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i blew through a canadian blackbear shooting a 51lb longbow with a 670gr arrow at a wopping 158fps.

That is because of the weight of the arrow. The heavier the arrow the better the retained energy. The lighter the arrow the poorer the penetration will be no matter how many pounds are being shot.

If everyone that hunts with a bow made their priority to have heavy arrows, sharp broadheads, front of center weight, and properly splined arrows. We and the game would all be better off. In my opinion shooting less than 500g arrows is asking for trouble.

On that note 50# is enough for 20yrds and in.

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    thanks for all the replies guys. you made me re think things and i ended up spending double the amount on a pse typhoon in the 60-70# weight. its at 60 now and as i develop the technique ill crank it up to 70. then i should be good to go.
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    50# is plenty and you don't need 500 gr to do the job my wife has killed meny elk at 50yrds with a bow set at 40# and 320gr arrow and all have died with in 30yrds and 50# is enough to kill a deer at 70yrds with the proper set up and practice the best thing is to go to a local archery shop and spend some time talking to them and shooting bow to see wat you are comfortable with good luck
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    That is because of the weight of the arrow. The heavier the arrow the better the retained energy. The lighter the arrow the poorer the penetration will be no matter how many pounds are being shot.

    If everyone that hunts with a bow made their priority to have heavy arrows, sharp broadheads, front of center weight, and properly splined arrows. We and the game would all be better off. In my opinion shooting less than 500g arrows is asking for trouble.

    On that note 50# is enough for 20yrds and in.

    Steve
    +1. When I bought a faster bow 5 years ago I made the mistake of going for light carbon arrows and expandable broadheads. The results on deer were terrible and I quit hunting with the setup mid-season. I switched back to the heaviest carbon shafts I could find and my tried and true 100gr Thunderhead fixed blades, and the next deer I shot through both shoulders and the arrow dropped out the other side.
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    +1. When I bought a faster bow 5 years ago I made the mistake of going for light carbon arrows and expandable broadheads. The results on deer were terrible and I quit hunting with the setup mid-season. I switched back to the heaviest carbon shafts I could find and my tried and true 100gr Thunderhead fixed blades, and the next deer I shot through both shoulders and the arrow dropped out the other side.
    Right on. Really fast bows make it so you can launch 700g arrows fast. 350fps is like crack, people can't get enough of it, but the speed will kill ya. Properly tuned, heavy arrows is where it is at. Unfortunately there are not many pro shops around to help guys do it right.

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    Last 15 years ,40+ bow kills, 15 bull elk, animals to 1000 #'s, 410 gr arrow, 1/2 with 2 blade, 1/2 3-4 blade, 360 acc at 65-74 # bow

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    thanks for all the replies guys. you made me re think things and i ended up spending double the amount on a pse typhoon in the 60-70# weight. its at 60 now and as i develop the technique ill crank it up to 70. then i should be good to go.
    cheers again
    I can tell you right now, bow hunting is by far the most addicting... I started last year with a Diamond Stud 60# and I just upgraded to the Bowtech Destroyer 340 70#. I'm set up with Carbon Express Mayhem 350 at 28", 100gr Grim Reaper mechanical and Easton tracer nocks. All together, it weighs about 400 gr. I'm shooting at 308 fps at 84 ft lbs. It is the perfect balance of speed and the penetration weight.

    But like others have said, it's all about kinetic energy. The recommended min for deer is 25 ft lbs, preferably 45 ft lbs. Here is a good site to explain a lot of your questions:

    Compound Bow Selection Guide - HuntersFriend.COM
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