How to Change the Draw Length on a Hoyt Rebel XT Bow

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How to Change the Draw Length on a Hoyt Rebel XT Bow
Appropriate draw length is best for speed and accuracy. (target image by Francois du Plessis from

A compound bow features centrifugal wheels at the end of each limb; these are attached to the drawstring by cables. A compound bow allows the user to maintain a full-draw position without having to continuously exert the necessary force. The Hoyt Rebel XT is built according to this design. At 40 inches long from axle-to-axle, the Rebel XT has a 70-pound draw weight. The draw length must be calibrated to the individual archer.

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Things you need

  • Hoyt Rebel XT compound bow
  • Bow limb compressor

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  1. 1

    Determine the appropriate draw length for the shooter. Stand straight, with your arms extended to the sides and palms facing forward. Measure the distance between your left and right middle fingers. Divide this figure by 2.5 to obtain the actual draw length.

  2. 2

    Place the bow in a limb compressor, or bow vice. Squeeze the upper and lower limbs of the bow, thereby releasing the cable and strings. These can be adjusted from the wheels -- known as cams -- at each end of the bow.

  3. 3

    Re-anchor the bow string on each cam to adjust the draw length. The Rebel XT has "Energy Wheel" cams, with bores located from the innermost part of the wheel to the edge. To shorten the string, thread it through the inner hole or combination of holes. The outer bores will have the opposite effect. If the adjustment you want is small, you can stick to just one wheel.

  4. 4

    Check the draw-stop on each wheel to confirm that the wheels are still synchronised. The draw-stop insures that full draw will coincide with maximum force behind the arrow. If the take-up cables for each wheel are not reaching the draw-stops simultaneously, they should be adjusted by twisting them for length reduction. If any divergence remains, it is better to have the top-wheel cable slightly ahead.

Tips and warnings

  • A standard rule of thumb dictates that a workable draw length will bring the bow string in line with the lips of the archer.

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