Fletching, type, and Why?????

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  • February 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm #518082 Back to Top REPORT
    arnej
    Arne

    Age: 54
    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Feathers. Started using them on my first bow that had serious fletching clearance issues and never saw any real reason to change from what works to something else even with the XT. BTW I have mostly used vanes for my son’s arrows and he hasn’t had any issues either.
    February 18, 2008 at 1:31 am #518083 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    I’d have to go with Blazers. They fly awesomb, they’re short and tall and as durable as a fletch can get. What else would a shooter need.
    May 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm #518084 Back to Top REPORT

    Daniel Grundman

    Joined: 12/5/2008
    I use Blazers because they are lighter than most standard veins giving you a lighter arrow and a higher FOC. They steer like a feather but are quieter and more durable. They have also improved my accuracy with fixed heads, even in wind, if fletched at a one degree offset out to and including 70 yards. They do everything I want out of a vein and then some :thumbup

    Try Flex-Fletch Flash vanes. Here’s why: More durable, more surface area, lighter in weight, thinner blade, more consistent vane to vane, and definitely more accurate.
    Precision and durability beget accuracy.

    Flex-Fletch vanes, the standard by which others are judged.

    May 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm #518085 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004

    I use Blazers because they are lighter than most standard veins giving you a lighter arrow and a higher FOC. They steer like a feather but are quieter and more durable. They have also improved my accuracy with fixed heads, even in wind, if fletched at a one degree offset out to and including 70 yards. They do everything I want out of a vein and then some :thumbup

    Try Flex-Fletch Flash vanes. Here’s why: More durable, more surface area, lighter in weight, thinner blade, more consistent vane to vane, and definitely more accurate.
    Precision and durability beget accuracy.

    Flex-Fletch vanes, the standard by which others are judged.[/quote:38xhwqar]

    This topic is 3 years old..

    May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm #518086 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 63
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    I use Blazers because they are lighter than most standard veins giving you a lighter arrow and a higher FOC. They steer like a feather but are quieter and more durable. They have also improved my accuracy with fixed heads, even in wind, if fletched at a one degree offset out to and including 70 yards. They do everything I want out of a vein and then some :thumbup

    Try Flex-Fletch Flash vanes. Here’s why: More durable, more surface area, lighter in weight, thinner blade, more consistent vane to vane, and definitely more accurate.
    Precision and durability beget accuracy.

    Flex-Fletch vanes, the standard by which others are judged.[/quote:w1uvmyo9]
    :welcome

    like Ricky said this an oldy but a goody.
    Personally the FFF vane is okay and does work on BH but takes some extra effort to fletch a shaft with them compared to the others. [=}=]

    May 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm #518087 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    …but takes some extra effort to fletch a shaft with them compared to the others. [=}=]

    The Flex Fletch Zing! Products (Primer + Glue) have solved that problem.
    http://www.lancasterarchery.com/product … l8ph69cpd4

    http://forums.mathewsinc.com/archery-4/ … light=Zeon

    Jerry, SouthShoreRat (South Shore Archery), also testifies to that :thumbup

    Zing is an amazing product. I have been using it @ South Shore for a couple of months now and folks I am here to tell you this is one of the best products to hit archery in years. You can simple wipe it on the foot of the vane with a Q Tip, wait 15 – 30 seconds add glue and you are done. Arrows fletched with Flex Fletch vanes don’t leave our shop without Zing applied during fletching.

    Fletch up a couple of old shafts, lay them up until the next day and try to pull the vanes off, I suggest you go ahead and find a pair of pliers, you are going to need them!
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    May 18, 2011 at 11:50 pm #518088 Back to Top REPORT
    bownazi
    bownazi

    Joined: 11/24/2008

    I use Blazers because they are lighter than most standard veins giving you a lighter arrow and a higher FOC. They steer like a feather but are quieter and more durable. They have also improved my accuracy with fixed heads, even in wind, if fletched at a one degree offset out to and including 70 yards. They do everything I want out of a vein and then some :thumbup

    Try Flex-Fletch Flash vanes. Here’s why: More durable, more surface area, lighter in weight, thinner blade, more consistent vane to vane, and definitely more accurate.
    Precision and durability beget accuracy.

    Flex-Fletch vanes, the standard by which others are judged.[/quote:15x5nqlv]

    This topic is 3 years old[/color:15x5nqlv]..[/quote:15x5nqlv]

    Yea…. #-o but they all didn’t have a copy of the Blazer made yet back then :^O :^O

    May 19, 2011 at 3:25 am #518089 Back to Top REPORT

    macsr175

    Joined: 4/25/2010
    4″ spin-wings, Hansel. They stabilize a Montec cs 100gn beautifully. Need to pay attention when patrolling through the timber….they are noisy as ****.
    May 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm #518090 Back to Top REPORT
    blackdog
    BlackDog

    Age: 63
    Joined: 7/21/2004
    Like most of you, I’ve used feathers of all sizes, Blazers (older model), Fusions, and an now trying AAE Max Hunters.

