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How do you determine the length and weight of the arrow you should shoot? I shoot 28" at 60 lbs and my wife shoots 23" at 40lbs. New to shooting and trying to decide the right and safest way to shoot for us.

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That depends on what you want to do with archery...target or hunting. By the way...welcome to AT and also to a great sport!!! I shoot target and hunt. For target, I try to build an arrow to fit a bow to maximize the efficiency of my equipment. And, speed is a limiting factor in ASA tournaments so weight becomes critical. I really like shooting target at 60 lbs and so with a 28 inch draw I need to get an arrow in the 315-320 grain department in order not to exceed the 290 + or - 3% limitation that I have in my class...and I can adjust that several different ways either by adding or subtracting weight at the front of the arrow or by cutting the arrow at different lengths. I need to take into account spine which is the bendability of the arrow and match all of the components so I do not get either get too light or heavy up front....because that will change the balance point of the arrow. For target I like to stay around 9% Forward of Center (FOC) but can go lighter. There really is no reason to go heavier as I am not looking for penetration...just a balanced arrow. Now, for hunting that is different. I want a balance point closer to the tip of the arrow which will make the arrow more efficient at impact...it will have less flexing moment and that is really good. I currently run 11-12% FOC for whitetails but would go heavier up front to achieve a 14-16% FOC if I were to go after something really big. WOW!...there is a lot to the little game and it is interesting. Hope I did not bore you. Have a great night! Cheers!
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