Re: Arrow Fletching And F.O.C. Balance
Hey Jon Henry, nicely done.
Growing up I never shot much with a bow other than the once in a while neighborhood friend who had a simple recurve or what not. In my mid teens I decided I wanted to try out hunting with a bow and borrowed an old compound and got to work with it. Didn't know squat so I simply picked up some aluminum arrows and went to town. I got good enough to keep 5 shots in a skoal can at 30yds but never got the chance to stick a deer.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago, I got back into it due to my good friends coaxing. Since I have had tendon surgery on both arms I didn't just jump into it with a top end package, I went with a bottom end package deal to see if I could even handle the prolonged practice. It only took a few months before I was looking at building my own arrows. Since then I have experimented with plenty of glue, and fletching, and learned quite a bit of what you mentioned, by reading and trial and error.
I have also worked on the FOC with one set of arrows to get upwards of 15-17%. This was done after we began to see a huge old feral hog boar which we REALLY wanted to get with our bows. I wanted something that I could be assured of getting through the massive shield he appears to have, and not simply stick him up close and have him want to return the favor. As such I went along the lines of Dr. Ashby, and went with the heavier inserts, broadheads, and smaller diameter stiffer shafts. The result was a 29" 600gr FMJ 300, that I am getting 260fps from my bow. This was also a learning experience with the fletching as the standard 2" Blazer just wouldn't stabilize these as well as the 3" Diamonds do.
Anyway thanks for the great write up as I am sure it will help out many who read it, decide what might be best for their set up. The key thing is that just like rifles, any particular bow will shoot an arrow matched to it, much more efficiently and accurately.
Mike / Tx
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