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I almost hate to ask this question, but it is something I have been wondering for a long time now. I mean absolutely no disrespect by it and am not disputing that there are some who can do this, just not me. I have been noticing that people mention shooting groups around 3 to 3-1/2" groups out to nearly a hundred yards. I am really beginning to doubt my own shooting abilities because I find that I am lucky to shoot basketball sized groups at 70 yards under the normal conditions in which I shoot (outside, Oklahoma wind, etc...). I am shooting a Z7Extreme that is set up for hunting. Accessories are QAD HD Bone Collector Edition rest, 7" B-Stinger stabilizer, 5/16" G5 Meta peep, T5 quiver, string loop, True Fire caliper release, Axcel Armor-tech HD 5 pin .019" front sight, and Gold Tip Pro Hunter 5575 arrows with 100 gr. tips for a delivered weight of 370 grains. Bow is set up to 70 lbs. and draws 29". I find that I can't even see a 3-1/2" spot beyond 40 yards due to the diameter of the sight pins. Granted, I know I lost some stability after shoulder surgery and cannot see quite as well as when I started shooting 25 years ago, but I don't think I was ever that good, therefore I must not be doing something right, poor tuning, incorrect arrow selection, poor shooting form, or who knows what else. Till now I had always considered myself slightly above average in my archery skills, to which my shooting friends generally agree, but now I really wonder. Am I incorrect if I say that a shooter who can shoot 3" at 80 yards could theoretically shoot 1-1/2" or less at 40, and 3/4" or less groups at 20 yards, and 3/8" or less at 10 yards? I feel like adding distance introduces more variables that act against accuracy than just the simple math I did here and likely a 3" 80 yard shooter should in reality shoot something closer to 3/8" at 20 yards. Is this really happening for everyone but me?
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