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Thread: Straight vs. Offset vs. Helical Fletch

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    Straight vs. Offset vs. Helical Fletch

    I keep hearing that the more angle, per se, that you put on a fletch the faster it will fall.

    Well I did some experimenting today at 42 yards and my testing doesnt support what I keep reading on here.

    I shot a left wing straight fletch, left wing offset, Blazer, right wing straight, and a right wing helical.

    At 42 yards it put all of them together under 2 inches. The spread was left to right, not up and down. Maybe .5 inch at most top to bottom.

    So what gives? Is 42 yds not long enough to see the difference?



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    If you can't tell at 42 yards go helical.

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    VonH,
    I'm a huge believer in a strong off set, but never anything straight fletched. Putting a spin to the arrow will stabilize it in flight and allow for more accuracy as well as good flight with fixed blade broadheads...which is what I shoot.

    The off set of fletching is very simular to the twist of a rifling in a rifle barrel, as both stabilize the projectile, for increased accuracy.

    Good hunting, Bowhunter57

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    I have a 3-4inch diffrence with my straight blazers and 3deg blazers. My straight shot approx 4inch higher. My pin gap didn;t change what so ever, i just had to move the hole sight tell my first pin was right on then the rest we;re all right on also.

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    Mine have so much on them they look like a barber pole!!!! No but I do put a lot on them and they seem to do fine right helical have not tried straight or left.

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    I think I will stay with the helical. This bow seems to like XT 55-75s with a 4 inch helical feather.

    The bow Ive been shooting is a new Alpine Ventura. I had shot it 30-40 times getting the pins on. My last group of the day, (as it turned out) at 30 yards, I shot my lighted nock first, shot again, could tell the arrow hit close to the first, last shot the light went out. Ruh Roh.

    Oh well 2 arrows and a lighted nock down. Things could be worse.

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    Helical or strong offset will dang near make a good bow tuner out of anybody...straight will FORCE you to be a good bow tuner!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VonH View Post
    So what gives? Is 42 yds not long enough to see the difference?
    Try 60-80 yards, that's where I usually start to see a difference.
    2006 LH Bowtech Old Glory 70#, 32 1/2" draw, back to the Hostage rest, SH 7-pin Hunter, 500gr TR Crush 300 @ 285fps.
    2007 LH Bowtech Commander 60#, 32" draw, Limbdriver rest, BG 5-pin Flashpoint.
    2014 LH PSE Freak SP 70#, 32" draw, not set up yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5MilesBack View Post
    Try 60-80 yards, that's where I usually start to see a difference.
    I tryed straight and 3deg and i saw no diffrence at 70 yards. I did not have to move my pin gap what so ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HyperFlow View Post
    I tryed straight and 3deg and i saw no diffrence at 70 yards.
    It probably depends on the fletching, but try straight versus full helical with a 3" or better fletching. You'll see a difference.
    2006 LH Bowtech Old Glory 70#, 32 1/2" draw, back to the Hostage rest, SH 7-pin Hunter, 500gr TR Crush 300 @ 285fps.
    2007 LH Bowtech Commander 60#, 32" draw, Limbdriver rest, BG 5-pin Flashpoint.
    2014 LH PSE Freak SP 70#, 32" draw, not set up yet.

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