Joined: 11/10/2007I’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.
Joined: 2/25/2008xt hunters and slick trick magnums are a good combo
Joined: 9/8/2008You could try beman mfx they are a little heavier which is good for penetration. I use the beman mfx 340s..
Joined: 2/22/2007I really like Gold Tips. I shoot the Pro Hunters but the XT’s would be a great choice also.
Joined: 8/22/2008xt’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 .
I really like Gold Tips. I shoot the Pro Hunters but the XT’s would be a great choice also.
Location: FloridaEaston FMJ’s , Beman ICS Hunters or suck it up and buy some Carbon Tech All three made in USA
Joined: 10/10/2004GT`s hereI’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
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
Joined: 2/22/2005I am so Anti GT it’s not even funny…
Never had one ounce of trouble with Axis
Joined: 7/5/2006I’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…
Joined: 8/27/2008I’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.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
Joined: 2/18/2005I 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.
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