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    Speed Bow set up for hunting, your opinions

    Just wondering what your guys thoughts are. I have two bows that I hunt with and I realize alot of you guys like to hunt with the heavier arrows so just be objective. My two rigs are...

    Monster XLR8 set 62lb 28" draw - Speed 347fps

    Monster 7.0 set 52lb 28" draw - Speed 290fps

    Both bows I'm shooting a Beman 305gr arrow with 75gr rocket miniblasters



    I only hunt turkeys and whitetails with these bows. I will admit I am a speed junkie however not at the price of accuracy, I'm constantly practicing and just last night I got my first Robin Hood with the XLR8. Just wondering do you guys think my arrows are too light for hunting. I'm sure youth and women's arrow set ups can't be that far off from mine.

    Your thoughts.....
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    And yes I'm aware that I should be shooting 310gr out of the XLR8 so let's stick to the ?
    2011 Bowtech Specialist Inferno ~ 55lbs
    2010 Athens Exceed 300 ~ 55lbs
    2005 Excalibur Vixen ~ 150lbs ~ 288fps ~ 60ft-lbs KE
    2011 Strykezone 350 ~ 135lbs ~ 355fps ~ 112ft-lbs KE

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    Im a speed junkie also. I have an Omen Pro with 60lb limbs and a DL of 29 in. My arrows are 329 grains with T3s. Im shooting 330 fps. I hunt deer and turkeys also. Shot a doe few weeks back and she dropped in her tracks. Shot a buck two weeks ago and he ran 50 yrds maybey. I was hunting with a Monster 7 last season, but The Omen suits me better and I also shoot 3D with it in our Outlaw class. My 3D arrows are 290 grn and Im getting 349 fps.
    Matter of fact, just picked up a Supra and have Omen Pro limbs, cams, and strings ordered for it. That will be my new 3D bow.

    Oh sorry, you have enough kinetic energy. Might bust some arrows because of low strength. I would go for it.
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    They are on the light side for my taste. I would worry about hitting heavy bone if the shot was off a little or the deer moved on you. If you only hit ribs, or go between ribs in the lungs then you should be fine.

    I hunt with a 480 grain arrow, so I don't know how well a 305 grain arrow performs on game.

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    I've shot the speed bows for a while now for hunting but only for the purpose of getting a extra heavy arrow around the 280 mark which is where I like to be. I would be very nervous with your setup of hitting bone or shooting longer shots and loosing to much momentum. But that's just me, not saying if it right or wrong just my opinion. IMO there's nothing like watching a 500 grain arrow with a rage on the end of it open one up like a soup can on both sides! They just can't stand it
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    I like some speed while hunting. Like to be over the 300 mark. Not a speed bow but my sweet shooting Element RKT is getting 307fps 350 gr. arrow 29" 62 #. Pushing 320 @ 5 grains. Very happy!

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    Shot in the ribs = Dead Deer! That simple, however if you where to git into the shoulder I wouldn't be suprised if there was a lack of penitration. I personaly would opt for a heavier arrow atleast 375 grains.
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    I have hunted quite a bit with light arrows and high speeds. I have had no issues with punching through shoulder blades. I use fixed blades with less than 1.5" cut. I used those MiniBlasters for a while and was not happy with the performance at high speed. The blades would sometimes shear off on impact.
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    I am a speed freak for hunting as well (285 for 3D---ASA max of 288)...have never had a hunting bow under 300fps since before my Hoyt Smoke back in the 90's. I do whatever tweaking I have to to get my bows over 300 (27.5" draw and maxed on 70lb limbs)...with the arrow I choose to shoot, was ACC 3-60's now Easton Axis Infused 400's...been shooting mini blaster since their introduction..also in the 90's...miniblaster is 1 3/4" cutting diameter...so I say go with the higher speed...as I am sure you know...faster arrow magnifies mistakes so you have to be on top of your form and make sure you do everything the same from practice to stand...always bend at the hips from stand and you should be just fine!!
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    im sure your set up will kill deer fine, but i personally would not hunt with an arrow that light...i would look to be around 370-400 grains and your bow will penetrate much more, and be noticably quieter...i shoot 380 grains out my my 29/60 omen at around 320, and have 0 penetration issues...w/ a 1 3/8 reaper it blew thru a doe at 38 yards last weekend like the deer was never there...
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    I am up to somewhere in in excess of 50 for total deer bow kills, all with arrows with a total weight of 350 grains or less. I have had 2 deer that I did not recover, but unrelated to a lack of penetration. I am currently shooting 320gr at 358fps and have had nothing but passthroughs with this setup. The high speed and small vanes I use give me dramatically less wind drift than a slow heavy arrow, contrary to the common myth. With far less drift and drop, I shoot more bullseyes, and these advantages are especially helpful in very windy conditions, or long shots, or when the deer does not present the chance to use the rangefinder, or when it moves between ranging and shot. I have found no bone in a whitetail that can stop my arrow/broadhead combination at this speed, so I couldn't care less about trying to gain more momentum. Bottom line, feel free to hunt with confidence with a light arrow.
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    If you shoot good then go for speed (my opinion). I am curious what you're getting for FOC though with 75gr on the front.
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