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    How heavy arrow for Elk hunting?

    I have an opportunity to go to Colorado up by Estes Park to a relatives land that has 550 acres. Last time I was there I seen Elk out the wazoo......I have 72# 309fps General. I will be shooting 125gr Silver Flames....what arrow would you recommend that I use? Dont know if this helps, but my arrows are 27" long.



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    I can all ready tell you what you will hear. Anything from 300 grains to 600 grains. If I were you I would pick what makes you happy. Look at groups, quietness, tuning and price and find out what works best for you.

    Now, that said if I told you what I shoot I would shoot a 500 grain arrow.......but that's just me.
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    An Axis XT 340 is going to put you around 440. That's plenty for elk. My preference is at least a 400 grain arrow up to about 450.

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    I am going with a 370 grain arrow this year....

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    Shoot what you normally shoot, no need to change. I shoot light and fast myself. I practice out to 75 yds. Good Luck

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    I would suggest getting to at least 450gr. An axis 340 with the 125gr head should put you right around there.

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    I shoot an Axis St (28.5" to nock groove)with 125 gr head and it is right at 442-444 grains total weight. That would be my suggestion for elk but it seems anything around 425 grains is a good compromise for weight and speed.
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    Iam shooting 440 grain arrows. I would not go to light. I think shooting at elk at 70 yards with light wieght arrows is a bad idea. Just my opinion.
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    Smile elk arrow

    I like an arrow around 450 gr. Have had good results on elk with this weight.

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    I have had good results with about 450 grains.

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    I agree, 450 to 500 grain arrow. Mine weigh close to 500 grains.

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    I also would try to stay above 400grns.

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    Since you are shooting over 70# you can probably get away with something in the 400 grain range. Oh by the way all the areas around estes park are draw only unless you family owns enough land to get you a landowner tag.
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    Elk Arrow

    I try and keep mine around 400g. Above this, all good!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftgokie View Post
    I have an opportunity to go to Colorado up by Estes Park to a relatives land that has 550 acres. Last time I was there I seen Elk out the wazoo......I have 72# 309fps General. I will be shooting 125gr Silver Flames....what arrow would you recommend that I use? Dont know if this helps, but my arrows are 27" long.
    Don't worry too much about it with that poundage. As long as you're arrow weight is reasonable you won't be able to tell the difference. Whichever you choose, make them fly perfect and get them to land where you want them to and you'll be fine.
    The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftgokie View Post
    I have an opportunity to go to Colorado up by Estes Park to a relatives land that has 550 acres. Last time I was there I seen Elk out the wazoo......I have 72# 309fps General. I will be shooting 125gr Silver Flames....what arrow would you recommend that I use? Dont know if this helps, but my arrows are 27" long.
    Do yourself and your bow and the elk a favor, keep the arrow at or over 400grains.

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    430 grain arrows for me. Same I use for eveything else.
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    I use a 378 grn arrow and have had no problem with penetration out to my long shot of 50 yrds on a bull. Had a complete pass through. My bow set-up: 28" draw, 70.9# = 307 fps.

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