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Offline dieselcheese

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Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« on: December 30, 2018, 06:50:18 pm »
Just read some of the ideas for shooting gloves in cold weather and it reminded me to ask a question I meant to post a week or so ago.

Went to the range a couple of weeks ago,  and the high was in the low 30's,  so I wore a winter coat.  The string kept slapping the jacket sleeve and my cast suffered greatly.   Any suggestions for what to do about it?

I had one of my daughter's hair rubberbands in the truck so I used that to tighten up the sleeve a little bit, it helped but was no fix.
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 10:04:11 pm »
A good Wool Vest. I wore a Filson for years - with a wool shirt under. Worked til it got 0 below, then I'd swap the vest for a King of the Mountain shirt. Never had a problem with the sleeve with that  (S)  :OK ! Bob
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Offline StickMark

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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 02:29:28 am »
For sorta of different reason, I cut the sleeves of my ASAT camo shirt.  Kept bunching up in the arms, back, and sleeves were too short.  Much better.

I second the vest option.  I also started using an armguard, simply for protection should one og my shoot shafts blow.

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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 02:36:35 am »
Yep, vests are great when it gets cold. I wear a heavy wool sweater under a vest, with a jacket over that. I wear an armguard all of the time, mostly to hold my jacket sleeve in place. Make sure the guard straps aren't too tight, or it will make your hand cold.

Now if I could just find a way to locate arrows that decide to go under the snow instead of in the target.

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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 03:27:29 am »
Practice, practice, practice...and be sure your bow arm sleeve is out of the way.   ;D
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 04:32:10 am »
Low 30s isn't even jacket weather yet, eh' :)

All joking aside, try the vest idea. If you keep your core warm your arms need very little protection.

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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2018, 07:56:01 am »
Wear a warm hat, as well!  Helps keep the blood flow to your hands and feet!  Plan B -stay inside where it is warm!  >:D (lol).  A couple layers of wool or polypropylene under a vest should be enough to be comfortable on the range without too much. Bulk.
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2018, 10:59:45 am »
Like Kyle said, arm guard works for me. :)
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Offline dieselcheese

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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2018, 11:19:23 am »
Low 30s isn't even jacket weather yet, eh' :)

All joking aside, try the vest idea. If you keep your core warm your arms need very little protection.

As of now we have 14 inches of snow on the ground from last week's storm and another 7 to 14 inches on the way in the next 48 hours.  Our highs might have broke the low 20's.   It's a great time to go out and shoot something  ;D

I think I'll try the arm guard idea,  I'm a desert rat at heart and not sure a vest/sweater combo will cut it for me.
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2019, 05:15:38 am »
The solution I came up with was this.A tight fitting elastic camoflauged gortex like material tube.I usually don't even wear arm gaurds any more.


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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2019, 08:23:58 am »
Ed, you customize that for yourself?
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2019, 03:16:05 am »
No I'm embarrassed to say I bought it that way.They are sold as a general 1 size fits all.Was'nt that expensive really.It looked like a useful thing to try.....Ha Ha.It's happened too many times that the string has hit my coat sleeve under shooting the deer.This works!!!
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2019, 02:07:54 am »
I have seen them before Ed, may have to give that a try, looks like it should work great and save having to adjust my arm guard ever time I add a layer of cloth or take a layer away. :) Never know in Tennessee, cold one day and warm the next. :)
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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2019, 08:05:29 am »
When I shoot with a coat on, I just use a piece of elasticated tube gauze bandage pulled up my bow arm over the coat sleeve. Its very cheap, simple and easy to pop into a pocket when it isnt required.

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Re: Any tips for shooting with a heavy winter coat on?
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2019, 09:42:34 am »
Recently my bow string slapped the drawstring for my hood and flipped it right up into my eyeball with alarming force.

My eye was fine, but it had me rattled to say the least. I'm tucking drawstrings away when shooting now.