Shooting 80lb + ???

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I shoot an 80lb Bowtech CPXL. I love the thing it shoots my arrows which are prob pushing 500 grains at about 300fps. If you can draw the weigh comfortably I think it’s the way to go. I have never had a problem drawing my bow in any hunting situation.
 

Bill Cauley Jr

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I am considering upper weights to extend my range. I don't stand hunt so an extra 10/20 yards when sneaking on lopes would make a big difference. I want to shoot heavy arrows to have enough energy at 100 for elk and thats the only reason I am considering higher weight. I know my 70lb tribute will get an arrow to 100 but if I am going to upgrade I want to consider all options for better performance.
Ted Nugent always talks about low pound draw weight he kills many animals also I think it must be a balance between draw weight and arrow weight to have the proper amount of kinetic energy when it reaches the target
 

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The main difference is an arrow with a quality razor sharp broadhead kills by massive blood loss.

A well placed broadhead whether shot by an 80# draw weight or a 50# draw weight bow will cut enough vital vessels or organs to cause a quick death to the animal.

Bullets are similar but used hydrostatic shock travelling through the juicy parts of the body to cause massive damage to the bodies vital organs.

A properly tuned 50 pound draw weight bow will shoot an arrow through a 5 gallon bucket of sand as where a 30-06 shooting a hunting type bullet won't travel all the way through the bucket.

Which one killed the bucket deader?

I shot big bows from 1976 to 2004. I always shot heavy thick walled aluminum arrows because I could handle the stress placed on my frame at the time. If the big heavy weight bows turn your screw, have at them. Learn the hows and whys an arrow works and it is obvious that in todays age and technology, a big heavy draw weight bow is just not necessary.

I am not telling the world that shooting big bows is stupid. Do it if that is what makes you confident and lethal, What I am saying is that 80 to 100 pound draw weights really do nothing for you that a well tuned 55 pound draw weight bow can't do.

You are the one doing the shooting. Do what you want. I did the big bows for a long time and I feel that all the joint problems that I have on my upper body are from muscling back big bows. I could have done the same amount of blood letting with two-thirds of the power.

ETA I did not realize this thread is so old. The information is the same though. Sorry.
Some of the best advice I’ve seen on this thread is exactly what you were saying and as far as rifles I have a 338 Lapua magnum but I believe in a lighter pound bow a cut on contact Broadhead do not bother with the expandables
 

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I used to pull 82# on a Golden Eagle (65% LO) back when I was a young buck. One fixed pin to 45 yards was nice, but it took its toll on my rotator cuff.
 

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