Broadhead vs Vane Alignment

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  • December 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm #497057 Back to Top REPORT
    kas1963
    KAS1963

    Joined: 8/13/2009
    Has anyone every experimented with aligning their broadheads with the vanes? I have noticed on a few information sites they mention this. I’m not sure I see how this would matter. I had always paid a lot[/u:lsliaimx] more attention to how square everything was. Since straight vanes are installed with at least a 2 deg offset they cannot be truly in line with the broad head, and of course there is the helical setup. Since the flight of the arrow depends on spin and as long as everything is straight and square, I can’t see how this would matter. Also, what about two blade heads? You can’t line a 2 blade up. They are 180 deg while the vanes are 120. I guess to really experiment with this you would need a mechanical shooter. Has anyone seen or read about it? Thanks guys.
    December 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm #542622 Back to Top REPORT
    bulldog18
    bulldog18

    Age: 53
    Joined: 3/7/2006
    Location: Kansas
    Doesn’t matter if broahead and vanes are aligned.
    December 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm #542623 Back to Top REPORT
    buckeyebowman
    buckeyebowman

    Age: 61
    Joined: 9/9/2004
    Doesn’t matter if broahead and vanes are aligned.

    Besides, how would you align a 4 blade broadhead?

    It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
    December 3, 2012 at 2:29 am #542624 Back to Top REPORT
    kas1963
    KAS1963

    Joined: 8/13/2009

    Doesn’t matter if broahead and vanes are aligned.

    Besides, how would you align a 4 blade broadhead?[/quote:fg9l1wej]

    Good one, I forgot about 4-blade heads. I was just wondering if I was missing something about the aerodynamics of the arrow. Thanks

    December 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #542625 Back to Top REPORT
    blood-bath2006
    Blood Bath2006

    Joined: 10/14/2006
    I’ve done lots of testing on this. In my personal experience it is more important to have the cock vane aligned with the stiffest part of your spine than it is to have your blades aligned with your vanes. I’ve never noticed a difference in accuracy when aligning blades and vanes.
    December 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm #542626 Back to Top REPORT

    Hodag

    Joined: 2/25/2009
    I used to do it years ago with the hot melt inserts in aluminum. I found it to be of no help. I thought this too…… Since your arrows spins in flight, shouldn’t they be slightly to the right? (For right wing arrows.)
    December 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm #542627 Back to Top REPORT
    spurhunter
    spurhunter

    Joined: 1/31/2008
    I’ve always aligned the 3 blade heads with the vanes but agree it’s probably OCD. Maybe makes for longer quiver foam life if nothing else lol. 4 blade slick tricks fly true no matter the blade orientation in my experience.

    I’d like to hear more about this:

    I’ve done lots of testing on this. In my personal experience it is more important to have the cock vane aligned with the stiffest part of your spine than it is to have your blades aligned with your vanes. I’ve never noticed a difference in accuracy when aligning blades and vanes.

    I’ve heard this before with finger shooters but does this apply with fall away rests shooting cock vane up too?
    Thanks

    December 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm #542628 Back to Top REPORT
    tominator
    Tominator

    Joined: 9/19/2007
    I do it. I do know that it creates consistency in all my shafts. My number 6 shaft is built exactly like my number 1 shaft, 2, etc.
    December 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm #542629 Back to Top REPORT
    mbullism
    mbullism

    Joined: 8/30/2009
    Lol…I do it. NOT because I think they fly better, but because the vanes all line up with no clearnace issues in the quiver .02
    “why do I want to buy a shirt that says Basspro across the front of it? When I go to Walmart I don’t buy a Walmart shirt...” -outta the mouths of babes...
    December 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm #542630 Back to Top REPORT
    gwhuntr
    gwhuntr

    Age: 56
    Joined: 4/12/2008
    Location: Spirit Of The Wild, Michigan
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    I’ve always lined the b/h & vane’s when I used to shoot 3 blade’s, now I shoot 2 blade’s & line them up with the odd vane (my preference).
    Nice little trick tho is to get some of the little o-ring’s that come with Thunderhead b/h’s.
    You can give or take that little bit you need to get your b/h lined up where you want them, plus I think they stay more secure instead of being metal to metal.
    Just my .02 worth.
    GregO >>>-----> Hunt2Live2Hunt
    December 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm #542631 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta
    :D Have had years of experimenting with this…I will say it can make a HUGE difference in arrow flight…

    If bow is borderline tuned with arrows….

    Meaning on a border line tuned bow even if its shooting bullets and grouping well with target tips…once a broad head is put on the head can dramatically wind plane high,low,left ,right…I have seen POI two feet left or right with a shooters broad head….align the vanes and the broad head impacts dead on with target point…

    Thats with three blade of course…I have seen the same scenio with two blade…and a blade aligning with right hen worked the same princiible..

    On a perfectly tuned bow / arrow combination…alignment will mostly mean nothing measurable in real time and space…other than feeling good about being anal with stuff

    what can it hurt??… nothing…but time….

    :D JMHO
    Neil

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