Sitka Mountain Gear
Arrows- Mid Price Range?
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Contributors to this thread:
Hunt98 24-Jul-19
Ambush 24-Jul-19
JohnMC 24-Jul-19
PAOH 24-Jul-19
Bloodtrail 24-Jul-19
JTV 24-Jul-19
yooper89 24-Jul-19
ohiohunter 24-Jul-19
sdkhunter 24-Jul-19
Scar Finga 25-Jul-19
Scar Finga 25-Jul-19
0hndycp 25-Jul-19
12yards 25-Jul-19
JL 25-Jul-19
BGbasbhat 25-Jul-19
Buck Watcher 25-Jul-19
GLP 25-Jul-19
BGbasbhat 25-Jul-19
ohiohunter 25-Jul-19
Two Feathers 25-Jul-19
WV Mountaineer 25-Jul-19
wildwilderness 25-Jul-19
HDBOW 25-Jul-19
dmann 25-Jul-19
Hunt98 25-Jul-19
YZF-88 25-Jul-19
Buglmin 25-Jul-19
JTV 25-Jul-19
Jaquomo 25-Jul-19
buckeye 25-Jul-19
bad karma 25-Jul-19
Inshart 26-Jul-19
ahunter76 26-Jul-19
JTV 26-Jul-19
Ucsdryder 26-Jul-19
JTV 26-Jul-19
JL 26-Jul-19
Shawn 26-Jul-19
JTV 26-Jul-19
WV Mountaineer 26-Jul-19
Shawn 26-Jul-19
JTV 26-Jul-19
WV Mountaineer 26-Jul-19
ahunter76 27-Jul-19
fubar racin 27-Jul-19
JL 27-Jul-19
badguybuster 27-Jul-19
AKBBC 28-Jul-19
White Falcon 28-Jul-19
ahunter76 29-Jul-19
x-man 29-Jul-19
Northstickhunter 01-Aug-19
From: Hunt98
24-Jul-19
I’m looking at buying different arrows.

What arrow would you suggest in the mid price range?

What do you pay for a dozen arrows?

From: Ambush
24-Jul-19
Easton Axis 5mm. Best bang for your buck.

From: JohnMC
24-Jul-19
Don't go with the Axis then you will need deep 6 tips/broad heads and that will just cost you more. Unless you don't already have broad heads you are planning on using.

Gold Tip Hunters are good arrows.

But a lot of decent arrows out there. Find one that the grains per inch puts you in the total weight you want to shoot with your preferred broad head.

From: PAOH
24-Jul-19
Axis 5mm x2 Don’t need deep 6 for these. Standard broadheads fit perfect

From: Bloodtrail
24-Jul-19
What he said ^. Boom.

From: JTV
24-Jul-19
what are you after, what do you have now, what weight you looking for finished..... shooting what head and what weight ..... Ive been using Goldtip for over 20 years, I aint changing ...

From: yooper89
24-Jul-19
I used black eagle with my compound and gold tip traditionals with my recurve.

From: ohiohunter
24-Jul-19
Easton axis all the way. Johns statement couldn’t be anymore wrong. Deep six are deep six, not axis.

From: sdkhunter
24-Jul-19
Victory VAP it Gold Tip pierce... both amazing hunting arrows for a pretty decent price...

From: Scar Finga
25-Jul-19
Carbon Express Mayhem Hunters for me, I have used them for years.

From: Scar Finga
25-Jul-19

Scar Finga's Link
A really good read on carbon arrows, how they are made, and the differences in type, straightness and spine.

From: 0hndycp
25-Jul-19
Match grade Axis 5mm....used since they’ve been around and have never had any issues

From: 12yards
25-Jul-19
Gold Tip XT Hunters, Beman ICS Hunters, Easton Axis, Victory VForce Gamers.

From: JL
25-Jul-19
^Scar....great article about arrows. I have wonder if over the years if carbon arrows have a point at which they just plain wear out from use. I've never seen a life-limit on arrows but I wouldn't be surprised if they loose some of their rigidity or straightness from long term use. I use camo Gold Tip Pros I've had around for a long time. Got some blanks that should still be good.

From: BGbasbhat
25-Jul-19
Another vote for Gold Tip Hunter XTs. Great durability.

From: Buck Watcher
25-Jul-19
Axis is my choice. Made in USA too. CX - GT - DCA - Victory.....not.

From: GLP
25-Jul-19
Victory V force and Easton axis

25-Jul-19
what is mid range price? I shoot Easton A/C/C.....about $150 a dozen for blanks? I have always considered them to be fairly expensive...especially after I put a BH on them.

From: BGbasbhat
25-Jul-19
I would also pose that straightness factors are largely irrelevant to we normal shooters. A 20% upcharge for another .002 of straightness will go unnoticed to the average guy.

