Originally Posted by shortpants
I am new to the equipment side but not archery hunting. Been doing it for 17 years but have always just taken the words of the guys at the shop and some friends who have shot competitively. I am going to go to the shop I trust but for a change would like to go in with some ideas so that I know I'm getting whats best for me. I was thinking of fletching a few with 4'', a few fobs, and a few blazers to see what works best. When it comes to selecting a shaft I just don't know what makes one so much better and more expensive than another. Somebody explained the spline thing to me years ago but my memory is short so could you explain it to me again. I sure appreciate the education!
Spine in simple terms is the stiffness of the shaft. One can buy varying spine stiffness in economy or high end shafts so that shouldn't be much of an issue.
Tolerances add to the cost of an arrow. Straightness and variance in weight are the 2 main ones. I shoot fixed blade heads as mechanicals are illegal in Idaho so straightness is likely more important to me than others. I also think the system used for nock and insert is important. You must have a system that allows for the entire arrow, nock, insert and head, to maintain their true tolerances to the shaft over repeated use. This is one of the reasons I like the inline or HIT system. I think it does the best job of this over time. I have hundreds and hundreds of shots on my practice arrows and they still spin perfectly true even with broadheads.
Work diligently on getting the right spined arrow and a properly tuned bow first. These 2 things are musts before you go any further toward fine tuning for long range performance.