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Arrow Weight for Elk
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Contributors to this thread:
Lost Arra 28-May-20
cnelk 28-May-20
Ucsdryder 28-May-20
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28-May-20
I've tested a lot of arrow setups over the last few years and personally I like 450 to 550 grains total arrow weight for a good combination of retained momentum for penetration and good trajectory for the distance I want to shoot. Couple this with a sharp, durable, cut on contact broadhead, and penetration on elk is great in my experience. What total arrow weight do you guys shoot for elk?

From: Lost Arra
28-May-20
Agree. That's the weight I use for all animals I hunt with a bow, compound or recurve.

From: cnelk
28-May-20
465gr

From: Ucsdryder
28-May-20
560 grains with an XL 2 blade fixed. I haven’t put one through a leg bone yet, but it zips right through ribs and shoulder blades.

From: Scoot
28-May-20
456

From: elkmtngear
28-May-20
My arrows come in at about 530 grains, I use them on everything as well.

From: MtnHunter
28-May-20
475

From: midwest
28-May-20
465

From: pav
28-May-20
480gr ...w/COC 3 blade fixed head.

From: Bowboy
28-May-20
440

From: Brotsky
28-May-20
455 gr....found this to be the sweet spot for my rig in terms of weight and speed.

28-May-20
430

28-May-20
569 gr, 31 inch 250 spine fmj, 2 inch blazers, 50 gr brass insert, 10 gr iron will collar, 125 gr, iron will non vented broadhead. 70 lbs. Perfect set up for me.

From: huntinelk
28-May-20
462

From: Ziek
28-May-20
550 here.

From: Hank_S
28-May-20
456 grains

From: Matt
28-May-20
468

From: Ermine
28-May-20
I agree. Seems to be good weight range. My weight range I like to be at is 450-500 grains. Currently at 476. Seems to do some carnage with a iron will on the tip

From: elknailer
28-May-20
65-70 spine doug fir, 30.25 long ,3 - 5" turkey feathers with 125 up front. 600gr

28-May-20
480, however my arrows have yet to see the inside of an elk. Hope to change that in September..

From: mountainman
28-May-20
Mine come in at 444 gr.

From: uteangler
28-May-20
476

From: nmwapiti
28-May-20
470 grains

From: Dale06
28-May-20
I arrowed a bull last Sept, 63# bow, 31”, about 490 grains, Iron Will vented 125 gr. Shot was 44 yards. The arrow blew through the chest and beyond it by about 20 yards. Hoping to repeat this Sept. Oh, and the bull went 30 yards and collapsed.

From: Willieboat
28-May-20
415

From: Gus
28-May-20
510

From: hillbender
28-May-20
About 410. Light but they usually go thru or hang up on the fletching on the off sidd

From: cmbbulldog
28-May-20
394. Elk keep dying with the setup, so hate to change.

From: WapitiBob
28-May-20
420

From: Scrappy
28-May-20
One of these threads was on here a year or so back and I was surprised the average weight was 420. I'm right at 420 meself. So I was relieved that so many bowsiters were shooting the same weight as my setup so I didn't have to build a heavier arrow for elk.

From: GLP
28-May-20
425

From: spyder24
28-May-20
I shoot 390 grain arrow at 263 lb. draw. I use it for elk or whitetail deer. I have never lost an elk I hit. If I could guess distances good I would go with a heavier arrow for kinetic energy if not I would go with a lighter arrow for flatter trajectory. If you are like me I do not want to change my set up when I can kill both animals with the same set up.

From: Hoot
28-May-20
I’ve been between 475 and 500 for a few years since I shot a bull in the “knuckle” of the shoulder 6 years ago. I was at 415ish until then. I realize I probably would have had the same result no matter my arrow choice, and I haven’t shot at an elk since, but 2 antelope and 3 deer died quick with my new set up...

From: fastflight
28-May-20
Also glad to see others are in low 400s like me.

From: JL
28-May-20
No one has brought it up yet and for conversation sake.....what is the minimum draw weight to push a heavy arrow for proper penetration in an elk or moose? Use the distance at 35 yards.

From: Ucsdryder
28-May-20
JL too much goes into it to dumb it down to just draw weight. Then you can start arguing how much penetration is needed.

Draw weight, draw length, cam efficiency, arrow weight, Broadhead style, etc.

From: Treeline
28-May-20
425 has put a lot of elk on the ground over the years. Aluminum and carbon shafts off longbows in the 55-65# range.

Current arrow setup is 490 with 200 gr up front. It works well on everything so far...

