Guys, I'm trying to get set up for elk and need opinions on arrow setup...I shoot a PSE Evolve 35 set at 65lbs and a 29.5 inch draw. I have a new set of 300 spine 5mm FMJ's that weigh 520 grains with a 125 grain head, and they seem to fly just ok....but they are so heavy that I can't get the FOC I'd like to have. I also have a half dozen Gold Tip Pro Hunters that would come in at 470 grains if I added a 50 grain insert along with a 125 grain head, and result in an FOC around 14-15%. I'd honestly prefer the latter setup but all the buzz is around better penetration with small diameter arrows...does it really make that much of a difference? Thanks in advance for your thoughts-
I wouldn’t let shaft diameter deter you from building your most confident arrow. If you want the foc then get it. Basically shoot the arrow you have most confidence in, all the finer details will not be a deciding factor if you put a good shot on an elk. Don’t forget guys kill elk with wood shafts and aluminum logs, 0.010” diameter ain’t gonna matter.
I shot the pierce platinum from gold tip for a couple seasons and i wasnt impressed. Both bulls i shot with them the arrow snapped on impact. One bull was facing and the other broadside shoulder. I noticed something similar hitting a log at a 3d shoot. I went back to easton accs.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you prefer the latter, and they fly good, then shoot the latter. BTW, for someone with a 26” DL, I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for someone concerned with penetration that has a 29 1/2” DL. ;-). You’ll be just fine.
My experience has been that heavier arrows have better penetration... smaller diameter have less drift in the wind. Shoot in a variety of conditions, positions, and clothing so you have confidence in your ability.
470 grs is fine for elk with a good COC head, esp. if you have some speed and momentum behind it and at your poundage/bow specs you will be fine .. .. I'm now over 20 years shooting Goldtip Hunter XT's/Velocitys XT's and the Pro series ... but if you Take the XT's and cut to your desired arrow length from both ends, you will have your "pro's ... are small diameter arrows important, no they are not, but they can have less wind drift in windy open plains conditions... myself, I'd stick with the GT Hunters/XT's no matter where I'd hunt in the US ..
Thanks gents...think I might have some FMJ Pro's up for sale soon... Trophyhill, what grain broadhead are you shooting? I shoot 340's in the Hunter XT for deer with a 100grain head. I just assumed with 175 up front I'd need to go stiffer.