August 20th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Proper arrow length
How long is too long. I was originally told to cut my arrows so that the broadhead would be barely forward of the shelf so that you do not accidentally cut your finger but is this really necessary. Am I losing too much speed by having my arrows too long. Is this just another speed vs heavier arrow discussion. Does anyone have a profile picture of the arrow and riser that shows what is considered the proper position.
August 20th, 2009, 11:28 PM
Proper arrow length
If at full draw and the broadhead clears your fingers (if you should get them up that far) you're okay. If you like and the broadhead clears the riser/shelf you cut the arrow 1" longer than point of contact of arrow and launch arm at full draw.
As for losing too much speed, we need some info; bow, draw weight, arrow, etc.
Pearson MarXman, Limb Driver, Muddy Virtue HT3s, Bohning vanes, Sure Loc Challenger,
Super Ball Peep, Stanislawski MagMicro Trio, Onyx, Blackjack and TRU Ball ST360, 30" Cartel.
August 21st, 2009, 09:27 AM
So should the broadhead not sit inside the shelf/riser at all?
07 Tribute - 64-65lbs - 27 maybe 27.5 inch draw - Smooth cams - Gold Tip Pro Hunters 5575 - 100 GR.
By those numbers what would my correct arrow length be?
August 21st, 2009, 12:19 PM
its a personal preferance and if you need to fine tune the spine of the shaft, shorter draws can have them out past shelf and still not long arrows, someone with a 30" draw may not want the 30"+ shaft as it may need an even stiffer shaft to be spined properly. I go 1/2 to 1" past end of rest but there is alot of variables. 1" of extra shaft is roughly 10g of arrow weight and not enough to really worry about speed loss, ensuring your spine is correct is way more valueable to good arrow flight, specially with broadheads!
August 22nd, 2009, 08:46 PM
Anyone else care to weigh in?
August 22nd, 2009, 08:57 PM
I have mine cut 1/2" to 1" in front of my rest, I shoot fixed blades and have not had any problems. My dad shoots mechanicals and his are 1/8" from the rest.
August 23rd, 2009, 07:42 PM
I like my broadheads to clear the front of the riser and my fingers. I couldn't casre less if it costs me 4-5 fps I don't like having a broadhead above my wrist.
August 23rd, 2009, 07:47 PM
Yea I got a good look at some arrows that were inside the riser this weekend and I came to the same conclusion. Just look too dangerous. Mine are probably still a little long but I am thinking 1/4 to 1/2 instead of 1 1/2 now.
August 23rd, 2009, 08:29 PM
Who cares how fast a hunting bow is? Accurracy is much more important and thus proper spine is much more important. Leave them past your fingers.
August 24th, 2009, 08:12 AM
Could shortening the arrow to where it was and inch or so in front of the rest improve accuracy? It seems like there would be more support over a longer portion the arrow.
August 24th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Actually you need an inch or 3 in front of the arrow launcher.
Originally Posted by Dfol20
You can shoot with the tip un on the launcher but this affects the archers paradox of the arrow. If the "node" is behind the launcher then the arrow will tend to dig into the launcher at release. if the launcher has no give to it like most drop aways you can experience the arrows tip spring boarding off the launcher. this make for a very tough time tuning an arrow for good broadhead flight as most tuning methods will show an erratic pattern that will be hard to diagnose.
Better longer than to short.
August 24th, 2009, 01:08 PM
Personally I like my broadheads sitting within the arrow shelf. When I am at full draw maybe just a 1/4 inch or so of the broadhead is past the riser. I have a 30'' draw and usually cut my arrows down to about 29.5'' or so. Never had any issues using a Ripcord rest.
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August 24th, 2009, 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by Medichunter
30" draw AMO
28.25" true draw
the arrow rest you mentioned happens to sit closely in relation to the throat of the grip or the true draw mark.
28.25" + 1.25" = 29.5"
You have what I would call a properly curt arrow. Much shorter and you could see problems in arrow flight. about 1" more and you will be building in a little more forgiveness.
August 24th, 2009, 10:14 PM
I shoot TekanII's and my arrow is about 3/8ths on an inch past the rest.
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