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Tools of the Trade => Archery => Topic started by: sjk71 on April 24, 2015, 03:28:24 PM

Title: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 03:28:24 PM
I need to buy a dozen new arrows here shortly and want to get some opinions on what you guys shoot.  I have always shot the gold tip 5575 w/ 2 inch vanes.  I've never had a problem with them and like how they shoot.  Is there something that you guys recommend or live by that I should check out?
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 03:41:06 PM
why do you use the 2 inch vanes    ##$%#1119 do you use the open on contact broad heads
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 04:09:40 PM
I've had great luck w/ CARBON EXPRESS. they are tough and fly great. if you look at the straightness charts, they rank very high too

good luck. arrows aren't cheap.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 04:26:20 PM
I used to use the big 4" veins but switched to the 2", shot great and never looked back.  I used the G5 Montec and Montec CS, both are fix blade.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 07:13:14 PM
After many years of shooting Easton aluminum arrows, I switched to Beeman ICS carbon shafts about 10 years ago (after the pro shop my bro in law uses convinced him to switch) and have been very pleased with them.  Must confess that I haven't shot many other carbons.  Out of quite a few critters shot, only had one of these break inside of a deer, but it was a clean fracture that didn't splinter - that splintering/slivering was what always concerned me about carbon shafts.  Accurate and tough.  As compared with aluminum shafts I spent very little time guessing on the right spine to pick, and the change in my bow setup was relatively minimal.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 07:14:17 PM
I shot 4" vanes with all my vertical bows. I shoot 2-4" with my xbow.

As long as you are getting good stablized flight the length of the vane doesn't really matter.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 07:14:42 PM
Should also mention that I switched from fixed blades to the Grim Reaper mechanicals a couple years after I went to carbon - very happy with the Grim Reapers.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 07:17:52 PM
Agree with MIB on the vanes - - if you can get 2" vanes to be stable, there's no need to have the extra weight & drag of 4" vanes.  Once I switched to mechanical heads vs the relatively big fixed blades I used to shoot, I found the short vanes to be sufficient (and a bit faster).
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2015, 08:46:39 PM
Thanks for the insight on the arrows...What type of grim reapers do you use?  Did you try rage broad heads at all?
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 26, 2015, 03:51:51 PM
I switched to the Grimm Reapers about 5 years ago, used the Rage for awhile, didn't like the performance and went back to Grimm Reaper. These are mechanical broadheads also, I have used the Muzzy fixed blades also, and really had an issue with stable flight.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 26, 2015, 06:43:12 PM
I'm using the 100 grain 3-blade mechanical Grim Reapers.  Have not tried the Rage.  Have a set of 2-blade mechanical heads similar to Rage which I won at a silent auction, but haven't hunted with them.  They fly great (similar to the Grim Reapers) but use a rubber band to hold the blades shut - - that's something I'm just not comfortable with for hunting situations.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2015, 06:08:18 AM
I may be the odd man out - but I still shoot aluminum. I taught Bowhunter Ed for several years and heard too many horror stories of folks getting a carbon fiber in their hand or finger and suffering from blood posioning. Doesn't take much and in many cases they never knew they had been stuck. 3" vanes on full length 2514's (31" draw) with 125 grain Schwackers do the work for me. Older PSE Mach 10 at 80# gives me thru and thru penetration. I've used this set up on turkeys. bear, deer, caribou and elk.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2015, 01:18:34 PM
Thanks for your help guys, I think ill give those grim reapers a try this fall and see what happens!
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2015, 08:40:57 AM
I have tried a lot of different ones.  Every time I do I end up going back to Easton ACC Pro Hunting.  Not as light as some but have always flown great for me.  I to use the G5 Montec CS.  With the QuickSpin vanes these have been dead on up to 70 yards in practice.  Well at least as good as I can get them.  Equipment is probably way more accurate than I am. :)
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2015, 10:13:04 AM
I've shot Gold Tip 5575's for years with good luck, but when it's time to try something new I've thought about trying Blood Sport arrows.  They use them on Midwest Whitetail and I thing they look like a very good product.

https://www.bloodsport.co/arrow.html (https://www.bloodsport.co/arrow.html)
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on June 05, 2015, 12:36:11 PM
I have shot the Carbon Express Maxima Hunters for years. Never an issue. I fletch them with the Rayzr 2" feathers tipped with Slick Trick Viper heads. Fly true as any set up.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on June 14, 2015, 07:10:18 PM
What a question! Probably as many different arrows as reponses as we all have our own favorite that works well for our set up. Personally I use the Easton Realtree Bloodline with the 2 inch Bohning Blazer vanes and the G5 Striker fixed blades. That works for me. I would go to your bow shop and ask their advice. Yes, he will recommend something they carry but if they are honest they will give you a good recommendation. If you order online somewhere you will need to get them cut and have inserts put in etc. I wouldn't buy them online and then ask the bowshop to cut them for me. (unless he doesn't mind doing that). I am not a real bow set up kind of guy so I rely a lot on the bowshop I go to and have confidence in his experience. Maybe he doesn't carry what you want but he might be able to order them and them its a win-win. Just my two cents.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on June 15, 2015, 07:34:07 PM
Also be careful to ask them how they measure if you have them cut a set to length for you.  I thought we all used the same approach to measuring shafts, but learned the hard way on my last dozen that is not true.   I always thought the norm was to measure from the root of the nock to the end of the insert - the guys at Gander Mountain here went from the tail end of the nock, so I lost almost 3/8" - doesn't sound like much but I was trying to take off as much length (mass) as I could already, and that additional 3/8" just about caused me grief on my setup.
Title: Re: SEACHING FOR BETTER ARROW
Post by: [Blocked] on August 26, 2015, 08:12:01 PM
Whatever my Pro Shop guy recommends for my bow. I got some new arrows for this season as they upgraded the version I was using. Good luck with your set up.