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Arrow weight, complete setup.
20 years ago I was routinely achieving over 500 grain with my setups, now it seems its always closer to 400. What are you shooting?
432g...27.5" DL, 60 lb. Thunderhead COC.
I have been shooting A/C Pro hunters @ 460 grains. 30.5" draw length 70lbs.
I just got a sweet deal on some 6mm FMJ arrows. I haven't put them together yet, but it looks like I will be around 510 grains-ish.
390-400g 28.5" DL, 70lb Muzzy 3 blades, Mathews HTR. Both deer this season were clean pass throughs.
Axis300 w/ 75gr insert 484gr or FMJ300 w/ 50gr insert - 585gr.
I've shot between 350 and 375 now ( they quit making my arrow ) for years at 70 lbs 320 to 343 fps with broad heads . A few years ago one of customers took 7 animals in Africa 373 grain arrow at 68 lbs , all 1 shot kills and all at least arrow sticking out other side if not complete pass through .
I love these kinds of questions and hearing all the different answers, I shot 3 different weight arrows ranging from Victory Carbon Trace at 427 gr, Easton Axis at 478 gr, and the Easton FMJ at 578 gr, all out of the same bow with an HHA kingpin sight, 29.5 inches and 72 lbs
I'm sincerely considering going to FMJ's next year.
Right now I'm at roughly 330 grains without the broad head. I shoot 100 grain field points during the offseason then bump up to a 125 grain broadhead during the season to increase my foc.
I want a heavier arrow and have heard only good things on the FMJ's
Nocturnal, I have been using them since Easton came out with them and are by far my most favorite, I like the heavy weight in a smaller size dia. the fact that buying a dozen at a time I know the weight difference is only going to be 1 to 3 grains per dozen and their Easton.
I have customers that shoot fmj's in the range and hunting . They like them because they pull out of the 3d targets easy . Only problem is they bend a lot of them , if you run one arrow down the side of another there's a good chance the one hit will have a slight bend in it . My favorite arrow was the victory vfhv's I could get a 75 to 90 spine arrow that weighed the same as a 55 to 75 arrow which gave me great arrow flight with broadheads . If they (FMJ) hit insert or something in the target instead of just bending the point the fmj will bend the shaft depending on how it hits also I see guys put a bend in them pulling them out of a foam target. Probably 2 to 3 pct of my shooters shoot them , there a nice arrow as long as you spin check them once in a while if you shoot a lot . Have a dozen 400's here waiting to be fletched the guy has some special wrap and fletch he wants and I am waiting for them .In 15 years there,s been over 1.5 million arrows shot in my range including 16,000+ rounds of 3d so I get to see a lot of things .
Ha upnorth tell those guys to settle down lol, I have never put a bend in any of mine pulling from a target, and yes they get used 400 or more shots per month.
I went with pile driver pass throughs after sbooting beman ISC/stalker extremes for years. Had no complaints but wanted more momentum. At 67# the arrow weight is 515 grains with a 150 gr Magnus stinger.
Not saying its a a big problem but I have seen them jump out of my spin tester . Don't usually see them get bent in my bag targets unless they hit each other .
with a 125 grain bh, my total is 506,,,, out of a 55lb bow,,,,, penetration never an issue
397 out of a 45 lb bow & they fly right through a Deer . Had a pass through on a 4 1/2 year old Elk .
430 out of a 66lb draw bow. That is Victory VAP's I have shot them since 2014 when I switched from Goldtip Pro Hunters. I tried FMJ's and really disliked them. I must be one of the only people that didn't care for them. I had trouble with them bending as upnorth noted. I am really considering going to around 55lbs on my next bow, but will probably stick with the VAP's. they are tough, fly great, and have great penetration.
I shoot Black Eagle Carnivores .001 . To me there a good arrow . i shoot 71 lbs with a 373 grain arrow at 328 fps . 89 KE Plus there not bad at around $130.00 a dozen .
405 gr. at 320 fps 92lb. KE out of a Bear Escape, 70 lbs. @ 30.5" draw. Same arrow setup as last bow but this rig is 25 fps faster, penetration will not be a problem.
Definite advantage to us that have long draws .