Prime Target Bows | Determining Bow Cam Timing and Synchronization

When you are looking for information or how to tune your bow, bow cam timing and synching seems to always be a staple among the info. Manufacturer’s specifications and manuals should always be revisited before tinkering with the bows, as each bow and cam system is different across the manufacturers. What is cam timing and synching? Essentially, the timing and synchronized rolling over of your bow’s cams. If you have never checked your bow’s cam timing, now might be the time as it could affect arrow flight and reduce your experience and performance.

Before moving on, as always safety is first, so when tuning a compound bow, be careful! If you are not comfortable with tuning your bow, be sure to take it to a local bow shop and have a professional help.

Now most advice for cam timing and synching cover the basics of single cam timing, dual cam timing, as again, there are different specifications to follow all across the compound bow manufacturers. This will specifically discuss cam timing for Prime compound bows and Prime target bows.

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(Video)- Professional archer Dave Cousins discusses cam timing and how to tune your bow to perfection for better competitive archer shooting.


Methods of Cam Timing and Synchronization

There are different methods that allow you to check the bow’s cam timing and synchronization, Dave Cousins shows you the methods, allowing you to see which one you might favor.

Static Bow Cam Timing Method

By using timing marks on the Prime Parallel Cams, you can statically check the synchronization of the bow’s cams. By just looking at where the cam’s timing marks are in relation to the limbs you can check the cam timing of your Prime target bow.

Dynamic Bow Cam Timing Method

Method 2 is using a draw board or another device to draw the bow to full draw and look at the dynamic timing solution. For this you would want to install the cable stops or the limb stops. Drawing the bow back will reveal the “gap” in the stops revealing whether or not the cam timing and synchronization is off.

Ruler Bow Cam Timing Method

By using a machinist ruler, you can measure the distance from the tip of the cam to the yolk as Dave shows in the above video. With this quick measurement, you can effectively measure your target bow cam timing in the shop or in the field.

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In conclusion, proper cam timing and synchronization are vital for clean, smooth, and optimum arrow flight. The methods offered above allow you to judge cam timing and synchronization, leading you to dial in your bow and make sure you are shooting as precisely as possible.