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    how far with a 50lb bow

    Was wondering if 340 ibo bow maxed at 50lbs shooting a 300gr arrow at 29" would be lethal for a deer at 50 yrds, is that too far & slow?

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    I think that combo would work, however I would only use something like a Magnus Stinger. I do not like "mechanicals" too many ways to fail.

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    yes but i would suggest a heavier arrow to hunt with.

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    Not that it matters to me what you do but just curious as to why you would want to shoot at 50?
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    i was shootin a bow that ibo's at 318(pearson advantage) at 58 pounds and i had no worries about penetration. although i did switch out limbs and now am drawing 71 pounds shooting a 421 grain acc 349-390 with a 125 grain rocket steelhead but thats just because we already had the limbs. if you go the 50 pound route i would suggest some victory vaps and either a razorcap broadhead or a g5 montec to give you some killer penetration
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    That would so kill a dear and do it with a clean kill.

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    that setup seems just a lil on the soft side to take a shot at 50yds . i might think about it with a 1'' 2 blade fixed head . but thats just my 2 cents
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    I would diffidently recommend a heavier arrow for that 50 yard shot with that set up. I say this because a few years back I took a shot at a buck at 52yards broadside and hit the shoulder with a 3 blade 323grain arrow shooting out of my bow 61lber at 299fps. If you hit them everytime in the right spot you might get away with it, but hit them in the wrong spot and you will be screwed.
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    well that would be the case even at 20 yards ! shot placement is the key everytime . dont happen all the time but sheet happins
    Quote Originally Posted by trimalimb View Post
    I would diffidently recommend a heavier arrow for that 50 yard shot with that set up. I say this because a few years back I took a shot at a buck at 52yards broadside and hit the shoulder with a 3 blade 323grain arrow shooting out of my bow 61lber at 299fps. If you hit them everytime in the right spot you might get away with it, but hit them in the wrong spot and you will be screwed.
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    shouldnt have any problem other than you just making the shot
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    i personally shoot 55lb and i feel that really is the lowest i would want to go with a hunting setup, you have to consider the welfare of an animal and the possibility of not making an effective kill if your placement is off, higher poundage allows for some leniency and the difference pulling back 55 as apposed to 50 is not a huge problem
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    Move a little closer than 50 yards.

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    I might be wrong on this but going to a heavier arrow might give him less KE with a 50 lb bow . Seems like the KE on a 50lb'er would be low to begin with . Want to find that perfect balance maybe no more than 350 total grains on your arrow . I have played around with numbers on the archery calculator and you dont have to go to heavy before your KE starts to drop . Just a heads up . I would limit my shots to 30 and in .

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    Is everyone forgetting that deer are killed with 40# and 45# recurves every season? And how much KE do those have? Your set-up, according to BackCountry's calculator gives 301 fps and 60 KE....enough for Elk, Moose , and Bear. So yeah, I'd say that its enough, as long as your deer is relaxed, shoot when hes got his head down in the grub, fire away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elkslayer4x5 View Post
    Is everyone forgetting that deer are killed with 40# and 45# recurves every season? And how much KE do those have? Your set-up, according to BackCountry's calculator gives 301 fps and 60 KE....enough for Elk, Moose , and Bear. So yeah, I'd say that its enough, as long as your deer is relaxed, shoot when hes got his head down in the grub, fire away!

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    Seems to far to me... And way to light of an arrow.
    35 would be max, IMO. At that distance the momentum of the light arrow wont get you much penetration. KE does not = momentum.

    Shooting traditional the arrow usually is way heavier, which is why the lower pounds work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaxMaine View Post
    Seems to far to me... And way to light of an arrow.
    35 would be max, IMO. At that distance the momentum of the light arrow wont get you much penetration. KE does not = momentum.

    Shooting traditional the arrow usually is way heavier, which is why the lower pounds work.
    As you so correctly said, thats your opion
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    Heavier arrows are always better, they store more energy creating less noise as a bonus, they are less affected by drag from your fletchings. The only down side is you'll have a bit larger pin gap. At 50 some yards you'll need to know the precise distance and you should be able to do it without spooking the deer. So 50 yards at 50 lbs is fine for a deer with good shot placement. Go for it if you are confident you can hit a pie plate consistently from those distances.
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    Since when have we become so conservative in what it takes to kill a deer? Your equipment is fine, shot placement is key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkslayer4x5 View Post
    As you so correctly said, thats your opion
    Which is backed by facts.
    You arent looking into the arrow weight itself, just draw weights. You are only taking 1 part of the equation into account, not both.

    Its a proven fact that heavier arrows penetrate more, and at 300g... thats about as light as possible for an arrow. In fact, I kinda have to question if he forgot to add something in when adding up the weight.

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    You would be fine at 50 as long as you have a broadhead that doesn't require too much KE for that setup...
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    I shoot 53#due to shoulder surgery a couple of years ago & the doc reccomended not shooting more than 55#. I shoot a 340 gr arrow & shot a doe last year at 36 yards. The arrow broke a rib going in & was stuck in the rib on the far side. She went 40 yards befor piling up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaxMaine View Post
    Which is backed by facts.
    You arent looking into the arrow weight itself, just draw weights. You are only taking 1 part of the equation into account, not both.
    No, you have your mind made up that the op needs more arrow weight, and can't understand that 100's of deer are killed every year with light weight bows and arrows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkslayer4x5 View Post
    No, you have your mind made up that the op needs more arrow weight, and can't understand that 100's of deer are killed every year with light weight bows and arrows.
    I did not say they couldnt kill deer.
    Every bow setup has an effective range, and 50 yards is pushing his effective range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baxmaine View Post
    i did not say they couldnt kill deer.
    Every bow setup has an effective range, and 50 yards is pushing his effective range.
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