Which Hunting Arrows this year? Easton Axis or Gold Tip?

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  • September 18, 2008 at 4:32 am #495952 Back to Top REPORT
    jhiggs
    jhiggs

    Joined: 11/10/2007
    I’ve been shooting Vapors for a couple of years now and they are starting to get pretty banged up now.

    I’m not a big fan of Carbon Express and although I love the looks of the Mathews Edition Maxima Hunters, I am not about to pay $140+ for a dozen arrows.

    That being said, I’m looking at the Gold Tip XT Hunters and the new “N-Fused” Easton ST Axis. These arrows are for hunting and practice, so I am wanting something that is pretty durable.

    I plan to use Flex-Fletch Flash Vanes & 100 gr. Slick Trick Magnums.

    September 18, 2008 at 9:44 am #521804 Back to Top REPORT
    realtree-xt
    REALTREE XT

    Joined: 2/25/2008
    xt hunters and slick trick magnums are a good combo :thumbup
    September 18, 2008 at 10:53 am #521805 Back to Top REPORT
    chapi
    Chapi

    Joined: 9/8/2008
    You could try beman mfx they are a little heavier which is good for penetration. I use the beman mfx 340s..
    September 18, 2008 at 12:59 pm #521806 Back to Top REPORT
    double-drops
    Double Drops

    Joined: 2/22/2007
    I really like Gold Tips. I shoot the Pro Hunters but the XT’s would be a great choice also. :thumbup
    September 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm #521807 Back to Top REPORT
    bowman32
    bowman32

    Joined: 8/22/2008
    xt’s for me. I have harvested 7 deer with one gold tip arrow, I broke it though on a 9pt last year, not a complete pass through at 25yrds and the deer broke it off, thats ok though I have plenty more :D .
    September 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm #521808 Back to Top REPORT
    sticker
    Sticker

    Joined: 6/27/2007
    I really like Gold Tips. I shoot the Pro Hunters but the XT’s would be a great choice also. :thumbup

    X2 :thumbup

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm #521809 Back to Top REPORT
    wishbone
    wishbone

    Joined: 2/6/2007
    Easton FMJ’s , Beman ICS Hunters or suck it up and buy some Carbon Tech ;) All three made in USA :thumbup
    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm #521810 Back to Top REPORT
    carbon-arch
    CARBON-ARCH

    Joined: 10/10/2004
    GT`s here [=}=]
    September 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm #521811 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 70
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    I’ve had two of three Gold Tips break off in elk … So, I’m looking for something more durable.

    FWIW, I’ve shot a Victory VForce 350 into a cement wall at 30 yds and had the point and insert pushed back into the shaft about 1/2″. Did the same thing with an 2007YR XT Hunter 340 and the shaft banana-peeled back about 5″. One test isn’t that conclusive, and neither shaft survived unhurt, so waiting to see what happens on an elk with a VForce :smt69

    You’ll get fewer good shooters out of a dozen XT Hunters or Expedition or VForce V3 or V6, you might opt for the Pro Hunters or V1s … better specs, less work in building matched arrows, and more consistent spine.

    If durability is a concern, I’d say the Axis shaft is the better choice [=}=]

    September 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm #521812 Back to Top REPORT
    pa_mathews_man
    PA_MATHEWS_MAN

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    I am so Anti GT it’s not even funny…

    Never had one ounce of trouble with Axis :thumbup

    September 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm #521813 Back to Top REPORT
    javi
    JAVI

    Joined: 7/5/2006
    I’ve had animals snap 2315′s, GT Pro Hunters and A/C/C in half…

    But I never cared… they did it as they fell over… :^O

    September 18, 2008 at 4:54 pm #521814 Back to Top REPORT
    stxoutback
    STxOUTBACK

    Joined: 8/27/2008
    I’ve shot 7595 GT xt hunters for the last 4 years. Killed plenty and only broke three. All three broke when the hog , deer or elk fell over on it or broke it off on a tree when they ran into it dead on their feet. They did
    their job well.
    September 18, 2008 at 5:12 pm #521815 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 70
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    I have to agree, its unreasonable to expect any shaft to 100% survive a hunting situation, but you’d like to up the integrity if you can. Durability does go along way for target shooting though. The Blackhawk Vapors are on the low end and brittle, IMHO, and I know one guy who gave up being a Staff Shooter for Blackhawk because he was loosing so many arrows on the 3D rounds…of course, I was partly responsible because he kept covering up the 12-ring :D
    September 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm #521816 Back to Top REPORT
    andy7yo
    andy7yo

    Joined: 2/18/2005
    I like GT pros over Axis for straightness and weight tolerances, I like Axis cause they are heavier and have a smaller OD.

    Radial X-weaves are some of the toughest arrows I have ever shot.

    September 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm #521817 Back to Top REPORT
    backhalfed
    backhalfed

    Joined: 10/5/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    I am so Anti GT it’s not even funny…

    Never had one ounce of trouble with Axis :thumbup[/quote:31fgna8z]

    X2 :^O :^O

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