How To Ship A Compound Bow: 5-Steps Detailed Guide

There are many reasons to ship a compound bow from one destination to another. It might be due to a change of ownership. Or maybe you’re moving out. 

Whichever it is, bow shipping can be a very complicated process given its fragile components which can easily be damaged if handled incorrectly. 

Components like bow sights, limbs, and strings can end up clattering against each other, resulting in damage. And that’s why, you need to make sure you ship your compound bow the right way. 

Today, we’ll learn how to ship a compound bow the right way. 

What You Need to Ship A Compound Bow

To ship your compound bow, you need to gather the following materials:

Shipping Box

You might be wondering, what size box do I need to ship a bow?

A solid corrugated 36 in x 6 in x 6 in rectangular cardboard box should be enough to contain the compound bow and other accessories securely. 

Make sure that the box has no damage.

You can find the right-sized bow box in your local archery shop.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap will tightly secure and provide a cushion for your bow components during shipping.

You can get bubble wraps from any local office supplies store.

Cushioning Materials

On top of the bubble wrap, cushioning materials like packet peanuts will provide additional cushioning to your bow components to reduce the risk of damage. 

You can also use foam, foam rolls, paper, air pillows etc for the job. 

Packaging Tape

Packaging tape will secure the wrappings and the shipping box to keep them all intact. 

For shipping a compound bow, you need to use packaging tape to seal the box shut. Printed, Vibac, Tesa, etc packaging tapes are best fit for a job like this. 

How to Ship A Compound Bow: Step By Step

Now that we’ve gathered the necessary materials for the shipping process, here are 5 steps to ship a compound bow:

Step 1: Disassemble the Bow

If you know your way around a compound bow, you should disassemble it before packing it. 

Take apart all the attachments and extensions from your bow. This includes sights, stabilizers, limbs, etc. Disassembling your compound bow before ensures a safer journey for its fragile parts by reducing the size and eliminating string tension.

Smaller, disassembled components allow for more padding and secure packing within the box, further enhancing protection during shipping.

Moreover, a disassembled compound bow takes up considerably less space compared to a fully assembled one. This will help you lower shipping costs, especially for international shipments where size and weight are significant factors.

However, if you don’t know how to disassemble a compound bow, it’s best to take help from someone who knows the trade.

Step 2: Wrap the Bow and Components

Wrap the bow components with multiple layers of bubble wrap. I’d suggest picking thick bubble wraps as they provide extra padding and protection. 

Wrap each limb, cam, and sight separately. Don’t skimp on layers (2-3 for limbs, more for delicate parts).

Be extra careful about the Cams as they’re very delicate and can incur damage easily. Dual cams compared to Single Cams are going to take extra space, and requires more careful placement.

Make sure that no gaps are remaining after wrapping your Cams.

Step 3: Pack the Compound Bow

We need to prepare the shipping box before placing the wrapped bow components inside the box. 

Fill out the box using cushioning materials like foam, foam rolls, packing peanuts, etc. Evenly distribute the cushioning materials all across the box to ensure an even plane to secure your bow. 

You can opt for papers if you’re looking for the cheapest way of shipping a bow. But papers don’t provide much cushion compared to the alternatives.

Place the wrapped compound bow on it and fill the rest of the empty space with another layer of cushioning materials. 

Tightly tape the wrapped bow limbs and components in place to prevent movement during transit. Consider using straps or zip ties for additional stability.

To be extra careful, add small blocks of foam at the end of the bow case or box to prevent shifting during shipment.

An image of packaging a compound bow using foams to cushion from damage.

Step 4: Seal the Box

With the compound bow securely packed inside the box, now it’s time to seal it shut.

Before sealing the box, ensure all components are wrapped, secured, and the box is completely filled with padding.

Use strong packing tape or duct tape to seal all seams and edges of the box securely. Apply multiple layers for reinforcement.

If shipping during humid weather, consider placing a desiccant packet inside the box to absorb moisture and prevent potential damage.

Step 5: Label the Box

Mark the box with “FRAGILE” on all sides and “TOP” on the side meant to be upright.

Attach the shipping address on the top side of the box. Also, attach the return address on the box if the package is returned. 

And that’s pretty much it. 

How Much Does it Cost to Ship A Compound Bow?

The cost of shipping a compound bow depends on the location, size & weight, distance, and shipping method. 

Shipping a compound bow across the country can cost between $60 and $160. USPS charges between $75 and $150 to ship a compound bow internationally in a hard-case box.

This calculation works if your compound bow weighs around 6 lbs.

Shipping compound bows are legal in the United States. 

You can use the following shipping services to ship your compound bow within the states, or internationally:

  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • USPS
  • Eurosender

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