Bow Upgrades: Trophy Ridge Hitman 5 Pin Sight

Trophy Ridge Hitman 5 Pin Sight - 1

Around this time last year I was doing some bow shopping. I found a local shop, Woody’s Sporting Goods in Wernersville, and took a look at what they had to offer in my price range. I came away having purchased a new Mission Craze Bow Package.

What I have doesn’t appear to be any sort of package offered by Mission Archery. Instead, I think Woody’s Sporting Goods put together the package based on accessories offered in-store. Going this route seems to have saved me a little money and I didn’t mind not having matching accessories.

I’m a very long way from outgrowing the bow (in an accuracy sense) but the sight was one item that I felt needed replacing. The sight didn’t offer any adjustment forward and backward which lead to some inconsistency lining up the sight housing and my peep sight. The pins themselves were also a bit of a problem due to their large size. When shooting practice dots at 30 Yards, the pin would just about cover up the dot.

With a little money to spend, I decided to keep an eye out on Archery Talk for a used sight. I wanted something with more adjustability forward and backward, smaller pins, and possibly a 5 Pin system that allowed for tighter pin spacing.

I came across a Trophy Ridge Hitman 5 Pin Sight with Micro Adjustment. The sight was well maintained and the seller was asking a fair price. I did some quick research online and found numerous places calling it one of the better sights for under $100.00.

Liking what I saw, I contacted the seller and the sight arrived a few days later. I could see, before ever putting it on my bow, that it was a massive improvement over my current sight. The pins were far brighter than what I was used to. In fact, they were so bright inside my house that I thought the pin light had been turned on. When I turned the knob, the light came on and the pins got even brighter.

I pulled off my old 3 Pin Sight and mounted my new Trophy Ridge Hitman. With the Hamburg Fish & Game Thursday 3D Shoot coming up in just a few days, I needed to get out and dial in the sight while I had some free time.

Despite the rain this morning, the pins were plenty bright and setting them took little effort (the micro adjust really is a time saver). Because I do more target shooting than hunting, I opted to set my pins at 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 Yards. I’m fairly happy with all but my 60 yard pin. By the time I got to that pin, I was tiring and my groups weren’t really groups anymore. I’ll have to go back and check it when I’m fresh.

Chances are slim that I’ll use my 50 and 60 yard pins, so I may go back and make them 25 and 35 yard pins. At the moment I’m very happy with my upgrade and can’t wait to get out and shoot some more on Thursday.

3 comments On Bow Upgrades: Trophy Ridge Hitman 5 Pin Sight

  • Walt nice sight for general shooting, good for 3-D and target. If I can give some advise, find the plane of your bow and set your lowest pin there. Modern bows shoot so flat that one pin covers zero to around twenty five yards. Depending on the poundage and arrow combo even out to thirty. That gives you four more pins to bring in the points on longer shots. Target archery shoots out to eighty yards in 1200 round and field course events, seventy five hunter round and 59 for bowhunter tournements. At that range it helps to not make giant adjustments in settling the pin. Stricly 3-D shooter max out at 45 yards, while guessing distance most don’t want the added variable in pin spacing, hence 20, 30, 35, 40 and 45. Then in hunting situations most good shots are in the 15-25 yard range, during the excitement one pin makes real sence. If you switch back and forth soon two sights with QC ability will find your bow. Shoot straight and have fun. Troy

    • Troy,
      My bow seems to shoot flat out to about 22 yards and then I get fairly significant arrow drop. I don’t know how much more I’ll mess around with the pins, if anything I think I’ll keep it maxed out at 60 yards.

      I have an old Jennings Arrowstar Mark II that belonged to my grandfather. He used to shoot a fair bit of target archery with it. While the bow is much older than I am, it is in pretty good shape. I’d like to get it tuned up and start using it for target archery. At the moment I know that it needs a new string but the cables appear to be solid (not that I really know what I’m looking at).

      If / When I get that setup,and possibly updated a bit, I’d like to put an adjustable sight on it and get it worked out to shoot the farther distances. It is far from ideal but in its day I hear that it was a top of the line bow. I also like that it comes with a bit of nostalgia.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • Walt get it tuned up for next year. HGA plans to have a 1000 round tournement next year. Thirty arrows @ 40 yards (60cm target), thirty @ 50 yards (80cm), thirty @ 60 (120cm) and the tie breaker ten arrows @ 80 yards counting X’s. Should be fun for all, I’ll keep you posted.

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