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I've used a very basic 3-pin sight since I started bowhunting 10 years ago. Decided to switch it out this year with some other upgrades to my bow.

I hunt in the woods where ethical shots at deer will be no more than 40 yards, and I've had my 3-pin sight set at 20, 30, and 40 yards.

Would a simpler 1-pin sight work for this type of hunting, or am I better off with 3?
 

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I don`t archery hunt that much but , I would stay at three for peace of mind for an ethical shot unless you feel comfortable at shooting with one pin, if you shot that way at all. what ever way you feel comfortable shooting
 

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I shoot three pin exactly as you describe, 20, 30, 40.

Will use an experience from yesterday to illustrate why I shoot 3 pin.

Had a doe come in on my off side. she was followed by two more mature doe and 2 young of the year. Any of the 3 mature were a viable target. At first it was the lead doe because she moved to a spot that I had previously ranged. With a single pin, I more than likely would have had it set to that distance.

The two young'uns were milling around below me, taking turns popping their heads up looking for danger, (which was very close to them).

The other two mature doe took turns turning broadside, quartering away, offering a good shot but then not. Had I been using a single pin, each time I changed primary targets, an adjustment to that sight would have had to have been made.

Now I am a "seasoned hunter" who has had a fair number of encounters with deer up close and personal. My number one thing to concentrate on when deer are near, is when to stand and draw my bow. You don't always see them coming until they are on top of you. I don't need one more thing to be thinking about at that moment.

However, with all of that said, my son switched to a single pin and has told me he feels it improved his shooting.

Think about your hunting situation, how comfortable you are in the moment, and decide what is right for you.

Good luck with your decision.
 

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Maybe consider a 2 pin set up. I shoot a .029 pin for 20 yard and a .19 pin for 40 yard. At 30 yards just have to aim a hair high with 20 yard pin. Eliminates a little pin clutter plus the smaller pin at 40 helps me aim smaller at that distance.
 

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I like a .010 single pin with a 2 inch housing and 1/4 peep for deer hunting. The 2 inch housing gives me a larger field of view around the deer and 6 feet of fiber optics that makes the pin super bright. Single pins aren't for everyone and they take some practice and knowing your bow.
 

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Maybe consider a 2 pin set up. I shoot a .029 pin for 20 yard and a .19 pin for 40 yard. At 30 yards just have to aim a hair high with 20 yard pin. Eliminates a little pin clutter plus the smaller pin at 40 helps me aim smaller at that distance.
I like that idea because there is very little distance between my 20 and 30 yard pins and could probably get away with a 2-pin set up at 25 and 40. But where the heck do you find a 2-pin sight? 3-pin are hard to find anymore...
 

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You simply remove one of the pins from a three pin sight to make a two pin sight. When I still shot a compound I came to prefer single pin. For me it was because in the moment I didn’t want want to worry which pin to use. I practiced a lot, at various ranges. I got to the point where it became instinct where that pin should be without having to range or guess. Inside 40 yards it’s pretty easy once it becomes second nature. I have since switched to traditional bows, but my single pin style served me very well when transitioning to instinctive shooting.
 

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Back when bows were below 280fps I shot a pendulum sight. First a keller then a savage. Loved shooting pendulums. 0-30 yards hold on and nail them. After getting a faster bow I went to a 3 pin trophy ridge vertical sight. But found myself only really relying on one pin for hunting. So I switched to a one pin adjustable.
Now I set that pin for 28 yards and shoot that way all summer. I’m good from 10 to 32 yards with that setting. My longest shots on deer in the woods have been 36.5 yards and 37.5. I would say every other shot on deer over the 38 years is under 25 yards. I really don’t have anything to think about inside of 30 other then my aim, release and follow thru. If it’s under 20 I just hold lower half of the body.
The last and longest shot at 37.5 I had time to range adjust sight and shoot. Pretty rare that I’ve had to adjust. One pin has simplified things for me. Go with what makes you the most comfortable.
 

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I shoot a single pin and keep it set around 23yds, I'm good from 10-30yds. Anything over 30 yds I'll adjust accordingly. If I don't have time to adjust my site and take my time I don't shoot.
 

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I shoot a single pin and keep it set around 23yds, I'm good from 10-30yds. Anything over 30 yds I'll adjust accordingly. If I don't have time to adjust my site and take my time I don't shoot.
Same concept, I set my single pin for 25yards. im good from 10-35 yards.
 

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I like that idea because there is very little distance between my 20 and 30 yard pins and could probably get away with a 2-pin set up at 25 and 40. But where the heck do you find a 2-pin sight? 3-pin are hard to find anymore...
I always used a 3 pin sight but over the past year,they seem to be a big blur.I went to a single pin,black gold ascent.I shot better with it but didn't like moving it and sometimes at 3D shoots,I'd forget to move it back down.I ended doing what other have suggested.I put a sight head on with two pins,one set at 30 and one 35 yards.It's not as much glare and I can still move the sight to practice further.Those two pins also cover 99% of my hunting and 3D situations.Best of both worlds.
 

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One pin is all I shoot. Today's bows are fast and accurate If your only shooting out to 40 yards it is the way to go.Too much confusion with 3 pins.
 

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I shoot Axcel Rheo with a 5 pin.. i only use the top three as you do. In the woods, you dont wanna be fumblin with a single pin as distances change very quickly. Stick to your setup, you wont regret it!
 

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Question for the single pin guys. Why not just remove the extra pins from your 3-5 pin sights? I've thought about the switch over the last 2 years but have been fine with my 5 pin sight that is set up with 3 pins (two removed). If I don't feel like spending the extra money on a 1 pin sight why not just remove the extra two pins? The only thing I can think of is that its not a quick adjustment in the field like a single pin is designed to be used, correct?
 

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I'll answer that.

When you shoot with a single pin slider, you always....ALWAYS...see the same sight picture and do everything the same. Every time. Always.

When I practice at 50 and 60 yards in my yard, I see the same sight picture I see when I shoot at 20.

Then in the woods, I just do what I do in practice, I just keep my shots shorter. I set my sight at 27-28 yards, and I don't even think about the sight unless the deer's beyond 32-33 yards. At that point, I rarely feel ok taking the shot, and if I'm going to, I will want more than adequate time to adjust my sight and get myself settled in. I can't tell you the last time I even considered a shot beyond 33 yards, though.

I've shot them as close as 8 yards and as far as 33 with my sight set just how I described.

But when I practice at longer range for form and accuracy, I see the same sight picture. That's huge in my book.
 

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I think when people talk about a one-pin setup, they are usually referring to the kind that is adjustable. So you have the same single pin sight that you adjust for range. Seems like a great idea for target shooting, but too much to go wrong in a hunting situation for me.
 
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