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100 gr vs. 125 gr
Recently updated my bow from a 35 year old, 43.5" axle-to-axle length Bear Whitetail Hunter that I shot 125 gr tipped aluminum arrows with fingers, to a 3 year old, 31" a-t-a length Hoyt Charger which forces me to shoot a release. Of course I switched to carbon arrows too.
My question is, do I need to switch to 100 gr broadheads or can I continue to use my old 125 gr broadheads? And how much does it really matter? The other night while shooting with my daughter I purposely switched out one of the 100 grain practice points with a 125 grain point and didn't really notice any difference in the point of impact. Has anyone else ever looked into whether or not there was any appreciable difference in point of impact for a 100 gr vs 125 gr?
Sorry for what is perhaps a silly question but just trying to see if ALL of my old equipment is useless or not. MAN, the world of archery has made some REALLY big changes since I have been raising my family!
Depends on dynamic arrow spine. Lots of folks shoot setups similar to yours w 125 gr. and heavier points.
Bwana: Man, that Bear Whitetail Hunter was a loud bow. I remember all too well.
If your 125 grain broadheads are also 35 years old then I would suggest new ones. Those older heads used aluminum ferrules that were long and weak. They aren't very strong or accurate by today's standards. Modern broadheads are typically all steel construction and will have a much smaller profile, giving greater accuracy.
Back in the 1980's we thought that broadheads killed by blood loss. We've since learned that broadheads kill primarily by deflating lungs. Yep, a lot has changed in bowhunting since the 1980's.
Wow, a Bear whitetail hunter. I started with that bow in 1977. You have moved up a few light years in technology. You may be be able to shoot 125s, depending on arrow spine. Many of us shoot 125s or heavier with current bows. Good luck with your new set up!
What was your poundage on your WT Hunter vs Hoyt Charger?
What arrow were you shooting with WT Hunter? (arrow length & spine)
Use whichever one makes your arrow fly the best.
Bear Whitetail Hunter was “my first” also. Pie-plate at 20 yards and you were as good as you’re going to get:)
Welcome back and hope you still find the wreath enjoyment.
I found I drop about 2-2.5" more at 40 yds with a 30 gr heavier arrow, so I stayed with my Velocity 340 Xt's instead of the Hunter XT's... I prefer 100gr heads for my set up .. Im at 303 fps right now ..
The original 4-wheel Bear Whitetail Hunter was my first compound in 1976 or 1977. I still have it. I believe there was a later model that was a more modern 2-wheeler that had cams, maybe the Whitetail II.
elkstabber, there are still a lot of modern broadheads out there that use an aluminum ferrule...
There was a model called the Blacktail Hunter that was out at the same time as the Whitetail Hunter. It was a "2-wheeler". It was my first compound, circa 1977.
To clarify, my first bow was the Whitetail Hunter but after reading some of your posts it reminded me that I had upgraded the original, my "new" bow (read the one I just upgraded from) was purchased in 1982 or 1983 so it is a two-wheeler, maybe a Bear Whitetail Hunter?
Still ancient, but not AS old. ;-)
IMO, you have to go with what flies best out of that bow, whether we are talking arrows, point weight, whatever.
The best tool in the hunting woods is confidence (or a compass in some cases, but you know what I’m saying)