    Honestly, I can’t tell much difference in grouping or noise levels. I switched to fusions when they came out because the blazers would sometimes fall off or not stick well enough for me. Also thought they were a little noisy.
    The fusions stuck very well and stayed put. Have to say I’ve never lost a fusion.

    Decided to try the AAE Max Hunter ($cheaper$) and they performed well but some did eventually fall off if grazed by another arrow.
    Then I tried Zing (vane prep). So far I’m sold on the stuff. Haven’t had any vanes of any type or brand fall off after prepping with that stuff.

    Only thing that I dislike about the AAE Max Hunter is that I do have to turn the shaft slightly to get complete cable clearance.

    I probably will try something else next year – just for the fun of it. :^O

    May 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm #518091 Back to Top REPORT
    jaybirdm
    jaybirdm

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    I Use 3.125″ quick spins. I checked out the amount of spin on different types of vanes, & like they advertize- they do make your arrow spin alot faster. this is especially important for stabilizing broadheads.

    Excellent vane and low profile giving excellent fletching clearance. They tune perfectly and especially for broadheads. Too bad they don’t make them anymore. Really good for fletching clearance also. Very quick stabilization because of the spin which really help fixed broadhead accuracy. :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup

    May 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm #518092 Back to Top REPORT
    gwhuntr
    gwhuntr

    Age: 56
    Joined: 4/12/2008
    Location: Spirit Of The Wild, Michigan
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    What brand of 4″ vane’s come (or used to) on the C/E Max Hunter’s?

    Thanx,

    I’m using the Flex Fletch FFP360 with a right helical fletch. I’m in the process of testing other vanes as well and found the FFP360 have the second least drop in speed (7 fps) and the fastest recovery time with the smallest group size at 20yds. Group size is determined by taking 25 shots and recording only the 12 best shots as a filter to remove shooter error. Two groups of 25 arrows were shot then the results averaged. This is a standard method used to measure weapons accuracy in the military, called a Circular Error Probable (CEP).

    The Blazers at 2º offset, as recommended by Bohning, had the second most speed loss as determined by averaging 5 shots through a chronograph at 6′ and then at 20 yds. From the speed drop, a drag profile was heuristically fitted and speed was predicted at 40 yds and wind drift in a 10mph crosswind was predicted at 60 yds. When weather allows, I will shot through the chrongraph at 40 yds and 60 yds to measure speed drop and group size and conduct the wind drift tests at 60yds. Several vane manufacturers make claims concerning aerodynamic effect of their vanes to either extend range and/or reduce wind drift, so simple drag profile may not fully describe the ballistic path and must be verified by actual test.[/u:282wu0rj]

    The Blazers had terrible variation in weight and height and base not square to the vane. http://www.flexfletch.com/flashvs.htm I checked some Blazers and the results were in line with the link. I weighed the Blazers individually and found that the White varied from 5.85 – 6.1 gr, the Black from 5.78 – 6.1 gr, and the Orange to be very uniform at 6.0 gr. When checking the vane-base angle, the Orange Blazers were the most uniform. Since I only had a small sample to test, the variations might be dependent on Lot# and not color, but it is evident Bohning QC is not tight (see image below showing base-vane angle variation, on the right are 3 FFP360).

    I selected three identical Blazer vanes that weighed 6 gr/each with good vane-base angle for testing, so that the test results wouldn’t be screwed by vane inconsistency. I have requested some Flex Fletch Flash vanes to include in the testing, but they have not yet arrived.

    I thank Jeff K in IL and KILL EM ALL[/b:282wu0rj] who sent me some Blazers for the tests. Also I thank Paul Morris of Starrflight for sending me the FOBs and Bowhntr22 for sending me the Bi-Delta 3D/Hunter vanes.

    All testing is done with a Drenalin 67.3# 28.5″ and Victory VForce V1 400 shafts cut to 29″ AMO and 125 gr FP and RM Ti 125 fixed-blade Broadhead[/size:282wu0rj].


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    May 20, 2011 at 1:12 am #518093 Back to Top REPORT

    jeffsh

    Joined: 5/8/2011
    i use 4-inch feathers, four fletch, right helical.

    as far as i know, feathers are the lightest fletching, so they are the best for keeping up foc. because they fold down so easily, they are also the most forgiving of any clearance issues and offer the least amount of resistance on a pass through. their ability to effectively steer an arrow has been proven for thousands of years and, in my opinion, make for the most handsome looking arrow.

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