Another "Great Debate" Arrow Length

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  • May 6, 2010 at 1:22 am #496416 Back to Top REPORT
    storm1
    Storm1

    Joined: 5/12/2007
    I stumbled across a few articles about what the correct arrow length should be and found it’s one of those Greatly debated issues. So I did a Google search and found many different opinions on this subject.

    The Information: Many say 1″ in front of the arrow rest for target and 3D, and past the front of the riser for hunting (broadheads) to keep your fingers clear of the blades.

    Other opinions are 1″ less than DL (depending on the arrow rest)

    IMO it comes down to finding the correct spine for the length of arrow a person is wanting to shoot. I personally don’t have a problem drawing a broadhead into the riser shelf.

    Your opinions.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:25 am #530406 Back to Top REPORT
    wvbowhunter
    wvbowhunter

    Joined: 1/12/2009
    Whatever OT2 tells me to cut em :D
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    May 6, 2010 at 2:48 am #530407 Back to Top REPORT
    mirage-hunter
    Mirage hunter

    Joined: 2/14/2008
    Kind of depends on mechanical broad heads or fixed!! fixed yes in front of fingers mechanicals not so worried about it. as long as my arrows are set up right. :thumbup
    May 6, 2010 at 3:01 am #530408 Back to Top REPORT
    wolf_ofthe_night
    wolf_ofthe_night

    Joined: 10/29/2009
    After getting caught up in the overdraw hype in the 80’s and having a broadhead come off the prong rest and land on my wrist its in front of riser for me. 8 stitches and half season not able to hunt made it easy decision for me. [=}=]
    May 6, 2010 at 3:11 am #530409 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
    Joined: 10/3/2006
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    I build my arrows for the FOC I want and like them long.

    If they are a bit too stiff, I build them with extra overhang to weaken them.

    Its all about what shoots the most accurate, most forgiving, not the fastest, etc. [=}=]

    May 6, 2010 at 11:27 am #530410 Back to Top REPORT

    MX9799

    Joined: 5/7/2008

    I build my arrows for the FOC I want and like them long.

    If they are a bit too stiff, I build them with extra overhang to weaken them.

    Its all about what shoots the most accurate, most forgiving, not the fastest, etc. [=}=][/quote:1hj6oy6v]

    Same here. From my experience, getting an arrow that would seem to be a size too stiff, and leaving it a little long with more weight up front has yeilded the most accurate setup for me. That being said, I wouldn’t worry too much about drawing a broadhead into the riser, but I’ve never been bit by one either. Just seems to me like with most of today’s full capture rests and all, you don’t really have to worry about the arrow falling off the rest and getting into your hand [=}=]

    May 6, 2010 at 11:57 am #530411 Back to Top REPORT
    blood-bath2006
    Blood Bath2006

    Joined: 10/14/2006
    Doesn’t matter….. All comes down to the best FOC and spine, not where the broadhead is in comparison to your fingers.
    May 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm #530412 Back to Top REPORT
    storm1
    Storm1

    Joined: 5/12/2007
    Doesn’t matter….. All comes down to the best FOC and spine, not where the broadhead is in comparison to your fingers.

    I agree and from what I read in various other posts and articles around the net, a lot of people are not taking the spine into consideration they are just cutting arrows to a length recommended by a dealer or a tuning chart.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm #530413 Back to Top REPORT

    MX9799

    Joined: 5/7/2008

    Doesn’t matter….. All comes down to the best FOC and spine, not where the broadhead is in comparison to your fingers.

    I agree and from what I read in various other posts and articles around the net, a lot of people are not taking the spine into consideration they are just cutting arrows to a length recommended by a dealer or a tuning chart.[/quote:2vw5k1p4]

    True, but you have to remember that there are a lot of folks who only shoot for a week or two before the season opens, after which they’ll only take a few more shots and those will be shots taken at game. Most folks like that usually tend to be fairly satisfied with a pie plate sized pattern at 20 yards. I have to admitt I used to be one of those folks before I ever invested a lot of time and money in archery and bowhunting, and for a pie plate sized group at 20 yards, the tuning charts on the back of the arrow boxes worked just fine [=}=] It’s really all about how accurate, forgiving, and lethal you want your setup to be. If you’re not looking to get the absolute most out of your equipment and archery experience, then you’re probably not looking to take it to a level of fine tuning an arrow with perfect shaft length as you are talking about. Most folks I know that don’t get that into archery and bowhunting tend to go with the arrow charts using their DL for the specified arrow length and cut the arrow an inch or so in front of the rest, and this tends to be good enough for the group sizes that they are happy with. I always tell them it could be much better when they ask how I get my groups so much smaller than theirs, but they haven’t listened to me yet.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm #530414 Back to Top REPORT
    typical2
    typical2

    Joined: 5/27/2008
    I cut them to the length that will create the best spine. I’m looking for an arrow that will give me high FOC with moderate weight (400 something). I shoot a 6.5 Reezen at 73/30. I’m shooting 28.5 inch Victory Force 300s and I think I’m still a bit underspined. I might try the GoldTip BigGames but that’s .006 crooked factor.

    Any suggestions?

    May 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm #530415 Back to Top REPORT
    xt-for-life
    XT For Life

    Joined: 7/23/2009
    I prefer mine even with the front of the riser now. I used to have it behind my hand when we all used overdraws back in the day. But if I had spine and tuning issues I would cut them. But I just feel more comfortable with the tip of the arrow in front of my hand because I shoot with my hand high on the grip. I just don’t want to be this guy. Don’t know how he did that? But it sure looks like it hurt. :shock:
    May 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm #530416 Back to Top REPORT
    mathewshooter2
    mathewshooter2

    Joined: 3/29/2009
    Whatever OT2 tells me to cut em :D

    Exactly my thoughts! If I’m worried about cutting my fingers on my broadheads then I don’t think I should be walking around with a weapon period. Besides with a full containment rest of any kind in the up position, I don’t see where your fingers should be anywhere near the broadhead.

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