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    Vanes?? Straight vs Helical

    What do you Prefer straight or helical vanes for your hunting set and advantages/disadvantages of each?
    Its time to fletch some arrows for season. I have always shot straight vanes, blazers 2 inch, and have to buy a new fletcher for this year but wanted to hear some opinions of each.



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    I use a 3 degree offset for my hunting arrows.
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    Do You get better grouping with the offset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason300 View Post
    Do You get better grouping with the offset?
    With broadheads, yes. It helps to get things spinning quicker and adds a bit of stabilization. I use straight on my target arrows.

    I don't group tune with broadheads for obvious reasons.
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    I always fletch vanes offset
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    4 degree right off-set for me with 4" feathers this year....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHPoet View Post
    I use a 3 degree offset for my hunting arrows.
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    I think you will find that most target shooters prefer a straight fletch with an offset of 1-3 degrees which helps with the rotation...kink of like adding rifling to the barrel of a rifle so you do not throw knuckle balls. As for hunting, I think many who use fixed blade broadheads will prefer either a straight fletch with a greater offset like 3-4 degrees or a helical twist to the vane which will promote a faster rotation thus keeping the broadhead from planing out. There is a sticky at the front of this forum call "The Nuts and Bolts of Archery" and in it Alan explains quite a bit about all aspects of our sport to include this one. Check it out...bet you will learn something. Cheers!
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    Right helical for me.
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    the arrow needs to spin.heli or offset. i prefer heli as the leading edge is essentially straight,cuts the air better. i have an adj. jig i got from cabelas almost 30 yrs. ago. i can adj. degree of heli although i don't know the degree. i adj. for more for broadheads. also the right front corner and left rear corner will stay down with heli.

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    For BH's I use Blazers; with field pts (3D) I use mini Blazers....both with as much helical as I can get with the Arizona right helical tool. They all fly like darts.....only reason I miss is because it's the Indian and not the arrow.

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    right now i am using 3 degree heli only because it's what my jig does. i noticed no difference in accuracy from straight fletched to helical fletched...however, i only shoot field points and expandable broadheads.

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    They always say a helical helps with stability but to tell you the truth I always had better flight with straight fletches. Never tried an offset though

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    For target steel launchers, is straight always recommended?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bginvestor View Post
    For target steel launchers, is straight always recommended?
    I shoot a lizard tongue on my Hoyt AE....with mini Blazers and helical. No issues I see.

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    Arizona EZ-Mini is perfect.....I think its a 6° helical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jason300 View Post
    What do you Prefer straight or helical vanes for your hunting set and advantages/disadvantages of each?
    Its time to fletch some arrows for season. I have always shot straight vanes, blazers 2 inch, and have to buy a new fletcher for this year but wanted to hear some opinions of each.

    For any hunting application, a helical is superior to any other fletching arragement. And the more the better IMO.

    It steers a bh better without doubt.

    Do yourself a huge favor and spend the $55.00 and purchase an AZ Mini Jig. It supplies a great helical to 2" Blazers to the degree that I get the same great bh flight out of those as I get with 4" Helical feathes out of my Bitz.

    It really does make a difference.

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    To the ones that fletch straight. Are you fletching straight, or straight with an offset?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brd556 View Post
    Arizona EZ-Mini is perfect.....I think its a 6° helical.
    I found the 6* to much for fusion 2.1 so I gave it up. Blazers are just annoying to me with that much of a helical. I love AAE vanes but the don't have a 2 or 2.5"
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    Check out the AAE Max hunter. It's 2.15" long. Have had great luck with them for years for hunting setups.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukpad89 View Post
    I found the 6* to much for fusion 2.1 so I gave it up. Blazers are just annoying to me with that much of a helical. I love AAE vanes but the don't have a 2 or 2.5"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesmith66 View Post
    Check out the AAE Max hunter. It's 2.15" long. Have had great luck with them for years for hunting setups.
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    I like them alot. I liked them even more when they used to be shield cut. But the new design the built a couple years ago works well too.

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    Here's a couple of studies I did on straight vs. helical for both speed and accuracy:

    http://archeryreport.com/2011/07/hel...repeatability/
    http://archeryreport.com/2011/07/hel...-deceleration/

    This is only a tidbit of what I have experimented with. Straight fletch has only show a very small advantage in speed, otherwise helical beats it accuracy and repeatability. Straight with an offset has similar results as helical.
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