From: ESP
28-May-20
JL. My 31” dL makes almost any arrow a proper choice. Way to many variables.

From: ESP
28-May-20
My arrow weight last year was 455 grains. This year yet to be determined.

From: Ucsdryder
28-May-20
Esp, nobody like a braggart! Lol! ;)

From: 12yards
28-May-20
The arrows I built for elk that I've never loosed (close, full draw, only ass showing) are 486 grains. They are now my whitetail arrows for the 60# Synergy. They shoot so good and quiet the bow nice.

From: Z Barebow
29-May-20
510 grains

From: carcus
29-May-20
Its been a while since I weighed my arrow but it was around 485gr, this works perfect for me, its a 340fmj tipped with a exodus, so far around 16ish elk and moose kills, perfect elk and moose arrow IMO

From: Trophy8
29-May-20
425-450

From: jbone
29-May-20
440 grain, 300 spine Black Eagle with 100 grain Vipertricks.

29-May-20
I'm running the AK 300 by ArrowTech Archery total weight with 125 Grn Rage is 501 Strongest arrow I've ever shot.

29-May-20

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JL, this will depend a lot on the broadhead used.  I've been measuring the force to push through hide, muscle, and shoulder bones with different broadhead designs.  A very sharp 2 blade cut on contact with or without bleeders that has good edge retention takes a fraction of the force to push through compared to other heads.  This will greatly improve penetration when needed on lighter poundage bows or if bones are impacted.

From: TxHuntr
29-May-20
I just ordered some arrows to get me at 450-475. Current setup was 385gr. @ 307 fps from 70# Mathews ChillR.

From: Ollie
29-May-20
650 grains approx from a hybrid longbow with limbs in the low 50's.

From: Buglmin
29-May-20
464 grains from my recurve this year, dropped from 489 grains last year. Shooting a recurve that's shoots the 464 grain arrows at over 216 fps, from 52 pounds. I get more momentum from the lighter arrow then I do from the heavier arrow at 20 yards.

When you start dropping arrow speed, you start dropping momentum, quick. Chronographs and momentum calculators will show you this. Shooting a lot of stickbows, you learn the trade off between arrow speed and arrow weight and momentum. And as much as we hate admitting it, a good decent foc arrow will get you the penetration you need from low poundage bows.

From: Ziek
29-May-20
Too many other variables in the real world for that chart to mean very much.

From: Jaquomo
29-May-20
I'm right there with Buglmin, except my carbon trad arrows are right around 450 for elk, with 53# recurve and 57# RD longbows. For my compound with a single pin set at 30 yards, Iron Will 125 grain head, I dropped down to 420 grains for flatter trajectory.

Funny, but back before we obsessed over arrow weight, FOC, momentum, KE, and all that, we just found a combination that flew well, tuned our setups, stuck a sharp broadhead on the front, and killed a lot of stuff.....

From: Lost Arra
29-May-20
Wow! 216 fps recurve with 9gr/lb draw weight. That's smokin! (but at 20 yards surely 25gr ain't much difference). Super curve?

From: Jaquomo
29-May-20
Modern recurve designs blow away the old "classics". Bowyers have significantly improved limb design to release stored energy, and different combinations of wood and carbon deliver the goods. Nostalgia is cool, but the recurves of 30 years ago don't compare to the speed bows available today.

From: WapitiBob
29-May-20
I believe a test can be designed and a force/penetration graph produced that will accurately show the differences between individual heads. I haven’t seen a test yet that used a load cell, Thompson slides, xy chart recorder, etc like that used for force draw plots but it would show real world differences in the force required to penetrate a uniform media, a set distance. But as many have seen, the difference between best and worst doesn’t mean much when the best hits scapula and the worst goes between the ribs.

From: Shawn
29-May-20
476 grains for everything I hunt out of 62# compound. 400 grains out of my recurves which are all around 47#s. Shawn

From: yeager
29-May-20
441grain FMJ out of my Elite E35 set at 61#.

From: Brun
29-May-20
432 grains is my current setup.

From: t-roy
30-May-20
405-410 grains

From: Ridgefire
30-May-20
Last year I was right at 500 grains. This year I will be at 550 grains. I have never had a problem with complete penetration on elk.

From: greg simon
30-May-20
505 grains for me.

From: t-roy
30-May-20
405-410 grains

From: Out-there
30-May-20
Seen the best results from 465 to 520 grs.

From: ohiohunter
30-May-20
Without getting carried away with all the variables 400gr+ should be gtg, but arrow weight is the easy variable, the elks cooperation is where I need the most help.