Just sayin...

From: ohiohunter
25-Jul-19
I'd assume $100 or so per doz for shafts. That used to be on the expensive side, but some erras are running upwards of $200/doz... and those aren't dedicated target erras. I've been sticking w/ axis, the 0.003's can be had at a steal for a diligent shopper.. even the 0.001's are priced VERY well relatively speaking.

From: Two Feathers
25-Jul-19
I just paid less then $60 for a dozen of Gold Tip bare shafts.

25-Jul-19
Beman ICS hunter shafts. Dozen of the .006 for $55 fletched. $65 for the .001’s. I use them for compound and read bows. They are the best bang for the buck considering they are half the price of Easton axis. Just as durable in my experience too.

25-Jul-19
Easton Axis!

From: HDBOW
25-Jul-19
I’m a Gold Tip fan. I may run some Axis to give something else a shot but GT Hunters seem to do well for me. Super Durable and consistent

From: dmann
25-Jul-19
Gold tip xt hunters here

From: Hunt98
25-Jul-19
JTV... I have been shooting FMJ 400 for the past few years. The last time I bought them was 2 yrs ago. I think I paid $150/dozen (???). Thunderhead 100 for bh. I mostly deer, black bear and turkey hunt and occasionally elk hunt. Scar- that was a good article. For the average hunter the high priced arrows doesn’t seem worth the extra $$$.

From: YZF-88
25-Jul-19
I've switched over to FMJ's and just tossed my last few carbon express arrows. I save a little money by just buying bare shafts and cutting them myself and fletching them. All I'm going to say about carbon arrows (or any kind really), is CHECK THEM FOR defects before each shot.

From: Buglmin
25-Jul-19
Victory Archery RIP's. A .204 diameter shaft that is as tough as they come. I shoot them out of both compound and stickbow, and love how they fly. I invested in a spine tester a few months ago, and if you don't have one, but spine aligned shafts. Shooting low grade arrows is basically buyer beware.

From: JTV
25-Jul-19
Ive been using the GT Hunter XT and Velocity XT's since either hit the market .. While I was going to use my Hunter XT's this season (75-95's/340's) 'cause I still have so many of 'em, Ive decide to go back to my venerable Velocity 340 XT's ... since they are lighter, I can go to a 50 gr insert along with my 100 gr heads and up my FOC without getting to heavy... I find for my use/deer/turkey, etc. that my preferred weight is around 400 grs to 425 grs ... I shot the Vel XT's for years in the 380 gr range and Hunter XT's in the 395 gr range for many many many years with fantastic success... since I went to lighted nocks, it put to much weight on the back end, and lightened up my FOC (7%) from where I want to be (12 %)....so back to the Velocity XT's ... I'm now at 425 grs ... it has dropped my speed from 305 fps to the lower 290's, but waaaay more than enough speed to use my HHA still set at 25 yds and do what I want it to do with more than enough KE/MO for upto and including Elk and Caribou and Black Bear, esp with the Slicks I use and the Rocket mech's I use .... ..

From: Jaquomo
25-Jul-19
I use both Axis and GT Hunters in my compounds and stickbows. Haven't found a difference in flight or durability between the two so I shoot whatever is on sale.

From: buckeye
25-Jul-19
another vote for GT Hunters here.

From: bad karma
25-Jul-19
There are no bad carbon arrows out there that I have found. Hit your LBS and find something in your price range. The Beman hunters are, I think, as cheap as anything, and quite good. I'm shooting Gold Tip Kinetics, good arrow and I think in your price range as well.

From: Inshart
26-Jul-19
Yup, Gold tip xt hunters, for many years - no issues!

From: ahunter76
26-Jul-19

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$40 to $60 a Dozen for the best arrow out there. XX75s, GameGetter Aluminums. Did high price Carbons 2 years & went back.. Try it, you'll like it. If you can keep it in the target "anywhere" you won't have any more damage than with a carbon. Hunting, they are the nuts & I have a couple Aluminums that have killed 5 animals each (not fragile). I use them for 3-D, Field & target also.

From: JTV
26-Jul-19
Aluminum is for cans ..... ;0) ... I quit aluminium over 20 years back, even gave 2 dozen X7's away when Goldtip came out with the Hunter XT's ... never looked back.....

From: Ucsdryder
26-Jul-19
Nothing worse than buying a dozen arrows and after finishing only having half spin a Broadhead perfect. I’d rather buy .001 and have 10 or 11 spin perfect than .003 and have 7 spin perfect, or .006 and have 4 spin perfect. I do what I can, cut from both sides, square both sides, etc but you can’t polish a turd!

