Relax the draw then wind the button in X turns and see what happens next time you come to full draw. Repeat until the arrow appears beside the string at full draw, with the string already where you want it compared to the riser.
    I think you will find it takes several turns of the button to get the arrow beside the string at full draw.

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