Arrow Selection

I’ve already pointed out that you want to buy a new bow, not a used one. To go with that bow you will need arrows.

Just before writing that post I discovered a website that has done a very good job of describing compound bows. That website also does a good job describing arrows and their differences.

Hunter’s Friend: Arrow Selection Guide

Rather than doing a worse job of it here, I suggest that you go read that.

For those of you who want the short version:

  • Have someone who knows what he is doing measure your arrows for you. Take your bow to a shop and have them measure you and your bow for a proper fit. At least the first time.
  • “Most carbon arrows are advertised to have a specific straightness tolerance between .001″ and .006″. The straighter the arrow, the more expensive they will typically be. Before we get too deep into this topic, it’s worth noting that there doesn’t seem to be an accepted universal method for HOW arrow straightness is measured.”
  • “For the purposes of big game hunting and general target use, standard-grade shafts are more than adequate.”
  • “While a carbon arrow’s advertised specs may be no straighter than a typical aluminum shaft, carbon arrows resist distorting and “bending out of shape” much better than aluminum arrows.”
  • “But the fact is, lighter arrows fly faster with less loss of trajectory. A faster arrow won’t necessarily penetrate better, but it will make it to the target more quickly.”
  • “Shooting an arrow that is too light can be dangerous, both to you and your expensive compound bow. Shooting an underweight arrow has a similar effect as dry-firing your bow. Without sufficient arrow weight, the string and limbs of your compound bow move too quickly and violently.”
  • “But when that same arrow is in motion, it’s stiffness is a matter of dynamic spine – which adds more ingredients into our consideration pot. So pay attention. This gets a little tricky.”
  • “Every arrow should have a tip.”
  • “Some arrow manufacturers have very complex charts that take many variables into account. But other arrow manufacturers offer a more simplified chart with an arbitrary number system, like the sample chart on the right which just references draw weight and arrow length.”
  • “We strongly suggest you choose fletching that will yield more accuracy rather than more speed, especially if you’re a bowhunter.”
  • “Right or wrong, speed is a major consideration for most archers.”
  • “With all other variables constant, your bow will have more knock-down power when shooting heavier arrows.”
  • ” In the field you’ll encounter unpredictable and complex variables that limit any mathematical model to just a “best guess.””

I happen to shoot Easton Axis arrows.  I’m of the opinion that there are some things that you don’t want cheap versions of.  Cheap razors for your face, cheap tires, and cheap arrows are not things that you want to  deal with.

So its Easton Axis arrows with feathers (2 pink one white) special ordered from Easton for me.


One comment on “Arrow Selection

  1. Teresita says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this website needs far more attention.

    Il probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the info!

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