From: JTV
26-Jul-19
never had that happen with my Goldtips .... cut from both ends, square and win local 3D shoots and kill critters ... .003's work fine for me now that I cut and build my own, which I started doing quite a while back and I use to use the .001's ...

From: JL
26-Jul-19
Me personally...what I did not like about alum shafts is mine would get dings/dents in them from other arrows. I feel carbons are more durable.

From: Shawn
26-Jul-19
LOL, unless you are truly a great shot, I mean average 300 on a 300 round than 99% cannot tell the difference between .001 and .006. If they are cut square and inserts in square as I said most if anyone could tell. I have seen a world champion shoot a set of 50 dollar carbon and shoot 300 with all X's. I have shot GT's for a lot of years and I am now shooting GT Entrada's as I need a light weight shaft because I am shooting 190 grains of point weight and did not want a 500 grain arrow out of a 60# bow. 60 bucks a dozen and very good shaft. Shawn

From: JTV
26-Jul-19
Carbons ARE more durable than aluminum ... heck, there was a time I shot ACC 3-60's and as a hunting shaft, they were one heck of a arrow, but the club I was with (rangemaster/safety officer for 3D shoots) would start our shoots in Feb, the 3D targets were so firm/solid the ACC bent, most of the times when pulling them out .... I still have 9 left, I may use them for hunting one of these days, maybe... maybe ..... I learned many years back to shoot a 5 spot target when shooting aluminum's, even ACC's and even for 3D, they (xx75's, XX78's, X7's) took a beating .... no more aluminum anything unless it is for bow risers and accessories, for sure not for arrows ... even the newer FMJ's ... not for me ..

26-Jul-19
^^^^ This ^^^^. Might be people who can see the difference. But, most aren't on here. However, you gotta shoot what makes you happy. Lots of choices.

As far as the broad heads not spinning on the lesser shafts, that is simply not correct in my experience.

And, one more thing. :^) Aluminum X7 alloy is as tough a shaft made as long as it doesn't glance. I loved the XX78's and, would still be shooting the X7's if they weren't 3 times the cost. Great over all arrow weight for a shorter 27" draw.

From: Shawn
26-Jul-19
The best indoor target guys still shoot aluminum They shoot 2712's. I shot 2413's for 20 years but carbons outlast aluminum 10 to 1 when hunting. Hard to find a truly bad carbon these days. Shawn

From: JTV
26-Jul-19
I started out shooting 2117's/2216's then 2315's for indoors and 2413's for hunting and 3D with overdraws... as soon as Goldtip hit the scene, I was done with aluminums, I shot the large shaft Carbons indoors for many years and 23 series carbons for 3D ... carbon is so much stronger and sturdier than pure aluminum/xx78's/x7's, etc ... ..

26-Jul-19
No it's not JTV. It stands up to deflects better. However, when you Shoot it into something hard and it mushrooms the tip and the X7 doesn't, you will realize it is only more sturdy on some things.

From: ahunter76
27-Jul-19

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Carbon, Aluminum in this mix. Shoot what makes you happy.

From: fubar racin
27-Jul-19
Iv never personally shot them yet anyway just ordered them but I’m impressed with the durability of my buddies gold tip hunters. The other night he glanced one off the side of the target and his dad ran it over with a tractor before we found it, didn’t trust it enough to keep shooting it but in flexing it it didn’t have any cracks.

From: JL
27-Jul-19
ahunter....maybe it's my weird sense of observation and humor but the first second or two I looked at your pic I thought you were getting ready to give that buck a reach around. Great shooting by the way.

From: badguybuster
27-Jul-19
I really like the Carbon Express Maxima Reds

From: AKBBC
28-Jul-19
Black Eagle Rampage and GT XT Hunters in 340 for me.

From: White Falcon
28-Jul-19
Amazon, and they have Black Eagle's. I have been shooting their carbon's $28.00 a dozen for two years now and no issues . Have 2 dozen, very well made.

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From: ahunter76
29-Jul-19
no reach around. That's one of my kids hunting buddies. I'm nearly twice their age.

From: x-man
29-Jul-19
I hope he doesn't shoot real deer that far back...

01-Aug-19
I guess it really depends what kind of bow you shoot and what you want to achieve from an arrow. There’s a heck of a difference between an ultra fast compound and recurves and longbows.95% of the time I shoot longbows and recurves and when I do shoot compounds it linger ATA bows with fingers. To me nothing beats aluminum . The weight to spine ratio is perfect. I find carbons way to light in weight for the spine I want, without loading up the front with 300 or grains or more .Aluminums are the straightest and most precise period . As far as aluminum being for cans ,I guess Howard Hill ,Fred Bear and Chuck Adams don’t know anything about archery or bow hunting ,yea right lol

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