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Vanes and Mechanicals
For you guys shooting mechanicals, how much vane do you need? I've shot FFP 360s for years and love their durability and the way they stick but I don't believe I need that much vane now since I shoot mechanicals almost exclusively now. I tried Q2i X-II vanes in a four Fletch but I'd prefer a 3 fletch configuration. I fletch my vanes back far on the arrow and I find that I sometimes can feel a 4 fletch vane on my face at full draw.
Anyone hunt with FFP 300 or a similar vane or any other small vanes in a 3 fletch configuration?
I think if ur bow is tuned, any regularly available vane will do in a 3 fletch. Ive never had any issue even long before blazers...
I mean heck, if you ask a hardcore FB user, the whole point of shootin a mech is cuz u are either lazy or ya dont know how to get an arrow to fly right anyhows....;^)
As Bou would say...,,,,,,.........”DON’T OVERTHINK IT!” ;-)
Vanetec came out with a Swift HD that's 2.25", .48 high.
I shot those this year and was real impressed. Very durable, looks great and had no problems keeping any fixed blade under control. I had Magnus Stingers, Rage Trypans and field points all hitting same point of impact at long distances.
I would think they would work. Flex fletch flash or an SK vane in a 3 fletch would be great too
I actually forgot about the Flash vane. I'll probably give them a go. I've used them a lot in the past.
For the last 10 years I have fletched all my arrows and most of my friends and family arrows with Mini Blazer 1.5 inch vanes. They shoot great with the Wasp Jak-Hammers I shoot most of the time hunting. You do not need much fletch if your bow is tuned well and you are shooting good arrows with squared ends and true spinning mechanical heads. I use a right wing helical Bitz jig with as much off set as I can get on my Axis shafts.
If this is of any help, I shoot mechanicals (spitefires) and Q2i fusion vanes in 3 fletch (I've never tried 4 fletch). I haven't had any issues. I shot blazers before that and had no issues, just wanted to mix it up and try a longer vane. I can't say I've noticed a difference for better or worse.
I ordered some 2.88" Vanetec Swift vanes last night. I'll have plenty of time to play when season goes out.
Blazers and 4" feathers for me with Rocket Steelheads.
Vanetec makes a nice vane. But not as durable as some vanes. I think I prefer flex fletch to any other vane. Stiff, light, durable
Its why I have been so partial to 360s. I haven't shot Vanetec since I shot the Vmax some years in the past. I like to tinker so we will see. I know I can always go with my old tried and true FFP360s in the end.
I put 3, 2.25 in X vanes from bohning, nice low profile on 4mm victory arrows with the vortex broadhead. Really a good settup for me. Tried to copy Charlie R, hes like a deadly assassin with those victory arrows.
Shot Blazers for years and mechanicals for last 20 yrs or so. Have had good success maybe not a buck every year but always filled my tag.
I use Ravin bolts with Black Eagle vanes. They are tiny but with a 100 grain Jack Hammer they fly perfectly at 430 FPS. Haven't missed or wounded a deer with that set up. Also only recovered one bolt that was stuck in a tree on the other side of the deer. The rest were all lost in the leaves. Always pass throughs.