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Contributors to this thread:
Bou'bound 20-Feb-24
Jaquomo 20-Feb-24
WapitiBob 20-Feb-24
fdp 20-Feb-24
JohnMC 20-Feb-24
Bou'bound 20-Feb-24
Grey Ghost 20-Feb-24
Buck Watcher 20-Feb-24
Blood 20-Feb-24
Zbone 20-Feb-24
Bowaddict 20-Feb-24
Will tell 20-Feb-24
nchunter 20-Feb-24
Grey Ghost 20-Feb-24
Beendare 20-Feb-24
Tilzbow 20-Feb-24
Basil 20-Feb-24
Bou'bound 20-Feb-24
Chuckster 20-Feb-24
Bou'bound 21-Feb-24
Blood 21-Feb-24
fuzzy 22-Feb-24
T-rex 22-Feb-24
LeeBuzz 22-Feb-24
greg simon 22-Feb-24
KsRancher 22-Feb-24
LeeBuzz 22-Feb-24
Grey Ghost 22-Feb-24
x-man 26-Feb-24
Lost Arra 27-Feb-24
From: Bou'bound
20-Feb-24
Getting carbons out of my block target (and even FMJs) can be a real pain. Block or Readhead...they are the same thing and the issue is the same. Any ideas on arrow coatings or something to make pulling these things out easier.

From: Jaquomo
20-Feb-24
Silicone on the front part of the shaft and Gold Tip field points seems to really help.

From: WapitiBob
20-Feb-24
Irish Spring bar soap or any of the lubes you can get at the archery shop.

From: fdp
20-Feb-24
Seems to me that about anything I put on an arrow shaft to help make it easier to remove also causes it to penetrate deeper kind of negating the benefit?

Haven't tried the soap trick.

From: JohnMC
20-Feb-24
KY bou go get a tube attach to your quiver. You will be good to go

From: Bou'bound
20-Feb-24
That won’t work John I’m shooting in Massachusetts but I don’t know what difference it makes what state I’m in

From: Grey Ghost
20-Feb-24
Any bar soap will work. Just rub it on the last 6", or so, of the arrow. It will usually last for 2-3 shots before you need to reapply.

From: Buck Watcher
20-Feb-24
Arrow lube. I use Scorpion brand. Grab arrow tight up against target. Arrow pulling tool or jar gripping pad. Twist while pulling.

From: Blood
20-Feb-24
Hammer curls and some heavy deadlifts will help with your grip strength Bou. But then you’ll shoot a stronger bow and heavier arrows. And the cycle will just repeat itself.

From: Zbone
20-Feb-24
Never heard of the bar soap thing, gonna have to give that trick a try... Thanks for sharing...

From: Bowaddict
20-Feb-24
I’ve had good luck with easy pull points and woody’s arrow lube in 3d targets.

From: Will tell
20-Feb-24

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I use these to get a good grip.

From: nchunter
20-Feb-24
I bought a new sevr target two years ago. I could not get those arrows out without a good fight. I bought some venom arrow lube and would shine up the first six inches every ten shots. This worked fine and eventually the target was shot enough to loosen up and no lube was needed as long as I stayed in a 3 inch circle. I hated that target at first but now realized that I may of actually bought a great ten year target. Its so big that I have only shot on one dot for two years- about ten to twenty arrows a day.

From: Grey Ghost
20-Feb-24
The bar soap trick has been around since carbon arrows first came out. I'm surprised some of you have never heard of it.

From: Beendare
20-Feb-24
Arrow Gripper- Check

I like a little paraffin block over the silicone. Sliding those silicone arrows in your quiver spreads that silicone around. Not a huge deal...but the paraffin is better.

The Morrel targets are great for arrow pulling unless you have sleeves on your arrows- PITA with those.

From: Tilzbow
20-Feb-24
Adding soap to your arrow every few shots is a PIA IMO. Suggest you use a foam target for broadheads and a bag target for field points and only shoot bullet points into the bag target. The tapered field points can wrap around the internal stuffing as the arrow spins into the target on some bag targets and make it really difficult to extract the arrow from the bag target, especially if using a collar or an outsert on the arrow. The bullet style point is easier to extract since it’ll push the stuffing rather than wrap it around the point.

From: Basil
20-Feb-24
Automotive Turtle wax helps a bunch & lasts a while. Added bonus is that arrows are quieter on the rest in hunting situations.

From: Bou'bound
20-Feb-24
All helpful thanks guys

From: Chuckster
20-Feb-24
I use hotel soap. It's small and easily fits in your pocket. You'll develop a little groove in your soap in no time. Hit the first 6 inches of the arrow before a shot. Works wonders. Also use a gripper arra puller. No issues.

From: Bou'bound
21-Feb-24
Is it OK to leave Block targets out in the weather?

From: Blood
21-Feb-24
Yes. It helps the arrows go right through when the target gets wet. Helps with extraction too when they bury past the fletching.

From: fuzzy
22-Feb-24
I never have an issue pulling mine out since I don't hit the target.

From: T-rex
22-Feb-24
I have a piece of 3/4" PVC pipe with a sponge inside that I keep wet with dish soap. Every few shots I dip the arrow (just the tip :)) . Makes it super easy to pull out of the high density foam targets.

From: LeeBuzz
22-Feb-24
#1-NEVER shoot a bag target with a broadhead... exploratory surgery will leave a big hole in the bag. #2- Blunt tips badly deforms a bag target in about 3 shots. #3- Quick fix; jump up and down on it until flat again, place inside a large trash bag and saranwrap it up.

Here in Az the best thing to standup to our blazing heat is a compressed carpet bale. Problem is the glue in the carpet easily heats up and sticks to the arrow shaft. Way around that is to use soap on the shaft. Best I found was using a moistened Scent Killer dryer sheet soaked with All free and clear laundry detergent. Keep it in a sliding zip-lock bag for portability. Might work on new foam targets too. But ours are so cooked and shot up the arrow buries to the fletching.

From: greg simon
22-Feb-24
I use a thing called Man Strength to pull my arrows. Looks like lots of ya'll are having to find substitutes for that!!! ;) ( The previous statement is a joke. For anyone who might think otherwise.)

On a side note: What is the best way to get arrows out of trees? Asking for a friend of course!!!

From: KsRancher
22-Feb-24
Unscrew and leave broadhead in tree. Heard that tip from a friend:)

From: LeeBuzz
22-Feb-24
^^^ Leatherman multi-tool... unscrew the tip and dig it out if you really want it back. Shot a nice Muley buck at 50yds 20° downhill. Passed through into an alligator juniper tree right up to the shaft. Nothing better to do while waiting to start tracking.

From: Grey Ghost
22-Feb-24
I nearly amputated one of my pinky fingers trying to pry a broad head out of a tree (missed grouse shot) while elk hunting. Had a 4 mile hike back to camp, then a 4 hour trip to the ER, afterwards. From then on, I've decided the tree can have 'em, and just unscrew the arrow.

From: x-man
26-Feb-24
Bar soap and give it a twist to break the melted bond. It's the heat from the friction that melts the foam and welds it to the shaft.

From: Lost Arra
27-Feb-24
Armor All or any tire shine on an arrow shaft makes it easier to pull. Spray some on a rag and hang it off your belt or hip quiver. Just don't wipe the full length of the arrow.

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