From: goelk
30-May-20
580

From: GF
30-May-20
“ I shoot 390 grain arrow at 263 lb. draw. I use it for elk or whitetail deer. I have never lost an elk I hit.”

“Shooting a recurve that's shoots the 464 grain arrows at over 216 fps, from 52 pounds. “

Honestly, I’m not sure which one of those two statements I find harder to believe.

I suppose maybe if your arms are long enough…?

I can’t imagine I’m ever going to see over 200 ft./s at 9 GPP...

From: Greg S
30-May-20
Killed most my elk with 435gr. Going to increase it this season. Might go up to 550ish.

From: Kurt
30-May-20
475 gr for everything

From: GF
30-May-20
Guess I could mention that I’m thinking 540-ish from my #62.... Probably about 400 or so from the #48 and somewhere in between for the assorted #55s .... 8.5-9 GPP just seems to work for me...

From: BOHNTR
30-May-20
I killed elk using arrow weights of 380-550 grains. All died from complete pass-through......arrow placement and head choice are much more important, IMO.

From: TxHuntr
30-May-20
Picked up my new ones today. Easton Axis 340 spine with 75 grain s.s. outsert and 100 grain b.h. puts me at 470 grains. Will shoot through the chronograph tomorrow.

From: pirogue
31-May-20
424

From: sticksender
31-May-20
Mine total 450

From: Arrowflinger
31-May-20
Jaquomo, not that it matters but wondering what your draw weight is on your compound. I'm also shooting a 420 grain arrow from my compound. The draw weight is 60 pounds.

From: LKH
31-May-20
700 grain Forgewood with 2 blade Zwickey. Hit large bull at front edge of rear leg and recovered the broken arrow with the broadhead stuck in the opposite front leg bone.

69# Harrison Longbow.

From: joehunter
31-May-20
465 grains - 72 pounds

From: PoudreCanyon
01-Jun-20
I’m shooting a PSE Evo 7, 70 lbs @ 28.5” draw with FMJ 340’s @ 29” with muzzy 100 grain 3 blade heads. Total arrow weight is right at 468 grains.

From: Trial153
01-Jun-20
500ish

01-Jun-20
LKH, You must not have read the last elk shot Scenario hard quartering away, post.

You can’t shoot an elk at that angle! the stomach will stop it. LMAO

And I agree You probably shouldn’t with a 400ish grain arrow with thin razor blades.

From: Outdoorsdude
01-Jun-20
510 gr.

From: PowellSixO
02-Jun-20
I've found pretty much the same thing. Anything between 450 to 550 grains is an optimal elk arrow weight. So to split the difference, I try to keep my arrows at 500 grains. A good heavy arrow, with a 125 or 150 grain broadhead, is a beautiful thing.

From: 0hndycp
02-Jun-20
I’m right at 585 grains, 15.8% FOC, and pushing 278 FPS. I’d always shot a 3 blade fixed head but switching to a single bevel 2 blade this year.

Last year was first year without a pass through on an elk, but was quartering away at 56 yards and about 2/3 of arrow was sticking out opposite side in front of offside front shoulder.

I’ve got 3 elk tags this year and I expect red carpets to be laid again!

From: Pahaska
07-Jun-20
750gr Grizzly Stik, 26.7% weight forward. 75# recurve, 70# compound., 200gr. Cutthroat single bevel. Get within "hunter's" range and hit them with the freight train. Not common by today's standards but penetration is never an issue...

From: Jaquomo
07-Jun-20
Arrowflinger, I think my draw weight on the compound is around 58#? Never checked. My longbows and recurves are between 53-57.

07-Jun-20
I am a below average elk hunter. I have shot several cows and only 6 bulls This has been all diy as a nr for the last 30 years. But the have all been shot under 25 yards with a compound and all recovered. All coc fixed heads. Now after my heart operation and being 70, I had the bow turned down to 50, lbs. I will come in at 510;grains. I love it. I also.always set up prearranged Packers, I know what I can do and what I can not do

From: ElkNut1
07-Jun-20
ground hunter, awesome & inspirational post, you've done great sir. Looks like you're dialed in just fine with your setup, good luck this year!

ElkNut

From: ohiohunter
08-Jun-20
Ground hunter, I don’t call your record below avg, not one bit. Hope you come to full draw on a slob this year, make them packers earn it!!

From: goelk
09-Jun-20
holy smokes 75 pound recurve. love to see a pic or video of shooting the bow.

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