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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 necessary tolerances required for optimal system function. This will be the case will all current Hoyt recurve bows except for the Gamemaster II and Dorado.
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.
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 or BCY 8190. 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.
For instructions on how to properly adjust recurve riser alignment refer to the Recurve Owner’s Manuals at: http://hoyt.com/product-manuals/recurve.
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 the Recurve Owner’s Manuals at: http://hoyt.com/product-manuals/recurve.
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. Hoyt bows should not be shot with arrows weighing less than 5 grains per pound of draw weight. http://www.eastonarchery.com/downloads/selection-charts
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://hoyt.com/product-manuals. 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/downloads/selection-charts
Owner’s manuals from 2002-present are available on our Manuals page. http://hoyt.com/product-manuals