Beman ICS Hunters are excellent shafts. Quiet on the draw as well. Make sure you check out the spine charts so you purchase the correct one. I am shooting a 29.5" arrow out of a 65# Legacy (30" draw length) and I am caught right between the 400's and 340's. I decided to go with the heavier/stiffer arrow and chose the 340's.
I use the ICS 400's also, have had good luck with em, shooting them out of a MQ1 at 70lbs and 29 inch draw. Arrow length is 28 with 4 inch feather fletch and a 85 gr. head. total arrow weight is right at 363 gr. if pro shop chrony is right, shootin 278 fps
I bought a dozen ICSH 400s back in the spring and have shot them all summer. I have managed to break 3 of them and actually bent one! The 3 that broke were all due to extreme abuse and the bent one still puzzles me . The one that bent is bent down near the insert, really strange as it isn't broken, but is certainly bent.
Am I satisfied with the ICSH shafts? Yes. I have abused the heck out of them and the survivors are all still shooting well (on the third set of feathers now!). I just bought a half dozen ICS Camo shafts to hunt with.
I can't help buying a dozen arrows everywhere I go. You are right. They do look pretty in the box. I bought another dozen carbon Express at Bass Pro Shop last weekend that I don't even need. I figured I would use them to stick them pigs. I plan to shoot one arrow at one pig, unlike you and Olddog48 where a dozen arrows are bouncing around in the woods after the same pig.
I had some but they kept splitting/cracking length wise down the shaft from regular shooting. Keep in mind this was simply shooting into 3d targets and the tuff stuff at the local proshop range. Out of a dozen arrows, I had 5 that split from the nock end down towards the tip about an inch or two in length.
To this day I don't know why.... but I won't buy any more of them becuase they didn't hold up to my standards. Without a uni-bushing or something like that glued into the end to hold the nock in place and eliminate vibration from the nock to the shaft, they just aren't solid enough.
I was shooting ICSH 340's, 69#, 30" draw, 31" arrows, 125 grain tips, 3- 5" vanes, yellow nocks. Speed was somewhere around 245 and penetration was AWESOME! I did take a dandy 150 class 10ptr with those exact arrows, but all in all, I wasn't satisified with the durability of the shaft.
I could be off.... it was three years ago and I have enough other stuff to try to remember!
I was shooting a Martin Pantera. Started with Easton 2413's and had great luck with them. I moved to carbons for increased durability and speed as I was shooting two fingers under, barebow instinctive and wanted to shorten the gap needed for longer shots. I could have been at 245 with the aluminums, then 265 with the ICSH's.... Now I shoot a Mathews Conquest with Easton Acc's and would never go back to a pure carbon arrow. It is cranking out 280 FPS at 30" and 64# with 3-60 ACC's and 100 grain tips.
The more I think about it.. the speeds represented in this post are more accurate. Net net... I wasn't happy with the ICSH's of 3 years ago and it has given me the spooks on pure carbon arrows. Hence, I shell out the cabbage for the Easton ACC's that are durrable, accurate, and get it done for me in the woods and at the 3D course.
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