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Author Topic: Fletched my first batch of arrows.  (Read 890 times)

Offline geiger.118

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Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« on: August 25, 2012, 09:55:26 AM »
I have been wanting to refletch my arrows for a few years now but I finally broke down bought a Bohning.  Well worth the money.  My vanes were all chewed and i only had one good practice arrow left. lol. It was way easier than i thought. I went with 2in blazer vanes. My local Kames had the tiger striped vanes for the same price as the normal ones. 10 bucks for 36. I only had to do 9 arrows and was done in no time. Waited 30 secs for the glue and that was it.  Best part is I have enough vanes to last for several years at least.

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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 10:26:34 AM »
sounds good
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 11:45:09 AM »
quick and easy...PERFECT

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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2012, 02:50:54 PM »
I need to refletch some arrows as well. But will have to wait for some $. So for now will make do with what I have.
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2012, 02:54:29 PM »
nice work. was there a 'learning curve' or did it go pretty smooth?
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 08:49:32 AM »
yari, there was about a 3 minute learning curve ha. i had to redo 2 arrows. i found out i wasnt keeping the fletching tight to the shaft so the top and bottom were glued but not the middle and that was a quick fix of just making sure everything was tight.  now all i have to do is cut the arrows down to the right size. when i bought them i wasnt sure how long they needed to be so i have been shooting them with about 3 extra inches of arrow that doesn't need to be there. any tips or thoughts? I know the arrow length past the drop away rest should be 1 inch.

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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 07:56:49 PM »
i've never cut a carbon arrow. can you use a tube cutter like you do on aluminum?

i would leave 1" beyond your 'stop', your farthest point you can draw your bow. that way you can't possibly overdraw your bow.

let me know what works. i have a new dozen that also needs to be cut. no sense paying someone to do it if a tubecutter would work. good luck
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2012, 05:26:15 AM »
i've never cut a carbon arrow. can you use a tube cutter like you do on aluminum?

i would leave 1" beyond your 'stop', your farthest point you can draw your bow. that way you can't possibly overdraw your bow.

let me know what works. i have a new dozen that also needs to be cut. no sense paying someone to do it if a tubecutter would work. good luck


Carbon arrows should be cut with a high speed cutter...

do not use a tube cutter on them not a good thing on carbon arrows...

but it is fun to  fletch your own!
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2012, 08:17:00 AM »
Sounds good - Can save you a good bit of money over time and I enjoy fletching and cutting my own arrows -

Yeah Red is right - need a high speed cutter to do the carbon arrows. They come with a blade that will last for years with normal use. Most people won't pay for the cost of a cutter for many years though.
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2012, 10:51:07 AM »
my neighbor is the one guy i turn to when i have any questions before i found this sight. he has a real down to earth perspective when it comes to life in general. he knows little bit of everything about everything. being a newb to bowhunting he helped me with anchor points and getting my bow dialed in and whatnot. he has a high speed cutter that he said i can use anytime just bring it up so thats what ill do. i wont need to buy one so i lucked out there. eventually ill buy one just so i can have it. my goal is to learn to do at least one thing new with my bow every year. im still nervous about using a bow press though. i went thru a crazy ordeal last year when i took my bow in to put a new drop away rest and the kid working at gander cracked my limb when he put it in the press so i was without a bow for over 2 weeks from the middle of October til almost the end. I was real upset. i was nervous doing it myself b/c of everything that can go wrong, thats why i took it into a so called prof that was supposed to know whats he doing and instead i miss 2 weeks of primetime action that i waited for all year long for. all the time money effort scouting. i refused from there on out to ever take my bow up there nor will i ever buy anything from their archery dept ever again. ill drive the extra 15 mins to another store than buy from them.

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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2012, 10:09:09 PM »
Learned how myself on a Bohning. Pretty easy and sure beats going to the bowshop all the time and I like tinkering with my bow stuff!
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Re: Fletched my first batch of arrows.
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2012, 05:18:15 AM »
The problem we have is archery shops coming and going - That's what convinced me many years ago to cut and fletch my own arrows. I think everyone's situation is probably a little different, but it is enjoyable to be able to learn and do these things for yourself.
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