Fixed Pin vs Slider?

Joe2Kool

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Upgrading from my 20+ year old Champion bow and have come to the sight decision. I like the 3 or 4 pin slider type, but also considering a 7 pin fixed. I'm leaning this way because of the flexibility to reset the pins for a 50 yard shot, but also the lack of clutter for shots under 40. I've ruled out a single pin as that seems to be too much fiddling with the sight before every shot. Thoughts or opinions? (Oh no, asking MM'ers for an opinion? :D )

I mainly use my bow for whitetail hunting (Iowa, Kansas, not so much in my home state of TN since crossbows became legal.) But am hoping to draw an AZ elk tag in the next couple of years. I might step into muley archery, but no specific plans yet.

My current sights are set at 20, 30, 40 yards. I added an extra pin a few years ago so I could practice at 50. I currently limit my shots to 30 yards, but I have to say most of my shots are less than 20.
 
I use a 3 pin slider set at 20, 30, 40. If something was within 50 I’d just eyeball it with my 40 pin. Beyond 50 I have to adjust.
When the game is moving, it’s a bit of a pain to range, then keep an eye on game while adjusting slider. An extra pin would be nice.
 
I ran a black gold 7 pin slider for a while.
Run a 5 pin axcel slider now. Don’t see why you wouldn’t run a slider if you’re already going to be ok with a 5-7 pin fixed. If money isn’t that big of a deal adding the sliding option gets you the extra range if ever needed.
 
Switched to a single pin slider 6-7 years ago from 3 pin. Love the vertical pin, can see much better than horizontal pins. I set it at 45 yards and can aim center mass + or - a few inches 0-55 yards and still be in the kill zone. If it’s a hurried shot. If I have time to dial I do.
 
I run fixed 5s. I can shoot about a 5ish in group at 60 yards pretty easily. And idk anywhere that I'd need to shoot past that tbh. All of my shots have been within 30 actually.
 
I run a 3 pin black gold slider. 30, 40 and 50. My Hoyt shoots fast enough with a hunting arrow that there wasn’t much of a difference between my 20 and 30 yard pin. Most of my shots have been under 50 but over 30 so that’s why I went with those pins. I don’t take rushed shots so everything gets an accurate range and then over 50 gets a precise adjustment and all the guess work of gapping pins is gone.
 
I ended up buying a 5-pin fixed. I decided I didn't want to practice at 60 one night and forget to put it back, then blow a 20 yard shot the next morning. Plus, the slider was heavier and I thought I was adding way more weight than I was used to.

 
I think that was a good way to go. I've hunted extensively with sliders and fixed and have gone back to 5 pins fixed. My current setup is 25, 35, 40, 45, and 50 yards with 0.10 pins. I'm good out to 30 for a quick shot with the first pin, and like the 5 yard increments for precision for a longer, ranged shot.
 
I ended up buying a 5-pin fixed. I decided I didn't want to practice at 60 one night and forget to put it back, then blow a 20 yard shot the next morning. Plus, the slider was heavier and I thought I was adding way more weight than I was used to.

Good choice. Except maybe, 7 deadly pin sight might be better. That’s what I shoot. Watched a guy trying to get an antelope with a slider pin. What a joke that was. The lope kept moving and he kept adjusting his pin but he kept missing cause it was wrong yardage. I guess if a guy sits on water or in a tree stand then maybe on a slider pin. But you won’t catch me taking that chance. Most the time you only have a second or two to let an arrow fly.
 
The lope kept moving and he kept adjusting his pin but he kept missing cause it was wrong yardage.
That's exactly the reason I went fixed. Hunting situations are unpredictable enough without preventable issues blowing it. I figure if I want to practice farther, I can add an extra pin or move the 50 for longer shots, then reset it for hunting.
 
That's exactly the reason I went fixed. Hunting situations are unpredictable enough without preventable issues blowing it. I figure if I want to practice farther, I can add an extra pin or move the 50 for longer shots, then reset it for hunting.
Good choice Joe.
 
I run a 3 pin black gold slider. 30, 40 and 50. My Hoyt shoots fast enough with a hunting arrow that there wasn’t much of a difference between my 20 and 30 yard pin. Most of my shots have been under 50 but over 30 so that’s why I went with those pins. I don’t take rushed shots so everything gets an accurate range and then over 50 gets a precise adjustment and all the guess work of gapping pins is gone.
Apparently you haven’t hunted antelope out in the desert. There is no taking your time with them guys. Unless your sitting on water hid out.
 
Apparently you haven’t hunted antelope out in the desert. There is no taking your time with them guys. Unless your sitting on water hid out.
Apparently we prioritize different things. Ethics and high quality shots for me… and chasing wounded guy shot antelope for you. Cool bud.
 
Apparently we prioritize different things. Ethics and high quality shots for me… and chasing wounded guy shot antelope for you. Cool bud.
I wasn’t trying to be a smart azz. I was just telling you how it is in the desert where I hunt. Could be different where you hunt, sorry bud.
 
I'll add an opinion... I am on the slider side. I really like a 2 or 3 pin slider set at 27, 35, 45. you just gap in between. Bows are fast enough that there you aren't going to drop out of the kill zone if it's a yard or 2 difference under 50yrds. But if you need to take a 67yard shot, its tough to pin gap at those distances. I like the slider for better accuracy. But trying to keep track of which pin to shoot, especially with a 7 pin is a nightmare I don't need.
Plus, my accuracy has done nothing but improved by practicing longer shots. No more stress taking a 50yrd shot. Confidence with your gear can't be overstated.
 
Sliders are for bros and flatbrimmers, fixed are for killers. Which are you? 7 deadly pins is the toughest best sight ever built.
Lololol if you say so. 😂 no flat brim here, but you should see my trophy room full of animals killed with a single pin slider. Better than most people’s rooms killed with rifles. 😉

@TheButcher can verify.
 

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