So many times we see threads come up where hunters ask what weight arrows they should consider on their elk hunts! I know all of us want the benefits of Penetration, Speed & Trajectory! Some say go heavy & some say go light! But what's heavy & what's light? It really depends more on ones draw weight! Just because a hunter uses a 450grn arrow it's not a Blanket Standard that all should use this wt. to reap the most benefit for their draw wt. Having a tuned machine with properly spined arrows can really put a smile on a hunters face, just knowing he has the best suited arrow for his setup is a real confidence builder! I played around with a few weights & adjusted a few weight up front arrows just to see what the differences were! Many hunters are happy with their present setups & that's great, but see how they stack up to these results! This testing isn't trying to get folks to change their setups but it's for those unsure of what is one of the best weights for them personally to consider.
The bow used was a Hoyt AM32 at 65#.
I used a house siding called cement board, it's tough & surely not partial to structure! It comes in 5/16" thickness so it was easy to put several together for some real world stopping power! I only used field tips here because broadheads most likely would have been destroyed, one arrow was destroyed as you will see! I've used this same material in arrow testing for longbows 4-5 years ago with arrow wts. 400-500-600-700grn. to see what the effects of penetration were, I destroyed several broadheads in the process! Incidentally the Silver Flame was the toughest head I've ever tested!
The 1st arrows used were a Easton Axis 340 429grn, Victory HV 300 spine with 190grn up-front & a Gold Tip arrow 7595 (340 spine) both weighed 392 grn. The shot was 20 yds. The Victory arrow in all photos is the same arrow & it's 1-1/14" less the length than the rest of the arrows tested with! You will see not much difference at 20yds between the 390grn arrows. Now check out the 2nd picture. The Victory starts to run away in penetration at 30yds, both weigh the same but the heavy FOC on the Victory really shines through but the Axis is still best329-329-429-20yd.jpg390-390-429-30yd.jpgGT 7595-390-Vctry-390.jpg7595-.jpg! At 40yds it was no comparison! On the 3rd & 4th photo I decided to up the cement board thickness on these two arrows at 30yds, look what happened to the Gold Tip arrow on Impact! I decided not to do that again as it was too thick & tough! More to come!