28 Replies to “Archery | Arrow Wear & Tear”

  1. This is just a general, more or less, comment for relative beginners about arrow selection and accuracy. So, most of us beginner/intermediates have heard that arrow selection can be an extremely important factor in accuracy and consistency, and I'm now convinced this is very extremely true. I started out using Allen Pro 400 spine carbon arrows (plastic vane fletching) from Big 5 Sporting Goods here in town (convenient) with my 20-30 pound recurve bows. I began getting frustrated because, even though I felt my shots were right on target, my group size was highly variable. I stopped in Performance Archery in San Diego last week and asked them to help me select some proper "tuned" arrows appropriate for my draw length and bow weight. They fixed me up with some feather-fletched, nocked and pointed Easton XX75 Platinum Plus aluminum arrows of 1616 spine. Immediately now I can shoot from twice as far away with half the size groups that I was getting with my overly stiff Allen Pro 400 carbon arrows. Get some tuned arrows, folks! Oh, and I've been shooting for about a month and had my first Robin Hood, an accident, the other day.

  2. Had a nylon arrow rest on the club bow I used to shoot, it loved ripping of the bottom hen fletch with monotonous regularity…
    At least I learned how to use the fletching jig as a result!

  3. Hit a wall at the start of the winter season with my compound indoors using Easton superslams. It blew the inserts out of both ends simultaneously & sent them flying off in different directions lol. Bent the shaft too 🤪

  4. Learning to shoot my compound, I had my arm in the way of my strings. Aside from the fact that it really hurt, my arrow missed the foam backing of the target backdrop, went through a steel garage door and almost completely through a piece of 3/4 thick plywood that was behind the door as a safety barrier. The shaft seems fine but all 3 vanes were destroyed.

  5. I have an amusing story about arrow damage. One type of target that the indoor range I go to uses is comprised of layers of sheets of some type of dense polymer foam held together with straps. This type grips the arrows pretty well, but my (somewhat heavy) arrows still get about eight inches or so into the target. One time I pulled one of my arrows out, and it was missing the insert and tip. I got another tip put in immediately (since the range is in the back of an archery shop) and resumed shooting at the same target. As soon as the glue had set and I was using that same arrow, I pulled it out of the target with two tips on it (I'm about 90% certain, given the way the fletchings were worn, that it was the same arrow). I had hit the same spot, and stuck the arrow into my old insert hard enough to pull both out.

  6. I know its 2019 and the video was made in 2013 but just have to say that I was firing a carbon arrow and it hit a cinder block behind a target and the tip was pushed a little bit into the arrow making a sort of a small blooming formation and I was wondering if its common

  7. “Arrows are meant to be shot at something soft” yeah, like human flesh and also for hunting. Imagine how sturdy arrows and especially crossbow bolts had to be to make it through things like chainmail and plate armour. Those crossbow bolts used to be almost half an inch thick! Imagine getting that through your leg…. then fighting through it. Medieval soldiers were witch burning badasses lmao. Why have peace and make actual technical advancements when you can constantly be at war?

    Edit: I have no idea what the point of this comment was

  8. Ok…. you just changed my mind. I was going to switch to carbon, but now i am staying with my trusty, fat, heavy aluminums.

    Edit to add, I do alot of stump shooting and small game hunting with my bow besides target work. It sounds like the aluminums are more durable than carbons.

  9. speaking of arrows, I've already made the mistake of ordering a 45lbs bow and carbon arrows that are recommended for 40lbs or below – so can I tune my bow to not ruin the arrows

  10. My mate just got his first bow recently and after 3 days one arrow exploded and went through his hand

  11. I've seen aluminium arrow explosion .. one of guys shot it from compound bow from 20m :-), arrow hit large steel bolt from target stand. Front third maybe half of it shattered to pieces like 3-5cm. not safe

  12. About the Arrow Vane Problem.
    https://youtu.be/U0-xOTORPEU

    Anyone who has done Primitive Archery with stone arrow heads will come to the conclusions of the Famous Ishi. Unnecessary shooting of the bow is dumb thing to do. Remaking arrow heads is a pain in the buttocks.

  13. I've seen people hitting concrete walls, with the arrow bouncing right back behind the archer, with a flat point. Sometimes the shaft looked ok, sometimes cracked, or split.

    By the way, I remember of a very weird accident that happened in 1999, in Portugal. There was an "extreme" sports event where there was a guy playing paintball outdoor in a trees and bushes scenario. He got out of ammo and so he went picking some that were on the ground. He went to a clear green field to pick some more. As he just stepped into that area all of a sudden he felt something striking him in the head. An arrow got across his skull and brain because he stepped in the line of fire of an archery field. People rushed to him and he was conscious and standing on his own feet. He was quite calm and didn't feel that much pain. Then he was sitting waiting for the ambulance with the arrow crossing his head. In the hospital the medical staff was astonished, they had to cut the extremities of the arrow so he could enter the TAC scan machine. On the newspaper there were the pictures of the results with the remaining arrow across his brain, from left to right. No brain injuries whatsoever. The surgeons were very concerned with the possibility of causing injuries and internal bleeding when removing the arrow. The operation went well and the guy survived without any damage beside the small wounds and holes on his skull.

  14. Theory on your arrow 4 piece split: you might somehow overdraw and tip of arrow dropped against riser – so arrow got stuck between bowstring and riser ( like in hydralicpress )

  15. 3:45–3:50 "Something you might wanna do is to actually have different target spots on your butt"
    xD xD xD

  16. I was new to archery, and had some cheap fiberglass arrows. they were not strong enough for the bow I had and started to splinter near the center. I stoped shooting them when I realised the arrows were turning in the air about 25° to the right of the target

  17. Thanks for your videos 🙂
    I'm starting with archery and the arrow spine is driving me crazy. Talked to a coach at my archery club and I'm probably starting with a #28 recurve bow for myself. I've checked some charts and for a #28 bow and 31" arrow they suggest around 500-600 spine. And here you are with a #40 bow and saying that a proper arrow for you is around 700? If that's right, who are the 340 and 300 spines for?
    Should I be looking at 1000 or 1200 spines?

  18. +NUSensei Can damaged feathering be repaired or restored by any means? Any tips on how to do that and what materials to use?

  19. I had one explode on me when I last shot my Diamond I had two arrows before this and both of them cracked open on the sides I figured it was strange being they only hit faom. That third arrow never left the string in fact the nock was still hanging there after it was all said and done. The arrow tumbled end over end in two entirely separate pieces for about 5 yards. That was my first experience with an out of tune bow which I'm not sure how that even happened because it hadn't been long before when the tune was checked. Fortunately the only injuries suffered that day we're that of the arrows and my pride

  20. Once at practise I Robbin hooded some of my carbon arrows. The new kids around me were all exited and I was mad at the inconvenience it caused. I got an earful from coach about not using a 3 spot target. Not as fun a day as some would think.

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